|Atheist offers to send Christian post after Rapture|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2007 17:00|
|An atheist living in Orlando has set up a website offering to send post from Christians to their unsaved loved-ones, after the rapture occurs. 24 year old Joshua Witter created the website called the "Post-Rapture Post", after his graduation from Syracuse University in 2004. Joshua Witter does not believe in God or the rapture, but says if Christians are taken to heaven then he will deliver their letters to friends and family for a price. |
Quote: "Witter guarantees that should the Rapture arrive, he would deliver all letters entrusted to him. He created the website in 2004 after graduating from Syracuse University. "My friends think it's hilarious," he said. "We all like it." But he also thinks it is logical. "If you are a good person after the Rapture, (you'll ascend)," Witter said. "If you have a son you want to behave so that he might also see Jesus," you send him a letter. Social bookmarking sites and the blogosphere have generated interest in the Post-Rapture Post. Witter said he received about 2,000 e-mails after fark.com posted a link to the site.
It's not the first time the rapture theory has made it into the mainstream media. After the commencement of the Second Lebanon War, the Vancouver Sun newspaper ridiculed Christians who believe in the rapture. Pointing to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, instead of realizing that the prophecies in the Bible must be true, they blamed Christians for helping to create the crisis! So if the events in Revelation start to come to pass, it is extremely doubtful that atheists will suddenly believe there is a God. Although on a more positive note, interviewers on CNN were asking whether or not we were now living in the last days, and interviewed some famous prophecy commentators.
There is some controversy over whether the rapture will occur before or during the seven year period. I have explained my thoughts on this in the rapture article on this website, and I have spoken with others who believe in a pre-wrath rapture. I can't understand why some Christians make such an issue of this. Perhaps Satan is using this division as a tool to hinder the teaching of the Lord's return in these last days. To me it's a non-issue. First of all, we should never be dogmatic when it comes to prophecy. Our minds are finite, and only the Lord sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). Secondly, the pre-tribulation rapture is not an escape-chute from suffering, as some Christians that teach the pre-wrath theory assume. The Lord said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation", John 16:33. All the apostles apart from one were martyred. The first century Church suffered horrendous persecution at the hands of Rome (Revelation 2:10). Christians in China, India, Pakistan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, are suffering terrible persecution today. Paul said that "it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake", Philippians 1:29.
The pre-tribulation rapture is an escape-chute from the wrath of God, and that is important to keep in mind (Revelation 3:10). When we understand that, the issue of when the rapture occurs pales into insignificance. God will deliver us before this world is judged for its wickedness. Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego told king Nebuchadnezzar, the Lord is able to deliver us out of the world's hand, but if He chooses not to, we will not worship the Antichrist or his image (Daniel 3:17-18). The Lord said we would not know the exact time of His coming (Matthew 25:13), but He did say "occupy till I come", Luke 19:13. Our job is to preach the gospel, until the Lord sees fit to remove us from this scene.
Source USA Today