Tom and Jerry: Defenders of All Things Right and Good

Monday, April 17, 2006

Left Behind

I must confess a certain guilty pleasure in reading Jerry B. Jenkin's and Tim LaHaye's Left Behind series. They have a faced paced comic book feel and are subtly anti-Catholic, hence the guilty pleasure. One must remember they are fiction, although the authors believe the books have catechetical value. Here is one of their theological nuggets from the second book in the series:

The very first qualification of Messiah…is that he should be born the seed of a woman, not the seed of a man like all other human beings. We know now that women do not possess seed. The man provides the seed for the woman’s egg, and so this must be a supernatural birth…Our Messiah must be born of a woman and not of a man because he must be righteous. All other humans are born of the seed of their father, and thus the sinful seed of Adam has been passed on to them, not so with the Messiah born of a virgin.

Seed or no seed, we know 50% of the genetic material for the newly conceived human being comes from the woman. By that logic, wouldn’t she also need to be free from the sinful seed of Adam? It sounds like a compelling argument for the Immaculate Conception, but I doubt the authors see it that way.

2 Comments:

  • I have been intrigued by the books and have wondered about starting the series. Was that quote taken from the book directly... or the comic that you mentioned? If that is directly from the book.. I do not know if I could handle the repetive nature of the writing. Sounds like they to sound like "old" writing.

    When I read the quote... I immediately had the same string of thought... woman has sin as well... but not if immaculately conceived.

    kmw

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, April 21, 2006 11:38:00 AM  

  • Teeeg, I always knew you were a protestant deep down inside....the rapture indeed!!!
    ac

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sunday, April 23, 2006 12:25:00 AM  

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