“Is Obama the Antichrist?”
This question is so ridiculous that I don’t feel anyone could seriously believe it. Yet they do, and I have seen mass movements of Christians buy into simplistic conspiracy theories.
Many generations have spent time guessing at the identity of the antichist. History tells us that many early Christians thought Nero the roman emperor to be the Antichrist, later it was Napoleon, Hitler, and the former Pope John Paul II. Yet most of these men are now dead, buried, anf decomposed back into dirt. So were the early Christians wrong? Not fully.
The Bible defines an antichrist as anyone who denies Jesus Christ as Lord and God the Father (1 Jn 2:22). And again John tells us that those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh are antichrists (2 John 1:7). Many of these historical men fit the Bible’s definition of an antichrist, however, they did not fit the Antichrist (with a capital “A”) of the book of Revelation.
So while Obama may, according to some hyper evangelicals, be defined as someone who denies Jesus as Lord, it is not very likely we will accurately guess the Antichrist of the book of Revelation, and its even less likely to be a modern democratic president. And in fact currently Obama claims to be a Christian and has mentioned the name of Christ more in his public speeches than George Bush. Of course that does not mean that our president necessarily is an exemplary Christian, however, even that fact does not necessitate him being the Antichrist of Revelation for surely there have been even worse men who did not fit the biblical criteria and are not dead.