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A couple of days ago I made my little video post asking fellow Christians to refrain from demonizing their political opponents. The very next day, a person in my church fowarded an e-mail to me which implies that Obama is the anti-Christ.

Now, the person who sent this on to me is a conservative voter, but I don't think that they believe Obama is the anti-Christ. It seems that they simply meant to show me what is out there. However, the fact that this stuff is out there, and someone sent it to them, is pretty disturbing.

I don't believe that Obama is the anti-Christ, and I don't think such language is in any way helpful. On the other hand, it is so over the top that is also pretty amusing. So, here it is for your reading pleasure:

This will make you re-think: A Trivia question in Sunday School: How long is the beast allowed to have authority in Revelations? Revelations Chapter 13 tells us it is 42 months, and you know what that is. Almost a four-year term of a Presidency.

According to The Book of Revelations the anti-Christ is: The anti-Christ will be a man, in his 40's, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal....the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destroy everything.. . Do we recognize this description??

I STRONGLY URGE each one of you to post this as many times as you can! Each opportunity that you have to send it to a friend or media outlet..do it!


OK, a couple of things. First, Revelation chapter 13 (and it is not "Revelations") is about a Beast, or a couple of Beasts. Man, organization, nation, government, or literal sea-monster? Who can say? Regardless, the Beast's age is not mentioned. And as to being of "Muslim decent." What? Given that the Book of Revelation was written hundreds of years before the birth of Mohammad, it seems unlikely that the concept of Islam is present. And if the concept is present, I don't see it.

I could go on and on about the intensely subjective nature of this "interpretation." I could talk about all the other Beasts that have been named by certain people in the past decades, from Gorbachev to John Paul II to the G8. That stuff is pretty silly. But the part about forwarding this to everyone one you know? That is where this becomes fear-mongering and hate-mongering.

Once again, it isn't my business if you vote for Obama, McCain, someone else or no one else. And I'm not trying to promote or attack any candidate. I am not a partisan. I'm just saying that this sort of stuff is "false testimony against your neighbor." It is a violation of the 9th of the 10 Commandments. It is a bad witness to non-Christians, it is silly, it is stupid, it is false. And it should stop.


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