Posted by: docdenbow | January 1, 2012

The Rapture? I Will Choose Free Will


I don’t know whether any of you on Twitter noticed that there were a few religious zealots out there who believed that by now this world would be desolated. According to this bloke Keith (I’m not kidding here. Keith I ask you!) God visited him and told him to prepare for the Rapture.Wikipedia states “This Rapture is a reference to the “being caught up” referred to in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, when the “dead in Christ” and “we who are alive and remain” will be caught up in the clouds to meet “the Lord.” Now this Biblical statement is wide open to interpretation if you ask me. Does the “we who are alive and remain” encompass the entire population of the planet? Does “dead in Christ”  include the souls that have passed on?

As this has not happened on his prophesied date he is back tracking at an alarming rate. This fellow Keith is now claiming that both his Twitter and Blog accounts were hacked by “Vile Atheists” and he has reported the matter to the police and that the Rapture posts were bogus. (good luck with that one) Wriggling on the hook? Maybe – not for me say is it?

Now I always thought that the Christian God and Jesus preached love of the fellow man and tolerance and all that malarkey. Even if you are a creationist and not a believer in evolution then I thought the Bible says that God created man in his own image. Well if that’s the case does that image only include appearance, or was Adam being like an uneducated image of God and he learned by experience? Surely that’s a kind of evolution. If we are all related to Adam and Eve then somewhere along the way a bit of evolution was involved as we have people on this planet who clearly display different ethnicity. Alternatively, is everyone who does not display Middle Eastern ethnicity (Jesus was born there after all) an evil devil? That means that Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi had more chance of a seat at God’s right hand than, say, Martin Luther King if you follow that twisted logic. Also I suspect that Keith would be up the creek as well as I am guessing that he is probably a White Anglo Saxon Protestant. Mind you given where Jesus was born 1st time wouldn’t he stand a good chance of being born a Muslim if he aimed to come back via Bethlehem next time and missed and landed in on of the countries next door? Food for thought that one.

Every year or 2 someone pops their head up above the parapet and gets a few loyal followers together to prepare for this meeting of God and invariably it doesn’t happen. I just wonder whether these self appointed Prophets are just being a little too pushy and self important or deluded. Take Jim Jones for example, or David Koresh these cults of personality can be dangerous and lead to tragic loss of life. Why did they believe that they had a hotline to God? What in their minds made them so special? Certainly, if you read the biographies of both men you do question why God would choose to deal with 2 seemingly amoral individuals. Surely if there was to be a Rapture it would be pretty plain for all to see and not just some radio “personality” like Harold Egbert Camping?

Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679),  an English philosopher came up with some very interesting and valid ideas regarding the way life should be lived. His 1651 book Leviathan established the foundation for most of Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory. Although given the period he lived in made him, I suppose, deeply religious, alot of what he said could be tied to what that girl in “A Small Café In Rickmansworth” came up with. You’ll see that his 19 “Natural Laws” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_law#Hobbes give a pretty solid blueprint for life, a mantra for the modern day if you like.

I wonder how many people are subconsciously following the French philosopher Blaise Pascal? He opined that it was a “safe bet” to believe in God just in case he was real. What’s the harm? If you believe and he doesn’t exist, you don’t lose anything, but if you don’t believe and he does exist, you are in serious trouble.

I’m not telling you what to believe or what to think, or that religion is bunk. What I am saying that you should decide for yourself as to what you believe. Whether it be Hobbes’ 19 Laws, the 10 Commandments, or Allah you choose, then that choice should be your own – no no one else’s.

“There are those who think that life is nothing left to chance,
A host of holy horrors to direct our aimless dance.

A planet of playthings,
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive.
“The stars aren’t aligned
Or the gods are malign”-
Blame is better to give than receive.

You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;
I will choose a path that’s clear-
I will choose Free Will.

There are those who think that they were dealt a losing hand,
The cards were stacked against them- they weren’t born in lotus-land.

All preordained
A prisoner in chains
A victim of venomous fate.
Kicked in the face,
You can’t pray for a place
In heaven’s unearthly estate.
You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;
I will choose a path that’s clear
I will choose Free Will.

Each of us
A cell of awareness-
Imperfect and incomplete.
Genetic blends
With uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt that’s far too fleet.”

“Freewill” is the second track on progressive rock band Rush’s 1980 album Permanent Waves. It is written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson with lyrics by Neil Peart. The song’s lyrics deal with the subject of free will, emphasizing that free will is not a gift but rather a choice; explaining that Man can attempt to evade the fact that he must choose, but that evasion is itself a choice.

Remember It’s Your Life, Use It Wisely
Ciao For Now
Denbow
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Responses

  1. (Hi Doc, you will love this exposure of the rapture that I found on the net!)

    Pretrib Rapture 101

    This crash course is needed for this 2012 election year. The “rapture” is known theologically as the “pretribulation [or “pretrib”] rapture.” It’s a secret coming of Christ, said to happen years before the Second Coming, that reportedly can occur at “any moment” and can evacuate all true Christians from earth to heaven before the “great tribulation” found in Matt. 24, Rev. 7 etc. – end time escapism unknown in all official theology and organized religion before 1830!
    Conservative evangelicals had long assumed that 19th century British teacher John Darby was the “father” of dispensationalism, the most popular aspect of which is the same “rapture.”
    Journalist/historian Dave MacPherson, focusing more than 40 years on locating long forgotten “rapture” documents in England etc., has found evidence destroying many such assumptions and, even more monumental, has run into pervasive dishonesty in that fanatical 182-year-old, mass-marketed-in-America theory – the fans of which are not above distorting and even deleting “rapture” facts on Wikipedia!
    Curious? Google articles like “Pretrib Rapture Politics” (if the rapture doesn’t happen before the election!), “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Pretrib Rapture – Hidden Facts,” Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “X-Raying Margaret,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “Deceiving and Being Deceived” by D.M., “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” and “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty.” MacPherson’s “The Rapture Plot” is the most detailed, accurate, and highly endorsed history on the same “rapture.”
    Excellent theological works that demolish pretrib rapture doctrine include Joe Ortiz’s “The End Times Passover.”
    Here’s hoping that all of you will get A+ in this course!

  2. Why do these fundamentalist Christians keep missing the C from the start of the word Crapture? We have to remember doc that these right wing lunatic “Christians” do not actually represent the majority of Christians who are peaceful, loving and law abiding people of faith. They are the ones who draw attention and get the headlines very much in the vain of fundamentalist Islam. Anything that is taken too far to the right becomes bigotry and ends up representing fascism not the thing it claims to be. If (and this is a massive ‘If’) Jesus were to rapture Humanity and only take the true believers these nut jobs would be on his list to destroy, but they don’t wanna hear that.


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