These are not posts to criticize any particular view of Eschatology, they are just something that I hope we ALL will think about when we are trying to seek the truth in Scripture on any subject.
Here is the question we need to ask ourselves when trying to discover the truth: Are current events or the Bible driving my theology? (or maybe it would be more accurate to ask: to what degree do current events vs. the Bible drive my theology?)
If our understanding is driven more by current events than it is by the Scriptures then I think we may want to seriously reconsider. Scripture, not our interpretation of events (past, current, or future), is inerrant and should be the foundation for our beliefs about God and His plan for creation. When we let current events drive our theology we are forcing an interpretation onto those events that may or may not be correct. People have done this throughout history and their expectations have failed to come to fruition (i.e. figuring out when Christ will return). This also causes us to constantly reinterpret Scripture to shape it into the mold of current events.
While we may do this in many areas of theology, I think that Eschatology is a good subject to demonstrate the danger of this practice. My rational is that there is some history on this particular issue that most people on the street probably aren’t aware of (I know I wasn’t). The other major reason is that it is one of the easiest theological issues to connect with current events because we are awaiting it’s fulfillment. In the next few posts we will take a birds-eye view of the three main understandings of Eschatology and see the dangerous traps of reactionary theology in each understanding and maybe some of the reactionary theology in the history of each view.