Victoria NeuroNotes

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What Would Happen After The Rapture?

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In case you haven’t been informed,  the Rapture is happening tomorrow, which is today in some parts of the world.

Do you recall the Christian “leader” Harold Camping, who made international headlines in 2011 for twice predicting that the world would end — and getting it wrong both times?

Here is an exhausted list of the end-of-the-world predictions.  I can hear some bible thumpers saying:

“But Jesus said no man knows the day or the hour” blah, blah, blah.

A Pew Research study found that roughly 41% of Americans believe that Jesus will return by 2050, and

“Fully 58% of white evangelical Christians say Christ will return to earth in this period.”

For shits and giggles I thought it àpropos to post this video by The Thinking Atheist, which he produced around the time the now deceased Camping (bless his heart) was sounding the apocalyptic warnings.

 

 

Be sure to claim your Rapture Survivor Card.

Happy Weekend! ❤


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Author: NeuroNotes

Victoria predominately blogs about religion, and the brain's role in religious type experiences.

98 thoughts on “What Would Happen After The Rapture?

  1. I am sorry this will sound mean what I am going to say, but I hold it is true based on the older christian people in my mobile home park. If the rapture happens the I.Q. and reasoning ability will soar to higher heights here on earth. Hugs

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  2. “For shits and giggles I thought it àpropos to post this video by The Thinking Atheist” – Everyone enjoys shits and giggles until someone giggles then shits.

    Hahahahahaha.

    Great post Victoria, I’ve seen the video before. Here on the Cloud I’m looking forward to the spectacle that absolutely isn’t going to happen…as usual.

    – Esme waving upon the Cloud

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  3. From my book research:

    Around 90 CE, Saint Clement 1 predicted the world’s end would occur at any moment. In 365 CE, a man by the name of Hilary of Poitiers announced the end would happen that year. Saint Martin of Tours, a student of Hilary, was convinced the end would happen sometime before 400 CE.

    Many Christians in Europe predicted the Big Event would occur on January 1, 1000. Some even gave their possessions to the Church in anticipation of The End. Others believed it would occur in 1033, the 1000th anniversary of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Pope Innocent III added 666 years onto the date that Islam was founded and thereby became convinced The Big Day would occur in 1284.

    The list goes on and on.

    Of course, there are a multitude of more “modern-day” predictions, including those by William Miller, Ellen White, Joseph Smith, Jehovah Witnesses, Joseph Smith ….

    And then there were those who were certain the First World War was a “sign of Christ’s coming,” and in 1945, thoughts of the apocalypse took a quantum leap forward with the detonation of the first atomic bomb.

    Can’t help but ask … are the Australians still here?

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    • Thanks for sharing some of your research, Nan. It’s dinner time here. I’ll be back to comment more in a bit. Gotta get it while I can — this could be my last supper. *cough*

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    • “Can’t help but ask … are the Australians still here?”

      Well, Peter recently commented, so he’s still here.

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    • “Of course, there are a multitude of more “modern-day” predictions, including those by William Miller, Ellen White, Joseph Smith, Jehovah Witnesses, Joseph Smith ….”

      Christians throughout history have been so primed for end-times that even when natural phenomena happen, it’s caused mass hysteria that’s changed the religious landscape. Here’s an example: The1833 Leonid meteor storm which I wrote about a few years back.

      Sky and Telescope Magazine:
      “The 1833 shower has been credited with contributing to the intense religious revivals that swept the United States in the 1830s, which permanently influenced the national character and spread new sects and denominations that are well established on the American scene today.”

      Illinois Genealogy History Group”
      “It’s no stretch to believe that this meteor storm figured in the intense religious fervor of the age. Abraham W. Carlock, another eyewitness from McLean County, told Duis that “this phenomenon alarmed the superstitious, as such things always do, and many people thought the millennium was surely at hand.” Many believed the stars were literally falling from the sky, and afterward the event became known as — “The Night the Stars Fell.”

      The Joseph Smith Papers Journals Volume 1: 1832–1839):
      “This event was a literal fulfillment of the word of God and a sure sign that the coming of Christ is close at hand.”

      Historian R. M. Devens – 1878: “During the three hours of its continuance the day of judgment was believed to be only waiting for sunrise, and, long after the shower had ceased, the morbid and superstitious still were impressed with the idea that the final day was at least only a week ahead. Impromptu meetings for prayer were held in many places, and many other scenes of religious devotion, or terror, or abandonment of worldly affairs, transpired, under the influence of fear occasioned by so sudden and awful a display.”

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  4. I wasn’t aware of this. Thanks for filling me in. I had some soup, belched, scratched my privy parts, and now, I feel completely prepared for the end of days. 😀

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  5. My evangelical neighbor believes climate change is the sign of the apocalypse. But, I guess it’s good that she believes global warming is real because most evangelicals don’t. Last year she also believed that Trump is the antichrist, and now she thinks it is the pope.

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    • Bob, social media has been lit up with religious apocalyptic rhetoric because of all the hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes this past month. It was been a real eye-opener about what’s going on in the thought-processes of many Americans (U.S.) these days. So surreal.

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      • Victoria I read your comment above and thought if these natural disasters have people thinking of the mythological causes like the gods and the bible, then why doesn’t it make them think seriously on climate change / global warming which is making the storms worse. They can not seem to connect what they are told about science and the storms, yet they can easily accept what they are told about the bible and the storms. I just don’t get it. Hugs

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        • Scottie, that’s a good question and a great point. You might find this interesting:

          “Philip Schwadel is a sociologist at the University of Nebraska who studies how Americans’ attitudes about religion and politics change from generation to generation. For a study published in April, he reviewed decades of polling data to try and figure out the most likely predictor for thinking that global warming was not a major problem. Schwadel concluded that biblical literalism—or the belief that the Bible is the word of God —is what’s keeping Americans from an agreement to fight climate change.

          His paper in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion analyzed 18,083 survey responses from 1983 to 2012 in which people answered the question, “Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible?” Evangelical Protestants make up about 20 percent of the US population, and according to Schwadel’s study, 55 percent of people who identify as evangelical answered that question with, “The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.” Overall, he found that white people who chose that answer were the most likely to de-prioritize environmental spending and not think climate change was something to worry about.

          There are an estimated 35 million biblical literalists in the United States. These people—who may think, for instance, God intends for the Earth to end like it’s written in Revelation anyway, so who am I to intervene?— are incredibly hard to convert to the cause of fighting climate change. Pleas from secular scientists and journalists are going to fall on deaf ears; the two sides end up mostly talking past each other.

          Those fundamentalists represent a fairly tiny minority in the US—a little more than 10 percent of all Americans. But enabled by fossil fuel money, religious climate change deniers have acquired massive amounts of political influence, to the point that some conservative politicians who favor fighting climate change are allegedly afraid to speak up. And several biblical literalists are in Trump’s cabinet, which surely had something to do with the president’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June.

          [snip]

          “But for a lot of conservative Christians they think, ‘If God’s in control of everything, he’s not gonna make a mess of things,’ or ‘The world’s gonna burn up anyways, so maybe climate change is signifying the end is coming and we should just use it as a warning sign,’ or ‘What’s the point of going overboard to fix this.’ And their church pastor is not saying anything about it.

          https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qv4w8b/christian-fundamentalists-are-fueling-climate-change-denialism

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  6. Here we go again, Death Cult Christianity in action.

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    • Indeed, John. I was going to look for a meme to highlight your comment, and typed “christianity death cult” in Google’s search engine. Lo and behold, one of your posts from 2013 showed up on the first page, second from the top. Quote:

      ——————————

      “Few Christians will admit it because few Christians even recognise it, but they are members of a Death Cult; a degenerate, death-anxious, exclusively fatalistic religion that has since the Hammer of the Arians (Bishop Hilary of Poitiers) predicted the mass liquidation of all earthly species in 365 CE produced a continuous supply of socially derelict luminaries who’ve longed for nothing short of the total and complete annihilation of our home world.”

      [snip]

      “All told, in the last fifty-six generations (1,700 years) there have been more than three-hundred prominent captains of Christianity who have announced with excited yips of childlike anticipation that their god was about to lay waste to all life on earth. In this generation alone there have been over forty major public incidents where socially-reckless, apocalypse-hungry Christian leaders have proclaimed that their god was here and it was time to die… and when the captains speak easily persuadable, astoundingly gullible congregants regretfully listen.”

      https://thesuperstitiousnakedape.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/death-cult-christianity-6/

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  7. In a limited defence of Christianity, I would observe that most Christians think the person making this prediction is a nutter.

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  8. Hurry before it’s too late.

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  9. Of course the Apostle Paul advised his followers not to worry about getting married and having children because he thought the end was near:

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  10. Ill keep an eye out for some of my neighbors. I really really hope the rapture cometh!

    🙂

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  11. Sigh…….

    Just another good reason to #EmptyThePews

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  12. I’m just now seeing this video. Hilariously epic. The damn thing went viral.

    He told The Washington Post:

    “The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending,” he said, adding later: “A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October.”

    Correction, Mr. Meade: the world hasn’t been the same since November 8, 2016.

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  13. Like some of the others, I thought it best to wait until the 24 th to comment.

    Are we in the Matrix already?

    Has anyone see Arch?

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  14. Well if God is the father, he’s more like the father that said he was going out to get some milk for His kids cereal, and then just never came back and Christians are the kids still waiting, telling everybody “Know you’ll see…He’ll come back!” I mean the sad part is that there was no father to begin with. There are no amount of false apocalyptic alarms it seems that will make them realize it’s not happening.

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  15. Airplanes will be dropping out of the sky all around the world as the pilots get taken to the pearly gates.

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  16. No, the studio must have been desperate to lower its standards and put Cage in the starring role.

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    • A fundamentalist film production? Seriously? You can’t get much lower than that.

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      • And acting can’t get much worse than Nicholas Cage. 😉

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        • He did a damn good job in Leaving Las Vegas and won an Oscar and Golden Globe for best actor, which I thought was well deserved. He was also nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for his portrayal of twin brothers in Adaptation, one of my favorite movies. He did a damn good job in Face Off and Raising Arizona. JMO, but I’m not alone in this. He also got very positive reviews from critics in his role in the 2013 movie, Joe. Roger Ebert gave his performance high praises.

          He’s a bit eclectic in his choises of movies, and some of his performances were not his best but he was an A-list actor for several decades for a reason. 🙂

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