Rapture Ready cockroaches pray that the foxhole atheist festival is cancelled

No apocalyptic doomsayer has ever been correct about doomsayings. It seems that a failed end-times prophecy should logically teach adherents a valuable lesson in gullibility (a word that emphatically is in the dictionary, but unfortunately spelled incorrectly in many dictionaries.)

You’ve heard the saying about cockroaches surviving even a nuclear world war? Well, much like cockroaches, the rapture eschatology continues to thrive despite a few centuries of failed predictions. The word “Rapture” is not in the Bible. The concept is at-best a murky ‘choose your own adventure’ styled cherry-picking of out-of-context verse fragments, often hundreds of pages apart. It’s an extremely recent phenomenon too, circa fringe theology from the 18th and 19th century. Before this development, predicting the end of the world has been a notoriously stupid thing to do.

The online forums at Rapture Ready have noticed my activism. They attribute it to Satan being angry in his last days.

Dear Father, I ask that you give unbelievers discernment as they see this publicized. Open people’s eyes to see how those who hate You love death. Use the publicity to work against this event. Give Christians life giving words as they discuss this. In Jesus name, Amen

In another day and time, I seem to remember that “Conspiring to cross state lines for the purposes of inciting violence, hate crimes and making terroristic threats,” usually got the guilty parties 2-5 years on Federal charges. Seasons change. 

Unbelievable, it’s as if a tidal wave of wickedness has swept over this nation in the last couple years.

T his is so sad! But the Bible predicted that the world will call evil “good” and good “evil” It boggles my mind why someone/anyone would not want to believe in God! Nor want to love Him!

Shame whats happening to our military these days…

Some of the comments are so evil. I pray this is cancelled.

Wow, the Military has changed so much since we retired from the AF in the 1990′s. 

This is where love your enemies becomes a test. I want to love them because that is what God wants me to do but it becomes very difficult when it comes to people who hate Him so much. I would rather someone walk up to me and punched me right square in the nose than I would someone come up to me and say there is no God or say they hate God.

The Battle of the Believers vs. the Atheists.Don’t you think it is getting worse?Satan is making sure that these unbelievers are being heard.Our time is short folks.

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I want to become a Marine so badly, but it just doesn’t seem like it would serve the lord like I’d want to. I could be wrong, but then I wouldn’t want to make a mistake either. Besides, I have such a strong feeling that we won’t be around for much longer. At least I pray that that’s true.

Knowing his time must be very short, satan’s anger is raging. While he slithers around wreaking havoc and chaos, the Spirit of God is calmly keeping His plan in motion. His will is being done. Keep your eyes on Jesus!

Terrible the way it is going in the military. Not even a few years ago this even would not have been allowed to take place.

That last one is like a thermometer. We are rapidly affecting real-world change now that we’re standing up and demanding equality. I can’t tell if I’m too close to the story sometimes, so it’s refreshing to see people on the other side thinking the same thing.

This festival really could not have happened a few years ago, and the small group of people who made it happen should take a deep bow. The meetings we later held at MASH Fort Bragg paved the way for other groups to follow suit. Every time one of us gets moved to another base, that base gets an expert in slamming the atheist closet door behind them.

Just about everyone I heard from initially said “I thought I was the only one.”  Now they tend to ask where the next meeting is, or how they can start a new chapter at their base. I’ll steer them in the right direction, but I like to explain to them that “all you have to do is give a shit.”

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  • Darlene

    I clicked on the link to see the examples of misspellings in dictionaries, and I got the Trolololo Guy video, which is pretty funny. :D

  • Justin Griffith

    Spoiler :)

  • http://www.decrepitoldfool.com george.w

    I know a fellow with a PhD in finance whose office looks like a Christian bookstore. One of the bits of Christian advertisement he has there is a little postcard with the famous “rapture” picture on it. He is a very nice guy and seems completely rational in other ways. I often wonder if there is any crossover between that part of his brain and the part that is teaching generations of students the finer points of finance. Or if they are in separate compartments.

  • Alareth

    Justin, I’ve spent a good deal of time trying to explain dispensationalism and figures like John Nelson Darby to people with Rapture fever over the years.

    When I point out there is no such thing as the Rapture mentioned anywhere in the Bible and the idea is only a few hundred years old the response is always a slight pause followed by an admonishment to read the Bible.

  • machintelligence

    Have you given any thought to what will happen if really huge numbers of people show up? Can you handle 20 thousand — or 50 thousand? I’m obviously not familiar with Fort Bragg. (It’s a fun thing to consider, isn’t it?)

  • Gregory

    Wait, that wasn’t “Never Gonna Give You Up!”

  • Tim Brown

    How rich is Tim LaHaye? Books, movies, video games. It’s like the original War of the Worlds. The suckers actually think it’s happening.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Not defending Darbyism, but it’s somewhat misleading to say that the word “rapture” is not in the Bible. Darbyists would point to 1 Thess. 4:17:

    Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

    In the Latin (Vulgate) version of the Bible, the word “shall be caught up” is rapiemur, a form of the verb rapere, “to seize and carry off”. This verb is the source of the Medieval Latin noun raptura, “seizure”, which in turn is the source of our word “rapture”. So while the word “rapture” itself does not occur in the Bible, an event that could easily be described as “rapture” is certainly mentioned.

    This is a little bit like the claim that the phrase “Separation of Church and State” appears nowhere in the Constitution. I.e., it’s literally true, but of little weight as an argument.

  • Ms. Crazy Pants

    I’m a little behind on this, but does the advertisement for event really depict burning churches?

  • http://raisinghellions.wordpress.com/ Lou Doench

    What is it with Rapture ready and serious smiley abuse?

  • http://cincinatheist.blogspot.com cincinatheist

    @Ms. Crazy Pants: No, the advertisement for the event does not depict burning churches. As Justin has repeatedly stated in the media over the last week or more, this little nugget has been seized upon by the god botherers and taken out of context. One of the acts who is performing has a music video for one of their songs which depicts burning churches. However, the footage in the video depicts sectarian violence. The churches were actually burned by adherents of other religions. So it is religion on religion violence, not non-believers burning down churches. And the band has additionally agreed to play a “radio friendly” set, which means all songs performed will be edited to be content appropriate. What the Rapture Ready nutjobs have picked up on is Faux News propoganda.

  • N. Nescio

    I would rather someone walk up to me and punched me right square in the nose than I would someone come up to me and say there is no God or say they hate God.

    I wonder if that has anything to do with then being able to hit the ‘unbeliever’ without worrying about going to jail?

    I want to become a Marine so badly, but it just doesn’t seem like it would serve the lord like I’d want to. I could be wrong, but then I wouldn’t want to make a mistake either. Besides, I have such a strong feeling that we won’t be around for much longer. At least I pray that that’s true.

    Coward.

  • http://justdfacsmaam.wordpress.com MarkNS

    I clicked it too, you fucker.

  • Justin Griffith

    @ #6, #13, LOL. Thanks for having the courage to say so. Hope you had a smile on your face.

    #5

    Have you given any thought to what will happen if really huge numbers of people show up? Can you handle 20 thousand — or 50 thousand? I’m obviously not familiar with Fort Bragg. (It’s a fun thing to consider, isn’t it?)

    The venue can handle 50,000 (it is a huge field.) We do not expect anywhere near that. We have facilities (toilets, police, medical…) that can accommodate 10,000 easily, and could likely handle 15,000.

    However, if we get 5,000 people to show up we’ll be extremely happy. If thousands of people do not show up, it hurts the movement (by a lot).

  • F

    Use the publicity to work against this event.

    O Lord, please hire a strategist and a marketing team.

  • Steph Bazzle

    Darn, I wanted to contribute over on the RR boards but I seem to have been banned…..again.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com tim gueguen

    Funny how the Rapture fans never seem to consider that Satan has probably read the relevant Bible passages by now and changed his plans. He’s had almost 2000 years to do so.

  • beerslayer

    It’s amazing to me that these people are still apparently convinced that atheists “hate God”. What part of “atheists don’t believe in God” are they failing to grasp?

    I could no more hate God than I could hate Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, and for precisely the same reason.

  • Marian Nicole Garcia

    Haha! cockroaches survived the world war 2 and possibly they would survive in rapture. They are great.! haha :D


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