The Rapture: Blockbusting Religion

Posted: July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
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 By: Amazingfacts
The Rapture: Blockbusting Religion

The Rapture: Blockbusting Religion

 

The Leftovers is a new television drama series based on Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name. Premiering last month, the show is set in the aftermath of a global “rapture” in which two percent of the world’s population unexplainably disappears. The focus is on those left behind and centers on a fictitious small town called Mapleton, New York.

Reviews have mostly been positive. “On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a rating of 69% based on 58 reviews, with an average score of 6.8 out of 10, and the consensus states, ‘Its dour tone and self-seriousness may make for somber viewing, but The Leftovers is an artfully crafted, thought-provoking drama that aims high and often hits its mark.’ ” [1]

However, in an opinion piece by Jay Parini, who teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont, he asks, “But what about the theology behind this industry?” [2] Parini then goes on to unravel the “rapture concept” as something “relatively new,” explaining that the idea of Jesus’ coming before a so-called seven year tribulation came into being long after the New Testament was written, noting specifically that Darby and Scofield popularized the idea in the 1800s and 1900s.

What’s most interesting is Parini’s summary:

“Yet it’s amazing how scriptures get misused, and relatively new theological ideas—such as the rapture—get deeply embedded in certain circles. The rapture is really a plot device for popular entertainment and a bizarre theological teaching. … But it’s bad theology, and Jesus himself would have been astonished to learn that thousands of years after him there were such notions afloat.”

How can we know whether the rapture theory is biblically sound? What can help us know the truth about Christ’s return? Nothing can replace our own personal Bible study. We would do well to follow the example of the Bereans, of whom it was said, “They received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were true” (Acts 17:11).

Instead of searching for insight from shows produced by HBO and movies like the upcomingLeft Behind reboot, we should open our Bibles and study the Word of God. Any pastor, any book, any religious group that builds its religious views on traditions and manmade theories might score with the world, but they completely miss the mark with God.

  • If you would like to learn more about the deception behind the rapture theory, click here!
  • You can also listen to a sermon on this topic by Pastor Doug Batchelor by clicking here.
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