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10-01-2017, 07:28 PM
RE: Left Behind rapture
Gasp And who's going to do my hair? Dammit, if I'm going to be killed by an unsanitized telephone I at least want to look good doing it.

I'm sorry, but your beliefs are much too silly to take seriously. Got anything else we can discuss?
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10-01-2017, 07:30 PM
RE: Left Behind rapture
Quote:Question? Is this what Christianity comes down to?

Yes. Total fucking bullshit.

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10-01-2017, 07:31 PM
RE: Left Behind rapture
(10-01-2017 06:34 PM)Rahn127 Wrote:  All the christians, suddenly gone ?
I'd miss some family members, but on the whole, the world would be a better place.
Can we rapture the Muslims too ?

No need. Just point at B Ark and shout, "The Christians are all in there!"

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10-01-2017, 07:43 PM
RE: Left Behind rapture
This takes me back. When I was coming of age in the 1970s, Hal Lindsey's Late, Great Planet Earth was a Christian best-seller, and cashed in on the paranoia immediately after the Six Day War. In the 80s, he was suggesting that decade "might be the last one". Tellingly, one of his more recent books was titled, Vanished Into Thin Air: The Hope of Every Believer. Make of that what you will.

Tim LaHaye was of course the guy who produced the "Left Behind" series of novels starting in the mid 90s, seven of which reached NY Times best-seller status. Jerry Falwell, who LaHaye urged to found the Moral Majority, exulted rather grandiloquently that LaHaye's books had a greater impact on Christianity than any book other than the Bible. So it was a big deal in evangelical circles, a regular phenomenon.

I am not sure whether this end-of-the-world stuff is still as popular as it was in the last three decades of the 20th century. I think it was helped along by angst over Mutually Assured Destruction and the like, as such fears made the final "Battle of Armageddon" seem more plausible.
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11-01-2017, 04:17 AM
RE: Left Behind rapture
(10-01-2017 06:34 PM)Rahn127 Wrote:  All the christians, suddenly gone ?
I'd miss some family members, but on the whole, the world would be a better place.
Can we rapture the Muslims too ?

Rahn,

Actually, there was a muslim character in the film, a kindly, thoughtful and obviously devout young man. He was left behind.

Nice dog whistle there for the haters.

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11-01-2017, 05:53 AM
RE: Left Behind rapture
(10-01-2017 07:43 PM)mordant Wrote:  This takes me back. When I was coming of age in the 1970s, Hal Lindsey's Late, Great Planet Earth was a Christian best-seller, and cashed in on the paranoia immediately after the Six Day War. In the 80s, he was suggesting that decade "might be the last one". Tellingly, one of his more recent books was titled, Vanished Into Thin Air: The Hope of Every Believer. Make of that what you will.

Tim LaHaye was of course the guy who produced the "Left Behind" series of novels starting in the mid 90s, seven of which reached NY Times best-seller status. Jerry Falwell, who LaHaye urged to found the Moral Majority, exulted rather grandiloquently that LaHaye's books had a greater impact on Christianity than any book other than the Bible. So it was a big deal in evangelical circles, a regular phenomenon.

I am not sure whether this end-of-the-world stuff is still as popular as it was in the last three decades of the 20th century. I think it was helped along by angst over Mutually Assured Destruction and the like, as such fears made the final "Battle of Armageddon" seem more plausible.


Way back when Iraq's Saddam Hussein attacked Iran and started a war, there was a big squirt of biblical prophesying that that presaged the end of the world and the second coming. A little googling shows that the end of the worlders are back at it again with the rise of ISIL. And of course, the ISIL idiots have been prophesying their version of the end of the world. Among the Christians, it just hasn't caught fire, I think we are all a little burned out on end of the world - rapture fantasies. The large rise in numbers of Nones since the days of Hal Lindsey, Pat Robertson et al may have something to do with the lose of enthusiasm of such silliness.

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11-01-2017, 06:05 AM
RE: Left Behind rapture
Pick one:

1. The LeftButtCheekers have never read Revelations.

2. 1. The LeftButtCheekers have never read Revelations for comprehension.

3. 1. The LeftButtCheekers have never read Revelations and learned that it was a political polemic about the times when the author was alive.
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11-01-2017, 06:18 PM
RE: Left Behind rapture
You may laugh even harder at the God Awful Movies breakdown of the trilogy. Having seen these turds, their walkthrough was sidesplittingly funny.

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