Revelation 17.7, 20.12,15 – Objectivity in religion
Posted: 12 February 2011 in Revelation

“The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works….. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

The Bible exists, in large measure, to make objective what would otherwise be a completely subjective understanding of God. If somebody today were given free rein to write their own account of what they believed God to be like, it is a fairly safe bet that the ideas present in at least one of the above two passages would be absent.

The news that a.) anybody whose name is not written in the book of life will be subject to divine judgment, and b.) that the names in the book of life were written there before the foundation of the world, ought (at the very least) to inspire a sense of awe which is almost completely missing in much contemporary religion.

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