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  • Friday, March 24, 2006

    The "rapture" racket

    There are all sorts of wacky websites, run, quite obviously by fundamentalist extremists who positively drool over the "rapture". There are also those who attempt to "preempt" their own version of the "rapture". "The rapture racket", from Third World Traveller takes a look at this myth, and states:

    "They [the Left Behind books] are instilling this terrible fear in children that people are going to be left behind. It is not biblical. There is no Rapture in the Bible," Rossing told Rutherford Institute's John Whitehead. "9/11 was a wake up call to America," LaHaye told Morley Safer in his "60 Minutes II" interview. "Suddenly, our false sense of security was shaken. Now we realize we're vulnerable. And that fear can lead many people to Christ." "I see many signs of the Lord's return. This could be the generation that's going to hear Jesus shout from the heaven and we'll respond to be with him. And you don't want your loved ones to be left behind," he pointed out.

    The Rutherford Institute gently prods the extremists, with this piece, titled "God So Loved the World that He Gave Us World War III":

    I think Darby genuinely believed what he was saying about the rapture. But he did invent the notion of the two-stage return of Christ; that is, a rapture of believers and then a return as a sort of warrior king. The Apostle Paul never taught this. No other biblical figure did, either. Prior to Darby, there was no one teaching a line between the so-called rapture and the so-called 7-year period of tribulation, with a second coming of Christ. This was all new, and it began in the 1830s.

    However, despite the fact that "the rapture" isn't mentioned in the Bible once, according to scholars who study these things, you'll still get people claiming that it is described. Strange, these same people usually claim to take the Bible literally, yet, in this one instance they refuse to take the Bible literally, and attempt to get a meaning out of the words contained.

    I'm just so grateful that I haven't had to undergo such fierce and determined indoctrination by people who will attempt to twist things to suit their own agenda. Thankfully, I don't belong to any organised religion, if you're wondering, it helps to keep you sane I feel.

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