Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The timing is off

I got an astroturf email today from some random person (who I think is trolling the forum and snagging email addresses, ah, well) going on and on about Muslim extremists and how Muslim terrorists are the root of all evil and we need to return to that good old timey religion and conservative politics to survive. It's pretty common rhetoric, and I was about to delete it as junk when the following claim leapt out at me as just too much to pass up:
According to the Book of Revelations:

The Anti-Christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal....the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, he will destroy everything.
I had to comment.

No verses in Revelations mention the Antichrist. The only time the term is mentioned is in 1 and 2 John. Revelations has beasts and dragons aplenty, though, and is a rather fever-dream apocalyptic sort of story, but no anti-christ, and certainly not specifics. In fact, references occur in John to multiple anti-christs, always lower cased.

Revelations was probably written in the first century AD (estimates are roughly 65-93). Muslims didn't exist. Islam was founded around 600 AD. According to most interpretations, Islam is the one religion that the antichrist could not come from. There are quite a few protestant sects that are quite sure that the Pope qualifies, though. That was a bit surprising.

Claiming the Bible says something when it does no such thing is awfully common among people with an axe to grind. The person starting this email did a rather poor job of it, actually. We can all go and look this stuff up. If you're going to email a xenophobic rant, at least get your facts straight!

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