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Originally posted by Protector
So? They are stories. Do they have any validity? Probably. What type of discussion were you hoping to get out of posting that? If I remember correctly, that last line says that 144,000 virgin males (maybe females too) will ascend into Heaven to help Jesus. That's just odd. I'm not sure that the Book of Revelations is meant to be taken that literally.
My analysis is that people who believe in the Book of Revelations have the Thanatos wish (death wish). It is a Freudian concept where people want to die, but want to have purpose with their death (meaning purpose at the end of their lives). Since the 1600's, people have believed that the world was going to end. We are further from that happening today, than we were back when Napolean was alive or when the world wars were taking place. Comparatively speaking, we are in the highest age of peace that we have seen in perhaps hundreds of years.
Ask yourself why you find these passages to be so important. If the reason is to give purpose to your life, I'd say you need to find the bigger underlying problem and deal with it.
[Edited on 13-4-2003 by Protector]