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  •  yes (14+ / 0-)

    Of course there are so many interpretations of these things,  coming from a variety of translations of the Bible -- for me it has always made the idea of Biblical literalism an oxymoron.  

    But you are right, the gist of Revelations is clear, and people who believe that they are living in the end times or that their children will, have a very different world view than anyone else. And that was the danger of making this video game targeting this market. It would be like an indoctrination video for religious warfare.  Fortunately, almost everyone agreed.

    •  I do note that many Tribulationists have moved (5+ / 0-)
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      from the KJV Bible, which is something of a relief I suppose.  Early Modern English can be somewhat difficult to understand, as anyone who has read Shakespeare can attest, much less when framed in iambic pentameter blank verse.  Add to this several problematical translation of some passages as our linguistic knowledge has increased over the centuries since KJV was written (And some dozen editions of KJV at that though most stick with either 1611 or 1629 editions).

      To have them move to a more modern version may be something of a relief, though the problems of translating any language into another are many, if they insist on the literal nature of the text.  Most recently, I have been doing some reading on the intrusion of End Time theology into UMC and the United Presbyterian Church, to the extent that I am now finding some SBC ministers filling UMC pulpits.  I first noted this with a local UMC minister who was attending Erskine Theological Seminary.  This is an ARP seminary and which, through its college, more recently fired a long time English prof for refusing to sign a statement that the Bible is literal and inerrant (they now require this of all college and seminary faculty)  

      •  I fear moving FROM the KJV only means a desire (1+ / 0-)
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        to spell it all out much more explicitly...which in their minds would qualify as improved accuracy and enhanced inerrancy....

        Show me the whisky stains on the floor
        Show me an old drunkard as he stumbles to the door
        And I'll see a young man with so many reasons why...
        ...and there, but for FORTUNE, go you - or I... - thanks, Phil

        by chmood on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 06:15:25 AM PDT

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    •  imagine, FC, if a group of USA Muslims (2+ / 0-)
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      had put out a similar game inculcating these values into THEIR children in which they taught their children that only Islam was the true religion and all non-believers HAD TO BE KILLED.  And they then portrayed a holy war for which they were training their children to be combatants in which the only option for the non-Muslim was to convert to Islam or be killed?????  And instead of a voice saying a:

      gratuitous "Praise the Lord" exclamation that sounded when someone on the anti-Christ side was felled.
      that a gratuitous "Praise Allah!" was included.........

      How many seconds would elapse before they would be labeled as
      1) a hate group
      2) a terroist group
      3) and be paid a friendly visit from the FBI, NSA, etc, etc.
      4) shut down but good.

      and how many minutes would it take to get them shut down and all copies of their game confiscated? and how many hours would it take before the leaders of this would be held as charges against them were considered?

      This is intimidation and terrorism and bullying of the first order and I believe that they are dangerous, really dangerous.  I believe that this is an example of 'criminal insanity.'

      Why isn't the Department of Children's Services intervening in this, as it most certainly is abuse of children through heinous indoctrination.  To kill people who don't share your views?  If teaching, no demanding, that children learn to murder isn't abuse, I don't know what is.

      My hat's off to you and Talk2Action for preventing the continuation of their lies.

      (oh, btw, you missed one 'tag' for the diary: "unfuckingbelievable"!)

      We Must DISARM THE NRA The next life you save may be ONE OF YOUR OWN!

      by SeaTurtle on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 11:30:58 AM PDT

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      •  yes and thanks! (0+ / 0-)

        there is a vast double standard. You are right that if a Muslim group had made a video game for children titled, say "jihad" and featured jihadists as the good guys against the Great Satan of America, things would have been very different.  

        At the same time this episode was good news. Most people,  recognized the danger of this bit of programming. Unlike violent video games, which are mostly based on fantasy situations that no one takes seriously, the violence that was being promoted in Left Behind was consistent with the theology of many evangelicals. That's why we called this a training video for religious war.  People got it and consumers stayed away in droves.  This was a clear win against the religious right. Focus on the family endorsed the game, but people still did not buy it.

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