“Are You Pre-Trib Or Post-Trib?”

The rapture is not a Biblical concept. Yet it has become deeply imbedded in the American Christian’s understanding of the end times. And as such it presents an unhelpful and somewhat destructive understanding of God’s final judgement and redemption.

Sayeth N.T. Wright:

“The American obsession with the second coming of Jesus — especially with distorted interpretations of it — continues unabated.  Seen from my side of the Atlantic (England), the phenomenal success of the Left Behind books appears puzzling, even bizarre.  Few in the U.K. hold the belief on which the popular series of novels is based: that there will be a literal ‘rapture’ in which believers will be snatched up to heaven, leaving empty cars crashing on freeways and kids coming home from school only to find that their parents have been taken to be with Jesus while they have been ‘left behind.’  This pseudo-theological version of Home Alone has reportedly frightened many children into some kind of (distorted) faith.”

The Biblical message is not one of cosmological, Platonic terror. While the sentiments behind these views are honest, and there are many sincere people who hold to them, I want to propose that we’ve been misled into a very distorted way of understanding, not just the rapture, but also heaven and God’s plan for redemption as seen in the person of Christ.

I’d say more now, but I’m boiling an egg for lunch and it’s just finished. Besides, folks with much greater wisdom and tact than myself have it covered. Read more about this in NT Wright’s brief article Farewell to the Rapture.

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2 thoughts on ““Are You Pre-Trib Or Post-Trib?”

  1. I agree. I have been on both sides of the pendulum swing on that issue, having bought into it hook, line, and sinker, back in my college days (also when Hal Lindsey was popular). I have since swung back to a more (in my opinion, but not John MacArthur’s) biblical view, and believe that there will only be one “second coming” of Christ. If I remember correctly, there was a book that I read, also in college, called The Incredible Cover-Up, by Dave McPherson, that told the story of the beginnings of the pre-trib beliefs, which didn’t even appear until the mid nineteenth century. I like Wright’s statement that hardly anyone in the UK believes in that theory.

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