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Theophilus, the Beloved of God

Theophilus (Greek: θεόφιλος, beloved of God) was the intended audience for the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Some scholars believe he was an actual person, a lawyer, a Roman official, or even a Jewish High-Priest, and other Biblical scholars believe “the beloved of God” was the entirety of the early Christian population and not an individual. I believe he was Paul’s lawyer while in his second and final Roman imprisonment. My hallucinations have chosen to elevate him from a mere audience member to a “God-breathed” author of Holy scripture.

As a lawyer, my Theophilus delights in citing scriptural precedence. When making his “case for Christ” would not a lawyer use scripture from the Old and the New Testaments as the precedent that proves the Next Testament is “God-breathed”? Theophilus is a scripture quoting-machine. I use (abuse, and confuse) this view of Theophilus’ method of compiling “his” Next Testament with my own style in the writing of “my” Next Testament.

Ministers like Charles Spurgeon to Billy Graham quote Holy scripture to prove theological arguments, to inspire the faithful, and to decry the sinful. Theophilus, in the Next Testament, uses this method of liberally quoting scripture to prove the fulfillment of the prophecies of Jesus’ Little Apocalypse and John of Patmos’ “bigger” Apocalypse, to inspire the faithful into believing that the end of the Jewish age will actually give birth to the Christian age (and not some cataclysmic “end of the world” nonsense commonly associated with Biblical prophecy), and to decry the sinful into accepting Jesus as their Christ.

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