The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in Revelation
Date(s) - 02/08/2014
9:00 am - 1:45 pm
Northway Christian Church
God and religion are top-sellers in the pop culture mainstream, from The DaVinci Code to the Left Behind novels. How do we respond to the God-hunger in our culture? How does the Bible come to life for us in ways that are life-giving and earth-affirming? The notion of the popularized Rapture was invented less than 200 years ago, yet it has become the dominant cultural lens through which many Americans read the Bible. We will discuss the origins and implications of Rapture theology and prophecy and will consider the issues of violence and nonviolence as addressed in competing images of Jesus as avenging warrior or Lamb of Revelation. We will offer a model for seeing Scripture coming to life not in global disasters or in Middle East wars but in “Lamb Power”–the power of Jesus’ nonviolent, self-giving love for the world– a world that will not be left behind!