In God's Time: The Bible and the Future / Edition 1by Craig C. Hill
Pub. Date: 09/28/2002
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Enormous confusion exists today concerning the Bible's teaching about the future. Millions of contemporary Christians are caught up in "rapture" fever, evidenced by the phenomenal success of the Left Behind novels. At the opposite end of the spectrum are those, such as the leaders of the Jesus Seminar, who believe that Jesus did not teach about the approaching
Enormous confusion exists today concerning the Bible's teaching about the future. Millions of contemporary Christians are caught up in "rapture" fever, evidenced by the phenomenal success of the Left Behind novels. At the opposite end of the spectrum are those, such as the leaders of the Jesus Seminar, who believe that Jesus did not teach about the approaching Kingdom of God.
In God's Time offers an alternative to these two poles in the debate, an alternative that is at once faithful and sane, readable and scholarly. Author Craig C. Hill encourages Christians both to take seriously and to think sensibly about the hope of God's ultimate victory. His new book includes chapters on the nature of the Bible, the history of prophecy, the meaning of apocalyptic writings, the interpretation of Daniel and Revelation, the expectations of Jesus, and the hopes of the early Christians. It also includes an appendix ("Not Left Behind") on the subject of the rapture.
Endorsed by a wide array of top scholars and church leaders, In God's Time is a reliable guide to this often bewildering but always fascinating subject.
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Ever since the time of Pentecost, the Christian church has been interested in the future. What will happen when I die? How will the world end? During times of intense social, cultural or economic dislocation (such as the present) there have been repeated outbreaks of prophetic speculation among Christians. During the nineteenth century, for example, numerous individuals made a close study of the prophetic books of the Bible. Some devised highly elaborate and speculative prophetical systems that attempted to provide a Scriptural interpretation of a number of deeply unsettling contemporary events. Despite attracting considerable followings, these interpretations always proved to be wrong. Unfortunately, they encourage countless numbers of the faithful either to abandon hope in the gradual alleviation of the world¿s suffering and alienation from Christ, or to give up on life altogether in the expectation of Jesus¿ imminent return. Despite the abysmal success rate of each of these prophetic speculations, they continue to exert enormous influence over the church in America. Since the 1970s, there has been a virtual explosion of works emanating from conservative evangelicals which, building on the discredited prophetic ¿systems¿ of the past, offer ¿end times¿ certitude to believers who are confused and bewildered by the chaos of modern times. At the other end of the theological spectrum are those academic scholars of the past decade who have wished to dissociate Jesus from any form of future eschatology. In addition to distorting Scripture, this interpretation of the prophetic nature of Jesus has left many modern Christians even more confused and with a profound sense of hopelessness and despair. What can we possibly make of all this confusion? Is there a way forward that is both intellectually credible and faithful to the prophetic texts of Scripture? In his new book, In God¿s Time, Craig C. Hill has managed a remarkable balancing act through the disheartening extremes of ¿end time¿ speculation. He is a first-rate scholar, and his work is a demonstration of what academic discovery and integrity ¿ at their very best ¿ have always represented. At the same time, he is a devout Christian who takes the Bible very seriously. Consequently, his work provides for believers a way faithfully to understand the prophetic texts contained in the Bible (including those associated with Jesus), while resisting the pressure to run headlong into the latest prophetic fad (or speculation) sweeping America. In God¿s Time has been enthusiastically endorsed by the most remarkable and eminent collection of Christian leaders and theologians imaginable, including Eugene Peterson, Tony Campolo, Jürgen Moltmann, Rowland Williams and Walter Brueggemann. They have discovered in its pages a marvelous, often witty and always clear explanation of one of the most topical, albeit confusing, themes in the entire Bible. Every person of faith should read this book and take its message to heart. For the benefit of the church ¿ and our nation ¿ In God¿s Time is the book of our generation.
Here is another author trying to impress others with his personal views. First of all, he made comments on the difficulties of taking the Bible 'Litterally'. I feel that these comments, alone, are what causes so many conflicts and divisions of believers. Good folks have tried to interpret the Bible for centuries, what makes this author think he has the right answers now? He is just another individual attempting to accomplish the most difficult task this world has ever seen. I personally take the Bible literally and nothing this author can do or say will ever change my thinking on it. And humor? The Bible isn't any kind of joke or laughing matter neither are any of the people that the Bible speak of. This author needs to back off and sit this one out. We do not need another 'Personal Opinion' trying to be pushed off on us as fact. The only reason I gave 1 Star is because this is the lowest I could render. There are no '0 Stars' available for rating.
Professor Craig Hill has written an extraordinarily accessible book that condenses the best in biblical scholarship on his subject. He has a lightness of touch that is rare in books of this nature. What he delivers is a narrative which teaches us to read Scripture without fear, to read Scripture not with the eyes of a Christianity misshaped by modernity, but with the eyes of hope in God's redemption. If you have always wondered what the book of Revelation is really about -- if you've always been suspicious of a Christianity that finds conspiracy theories at the heart of every political event, then here is accessible biblical scholarship that will help you to read Scripture again, not with suspicion and fear, but with faith and hope. Recommended reading for all those who have struggled with a fundamentalist past but still want to hold on to an evangelical faith.