Reading the Left Behind series was what finally woke me up and got me thinking about getting saved. People disagree strongly about the meaning of Revelation. I don't think a difference of interpretaton will keep someone out of Heavan. God wants us to wake up and be watching for Christ's return. If "Left Behind" does the job, then I think it is God-inspired.
Moderator - "got me thinking about getting saved". Are you saved Melissa? If not, what would make you accept Christ?
---melissa on 5/9/08|
I love them..I've read them all, and I think there's still one to come. I firmly believe they are God-inspired, and based on what the Bible teaches. Many many people have become saved through the books, & the subsequent movies. I think they're wonderful.
---Ann5758 on 4/12/07|
I love them. Of course it's fiction, only God knows how it's going to end. However, I can give the books to none Christians. It's a great way to get them onto the topic of Religion. So if it goes over the top on the scare tactics you hopefully will have new opportunity to love them to Christ with the Gospel. If I gave them a Bible they probably would not read it, and if they did actually read it, most would struggle to understand it, unless the Spirit was already at work in their lives.
---Phil on 11/2/05|
Yeshua preached more on the Kingdom of God than any other subject. This is what He went around preaching everywhere He went, not Hell fire and brimstone. (cf. Luke 8:1; Matthew 4:23; 9:35 etc.)
Paul who was the greatest Evangelist never went around putting the fear of Hell into people to convert them.
You don't want me to post comments on the study of some of these fire and brimstone teachings from His parables. The Greek words for torment have nothing to do with eternality.
---David7647 on 11/1/05|
As a piece of fiction, they are wonderful. By deffinition, we have no idea how for certain Biblical prophecy will be fulfilled, though a good rule of thumb is to take it literally.
People have been saved, by being confronted with the the reality of of the 2nd Coming, so the books can't be wrong.
Anyway, whats the matter with frightening hell out of people, Jesus preached more about judgment then any other subject.
---mike6553 on 11/1/05|
Question to think about... When you read the writings of the Early Fathers you never see anyone using scare tactics. They were successful in evangelizing without putting the "fear of Hell" into everyone they met. This was witness after the fact by Jerome, Augustine, and Basil.
Why do we need to scare people into "becoming Christians"?
---David7647 on 10/30/05|
All of the books in the "Left Behind" series have been read by me. While I found them very fascinating and interesting to read, they are fiction, (as pointed out by the authors.) They are base on the Pre-Tribulation view of the Rapture and Tribulation. They should serve as a "wake up call" to both Christian and non-Christian. Everything a Christan does should be "God inspired", but not on the same level as the Scripture has been inspired - if this is what you mean.
---WIVV on 10/30/05|
I believe as Matth' states. As anything by man they have flaws. I bought the series for my family as thought provokers. We discussed each informally before & afterward to help "square" ourselves with scriptures that may have inspired the stories. I would liken their value to many of the religious movies such as "The Bible","The Greatest Story Ever Told", "King of Kings", "The Ten Commandments", etc. All good, but use your Bible for the truth.
---mike_fl on 10/30/05|
Well, whether it's fact or fiction, it's like my mom told me one day, when I got angry at something the pastor said. She told me, "Well, Honey, can't you eat the fish and leave the bones?"
---matth9533 on 10/30/05|
Danger! Danger Will Robinson!
Even the authors have come out and stated that their books are works of fiction. They are not to be used in Church in place of Holy Writ! Every Christian bookstore owner that I know of gives that warning (this coming from a Christian bookstore owner too).
If you really want something that has more meat rather than fiction read Hal Lindsey's "Late Great Planet Earth." (Though he should be considered the greatest heretic since Arius)
---David7647 on 10/30/05|