Rapture Theory Considered Biblical
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Is the Rapture Theory Biblical?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, responds, "The Bible speaks of a relief from this world at the judgment for Christians." Most Christians that were polled relied on their belief of the Rapture Theory.
Out of 1,900 Christians surveyed, 71% believe that the Rapture Theory is true. Most Christians cited the Bible verse, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, as the source for their deep belief. Others cited the Bible verse, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. Many stated that, "It says so in the Bible. It is definitely implied even though the specific word, 'rapture' is not used." Christians in this group also said that they had been taught this theory since their youth and relied heavily on this belief for their eternal future.
Only twenty percent of those surveyed did not believe the Rapture Theory to be Biblical. They cited reasons such as, "The Rapture teaches a 'secret second coming' of Christ. There will only be a judgment in the end." Others simply said, "A pretribulation Rapture is not Biblical." Many were converts on their beliefs, "I learned and even taught the Rapture Theory for years, but then I realized that the Theory would require a third coming of Christ. The third coming is just not Biblical." Pollers in this group interpreted the Bible passages very differently than those who agreed with the Rapture Theory. In fact, many felt that Christians who believed in the Theory were very misinformed.
Nine percent of poll takers were unsure about whether or not they believed the Theory. One unsure poller said, "It really depends on how you interpret the Bible passages." Another said, "God never promised Christians relief from suffering, so I don't really know." However, most in this category said, "I don't know what the word 'Rapture' is. Some things in the Bible are just too hard to understand." Unfortunately, many Christians find it hard to interpret the Bible on their own. They don't know who to believe especially when they are told conflicting information.
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