Responce to Diamanda Hagan’s Apocalypse Reviews – Part 1: Personal Background

I watch a lot of internet review shows, and one of my favorites is Diamanda Hagan. She has odd tastes in film, reviewing lesbian-serial-killer-road-trip movies based on Hansel and Gretel, RuPaul vanity projects, Futuristic B-Movies, Black Naziploitation and Far Left Gay Porn. She also does the occasional rapture movie, and has just finished up a four-part series on the Apocalypse Quartet, which is a series of Fundementalist Christian films about what’s going to happen when the world ends. In the interest of full disclosure, I have not seen these movies before but whenever the Rapture comes up I feel some strange need to speak out. So here is my own responce to Diamanda Hagan’s responce to the Apocalypse Quadrilogy, which is really my own responce to the Rapture narrative in general.

Before I go any further reagarding my problems with the Apocalypse Quadrilogy and all it represents, I should elabortate on my own position. I was raised in a Mennonite family, not at Amish levels of technology mind you, but we still embrassed the concept of adult baptism. I went to Church until a certain aspects of Christianity began to great on me. This was mainly a problem with the nature of God and the Church (by Church I mean the orgaization of Christianity as a divinely ordained congregation). The concept of being subsummed into a group terrified me. I also had no understanding of how Jesus and God were supposed to interact, let alone the concept of the Trinity. The concept of Christ’s resurrection also set me off; the state-sanctioned murder of an innocent man is not something that a young child is going to easily understand. I do have more of a handle of what this is, but the Resurrection is something I’ll be saving for the end of this.

So let loose from regular Church attendance, I began to do some of my own studies regarding religion. This took me through a long examination of other traditions, ranging from Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism and the Occult. I have also began in recent years to re-examine Christianity, and looking back on things I think it is not unlikely for me to settle on some Christianity. I have grown in my knowledge of the Christian religion, the concstruction of the Bible, and the story of Jesus Christ. This is not to say that I consider myself a “Christian,” whatever that is supposed to be. I do have a respect for the Christian religion in the tradition that I was raised in.

This is part of my reason for writing this, as the Christianity I experienced is in as much conflict with the version of Christianity that is shown in Fundamentalist narratives such as The Apocalypse Quardrilogy without becoming straw satanists. I was never accepted that people who aren’t Christian are going to hell, and I never heard that homosexuals were going to hell. The idea that Jesus was going to come back was always there, but it was more that Jesus was just going to return and everybody would be happy, because hey Jesus is awesome. No one was going to die or disapear, Jesus was going to come to us. We were also a very left-leaning Church, and the associations the Rapture narrative has with the right has always made me wary. Jesus was a radical who got into arguments with the ruling elite, broke major social rules, and wandered 1st century Palestine with a bunch of other guys, like Jack Kerouac without the alcoholism. The God and Jesus of the Fundamentalists is a warrior-God however, and is more in line with a vision of deity that Jesus Christ contradicts.

Another reason is that there are certain beliefs that I hold that are against the narrative of The Apocalypse Quadrilogy. Most of this is the depiction of God, and more importantly God’s relationship with Satan(the Antichrist). If Satan exists, I do not see it to be outside the realm of possibility for him to be working for God. It makes more sense then the idea of Satan being against God, as if God is all-powerful then nothing can stand against him and there is more scriptural validity for God and Satan to have a good working relationship as compared to being enemies. This does upset certain aspects of most people’s narrative, i.e. that God is Good and Satan is Evil. Ultimately, I see God as sustaining universal force as in the Hindu concept of Brahma, or as a hypothetical factor in one’s spiritual development. That a battle of Good and Evil needs to be taking place external to the soul is unnecssisary, and as one can see from most Rapture Narratives, harmful.

With that said, let’s begin my responce to the Apocalypse Quartet.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diamandahagan
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 15:02:25

    This promises to be most interesting. Im glad you like the reviews!

    Reply

  2. Trackback: Responce to Diamanda Hagan’s Apocalypse Reviews – Part 2: The Christian Narrative « Dylan Tern

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