CARM Newsletter 05/09/2002

APOLOGIES

A couple newsletters ago I wrote about "messing up" two women here at work regarding the rapture.  A few people wrote me about it and said I sounded arrogant and that I really enjoyed causing these women problems.  First of all, I was not trying to be prideful.  Second, in the newsletter, I was just having fun talking about our encounter and explaining how I enjoy teaching the Bible and confronting culturally accepted religious beliefs in Christians.  In hindsight I can certainly understand how people might have taken my comments that in a less-than-favorable light.  I have no one to blame but myself and I wanted to apologize.

For further clarification, the issue dealt with the commonly quoted scriptures dealing with "two men in the field, one is taken one is left" in Matt. 24:37-41 and Luke 17:26-37.  Most people just assume that it is speaking about the pre-tribulation rapture.  I disagree.  I was showing them that the context does not teach us that it is the rapture.  Rather, the context teaches us it is the wicked who are taken -- See Luke 17:26-37 for this.  Furthermore, if you were to go to Matt. 13:24-30 where Jesus teaches the parable of the wheat (Christians) and the tares (non-believers), you'll see that at the time of the harvest (end of the age) the FIRST ones gathered are NOT the Christians but the wicked people (Matt. 13:30).  Also, read Jesus' interpretation of that parable in Matt. 13:36-42.  When I showed them this, they stared at the Bible and then at me, mouths open.  They loved it that they were "messed up" as I said because they enjoyed the challenge of seeing something new.  So, it was not meant as anything other than a statement of fun.  (If you'd like to see this analyzed more, go to http://www.carm.org/bible/interpret.htm.

Also, surprisingly, I received a few emails about my comments that I love computers and would "marry one" if I could.  Just to set the record straight.  I'm already married.  Besides, it couldn't work out between us.  The hyperbole (A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect) was also meant to be fun.  I'll try and be more careful in the future.
 


If you like the ad and want to contribute to having it run on the air beginning about two weeks prior to the event, then please send any donation about you want to CARM (RADIO SPOT), P.O. Box 995, Meridian, ID, 83680.  Please mark your donation (Radio Spot).  I will collect them all, and send a CARM check to the radio station and whatever we have is how many ads will run.  One more thing:  Kevin is a very strong supporter of CARM and says that he can really get a good deal on how many times the ad will run for the money sent in.  Praise God.

One more thing.  There is an atheist network out there and one of them has an internet based radio show with about 20,000 listeners.  He's been commenting about the upcoming CARM convention and has even played the radio spot on his show!  Praise God!!!  We can use all the advertisement we can get.

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VERSE OF THE WEEK.
1 Corinthians 3:7-9
So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.   For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building," (NASB).

 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.