Monday, October 09, 2006

The Rapture Index

Do you suppose that the nuclear testing in N. Korea will raise the rapture index? The site says that the index was updated today (the 9th) and it went down two points. What is up with that? Nuclear testing should definitely be a factor here.

The grumpy gay man that I live with says he hopes that they blow up the entire world and let the cockroaches take over. I picture his therapist thinking $$cha-ching$$ every time he says something like that in there. Actually, his cynicism is one of my favorite things about him. We kind of share that trait. In fact, I think wishing for the world to blow up is on my list of secrets -- minus the cockroaches. I only think that on really black days though, which seem to be fewer than ever.

But back to the rapture index, I just ran across it this morning. Is this site for real - or is this a joke? It is so freaky to think that I grew up constantly worrying about the rapture. I didn't think that I would be "left behind" but in true fundamentalist form, I worried about certain other people -- not that I ever talked about it with them.

Are any of you out there rapture worriers? or ex-rapture worriers?

My mother used to fall asleep clutching her little sister's nightgown because she was sure that if the rapture happened in the middle of the night that her sister would be left behind. This is what I grew up with.

And then there was the movie A Thief in the Night. (You have to click this link just to read the reviews. Priceless.)

I can still remember the really bad song that went with that movie . . . I wish we'd all been ready . . . there's no time to change your mind, the son has come, and you've been left behind . . . Crap, now that is going to go through my head all day.

Is anyone reading Richard Dawkins' new book? I started reading The God Delusion last night. Just when I started believing in God again. Maybe finding this book now was divine intervention (ha ha).

Happy Monday. It feels good to be back.

B

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Anonymous Zoe said...

Hi Bea,

I found your blog through the Edge of Faith blog. Have enjoyed reading here & added you to my blogroll.

I'm an ex-rapture worrier. *sigh* So much energy into worrying about it, especially in my younger years.

I'm an ex-Christian but still have Christian friends who believe very much in the rapture & end times. Makes it difficult sometimes to have a conversation about things in depth because they are always saying, "Well you know, the Lord is coming soon!" Yeah but...no it doesn't matter, the Lord is coming, but...nope, Lord is coming, well...Lord's coming! :)

I haven't read Dawkins book but think I should add it to my list of "must read."

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 3:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How to get rid of rapture-itis:
Go to MSN, Google etc. and type in "Pretrib Rapture Diehards" (the long covered up "rapture" history), "Thomas Ice (Bloopers)" (the "genius" that LaHaye, Falwell etc. lean on!), "Pretrib Rapture Hypocrisy" (speaks for itself), "Letter from Mrs. Billy Graham," "Famous Rapture Watchers" (the only "rapture" view before 1830), and "The Rapture Index (Mad Theology" - all written by a historian who's spent 35 years discovering the earliest "rapture" documents in libraries in Britain etc. The pre-tribulation rapture is a sick joke that went on and on and on much too long! Many are now abandoning it and getting prepared for what Jesus warned about in Matthew 24. Lord bless! Jon

Saturday, October 14, 2006 4:26:00 PM  
Blogger eddie{F} said...

Mmmmmm, Dawkins, might not be good for your faith. Enjoy none the less!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 2:13:00 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Good Lord!

I'd forgotten that awful film, A Thief in the Night. So hokie. Yet, it and it's several sequels kept various congregations in my home spellbound for years. Every watchnight service during that time period included a showing of these films.

Although I'm a believer, I no longer keep the Rapture in my list of beliefs. I just have way too much on my plate these days just trying to keep my life in balance. The Rapture...if there is to be one, will have to take care of itself.

Am I cranky or what?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 1:17:00 PM  
Blogger candyschultz said...

I was brought up catholic. I used to keep a list of my sins on the inside of my closet door so I woulsn't forget to confess something. Now I am an atheist. I have been watching the rapture index with amusement for several years now. The rises and falls do not seem to coincide with anything that I can see but then I am not privy to that esoteric nonsense. I link to it occasionally just to amuse my readers.

Monday, November 06, 2006 4:09:00 AM  
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006 8:44:00 AM  
Blogger JJ said...

Yeah, I worried about the rapture too... When my mom would be late coming home or something, I would call one of her friends who I knew was a Christian and pretend to be worried about my mother... I was worried, but mostly, I just wanted to hear the voice of someone I expected to go to heaven, so that I would know I hadn't been "left behind" as it were.


Quite a scary way to grow up!

Saturday, December 02, 2006 1:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Aussie Girl said...

Honey,
Why did you write those words now I am going to have them stuck in my head and I have never even seen the damn movie.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007 4:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Aussie Girl said...

I should add it was a song we sang in a youth group - circa early 80's. The rapture has never ever featured highly in my faith and never even hit my worry-meter.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007 4:46:00 AM  
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