No Rapture, Dang.

I had a laugh and a 1/2 this week on Facebook about the idea the rapture would happen on May 21, 2011 – any rational thinking person obviously knew Harold Camping’s prediction was biblically fueled insanity that went a tad too far. Why was it not going to happen?

Easy, there is no such thing – well, as it is explained by Evangelicals anyways. Heck, I am not even sure the idea exists in scripture and is not whole-heartedly made up by hopeful thinking Christians trying to avoid their own mortality. It seems to me to be an idea read into scripture and not read out of it.

It’s fun wishful thinking the rapture. But that’s exactly what it is, wishful thinking (as Larry Norman ‘I wish we’d all been ready’ plays in the background).

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2 thoughts on “No Rapture, Dang.

  1. You almost said that if someone says they have the right interpretation of Revelation that they are therefore almost certainly wrong but that might be putting words in your mouth .The question I was left with this morning was If the future events Second Coming etc that Revelation talks about were expected within the lifetimes of the people in the 1st century church and have not yet happened are they all made up wishful thinking or motivational metaphors?….. The morning after his sermon I sat in Glasgow university and heard the lecturer speak of the Islamic response to the Crusades and how for some there was a link between the Crusades the creation of the state of Israel and right-wing thinking based on apocalypse and the end of things…… I dont think it was wishful thinking simply what they thought at the time.

  2. “The question I was left with this morning was If the future events Second Coming etc that Revelation talks about were expected within the lifetimes of the people in the 1st century church and have not yet happened are they all made up wishful thinking or motivational metaphors?” (Panama)

    I could see them being motivational metaphors for a Christian community, and a Jewish one, reeling from Roman atrocities being placed upon them (ie: persecution for not believing the Roman faiths). It could all be one big coded message about perseverance in light of the trials from Rome, knowing that to withstand is much more meaningful then to ‘fold under pressure’.

    Which was the case in that time period, people leaving the faith for safety reasons and other staying and dying on behalf of the faith…even stories appear that are to lift the spirits of those that stayed. Revelations is basically about seeing the big picture, Rome will cave at some point if we hold out long enough…but also that their faith is not forgotten.

    “I dont think it was wishful thinking simply what they thought at the time” (Panama)

    Agreed. However, I think it’s wishful thinking to believe in a literal rapture for only the believers in Jesus – as per the Evangelical ideal like ‘left behind’ the series.

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