Not scary

Here's this week's mind-altering Bible study for i.ucc.org:

The books and videos (I just can’t bring myself to call them films – it would show a level of artistic and theological respect from me that really isn’t there) that attempt to interpret the book of Revelation as a horror story for anyone who isn’t in the Jesus club get it wrong. The books may offer compelling fiction and the movies are . . . just poorly acted religious schlock, but they get it wrong.

Revelation isn’t a horror story. It is one filled with anger directed at oppressors and comeuppance coming to those who would oppress and exploit the weak. (How does that look when experienced through the two rules of love God and love everyone?) Yet in this week’s Bible reading from Revelation 21:1-6, it’s a story that is filled with hope.

  • New heaven and new earth
  • No scary sea
  • God with us
  • Tears wiped away
  • No more death, mourning, crying or pain
  • All things new
  • Trustworthy and true words
  • God was and is and will be – the beginning and the end.
  • Refreshing, free, life-giving water.
How would you like to share that hope?

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