reply to post by MinisterFortson
this is probably going to be argued against by those that believe in the rapture, using the standard formula of various verses from different places,
combined to make their point.
HOWEVER, there is one problem that i see with the idea that Jesus is going to come and take all the "good" people who "believe" out of the way
before all hell literally breaks loose and makes life perpetual misery for their neighbors
that supposedly refused somehow to believe or
otherwise forfeited their right to avoid suffering...
Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself. he said that doing that, as well as loving GOD with your whole being are the complete law and that all
the other things rest upon those two commandments.
so, if one is "saved" but others are not, then it follows that there must be some sort of requirement besides believing, because even the demons
believe and shudder, according to the bible.
so it seems apparent to me that LOVE is the thing that counts.
and so one day, i did a thought experiment and imagined myself being scooped up in the arms of Jesus and lifted up to fly away from the earth to a
place without misery or tears.
i then imagined myself looking down at my mom and boyfriend and my dog, who were still on the ground watching my great escape. i imagined all the
people that i knew that didn't feel as passionately as i did about how we should treat one another and all that kind of thing - i.e. the "unsaved"
(not that i subscribe to the idea that some are saved and some are not, but for the sake of my thought experiment, it was necessary to view my
world in those terms with all the associated "what if's")
and so what would i do, given that scenario coming to be, for real?
i didn't think about it, i just took my first impulsive reply to my own question.
and it was "ask to be taken back to my family so that they wouldn't have to bear all the bad and scary times by themselves"
besides the fact that i didn't want to leave them, what fun could there possibly be in "paradise" for someone who was sick at heart over the people
they'd left behind?
if someone truly does their best to follow the example of Jesus, then there could be no true appeal in the rapture idea - especially in the way that
it has been popularized and accepted by most who believe in it, which is that even their own family members might not make the cut like they do.
it's too much of a contradiction and i have no ideas on how to resolve it to be true in the framework of loving others as much as i love myself.
to be glad to escape and not look back is to love myself more and that's not what Jesus said to do.