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The Rapture Exposed

The Rapture Exposed

The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation

Book - 2004
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The idea of "The Rapture" - the return of Christ to snatch born-again Christians off the earth - is an extremely popular interpretation of the Book of Revelation in the Bible and a jumping-off point for the best-selling Left Behind series of books. However, most Christian churches and biblical scholars condemn rapture theology as a distortion of Christian faith with little biblical basis. Yet this interpretation, based on a psychology of fear and destruction, guides the daily acts of thousands if not millions of North Americans and people worldwide.In The Rapture Exposed , professor of theology and ordained minister Barbara Rossing argues that the Left Behind novels' script for the world's future distorts the Bible, is disingenuous, and flat out wrong. There is neither "rapture" of Christians off the earth, nor does Revelation predict a seven-year tribulation culminating in war in Israel and the Middle East. Rather, Rossing argues, Revelation offers a vision of God's healing love for the world - a love that will not be left behind. The Rapture Exposed makes the case for reclaiming Christianity from fundamentalists' destructive reading of the biblical story and back into God's beloved community.
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c2004.
ISBN: 9780813391564
0813391563
Branch Call Number: 236.9 RO
Characteristics: xii, 212 p. ; 24 cm.

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📖 See, this is the logical problem with fundamentalism. It's fine and dandy to say that you should just stick to exactly what's written in the Bible, except that people can interpret it to mean approximately anything they want. It used to be used to justify slavery, right? So how can you tell? You might be better off thinking for yourself, even if it is a tough job.

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bill77_0
Apr 12, 2021

Ms. Rossing does a poor job making her point. She does not use bible verses to prove her point; book appears to be written out of anger against preachers that believe in rapture.

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