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Caught Up In The Rapture

Updated on May 22, 2011

Judgement Day?

When I was in Northwestern, PA to visit my family, I made a trip into Ohio to get gas.  I saw a billboard announcing that the world was to end on May 21st.  As the day grew closer, I found out this was all based on the words of one radio fundamentalist, 

The day came and went with no incidents, and this preacher and his followers are likely left trying to explain why?  But a better question is, why does the Rapture and the end of days so fascinate people.

The Bible is full of prophecy about the end of days, both Testaments have their warnings about the end of the world and the coming kingdom of God.  The Book of Revelation is probably the best example, but many of the books of the Old Testament also speak of the coming kingdom. 

These prophecies have inspired writers, the Left Behind saga being a fairly recent example.  They have been analyzed and interpreted in books and on pulpits.  This belief may also shape how many on the Right view Middle East, and even environmental policies.

This fascination I think has its roots in two ideas.  The first one is that the idea that only those deemed worthy will be lifted up.  This idea of being 'set apart' seems to me to be a common idea among many fundamentalists.  That only those who believe in that particular preacher will be lifted up and deemed worthy.  All others will be left to survive or be destroyed.

It's this second idea that I think may be at the heart of the belief in the rapture.  The idea that those who are evil will be destroyed.  The problem is what, or who, many fundamentalists see as 'evil'. 

To many fundamentalists, those who are 'evil' are anyone who is different.  If you're a woman who believes that they should be more than a servant of husband, you're a harlot.  You a homosexual, you're a deviant.  Believe in Islam, you're a terrorist.  Believe in a different flavor of Christianity, especially one that believes in tolerance of these 'others', you're a heretic.  All of these people will be destroyed and the world will belong to the worthy. 

Never mind that the Bible is full of prohibitions against adding or removing from the scripture, and that 'No one knows the day or hour'.    


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    • Freeway Flyer profile image

      Paul Swendson 5 years ago

      There are lots of people out there who want the world to end. It saves us all the trouble of confronting complex problems and trying to do something to create a better world. Don't worry because God will eventually bail us out. Here are some more thoughts:

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      Mimi721wis 6 years ago

      Hey, no knows the day or the hour. I think all these people are a little cooky. For some reason folk just can't stop with the predictions.

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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      just across the border from youngstown, oh.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      I actually watched "The Secret" and even the Bible says "As a man thinks, so shall he be", the problem is that people don't see that those thoughts also need to drive their actions.



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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      hi, tpc,

      i too live in nw pa near the oh border. i'm enjoying your hubs. have a good one.

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      Yes, people DO love to neglect the part where Jesus even said "Only the Father knows" meaning even Jesus did not know the day or hour. But hey, when stupid people buy a book like "Secrets"and believe they can get wealth or anything, just by wishing for it, well, Twilight Zone ain't just a TV show or movie any longer, my Friend. :0) Good hub.

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      Tammy Barnette 6 years ago

      Very cool hub. I was just reading that he has decided he was off by a few months and it will be October 21st! People spent their life savings because of this. It's really sad how easily some are brain washed, and I believe the brain washers should be convicted for criminal negligence. Great hub, thanks:)

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      credence2 6 years ago

      The point you make here is well taken, the evangelical right are to be the final arbiters is what is good and what is evil. But let them take note: Let he who is without sin throw the first stone.....

      Great Hub, TPC, thanks

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      Rand Zacharias 6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Interestingly, I grew up thinking the world would end before I reached puberty...this was the opinion of the cult my parents had joined.

      Since that time, I've been attempting to help these deluded people to realize that first--if you think you're worthy--you are not.

      Secondly, if you've chosen a date--you're wrong.

      Thirdly, the final scriptures of the bible put a curse on anyone, and his family, who interpret the words of the book.

      So for any the folks who wish to be eternally damned--go for your own interpretations. For those who think they are special? You can bet all of your wealth that they are not. For those waiting for Jesus? Time is probably more of a wheel than a means to an end.

      Live and let live might be a better motto for christians who are not followers of Jesus--just misguided spiritualists.

      Here endeth the diatribe--not the

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This mentality of vilifying those who have a different culture and beliefs, is a tribal trait. Mind you, I do think this was important for survival two-three thousand years ago. To stick with those you know, to pass-on beliefs and knowledge to those around ... that is how we managed to survive when we still covered ourselves with wolf skins.

      What many people do not realize is that, now we live in the global village and not the local cave. We are all indeed the same whether we like to eat pork or not; it really does not matter.

      Yet, some people still love their tribal mentality and will not allow anyone else to have their own beliefs and ways of living. The ego is always a problem.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      TeaPartyChaser, there you go trying to confuse people?! :)

      up and awesome