Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA
The next best thing to pet salvation in a Post Rapture World
So this is the funniest, most brilliant, and saddest thing I’ve ever seen in such a long time. (Click the paw print above to be taken to the most awesome website EVER!) The atheists behind this are crazy smart and I would LOVE to know how much they’re raking in with this venture. Too bad I never thought of something like this. The Christians who are buying into this just make me sad. I think they are the reason it’s so easy for people to dismiss Christianity as nothing more than mythology. Now, before anyone gets in a tizzy because their pastor told them the rapture was coming, let me explain.
There simply will not be a rapture like the one described in those Left Behind books. We actually had to read the first one in my religion class senior year of high school. My teacher didn’t think so, but it was laughable. I didn’t know any better at the time, and, truthfully, I didn’t really care a whole lot back then, but this whole idea of rapture is totally backwards from what is presented in Sacred Scripture.
The rapture refers to a passage in First Thessalonians, chapter 4, which talks about Christians being “caught up” in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Many Christians believe, and the Left Behind books promote, that this being “caught up” to meet the Lord will occur before the Great Tribulation which is headed our way in the near future. Christians will simply vanish, meet Jesus somewhere in the air, and then return with Him to Heaven to await the end of time.
But get this, in verse 17, Paul says that “…we who are alive, who are left,” shall be caught up. Remember that…those who are “left” get caught up to meet the Lord.
The Left Behind books get their name from a passage in Luke 17 and a similar passage in Matthew 24 which talk about the coming of the Lord being like the days of Noah and the days of Lot. Matthew 24 puts it this way: “As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man…they ate, they drank, they married and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man. Then two men will be in the field, one is taken and one is left. Two women grinding at the mill, one is taken one is left.”
“See,” rapture enthusiasts say, “One is taken, one is left…the rapture! Jesus takes the Christians and leaves behind non-Christians!”
Two problems with that interpretation: First, Jesus’ coming is being compared to the days of Noah and the days of Lot. After the flood, who was left? Noah and his family…the good guys…the bad guys were taken! After Sodom and Gomorrah went up in smoke, who was left? Lot and his daughters…the good guys…the bad guys were taken! Second, remember 1 Thessalonians? It says that those who are “left” get to meet Jesus in the air. The good guys are left behind to meet Jesus.
In other words, you want to be left behind so that you can get caught up in the clouds to meet Jesus in the air and accompany Him back to earth at His second and final coming. There will be no rapture like the one the Left Behind books talk about…that view is simply not scriptural.
My office mates and I got a good kick out of this one yesterday. The best part is: I actually discovered this ingenious, entrepreneurial venture when I heard them talking about Eternal Earth Bound Pets on a Christian radio station. They weren’t specifically promoting it, but the DJs seemed to think it was a good idea. Wake up people. Read your Bible. In case of rapture, I will be here. With my pets. Until Jesus comes. Holla at the rest of you. :)