A Critical Overview of Systematized Obscurantism
by Mark Mountjoy
The value of the New Testament stands or falls on the question of its verity: Is it a true and faithful report? Is it inspired by the Holy Spirit of God? Or, is it a humanly devised contrivance? Is it a catalog of calumniations against the Jewish people and fables and fantastic claims surrounding Jesus, an individual from Nazareth of Judæa? If true, what general system of interpretation best represents how it makes sense in light of its culture, context and commitments?
If untrue (or only partly true), what logic justifies accepting any of it as a reflection of the revealed will of God or an explanation of salvation or guide to ultimate questions of truth and eternal consequence? Amillennialism is a systematic belief about Bible eschatology. It wants to explain and deny what the New Testament says, all in one breath; Saying "Yes" and "No" on questions surrounding what the New Testament says about the Second Coming, it wants to have it both ways: It wants to accept Jesus, his deity, his cross, death, burial and resurrection, but it also wants to deny, equivocate, obfuscate and reinvent everything the New Testament says about his return, its context, proximity and implications!
This essay will attempt to clarify how the Amillennial theory cherry-picks the Bible to establish itself (not the Word of God) as the authority unto whom Christians must be beholden. However, at the same time, Amillennialism straightly holds what the New Testament plainly advocates to be off limits and verboten on pain of censor, interdiction1and, in extreme cases, excommunication.