What the Boss Likes – CNN article on rapture nonsense

CNN has a good article on “rapture anxiety

““Rapture anxiety,” as it is often called, is recognized by some faith experts and mental health professionals as a type of religious trauma. Darren Slade, the president and CEO of the Global Center for Religious Research, has been studying religious trauma across several faiths and denominations for years.

“This is a real thing. It’s a chronic problem,” he says of rapture anxiety. “This is a new area of study, but in general, our research has revealed that religious trauma leads to an increase of anxiety, depression, paranoia and even some OCD-like behaviors: ‘I need to say this prayer of salvation so many times,’ ‘I need to confess my sins so often.’”

“Now imagine,” he continues, “You are taught that at any minute, you could be left here on Earth. What does that do to the teenager who just had premarital sex, or even simply took the Lord’s name in vain?””

No surprise here that religion can cause some awful problems.

16 thoughts on “What the Boss Likes – CNN article on rapture nonsense

  1. Agree.
    Every Catholic, current or former, on the planet might have a good laugh about this.
    So as not to confuse, the “Rapture” is invented bullshit. It is not biblical except by delusional interpretation and only RCs who speak in tongues might buy in. 🙂

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  2. I guess it ouod depend your particular take in eschatology. Rather than a branch of theology, I call it theory-ology. Because we all have so many different theories about end times. Was once very committed to a Pretribulational Rapture but now I don’t think there will be a “separate” Catching Away befor the Day of the Lord when Christ comes again.

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    1. Either way, I’m not that anxious about what I can’t do anything about… the timing of His Return. As Keith Green so famously said… I’m a Pan Tribber. Serve Jesus and see how it all Pans Out.

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  3. As a Jew, I don’t have rapture anxiety, but religious OCD affecting people of all faiths was well-documented by the 14th century. The earliest records of OCD date back to a diagnosis of “scrupulosity,” which is religious OCD.

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