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I wish we’d all been ready

You've been left behind
There’s a popular passage in the Scriptures that has done more than it’s share of spawning fear, conversion, cults, and even an entire Christian media industry.

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. ~ Jesus in Mathew 24

This passage has bothered me for the past decade of my Christian journey, as it doesn’t actually state who get’s taken, or who get’s left.

And more importantly is being ‘left behind’ the worse option of the two?

The only perspective I’ve ever really heard taught on this is that this is the climatic moment in human history where the Christian’s get to safely evacuate the planet while everyone else rots on earth. The Simpson’s has a great depiction of this in ‘Left below

Maybe you can blow plenty of holes in this, but could it be (like it describes Noah in this passage) that it is the good who will remain on earth? Could it be that it is the wicked and those who destroy the earth that are ‘taken’?

I’m probably totally off. Here’s a song by Larry Norman covered by DC Talk “I wish we’d all been ready‘ that proves I’m flat out wrong (I still think it’s a sweet tune though).

What I find even more fascinating is one of the comments on the youtube video, “I am so happy I’ll be left behind if the rapture happens! It’ll be awesome to have this world without Christians for a while.” What do you make of that?

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • mas raden March 3, 2011, 10:07 am

    very good post. .we should be prepared with whatever is going to happen. .
    thanks for sharing

  • Josh Tandy March 4, 2011, 10:28 am

    As a pastor I am finding that more people are fixated with End Times discussion. Personally I don’t spend a lot of time with the issue, but am reexamining that position.

    Not sure if this is related to 2012 or not

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