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A Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us

Posted by Dale Kuehne on March 15, 2010

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Why do so many people have a hard time taking Christianity seriously?


2 Responses to “A Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us”

  1. Lauren Fithian said

    Isn’t this just a scam? If the people running this “service” are atheists they don’t believe in the rapture–especially not in the form described. Therefore, they must be certain that they will never have to actually perform their end of the transaction. If they are surprised and the rapture comes they would presumably still not have to do anything since all of their clients would be gone, leaving no necessity of performance. I wonder whether anyone has actually signed up for this. It reads like a Saturday Night Live sketch.

    Beyond that: What does it mean to take Christianity “seriously?” Do you mean in the sense that we should take Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc…, seriously because so many millions of humans are adherents and therefore these religions, like Christianity, have a huge influence on the things that happen on this earth? Or do you mean take Christianity seriously as something better than the others or even as the one and only correct path? The version of the rapture that the atheists in England are using to victimize gullible people is inclusive only of Christians. It is hard to take that seriously because it is hard to imagine a God who would care so little about, for example, innocent little kids born to parents who raise them in Islam or Judaism or as atheists, etc…. That’s different than not taking Christianity as a whole seriously.

  2. I hadn’t wondered it in that way, Lauren, but that is the right question. What does it mean for the surrounding culture to take Christianity seriously? Those who already found us ridiculous will simply add this to their list. Those who were neutral will likely not be affected, unless someone decides to make a big deal out of it on Jon Stewart or SNL. Neutrals are often influenced by the fashionableness of a belief, and whether it is considered hip. Come to think of it, a lot of people who aren’t neutral, who consider themselves informed and nuanced thinkers, are affected pretty strongly by the social context more than the intellectual arguments.

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