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Published: Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, July 14 2014 12:34 p.m. MDT

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Tyler D
Meridian, ID

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.

Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

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?

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@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 bio-diversity!

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

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.

Shelama
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Where Bible themes overlap with secular humanism there's no need to mention God. Plus, it's also good religion and good for society.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

All discussions of theology aside, the pilot was one of the most boring hours of TV I've ever sat through.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

"and 41 percent believe the rapture will occur by 2050"

Wait what? That's a disturbingly high number.

nanato12
Spanish Fork, UT

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.

LDSareChristians
Anchorage, AK

SlopJ30 posted:
It's worth noting that the higher the education level of a person, the less likely they are to believe this stuff.
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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.

Utes11
Salt Lake City, Utah

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; 20:6

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