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The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?

Old 07-06-19, 08:05 PM
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The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?

Anyone still like the Left Behind books or at least just the first book due to the idea of people leaving to go to Heaven?

The first book is still great but the last book was a letdown.

Basically if you want to live forever on Earth you have to go to church and go to places to spread the teachings of God etc or else you end up in Hell's river of fire.

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Old 07-07-19, 11:11 AM
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Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?

I think I read all of them. The first few were pretty good, but the last several were low on story and high on preaching. I don't have any intention on revisiting any of them, and would only give the first book a mild recommendation.
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Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?

I actually enjoyed the first 4 or 5, then left the series behind.
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Old 07-07-19, 04:56 PM
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Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?

Has anyone else noticed that the whole "rapture" business has really fallen out of favor in religious circles?

I can remember it being a big concern for a while -- rapture and tribulation and people disappearing into thin air -- and then it just fizzled.

I can remember the 80s when I first heard of the concept of a "rapture" and people were convinced that it was going to happen at any moment. It sort of reached a peak with the "Left Behind" books, and then it just sort of went away. Don't know if it's because the books ended, it was tied to the "millennium," or there was a shift in politics in the 21st century.
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Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?

It comes in phases. There was a ton of rapture/end times talk in the mid 70s for example.
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Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?

The last two books kind of make you feel bad.

they're basically telling you to go to church and go to places and people to spread the words and wisdom of God and the bible so you can be immortal on Earth or else youll be tortured and burn forever in Hell and at the lake of fire area
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Old 07-08-19, 06:01 AM
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Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?

I agree with mndtrp, the first few were pretty good, a compelling story about people disappearing all over the world, the emergence of the antichrist, the slow descent into madness, but then it starts to turn all preachy and lost some of its appeal to me. I'm glad I read the whole story, but I'll likely not read it again.
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Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?

Just go to the source and read a good translation of Revelation. Less money, better story.
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Old 07-09-19, 08:29 AM
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Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?

Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt View Post
Just go to the source and read a good translation of Revelation. Less money, better story.
Except that everything in Revelation already happened. (If one subscribes to full preterism.)
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