History Headscratchers / LeftBehind

20th Dec '16 11:54:41 PM FinalFan
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* What I don't really get are the motivations of the antagonists other than being antagonists. You have a prophecy of the End Times that is pretty clear in how things are going to go down, and so far, since the Rapture, events have been playing out like a checklist. Why would Nicolae rule for 7 years, half of that barely in control, then suffer all eternity in Hell? Why would The Other Light go against Jesus, if that means they all go to Hell? The Book of Revelations states that they cannot win. They get nothing. They lose. So what's the point of rebelling if rebelling is impossible? I realize it's a very nihilistic point of view, but I felt compelled to ask this when I read the art where Nicolae gets chided for using his powers for evil instead of good. Umm...no. God had one of his followers see how events unfolded. There was no room for Nicolae to be able to NOT use his powers for evil, because he's the Anti-Christ. This was all pre-ordained. Nicolae had virtually no choice, except in how he carried out his evil. I just don't really understand where this is coming from, and after reading this TVTropes page, I'm thinking on just chalking it up to the writers being hacks.
29th Jun '16 3:57:20 PM vtarira
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*** It might be a relief, but what makes it stick out (and what OP seems to be getting at) is that it's an arbitrary place to draw the ButNotTooEvil line in the sand when there are six other Deadly Sins to choose from, and to anyone who's ever interacted with a modern American outside this particular subcultural bubble, it strains WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief so far it snaps like a rubber band. Singling out premarital sex also works against two of the biggest intended messages of the books, that "there is no one righteous, no, not one" (i.e. they believe ''all'' sins cause unrighteousness alike) but at the same time that there's no sin that God can't wash away for believers.
27th Sep '15 7:13:50 AM ScorpiusOB1
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** At a normal pace I can transverse those two miles in half an hour even in the hottest summer day (with a temperature of 100F/40 C) and after having spent more hours walking, and this being an average Joe who, besides being used to long walks and liking them, have nothing special in terms of training. Looks like a CriticalResearchFailure.

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** At a normal pace I can transverse those two miles in half an hour even in the hottest summer day (with a temperature of 100F/40 C) and C), even after having spent more hours walking, walking to nowhere[[note]]But I still need water[[/note]], and this being an average Joe who, besides being used to long walks and liking them, have nothing special in terms of training. Looks like a CriticalResearchFailure.
27th Sep '15 7:12:31 AM ScorpiusOB1
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** At a normal pace I can transverse those two miles in half an hour even in the hottest summer day (with a temperature of 100F/40 C) and after having spent more hours walking, and this being an average Joe who, besides being used to long walks and liking them, have nothing special in terms of training. Looks like a CriticalResearchFailure.
10th Sep '14 11:12:25 PM darthpaul
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** [[AWizardDidIt God Did It]] is all the explanantion required, if you accept the worldview of the novels.

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** [[AWizardDidIt God Did It]] is all the explanantion explanation required, if you accept the worldview of the novels.
10th Sep '14 11:11:34 PM darthpaul
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** [[AWizardDidIt God Did It]] is all the explanantion required, if you accept the worldview of the novels.
10th Jun '14 8:30:47 AM S95159
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***Sounds like WVU.
12th May '14 7:37:06 AM Illuminatus
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** Before the series even begins, Russia fires its entire military arsenal at Isreal and manages not to hit a single person. Comparatively, making a bullet or sword miss is child's play for God.
21st Nov '13 12:56:38 PM VicGeorge2011
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* I don't see why Carpathia had to negotiate with Chaim Rosenzweig for the formula for crop growing in order to take control of the world through their bellies. Carpathia is in regular contact with Satan, who is a spiritual entity. If Chaim Rosenzweig's formula is just science, then Satan should be intelligent enough and knowledgeable enough to have figured it out. If not, then he could just send some invisible demons into Chaim Rosenzweig's laboratory and steal the secret for themselves.

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* I don't see why Carpathia had to negotiate with Chaim Rosenzweig for the formula for crop growing in order to take control of the world through their bellies. Carpathia is in regular contact with Satan, who is a spiritual entity. If Chaim Rosenzweig's formula is just science, then Satan should be intelligent enough and knowledgeable enough to have figured it out. If not, then he could just send some invisible demons into Chaim Rosenzweig's laboratory and steal the secret for themselves.
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** It's all part of Carpathia fulfilling what the book of Daniel says about "the prince that shall come" in the "70 weeks" prophecy. In Daniel 9:27, it says that the prince "shall confirm a covenant with many for one week", which is a period of seven years. The book of Isaiah also speaks about Israel making "a covenant with hell" which they believe promises them protection, which as interpreted by the Left Behind books is Nicolae Carpathia promising Israel peace for a seven-year licensing agreement for the synthetic fertilizer formula. The book series seems to require that you are either well-studied in futuristic end-times theology or that you do your homework and seek out the answers for yourself.
21st Nov '13 12:50:33 PM VicGeorge2011
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** If God created the laws of nature, physics, and science, and He is Lord over all creation, then He has authority to supersede those laws for His purposes whenever He wants to and leave us puzzled over how it's actually accomplished.
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