Each Week on Saturday, I’ll be asking a “Question of the Week.” I’d love your input and discussion! Ask a good question in the comments and it may show up as the next week’s question! I may answer the questions in the comments myself.
What’s Your View of “The Millennium”
There are few in-house debates which are as divided among Christians as issues related to eschatology. I’m curious as to what views my readers take on various eschatological themes, so I figured I’d ask! Before we ask the question, here’s a brief outline of different views about “The Millennium”:
[P]remillennialism… claims that the return of Christ precedes the millennium [as an actual 1000 year reign of Christ on Earth], postmillennialism… holds that Christ returns after the millennium… amillenialism.. holds that the millennium is not limited to a thousand years but includes the entire period of time between the first and second comings of Christ (Riddlebarger, 19, cited below)
There are seemingly endless permutations of how these different views may be hashed out, but I’m curious:
What is your view of the Millennium? Will it be a literal 1000 years, or is it some finite, but undetermined period of time? Will Christ come before or after it?
Eschatology– the study of the end times- is not something I’ve focused on much at this blog (though you may read what I have written by clicking on the word) for a few reasons. The most prominent is that I haven’t studied it much. This makes me curious: which view do you hold and why? Let me know in the comments.
Question of the Week– Check out other questions and give me some answers
Book Review: “Four Views on the Book of Revelation” (Zondervan Counterpoints Series)– I review a book which focuses upon Revelation–the book of the Bible which is most commonly associated with eschatology. Check it out for a survey of four views on how to read the book alongside various eschatological views.
Kim Riddlebarger, A Case for Amillenialism (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2003).
– I chose this specific book because it featured a concise outline of the three most prominent views on the millennium.
I have begun a new “thing” over on the Facebook page for this site. If you haven’t checked that out, go over and like the page: “J.W. Wartick- Always Have a Reason.” What is this thing? Well, I’m asking you, dear readers, to respond to various questions throughout the week, which I will then post here. The goal is to get you thinking about a number of issues, and to get some great interaction both on the Facebook page and here. Each week, I will ask questions on the Facebook page, and wait eagerly for responses. Then, I will post the questions here with perhaps some commentary. I don’t know, I’m figuring it out too. This will be a series to go alongside the “Really Recommended Posts” where I send you all to other awesome sites. Give me feedback on what you like about this, or what you don’t like. With no further ado:
Questions of the Week
What is your view on Christianity and the Environment?
I have seen in discussion on this site that people hold an array of views on how we should answer this question. I wrote a post discussing “Caring for Creation” and reactions were very diverse. Skepticism was expressed over global warming, while others expressed the notion that such skepticism is unfounded. The bigger issue, however, is the issue of caring for creation more broadly and how to interact on that level. The answers there were diverse as well. You should check out the post, and let me know here what your thoughts are on this hot-button topic.
Do you have a view on the eschatological millennium? If so, what is it?
One of the most hotly-contested issues in Christian doctrine is that of eschatology. There are various views of the “millennium” which compete for adherents. I recently reviewed a book outlining premillenialism, but it also provided an overview of the various positions “out there.” Check out the review, and let me know what your view is on this contentious issue. Responses to this question on the page covered a diverse array, from those who felt the issue focused around Israel to a recommendation of amillennialism to one who held to a diverse pick-and-choose approach. What do you think?
“The Big One”: What are your thoughts on the Newly Selected Pope?
Judging from my Twitter feed and Facebook, reactions to this question were wildly diverse. Some people decried the “most recent antichrist” while others celebrated their new “papa.” Pope Francis’ second blessing was for a pregnant woman and her child, which gives me great comfort in knowing that the Roman Catholics will continue to stand firmly against abortion. I know little else of this Jesuit man from Argentina, so let me know your thoughts.
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