First of all, there is the question of the "dead in Christ.
But according to the apostle Paul both the dead in Christ along with the living "shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And why would Paul tell the Thessalonians that the living "shall not precede those who have fallen asleep [the dead]"?
Why bring this question up if both he and the Thessalonians knew that the dead in Christ were already with the Lord? The question is more logically raised and answered if you know the dead aren't with the Lord. The Third Coming of Christ? Trying to fit the secret rapture into future end-time prophecies is also somewhat of a dubious proposition. Most proponents of this theory would tell you that the rapture occurs before the great tribulation. Christ snatches away His saints and returns with them to heaven.
Three-and-a-half or seven years later — take your pick — He comes again, this time to visibly establish His Kingdom on the earth. Rapturists in effect are speaking not only of a second but a third coming of Christ.
The second is for the church; the third for the rest of the world. According to this theory, the rapture is supposed to occur at the last trump. Which trump is the last trump? The rapturists say The Late Great Planet Earth, pages , it is the seventh; and, in truth, the Bible says the same thing. But notice what takes place at the seventh and last trump.
Now you could hardly call that a secret coming of Jesus to rapture away the saints. Yet this event occurs at the last trump. There are no more trumpets following the seventh one. It is the same last trump Paul was referring to when he wrote: For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable It is obvious he is referring to the same event that is described in the 11th chapter of the book of Revelation.
And notice what else happens at this seventh and last trump: But how can this be?
Yet here is more evidence that the dead receive their reward at the seventh trump and the visible, public return of Jesus Christ. Returning in Unlike Manner.
If the rapture theory were correct, then Christ never really returns to the earth at the time of the rapture; he only makes a "near miss. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men [angels] stood by them in white apparel: This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven" Acts 1: Christ ascended visibly from the Mount of Olives. He plans to return the same way. If Christ had intended to rapture the saints, which includes the twelve disciples, why didn't He instruct the angels to tell them differently?
In order for Christ to return "in like manner," he has to return to the earth — terra firma — not reverse course in midair and head back for heaven. What does this have to do with virtual reality?
It strengthens the argument we make our new book, Infinite Reality , that the concept of "virtual reality" is meaningful in a relativistic way; that is, as distinguished from "grounded" reality, which in daily life people "know" to be the physical world even though the vast majority of the humans are religious and believes that the physical world was created by a supreme being as a kind of experimental environment. People's moral behavior on earth will determine their eternal absolute reality; that is, the location and the niceties of their afterlives. The rapture also more generally illustrates people's penchant for virtual reality experiences.
Humans are endogenously equipped to travel to virtual worlds via dreams and daydreams. Furthermore, humans are constantly developing exogenous media technologies to take our minds somewhere virtually-beginning with story telling and subsequent visual arts, books, photography, radio and television and, most recently, digital ones.
What is the root of human motivation to escape physical reality? Many scholars believe it is existential angst driven by the conundrums we face: What happens to us when we die?
Hey Jim, I'm pissed off because this stuff can upset young children. Anybody think of that? Supposedly mature adults are supposed to protect young children from crap.
Especially crap like this. It's not all a virtual exercise between consenting adults in a world where children don't exist. And I can expand my argument to include very sensitive older individuals, but for the sake of this argument, let's stick to defenseless impressionable children. And yes, you can suggest it be a teachable moment, but that might come after they're upset by it.
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I'd like to choke these guys on Sunday, but I won't because they'll all be hiding under their beds wondering why they donated all their money to erect all those big billboards, one of which is just up the street from me in Westport, CT. As an adolescent, I was confirmed by a Lutheran pastor who was completely obsessed by this nonsense--he gave forty-five minute sermons on the topic week after week, and even wrote a very frightening play about it.
I had nightmares as a result, even though I was no longer a little kid. Christians are forbidden from practicing witchcraft, and numerology is one of the things witches practice. Who will dispute your title? If you want to find a Christian to make Christians look foolish, there are plenty. No Christian I know thinks that David Meade has any credibility or purpose, except to make Christians look silly. Good luck with that. Stupid is enjoying its salad days online right now. Just look at how the flat earth stupidity has spread. I could name hundreds of conspiracies, pseudosciences and wacky — and generally psychologically and physically unhealthy — notions that have grown roots online among the hard of thinking.
Gullibility is at its peak these days, methinks. Even the Dark Ages were more enlightened. For a certain branch of evangelical Christianity, Revelation She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.