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Posted August 8, 2010
This is a very well researched and documented book. This has obviously taken years of work. This is a very well defended dissertation on how the Rapture has not one bit of Scriptural defense for it. And the Bible in original Greek supports Currie as well.
Currie does a great job at showing the truth. He does not try to hide the other sides view. He shows us what the so-called false defense of the Rapture and then what is actually in the Bible. He actually shares the definition of the words from the original Greek, which I doubled check, and he was correct, they support his position. Not only does the Bible and the Original Greek support his position, so do all of the books written in the first century or earlier. Including two non-Christian historians, Josephus's and Tacticus. This is a must read book. Read it and do your homework before you write a review.
It is amazing how many cults/religions have believed in the Rapture theory and have actually calculated out dates. And they have all failed with the exception of a couple, who actually get away with rolling end time dates. What I find incredible is that their followers still believe this theory after numerous proof of its error. But I checked those allegations and they were true as well. This is an excellent book covers all relevant text, Daniel, Olivet Discourse, and the Epistles through Revelation. And does not add any extra words not found in the original Greek as some of the negative reviews have. Or they take a couple of quotes out of context without understanding how to read Scripture, as most novices do. You will find that most brilliant apologetics of the Rapture theory that were educated in their own universities have reversed their decisions. You will also find that almost no one uses the Rapture as their thesis topic even in schools that teach about the Rapture....Have you wondered why? Read it and make up your own mind.
Note: Sophia Institute Press sent me a complimentary copy of this book for me to review.
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Posted August 19, 2010
As a blogger for Sophia Institue Press, I had the opportunity to read the book, Rapture: The End Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind by David B. Currie. This book is a response to the popular interpretations of the end times, based on a literal interpretation of the bible's prophecies, commonly known as the "Rapture" or "Armageddon". According to the author, David B. Currie, many religious groups, charismatic leaders and bible believers promote their view of end time events to the exclusion of actually living life as a means by which to avoid the harsh realities of the world which we live in. He believes that the rapture theories provides a safety net for its believers with the idea that they will be swept away or "raptured" up to heaven before having to endure any of the hardships and suffering that are expected to occur in the end times.
This work represents a thorough and conscientious study of the end times, from not only a biblical perspective, but from the years of religious traditions and knowledge of the Roman Catholic church, as well. I found Currie's research to be objective and very systematic. His findings concerning the interpretations of the end times, nevertheless are based on nine important "ground rules" which he sums up on pages 74 and 75. Rather than list each one individually, it would be sufficient to make note that the key to some of his assumptions when interpreting biblical scripture include a symbolic interpretation of numbers, visions, physical descriptions and objects rather than literal interpretation. Furthermore, the author states that "Physical-resurrection language can symbolise spiritual renewal" (page 75), rather than simply an actual physcial, literal ressurection. A more symbolic rather than literal translation of the bible may be a stumbling block for many readers accustomed to literal biblical interpretation. This issue is even addressed as well, but perhaps not to the satisfaction of those readers from a background that leans towards the idea "sola scriptura". It is this distinction, the idea behind a symbolic rather than literal interpretation of the bible, which leads Currie to the view of bible prophecy he presents in his book. This symbolic interpretation of the bible and its events, can be confidently made, according to Currie, in light of the years of spiritual tradition and guidance of the Catholic Church, its Saints and theologens.
Perhaps it is true, that some extremely literal translations of minute details are taken out of proportion in order to create richly detailed end of the world rapture theories that were never intended by the inspired writers of the bible. For example a common passage cited by the rapture theorists is used as evidence to state that believers will be caught up in the heavens with Jesus in the clouds, yet because it does not explicitly state that Jesus actually touches solid ground, that this is not considered to be the actual time of the second comming of Jesus, but simply the rapture of believers. Therefore, the second coming of Jesus is treated as a later and distinct event that is to occur years later after the rapture. Nevertheless, can it be stated with complete certaintly that numbers, events, physical objects and occurances as described in the bible are only symbolic? Please see http://pjtheemt.blogspot.com/ for the rest of my review as I have reached the limit of space allo