What’s Your Eschatology?

by Joel on April 30, 2006

Allen McGraw of Methodist Corner took the Quiz Farm eschatology test, so I decided to follow suit.

My results:
100% Moltmannian Eschatology
100% Amillenialist
60% Preterist
15% Dispensationalist — I must have misunderstood the questions. ;-)
15% Postmillenialist
0% Premillenialist
0% Left Behind

I was unsure how to answer a few questions, or even what a couple of questions were getting at, but that may be one way to measure what you are or aren’t. My results were greatly in line with what I expected.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

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Eugene McKinnon 05.01.06 at 3:09 am

Amillenialist

75%
Postmillenialist

60%
Preterist

55%
Moltmannian Eschatology

50%
Premillenialist

50%
Dispensationalist

10%
Left Behind

10%

Well I am glad to see that my dispensationalist roots have finally shrivelled and died. I could never believe in the Rapture because I think that’s just getting away without persecution. When I was a teen we would have movies in which people would be mowing lawns or shaving in the bathroom or driving their cars when without warning they would be gone. While I know there are portions of Matthew that lend themselves to that text I think that suburbia is not the context. I believe we Christians will go through a great deal of persecution under an Anti-Christ or anti-christs before Jesus comes back.

Peace be with you all,

Eugene

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Beth 05.01.06 at 12:58 pm

Moltmannian Eschatology 75%
Amillenialist 75%
Preterist 50%
Postmillenialist 45%
Dispensationalist 40%
Premillenialist 30%
Left Behind 20%

Which is all lovely, but what does it mean? And does Left Behind have to do with those shockingly awful books, in which case why do I have 20% of it?

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DH 05.01.06 at 2:16 pm

I ended up with 100% premil, 55% left behind, 55% dispen, 55% Amill, 50% post, 30% moltman, 15% preterist.

One thing that made this difficult is that the test didn’t account for midtrib. I tell people when it comesto eschotology I’m premillinial and either mid or pre Tribulational “…caught away to meet Him in the clouds and so shall we forever be with Him for eternity”. 1000 year reign after the Battle of Armegeddon with the final resurrection before Great White Throne of Judgement.

However, I do believe in the Spiritual sense Christ’s reign began at His resurrection (Amillinial except they believe in the physical reign as part of that). When I discuss with people from different eschatology than mine I find they enjoy talking with me even though I’m different because I understand the Spiritual vs. physical relationship with regard to endtime prohpesies in the Bible. Many times one prophesy is fulfilled multiple times in the future and we mustn’t focus solely on one andnot the other or to the detriment of the other.

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DH 05.01.06 at 2:21 pm

We also don’t escape persecution because many Christians face persecution all of the time it is a matter of understanding tribulation vs. Great Tribulation being that the weeks are mentioned 3 1/2 weeks as being 3 1/2 years. Just like there is a difference between wars and World Wars. No one isescaping nothing in that we all will be judged 1 based on whether we accepted Christ or not and two (for those who have accepted Christ our works will be judged in thatthe bad works will be burned and those that were for God turn to jewels. However it won’t matter in that the jewels will be layed at Jesus’s feet.

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Kim 05.01.06 at 3:10 pm

What is the nature of apocalyptic discourse? How does biblical end-of-the-world language relate to the grammars of history and scientific cosmology? Are they commensurable? What are the semantic/symbolic conventions/ranges of eschatology? What reading/interpretive strategies can we intelligently and conscientiously adopt in engaging with Mark 13 or Revelation? The history of their exegesis is a junkyard of category mistakes, of oddities and idiocies, some quaintly pathological, others disturbingly dangerous (as when they inform American foreign policy in the Middle East). What have Darby and Lindsey to do with Moltmann and Pannenberg?

I won’t take the test because it begs too many questions like these.

Robert Jenson concludes his tentative discussion of the Last Things (apodictic assertion, Jenson would agree, is hubristic) by saying that “The End . . . will be the great triumph of the Spirit, that is, of freedom and love. If the more immediately foregoing paragraphs are false and this sentence is true, little is lost.” Indeed.

Mark Twain might have been thinking of “What’s Your Eschatology?” when he advised, “Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

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Funky Dung 05.01.06 at 3:25 pm

Amillenialist 95%
Moltmannian Eschatology 70%
Preterist 60%
Postmillenialist 50%
Premillenialist 40%
Dispensationalist 30%
Left Behind 15%

I wish there was a “no opinion” option for answering questions. I found a lot of the questions confusing because they referred to people or concepts foreign to me. I don’t know if that’s a personal flaw or due to Catholic bias.

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Joel 05.01.06 at 3:27 pm

Kim, bully for you! Alas, it is too late for me to avoid appearing stupid.

For myself, though I find the test begging many questions, it still places me where I would expect to be. I wrote my ordination Bible study on Revelation, so I spent a good bit of time looking at the book. On the other hand, for me the fact remains that the writings are not altogether clear. I was raised to view the book as mostly symbolic, so I approached preparation for the study from the standpoint of trying to prove that it is real time prophecy of future historical events. I couldn’t do it. The question then, is whether for most people their pre-study bias or predisposition is the overriding factor in the approach. to unpacking it.

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Joel 05.01.06 at 3:30 pm

Funky Dung,

For better or worse, I think part of the very idea is that if you aren’t familiar with a certain person heavily identified with a particular theology, that is some evidence that such is not your theology, and thus either a disagree or middle ground answer will move you away from identification with that theology.

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DH 05.01.06 at 3:31 pm

The nature is to understand that without Christ we are nothing, that the wages of sin is death and that we must have a relationship with Christ for Salvation. For me I rather focus on giving my whole hear, soul and mind to Christ than just my mind.

Remember not all people who believe in the “catching away to meet Him in the clouds” can be lumped in with Darby and Lindsey. While I agree with some of what they say there is much I disagree with on them.

Just because people have taken a truth is produced a false praxis from it doesn’t make the truth any less true. I rather address the people who produced the false praxis than call truth untruth.

For example: Just because people in the 3rd century used Christianity incorrectly doesn’t make Christianity any less true. The same goes for any truth from God’s Word. To me I rather focus on the individuals rather than “throw the baby out with the bath water”, especially when Paul says “encourage each other with these words” with regard to Christs second comming, etc.

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Richard 05.02.06 at 3:49 pm

It’s only a bit of fun, Kim!
I scored
Amillenialist 100%

Moltmannian Eschatology 90%

Preterist 70%

Postmillenialist 45%

Dispensationalist 15%

Premillenialist 5%

Left Behind 0%

Which is nice, considering that I don’t know what most of those terms mean. I’m glad to have some distance between me and the ‘Left Behind’, though!

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Kim 05.02.06 at 4:57 pm

Okay, Richard, having made my point - and for “a bit of fun” - I took the test. But I really did have a hard time answering some of the questions, simply over terms.

For example, the ones about living in “the last days”, and about the end centring on “Israel”. If we take “last days” and “Israel” like the premills (as in “Jesus is coming, look busy!”, and as in “Israel” the nation-state), my answer is “Don’t be silly!” But if (with most academic NT theologians)) we take “the last days” as beginning with the eschatological event of the resurrection of Christ - “If Jesus has been raised, the end of the world has begun” (Pannenberg) - and if (again with most academic NT theologians) we take “Israel” to refer to the children of Abraham and Moses rather than to the tail that wags the dog of US Middle East foreign policy, then my answer is “Absolutely yes!”

Anyway, to come clean - and for what it’s worth - I am apparently an Amillenialist:

Moltmannian Eschatology: 100%
Amillenialist: 100%
Preterist: 95%
Dispensationalist: 50%
Postmillenialist: 45%
Premillenialist: 0%
Left Behind: 0%

Am I going to burn?

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DH 05.02.06 at 7:38 pm

I think John MacArthur said it best it isn’t a question of the last days for we have been living in the last days for the past 2005 years (when I heard him say this). The question is the fulfillment of the last days when Christactually comes back. So for me the end of the world has begun and will be fulfilled when Christ returns. All premillinials,except for Hal Lindsey and Darby, believe this. So I believe both don’t actually contradict each other. To say that Christ isn’t coming back, or the resurrection of the Believers that the 1st century church looked forward to and as Pauls mentioned “encourage each other with these words” is not there, seems totally unsupported in Scripture.

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DH 05.02.06 at 7:41 pm

John MacArthur: “…it isn’t a question of the last days for we have been living in the last days for the past 2005 years (when I heard him say this). The question is the fulfillment of the last days when Christ actually comes back.” So you are right but partly and my understood unmentioned in conjunction with what I said is what you said. However, one must include for proper understanding what I said as well rather than reject outright.

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