Sunday, June 29, 2008

"You've Been Left Behind" and I'm at a Loss for Words

Well not really...I'm rarely at a loss for words, but I came pretty close.

A nifty little website,, is now making it possible to communicate from the grave. In a nutshell, the site was set for Christians to communicate to their loved ones who didn't make the final cut after they have been caught up in the rapture. This home page of the site states:

You've Been Left Behind gives you one last opportunity to reach your lost family and friends For Christ. Imagine being in the presence of the Lord and hearing all of heaven rejoice over the salvation of your loved ones. It is our prayer that this site makes it happen.
A subscriber to the site can edit and save up to 256MB of documents for up to 62 different email addresses. If the subscriber is at a loss for composing a loving message that says, "Sorry I was raptured into heaven and you are stuck in the middle of a tribulation, but I'd really love to see you here someday," the site even offers free document templates. Messages are programmed to be sent out 6 days after the rapture.

You might be wondering, "How will a computer know that the rapture has happened?" To answer your question, the site states:
We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the "Rapture" of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system.
For forty bucks, this super tract is a steal! But, as you might have supposed, I have a few problems with
  • My views on the rapture relegates this site to a waste of $40
  • In deciding who is a recipient of a left behind email the sender is certifiably adjudicating that the recipient is not living a life worthy of rapture salvation (and we all know that is just intolerable in this post modern society!)
  • The send must place faith in the spiritual standing of team trigger members
  • If, having been left behind, I received a post rapture email I would be a bit ticked with the sender for not caring enough about me to send the email before the rapture and great tribulation, because, if they spent the time subscribing they most certainly saw this coming
What do you think? Anyone rushing off to get a subscription? Good idea? Bad idea?

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Adam Lehman said...

Great post.

Those left behind books are still the standard for eschatology these days... and I think it's going to take something massive to change that.

Becky said...

You summed it all up in your very last bullet point.

GREAT post.

Kenni B said...

I'm already a subscriber! It's pretty much the best website ever.

"How could you possibly know that Napoleon?"


crackers and cheese said...

So, how did you fare on reading the top 100? I also agree that this website is absolutely ridiculous, for many of the same reasons that you listed. Your other post of the rapture was also interesting, and gave me a lot to think about. I really only know what I've been taught in church, and that is fuzzy at best. Honestly, how to view the afterlife in general is a little confuddled for me as well. All I know is that I (and probably many others) will someday, sometime, in some form, be with God!

Anonymous said...

I think it's great comedy! Ha! Either that, or it's really tragic that people actually believe this stuff.

Monk-in-Training said...

One of the things I find hilarious about the "rapture" is who gets taken away and who is "left behind". In Rapture theology, it is the believers who would be taken away before the Second Coming. This is exactly opposite of Christ's own teaching, comparing His return with "the days of Noah" (see Matthew 24).
If you carefully read the passage, you see that in the days of Noah, it is the unrighteous who are taken away by the waters of the flood, and it is the righteous who are "left behind" and are saved!

theworstblogger said...

oh snap...

"that reminds me...I need to type a little something up for you to read when you are burning in the fires of tribulation"


Anonymous said...

Very silly, and sad to think that someone is getting rich yet again off duping believers.

Or is it really the site's fault that so many people are that stupid?

Good post . . .


RC said...

wow...that's messed up!

2Pete said...

I think it's just plain rad. Oh, did "rad" get left behind too? Crap.