A short explication on Christian themes that uses a verse from the Book of Revelation as a springboard.
In the King James Version of the Bible, Revelation 12:11 says: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Debut author Foster uses this verse as “the Rosetta stone for unraveling the truths found only in the Word of God.” He expounds on a wide range of thought-provoking issues, from the ultimate beginnings of the human soul (“Heaven is a real and physical universe,” he writes, “and we have all been there; it is our point of origin”) to what he sees as the biblical foreshadowing of such events as the Big Bang, to the nature of matter and antimatter. “There seems to be no end of correlating Scripture with the sciences of today,” he writes, as he does just that. He extends his prophecy-based musings from science to cultural history, asserting that Great Britain and the United States once shared a land mass known as Pangaea, and that through this inheritance, America became “the country of Jesus Christ” and, more problematically, the British Empire “fits Jesus’ description of the nation to receive the kingdom of God.” “In [the Gospel of] Matthew the kingdom of God was taken from the Jew and given to the British Empire,” Foster asserts, even though nothing even remotely like this occurs in that text. Likewise, when he flatly states that the United States was “founded on the Ten Commandments of God in the city of Philadelphia as a Christian nation,” readers familiar with the First Amendment may raise an eyebrow. That said, the passionate personal conviction of these meditations is undeniable; when the author says that the magnitude of these revelations stunned him, readers will readily believe it. However, their final form here might have benefited from deeper explanation.
A vibrant, if sometimes troubling, scriptural interpretation of mankind’s beginnings.