- Hardcover: 266 pages
- Publisher: Michael Biehler (May 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1987985281
- ISBN-13: 978-1987985283
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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I have always known there are things "the church" just don't have right. Michael points out how important 70AD is and the Destruction of "the Temple" in Jerusalem and how we as Christians today should treat those of opposing views. Hint: Galatians 5:22-23.
Sadly, since that time of adjusting the rudder of theology, things have continued, as is easy to do, to rebuild new traditions that close the minds of the people to truth. Michael Biehler has run into this problem, and through a series of chapters telling his stories and struggles, he reveals where his teaching has led him, and the opposition it has brought him.
The focus here is eschatology - the study of the last things. The "end times" and "last days" are still a hot topic in our generation. No matter the fact that time after time, person after person, in most every decade of every century for hundreds or years has made false predictions about the terminal generation, yet still people buy into their theories.
But what if the traditional view on these issues of the "last things" has been off the mark for so long, and since it is an area of theology that church councils have not dealt with in any depth has been somewhat ignored, to the point where our tradition is in great need of reevaluation? Sadly, most people in the church are not willing to even consider that as an option, and so any thought contrary to their traditional view is shot down as heretical.
Biehler shares his stories and struggles, and along the wave interweaves biblical passages that seem to clearly make his point, while tackling and knocking down more and more traditional views held by church leaders today. In the end, this book is a well written, very easy to read and understand expose of issues with modern eschatological studies.
The book's seven chapters do a fine job of looking into the topics like:
* What the Bible meant when it spoke of those who should not taste death until the son of man came (Matt. 16:28)?
* Is the kingdom present or future?
*Could heaven and Earth have already passed away?
* What is meant by "last days" - last days of what?
* If the great white throne judgment has not yet occurred, where do Christian go when they die now?
*What about the tribulation, the rapture and those sounding trumpets?
*What exactly is heresy?
If you are unfamiliar (or confused/misinformed) about the non-futurist, or "preterist" approach to eschatological interpretations, then this book is a most excellent place to get started. It presents a concise and easy to follow style that raises questions and offers solutions to traditional futurist views that should cause you to think (and rethink) what you believe on the topic.
Five years ago in a casual family conversation, my oldest daughter (38yrs of six children ranging from 38 to 22) expressed surprise that my views on the Creation debate had changed. She was miffed that, 30 years ago, I had trained my kids up in the young earth Creation view and now I was expressing such ideas as the possibility of a local flood, rather than global, and was questioning the young earth creation theory. In other words, I was leaning more and more towards reading the Scriptures from a Covenantal view than as straight history.
Fast Forward to “Bamboozled Believers.” Given how my daughter reacted to my changing Creation views, how do I explain to my children my views on eschatology that have taken me 30-to-40 years to formulate?
BAM! Michael Biehler did it for me in “Bamboozled Believers.”
We all have been there; you start to mention the Preterist view of the “End Times” and before you can get out idea one you are inundated with a million questions/responses: You believe the end of the world already happened? You believe the Resurrection already occurred? Look things are getting worse just like the Bible said they would at the end. Jesus already came back?
On and on, to the point that it is hard to even get a foot hold. Personal story - I was having a conversation years ago with a very intelligent anti-religious individual when I was still Post-Mil in transition to Partial Pret. He started to express his problems with organized religion and specifically brought up what, I’m sure, he thought were ridiculous views of the book of Revelation by Christians regarding Israel and the end times. I stopped him there, and told him that I believed that the events of the Book of Revelation had already occurred and were related to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. That stopped him and he expressed surprise, as well as interest, since he had never heard any such thing in his friendly debates with Christian colleagues. I don’t know where that led him but at least it was a data point that he could investigate later if he has so chosen.
Michael’s book is a God-send because he has done all the heavy lifting for me. Rather than try to answer a barrage of questions and objections that would ultimately sink any attempted dialog about Preterism, I can point to Michael’s, simple to read, explanation.
While my wife of 43 years hears me complain about Christian friends always reverting to “it doesn’t matter because Jesus is coming back soon” as we bankrupt our children, both spiritually and financially, I have never sat her down and related my thirty-year journey, to Preterism, to her.
I have purchased my own Kindle version of “Bamboozled Believers,” that I read and that my wife is now currently reading. Three other Kindle versions have been purchased and gifted to my oldest daughter and two very dear friends. Finally, a paperback version has been purchased and is currently being read by my fifth child, a 25-year-old boy.
It is my opinion that “Bamboozled Believers” is the perfect book to introduce the logicalness and Scripturally verified view of Preterism to non-believers, that they might get a taste of the reasonableness of Christianity, to new believers, and to seasoned believers who, mysteriously, have never even been introduced to such an interpretation of the Scriptures.
Thank you, Michael Biehler…Five Stars…****