The Rapture: Literally means a feeling of intense pleasure or joy,
and can also refer to an event that some groups of Christians believe will happen sometime around the Second Coming of Christ. In The Rapture, an end of days event, they will be transported to heaven to to be united with Christ and live with God for always.
I spent a lifetime working in healthcare, and two decades in the operating room as an anesthetist. I’ve studied many different religions so that I could take the best care of my patients.
I’ve seen patients who wanted us to save their amputated limbs for them because they believed they would need them in the afterlife, and patients who didn’t believe in organ donation for the same reason.
I’ve read the Christian bible, the Jewish Torah and parts of the Koran, and teachings related to Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, and Indigenous North American beliefs.
A belief in a joyous reunion with whoever or whatever God is interpreted to be seems to be a fundamental human need. Life on earth can be difficult and painful.
Todd Strandberg, creator of the Rapture Ready website, says the purpose of the site is to “teach visitors about the saving grace that comes when you allow Jesus Christ to become your personal savior.” or in other words find a path to feel that redemption and reunion with God is possible even though you have strayed from the teachings of your church.
Strandberg even has a system set up to help predict when his followers will reunite with their maker. The Rapture Index uses human and natural events to come up with a number that “is designed to measure the type of activity that could act as a precursor to the rapture.” or a “prophetic speedometer,” the higher the number the faster we are moving towards the end times.
Many (or most if you believe in global warming) of the factor used as predictors are under human control.
The paradox is that if you want to help bring about The Rapture you have to stray from the teachings of your savior, and move farther from redemption.
Jesus, a messiah for Christians, like most religious and spiritual saviors, were all about love, for humanity, for our earth, for God and the divine inside your own heart.
Mother Theresa (a Catholic saint) could not have expressed it better when she said:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered,
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives,
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies,
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you,
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight,
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous,
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today will often be forgotten,
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
The power over your own actions, and ultimately your own joyous reunion with your savior, is already inside you,
the messiah in your mind.