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John writes in Revelation about the end of the age. As fun as it would be to talk about that too, I'm actually interested in the secondary and often overlooked point he makes about the saved. It's interesting, often translated dangerously and differently, and worth looking at in at least three translations if at all.Pay close attention to who and what is nonlinear in these translations of the verse, as it shifts pretty radically from one to another!
New International Version
"All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the Lamb's book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world."
New Living Translation
"And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast. They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life before the world was made--the Book that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered."
English Standard Version
"and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain."
"It is really, I suggest, a timeless truth about God that human nature, and the human experience of weakness and sleep and ignorance, are somehow included in His whole divine life."
CS Lewis wrote many things from fiction to non-fiction, allegory to fairy-tale, but this section may well be a key to understanding both his own thinking, and the nature of the non-linear God.
This reading focuses on an often overlooked (by his own instruction) section of MERE CHRISTIANITY about God and Time: SECTION IV.3 “Time And Beyond Time” in MERE CHRISTIANITY – by CS Lewis
"Now, the first thing to notice is that the whole sting of it comes in the words 'at the same moment.' Most of us can imagine God attending to any number of applicants if only they came one by one and He had an endless time to do it in. So what is really at the back of this difficulty is the idea of God having to fit too many things into one moment of time."
Is Harry Potter a Messianic Figure or a devil in disguise?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (a.k.a. Philosopher's Stone) is a story that exists within a rich transmedia universe derived from the novels by J.K. Rowling. The film was the number one box office seller for 2001 and the book and its sequels were a best-seller for years on end.
The story is about a boy who discovers he is a wizard and is invited to attend school at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but is that bad or is it a brilliant metaphor for something greater, eternal even?
The story follows the "hero’s journey" model employed by the main author. Central are the themes of love and redemption, friendship, and overcoming evil. Also, while the first story sets up the franchise setting and conflict for the six additional sequels, it is actually a self-contained story unto itself, completing the first of a series of A-B-C story arcs unto its own.
However, while later sequels do expand the wizarding world in a number of ways, one thing that is never addressed is the ultimate question of the origins of evil and good, namely: Where is God?
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