End Times Fiction: A Biblical Consideration of the Left Behind Theology [NOOK Book]

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Tim LaHaye contends that his bestselling Left Behind series (with Jerry Jenkins) is "the first fictional portrayal of prophetic events that are true to the literal interpretation of Bible prophecy." Gary DeMar takes issue with this bold claim, contending that the theological premise the series is based upon is only one interpretation of the book of Revelation.

DeMar examines the series in four distinct sections: The Left Behind Sensation; Putting Tim LaHaye's Literalism to the ...

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Overview

Tim LaHaye contends that his bestselling Left Behind series (with Jerry Jenkins) is "the first fictional portrayal of prophetic events that are true to the literal interpretation of Bible prophecy." Gary DeMar takes issue with this bold claim, contending that the theological premise the series is based upon is only one interpretation of the book of Revelation.

DeMar examines the series in four distinct sections: The Left Behind Sensation; Putting Tim LaHaye's Literalism to the Test; the Theology Behind Left Behind; and What Does it Mean and What Does it Matter? Readers will learn to develop a simple method of Bible interpretation and to assess the impact of Left Behind on the future of the church and our society.

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With the phenomenal success of the Left Behind apocalyptic fiction series, it's inevitable that critiques will follow. DeMar, the author of 16 books, including two on biblical prophecy, challenges the theological premise that underlies the popular novels about end times and the return of Christ. While admitting that Left Behind coauthor Tim LaHaye's sincerity about the evangelistic impact of the novels is unquestionable, DeMar asserts that not only is Left Behind a work of fiction, but the "theological premise upon which it is based is also a work of fiction." As he constructs his case, DeMar strives to make the information accessible to a lay audience by incorporating scenes from the Left Behind series, snippets from popular movies such as You've Got Mail and dialogue lifted from his own radio show scripts. Unfortunately, a thick jungle of prophetic references and Scripture notations soon tangles the average reader into knots. The last section, entitled "What difference does it make?," finds DeMar unconvincing. Readers interested in biblical prophecy might be absorbed by DeMar's case against LaHaye's theology, and critics of the popular series may appreciate DeMar for offering a different perspective on the New Testament book of Revelation. However, fans of the Left Behind series who have wondered about the novels' theology and are looking for a clear, persuasive read will likely put this down after the first few pages. (Oct.) Forecast: Desecration, the ninth novel in the Left Behind series, has a pub date of October 30; this critique is shrewdly timed to release on the very same day. Expect the renewed hype for the Left Behind series to help spur sales of this rather lacklusterrebuttal. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781418515010
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 705,065
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    god said even those who know me will be fooled by the antichrist

    The left behind series is fiction based on fact. Fact: in the bible it states that god is capable of all things so those of us that are the fools who belive in the rapture are fools for god .I belive that the title is an accurate description of the end days fortold in revelation. And further more if you cannot belive that god is capable of such a feat then you are mislead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2003

    DeMar makes sense

    I agree with Gary DeMar. Some early historical events seem to match chapters four through eleven better than modern events do. From my own reading, I know that some biblical scholars believe the book of Revelation has been composed by more than one person. The writing style of the first three chapters is different from the writing style in chapters four through eleven. Some scholars believe that chapters four through eleven came from John the Baptist. The Evangelist, originally a disciple of the Baptist, would have known what the Baptist preached. These scholars think the Evangelist combined what he heard from the Baptist along with his own private inspiration. All biblical scholars agree that John the Evangelist put into writing the final text that we have received. The Anchor Bible Series covers this in detail. Could it be that the parts of Revelation that originally came from the Baptist were meant for those who heard the Baptist? I examined this possibility when I researched 'Revelation and the Fall of Judea' by a careful reading of first and second-century history. I saw the same things Gary DeMar saw. Trying to make all of Revelation, except the first three chapters, future even to us does seem to mix fiction with fact.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    Sanity At Last!

    I am GLAD that so many books are coming out now to explain that there are other ideas about the end times, the second coming, and the explanation of the Bible that does NOT include the status quo. It so irks me that so many people take nonsense such as the "rapture" as matter of fact when it is absolutely not so! READ this book. You'll like it.

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