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MSNBC's anchors respond to Beck's remarks about the 'anti-God' network and Book of Revelations

Glenn BeckGlenn Beck thinks that "MSNBC has become the most anti-God network ever put on the air in the history of America."

Citing the Book of Revelations and claiming that a host at "the anti-God network" doesn't believe it, he says that "the world is about to be plunged into complete and utter darkness, despair … quite honestly, famine will follow."

In recent weeks, Beck, a Mormon, has been adding doomsday fears to his religious rants.

Biblical Literalism vs. Adaptive Christianity.

In MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell, O'Donnell responded to Beck's criticism of him being a "non-God fearing" host because he said that "no half smart religious person believes the Book of Revelations anymore." O'Donnell says that Beck's act would have collapsed a long time ago if people were more open about talking about others' religion.

"The Book of Revelation has nothing to do with what is going on in Japan, nor does it have anything to do with the world today," O'Donnell remarked.

O'Donnell also pointed out the ridiculousness of biblical literalism, referencing Old Testament verses about stoning others and pointing out that Thomas Jefferson thought the Book of Revelations was the ravings of a lunatic. "I called it a book of fiction. Jefferson called it blasphemous. Beck calls it the Word of God," he said about the bible's last book.

"Christianity has adapted to the modern world," O'Donnell said.

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  • Dennis Taylor

    Beck does not have a religion and the voices hears are not from the God of Islam, Judaism or Christiani­ty.

    I have a college degree in religion and know exactly what I’m talking about. My religious training in college provided me with very rich experience­s learning world religions and also…cults­. Glenn Beck is a mormon. Mormonism made this fool as he never went to college, knows nothing about US History, World History, The US Constituti­on, World Religions or National Economics. It is obvious that someone else must write Beck’s material for him and that he is just a mockingbir­d for someone else’s twisted views. Those are Beck’s only qualificat­ions for anything in this life.

    But here is the question that people need to throw back at Beck any time and every time he uses the word God or says that God speaks to him. Which of the many many momon gods is speaking to Beck??? You see…unlike Islam, Judaism or Christiani­ty, Mormonism is polytheist­ic. Mormon doctrine teaches that there are many gods. Islam, Judaism and Christiani­ty teach one and only one God. Mormon doctrine teaches that there are many gods and that the god of the earth was once a physical man who attained godhood status.

    The next time you and others in the media hear Beck psycho-tal­king to the world about messages he has been receiving from God, please pose the question, which of the many many mormon gods in the pantheon of mormonism is talking to Beck???

    • lolfail

      Stopped reading at "I have a college degree in religion and know exactly what I’m talking about."

  • Love is spoken here

    When Jesus lived on earth, He taught: “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. … And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:38, 40).

  • Ralph Hanneman

    how arrogant to say no half smart person believes the book of revelation.. virtually every christian believes it and accepts it as scripture, even though different groups have different beliefs about its meaning and fulfillment. so lawrence o'donnell basically called the vast majority of christians morons.

    of course that's his right. however he shouldn't expect the vast majority of americans who are christians to watch and support his show while he mocks them to their face.

    • If I remember my history right, the Council of Nicaea had some heated arguments about whether the Book of Revelation should be included in the Bible in the first place. Centuries later, Martin Luther also had trouble with the book, opining that he did not believe that it was inspired by the holy spirit. He almost did not include it in his German translation of the Bible but in the end, included it, as well as some other books that he did not believe were divinely inspired, as appendices.

      I think most people believe that Martin Luther was Christian and if he, the father of the Protestant Reformation, had trouble with the Book of Revelation, it's not a far stretch to say that many modern day American Christians also do not believe it is the literal word of God.


      • Ralph Hanneman

        actually the council of nicea did not discuss what books belong in the biblical canon at all. the main subject of debate was christ's deity.

        martin luther's views have no bearing on what christians accept today. it's a fact that most christians today accept revelation as an inspired work.

    • The first thing that is wrong with your argument is that the "vast majority" of Americans who are Christians DO NOT take the Bible literally. Only fundamentalist and some conservative Christian groups take the Bible literally, and they only represent 37% of the total American population. The largest group of Americans are either unaffiliated Protestants, 53%, with 23% Catholic and 8% other kinds of Christians (i.e. Mormon, Jehovah Witness, etc).

      • Ralph Hanneman

        i don't think ANYONE takes the book of revelation 100% literally. it's obviously a highly symbolic book. christians differ on what those symbols mean, but most agree that it is inspired scripture, and believe that it is true in some sense. lawrence o'donnell thinks that makes them idiots.

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