Atheism / Christianity / Religion

Antichrist and the End of the World

Sermon and Deeds of the Antichrist, Luca Signorelli, ~1499-1502 (Source: Wikipedia)

Let’s look at the Christian concept of “antichrist.”

Using my bible software to search the term I came up with four verses: 1 John 2:18, 1 John 2:22, 1 John 4:3, and 2 John 1:7. Let’s start with 1 John 2:18, RSV:

Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour.

Right away you see a problem for Christians, at least if you want to apply notions of the Antichrist to current events. The anonymous author of this passage was probably writing somewhere around 1,900 years ago yet claims to be living in the final hour before Christ’s return. He’s not talking about some date way off in the future. To any honest reader the last hour can only mean one thing: the author assumes he and his readers were living in the end times. Continue reading

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Reading the Apostle Paul Without Gospel-Colored Glasses
Atheism / Christianity / Religion

Reading the Apostle Paul Without Gospel-Colored Glasses

This post is revised from a comment I made over at Reddit on r/DebateAChristian.  The original Reddit post, by the brilliant, concerns whether Paul actually preached about an earthly Jesus, the Jesus defined by and understood through the gospels of the New Testament.  My argument is that Paul’s letters make far more sense if read in isolation from the gospels. Continue reading