I know the admins at the Rapture Ready forum. They are my brethren. But they do things that are fantastically silly. One of them being the much (and rightly mocked I believe) Rapture Index. It is right and good to discuss current events and be prepared to view them through the lens of our Biblical worldview. It brings mockery to the cause of Christ when we implicitly (and in this case explicitly) try to predict the “rapture” by reading the newspaper without a firm grasp on history writ large. And if one is going to do such a thing, rigorous constant analysis is required, which is not done by any stretch of the imagination on the Rapture Index. They created an index and snatch a bit of news here and there and arbitrarily assign numbers without revisiting the whole thing, making it a bad attempt at something we shouldn’t even do to begin with. If you are going to do something wrong, at least do it well. I guess. Prove my point? Okay, here is the Rapture Index on 2/3/14.
38 Wild Weather: Massive flooding in Colorado has upgraded this category
Obviously that caught my interest as I now live in Colorado (some personal updates on that soon). And I didn’t realize that this square odd state was so eschatologically significant, and not for legalizing recreational marijuana (more on that in a bit).
45 Floods: The lack of activity has downgraded this category.
Umm… let’s all sing! One of these things is not like the other. One of these things is not the same.
Flooding in Colorado (short-term and not massive in the world-wide scheme of things, ask Noah) is enough to ratchet up the likelihood of the Second Coming, but then it doesn’t even deserve mention in the flooding category? Because its only one place? Perhaps. I think it is just a scrabble to cherry-pick news with no attempt to be internally consistent.
But there HAS been other flooding, such as in the United Kingdom and my old stomping grounds, Delray Beach, Florida.
This kind of Wheel ‘O Rapture is like the old scales at carnivals with the gypsy figure that would spit out your fortune.
And I just needed to point out this one as well:
15 Moral Standards: A new poll finds that more couples are living together outside of marriage.
Obviously I am not advocating non-marital sexual relations and not getting married, but THIS is all that is highlighted? Hello? Marriage itself is being profaned, kids are killing kids, and Belgium and the Netherlands are now moving towards allowing children to be euthanized, and this is all one can come up with? And back to the Colorado issue, I am surprised the legalization of recreational marijuana didn’t make it to the list. I mean after all, this is the crowd that has quite an entertaining rant on tattoos, with the insinuation that a Christian who gets one run the risks of a tattooed resurrection body and that getting a tattoo may even turn you into a homosexual, and not a peep on the whacky weed?
FWIW, and I am sure I will catch flack for this, I think the war on drugs is an utter failure and support the decriminalization of “drugs” (caution: link is to a highly liberal site, but I believe they have this right) that are on par with or less dangerous than alcohol, particularly ones that seem to have significant evidence for medicinal value and pain relief for people that otherwise would be dependent upon opoids. I have no issue with this and get a perverse pleasure out of Colorado giving the Feds the middle finger and taking control of what should be a state’s rights issue. If our culture were different, perhaps these laws would work. Perhaps Prohibition would have worked, but we are not changing the culture through these laws, and the cost is high. Change the hearts, and the laws will follow if needed. Obviously there are exceptions to that general principle. You don’t fight making murder illegal (abortion) simply because our culture is murderous. But in aspects of personal behaviour, health, soundness of mind… laws aren’t doing it.
PS: Edit to add…. they also haven’t caught on that it isn’t still 2013 yet.