John “bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Revelation 1:2-3 NKJV). 1) Readers should “read,” “hear,” and “keep” what is written in a book “revealing Jesus.” That would be impossible if it describes events preceding the end of the world, or so open-ended that it is confusing and not clear! 2) The Book says “the time is near,” or “at hand,” meaning, close to the 1st Century readers, and closes with: “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand” (Revelation 22:10 NKJV). From beginning to end, the Book of Revelation dealt with 1st Century events, not future history!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Today’s young people are using the word “literally” as an intensifier, standing the sense of the word on its head. “I was literally scared to death.” Well, literally they weren’t or they wouldn’t still be here to make such a vapid comment. It’s a space filler, and a bad one at that, for people who prefer not to put their minds to work, but whose mouths didn’t get the message. Worse, it’s an adverb, which proliferates worse than the proverbial rabbit or guppy. Writers are told that adverbs are the enemy.
I much prefer the intensifier “really.” I used it so much in college, apparently, that Don or Ron Williams (same dorm, same class) made it part of my name, since both begin with the letter r. (Speaking of whom, I saw them the for the first time since college last year at Polishing the Pulpit.) I use it considerably less today, especially since realmente has four syllables, making it harder to say. Continue reading
I feel all the emotions mentioned in the nudge and more. I feel irritation at much of the press as they broad-stroked their coverage of the hyped-up nonevent. Between Mr. Camping and the press Christians who believe the biblical doctrine of the literal return of Christ have been made to look like buffoons. Mr. Camping crying wolf only desensitizes people to the seriousness of this future event. On that great day we will all be called to give an account for the way we have lived. It will be the tragedy of tragedies for many.
I feel shame. While Harold Camping makes his fevered pitch for a completely erroneous timetable and end time scenario I have not made even a modest pitch to nearly as many as I could have for the truth of the gospel.
I feel humor is one way to correct some of the problems. I heard the following on the radio, Monday. On New Life Live, Steve Arterburn said don’t try to console Mr. Camping by saying, “Hey Harold, don’t worry, it’s going to be o.k., it’s not the end of the world!” Humor can be a conversation starter that helps us to explore truths with folks.
And that’s the way I feel on May 26th, 2011.