The Left Behind reboot with Nicolas Cage has Christians talking about all things rapture. Oh, joy.
I suspect that the continued cinematic production of such a ridiculous and counter-biblical narrative will only serve to wake folks up to the undeniable truth that rapture theology is nothing more than a baptized escapism–sort of a neo-Gnosticism. And it has only been around since the early 19th century.
Dr. Ben Witherington III, evangelical professor of NT for doctoral studies at Asbury and St. Andrews, has recently completed a video for Seedbed entitled “Where Did Rapture Theology Come From?” (10-8-14).
This brief history of rapture theology is worth watching.
For those interested, I’ve posted the following on rapture theology:
- Rapture Theology: History & Influence
- Then the End Will Come
- N.T. Wright on Heaven & Rapture Theology
- The Rapture Fallacy
- Rapture Palooza!
- Who Gets Left Behind?
You might also enjoy reading a few blog posts from my friends:
- Why the Rapture Isn’t Biblical… And Why It Matters by Kurt Willems
- Jesus Says Those Left Behind Are the Lucky Ones by Benjamin Corey
- Is the Rapture Biblical? by Frank Viola
- Why the Rapture is a Bad Idea (video) by Greg Boyd
D.D. Flowers, 2014.