Any show that can realistically portray moral dilemma and all the messy human
drama that goes with it is worth a look.That said, can anyone please
point out the Biblical basis for the rapture as understood by many Christians
today (and as depicted in the Left Behind series)?Chapter and verse
would be helpful.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 is the New Testament text. The concept appears to have
originated in the 18th century, but it was further refined and publicized
through the work of John Darby about 1830. It is a uniquely fundamentalist
protestant concept which is not taught by the Catholic and Lutheran churches.I was surprised that a full 40% of Americans not only believe that this
will occur, but that this event will occur in the next decades. Does that belief
explain the inadequate retirement savings of so many Americans?
@Floyd Johnson – “1 Thessalonians 4:16 is the New Testament
text.”Echoes what I found in addition to the idea that
“rapture” has been understood since Jesus’ time as a spiritual
experience and nothing to do with the physical world (some enthusiastic notions
of “levitation” notwithstanding).And I think this
pernicious belief explains a lot of our society’s pathologies, not the
least is how many Christians feel justified in totally ignoring their own
religion’s admonishments to “be good shepherds of the Earth.”
Just read Noah… God is an environmentalist and likes
I would cast serious doubt on the claim that a full 40% of Americans really buy
into the Rapture fairy tale. I would need to know who conducted the study that
resulted in that number and a general idea of who they asked. I don't claim
to know what the real number is, but I just don't buy that almost half the
country is that delusional.It's worth noting that the higher
the education level of a person, the less likely they are to believe this stuff.
Does this say something? I think it does. I'm guessing some here will
believe it proves that education leads to pride. If so, I'd rather be
prideful than hopelessly gullible.
Where Bible themes overlap with secular humanism there's no need to mention
God. Plus, it's also good religion and good for society.
All discussions of theology aside, the pilot was one of the most boring hours of
TV I've ever sat through.
"and 41 percent believe the rapture will occur by 2050"Wait
what? That's a disturbingly high number.
I don't understand the whole rapture thing? I can't find any talk of
it in the Bible.The verse referred to seems to talk about resurrection, which
makes sense to me, but the word rapture seems like someones weird invention. I
don't buy it. I do believe this is the "last days" as indicated in
the Bible and Book of Mormon, but I don't buy rapture.
SlopJ30 posted:It's worth noting that the higher the education level
of a person, the less likely they are to believe this stuff.---Unless you are LDS. LDS's more educated tend to be more active,
believing and stronger in the faith. Since the LDS are the ONE anomaly
from the others so polled/surveyed, gives food for thought.I believe
that the more educated a person is, the more likely they will recognize truth
for truth and false for false. That LDS claim to be the one
authoritative faith and polls show this ONE faith anomalous from all the others
seems to be some proof in the pudding what we have said all along. Only 2% of the world was Raptured? Surely there are more good people than
that. And 3 years after? I think Millennial events will move along a lot
faster than that.
The book of Revelation shows that the total number of those with the hope of
going to heaven is a relatively small and limited number: 144,000. Along with
Christ, they would be kings and priests in heaven. (Revelation 7:1-8; 14:1-4;