I was educated, i was trained, i was a presbyterian and i knew how these things are done. I knew that in biblical times if a man committed a sin the extermination of the whole surrounding nation-cattle and all-was likely to happen. I knew that providence was not particular about the rest, so that he got somebody connected with the one he was after.
Prophet just means intellectual. They were people giving geopolitical analysis, moral lessons, that sort of thing. We call them intellectuals today. There were the people we honor as prophets, there were the people we condemn as false prophets. But if you look at the biblical record, at the time, it was the other way around. The flatterers of the court of king ahab were the ones who were honored. The ones we call prophets were driven into the desert and imprisoned.
Theology is a non-subject. I'm not saying that professors of theology are non-professors. They do interesting things, like study biblical history, biblical literature. But theology, the study of gods, the study of what gods do, presupposes that gods exist. The only kind of theology that i take account of are those theological arguments that actually argue for the existence of god.
The value of the old testament may be dependant on what seems its imperfection. it may repel one use in order that we may be forced to use it in another way-to find the word in it...to re-live, while we read, the whole jewish experience of god's gradual and graded self-revelation, to feel the very contentions between the word and the human material through which it works.
There is nothing else than now. there is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. how old must you be before you know that? there is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. this is how you live a life in two days. and if you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. a good life is not measured by any biblical span.
Biblical archaeology was developed early in this century in an effort to substantiate the authenticity of the biblical account. It's by now generally recognized in biblical scholarship that it has done the opposite. The bible is not a historical text, and has only vague resemblances to what took place, as far as can be reconstructed. For example, whether israel ever existed is not clear; if so, it was probably a small kingdom somewhere in the hills, apparently virtually unknown to the egyptians.
I think this is irresponsible preaching and very dangerous, and especially when it is slanted toward children, i think it's totally irresponsible, because i see nothing biblical that points up to our being in the last days, and i just think it's an outrageous thing to do, and a lot of people are making a livingthey've been making a living for 2,000 yearspreaching that we're in the last days.