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Dispensationalism's Pain Revelations

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By Virgil - Posted on 10 March 2002

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) was one of the greatest european philosophers. While he was never a Christian, I still feel national pride when talking about him. Just like me, he was born in Romania. Later, he moved to France in 1937, and with friends such as Samuel Beckett and William Gass, Cioran wrote and researched many topics, including Christianity. Throughout his writings, one can easily see the despair and pain of an individual confused by a never-ending puzzle of misunderstandings of God's word and prophecy.The irony in Cioran's work however, is that unlike today's dispensationalists, he appeared to have a better understanding of the God-mankind relationship. In one of his never-ending diatribes against Christianity he wrote:

"If we would be to listen to Christianity, down here, everything is already lost. Why is Christianity compromising the only place in the Universe which we cannot leave without a regret? The entire New Testament is nothing more than a divine pamphlet against this world." Emil Cioran, Pain Revelations, p. 142

A man that never hesitated to show pain and desperation in his writings seems to understand the wrong path that Christianity was taking, a path of destruction, and condemnation of the entire physical world. Sadly enough, he is not the only one associating Christianity and the Bible with nothing more than a "divine pamphlet against this world". When we generally discuss God and Christianity with non-christians, we find that the large majority of them associate Christianity with guilt, condemnation and physical destruction of the planet as God's solution to the problem of evil. This is a testimony to the poor job that the Church is doing in today's society. So far, the Church has failed miserably in its quest and mission. Clearly guilt and scare tactics are not working. Cioran observed this:

"Christianity did not manage to change man. Mercy, a christian sentiment, makes me defend it against itself. As long as man will be haunted by the obsessive idea and concept of sin, mankind will remain condemned. The feeling of sin, is the most profound, wicked feelings. Christianity should no longer make us more unhappy than we already are in exchange for a greater illusion of a greater fall. It is not pleasant to be a Christian." Emil Cioran, Pain Revelations, p. 144

What dispensationalists fail to recognize, is that most people do not care about Armageddon, the final judgment, nuclear wars and other sci-fi, end-times scenarios. Yes, people may be interested in these topics from a Hollywood-like perspective, but not from a life-changing perspective. Dispensationalism fails also to understand that God's rescue plan involved not seminary teachers with PhD's and ThD's, but average people, fishermen, tax collectors, people that did not have the scholarly luxury to interpret prophecy, people with common sense, and the honesty of taking God's word at face value. It is nor surprising that Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:20:

"But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."

Why would futurists and dispensationalists believe otherwise? Why would God expect anything else from us, other than the obvious? Did Jesus fail in His plan like Cioran said:

"Jesus revolutionized the world using average people, but He ended up taking them too high. In part, He succeeded, how else can we explain that some forgot to ask for the daily bread, instead taking the abnormal way of spirituality? Jesus took His adherents too far, thus sinning against the mediocre nature of mankind. Mankind never expected anything more than a revelation of a terestrial paradise, when in fact Jesus offered them one that was too far away, succeeding only in a divine deception." Emil Cioran, Pain Revelations, 146

Is it not simply amazing that a secular phylosopher understood that humanity never expected something more than a terestrial paradise, yet God went so much furher, offering us spiritual, eternal life with Him?

Jesus did not deceive us in some twisted, universtal joke. He fulfilled his promise and returned to save our mediocre nature, asking us to take the abormal way of spirituality and abandon the physical. Maybe for some christians, He went too far to be understood completely, but He gave us the honor and wisdom to maybe understand more than others, and with that understanding comes great responsibility. Let us all use our understanding of God's word to help others better understand how pleasant it is indeed to be a Christian, and how awesome and full of love and grace our God is, a God that went to great lengths NOT to destroy His creation, but even gave the life of His Son to save it...

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