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Christianity Johnson on 01 Dec 2008 12:00 am

Interesting statistics about the rapture

This article contains interesting statistics about religious beliefs in the United States and Canada:

Hidden End-Times beliefs still steer politicians, despite exit of Palin

One of the most forbidden religious topics in recent years, including during the run-ups to the Canadian and American elections, has been the End Times.

Also known as the Apocalypse. Armageddon. The Second Coming of Christ. The Rapture. The Last Judgment.

Some Christians, in Canada and the U.S., say it’s unfair, an act of persecution, to publicly raise such explosive doctrine. They act as if their view of how God will end the world is just a private matter….

But Christian views about a biblically predicted Apocalypse will remain influential in North American and global politics despite Tuesday’s defeat of John McCain and his Pentecostal running mate, Sarah Palin.

Beliefs about the Last Judgment have been shaping political attitudes to the environment, war and the Middle East. They’re not going to go away because of this Republican setback.

Statistics 1:

A Newsweek poll found 55 per cent of Americans believe “that before the world ends the religiously faithful will be saved.”

In the same vein, a binational Ipsos Reid poll by Andrew Grenville found 46 per cent of Americans agreeing: “The world will end in the Battle of Armageddon between Jesus and the Antichrist.”

In Canada, 20 per cent believe in this same prediction, that the planet will end in a divinely ordained cataclysm — typically involving war, environmental disaster and economic collapse.

Statistics 2:

In Evangelicals and the Continental Divide, Atlantic Baptist University scholar Sam Reimer found 77 per cent of Canadian evangelicals (compared to 71 per cent of American evangelicals) agree with the statement: “There will be a literal Rapture followed by a 1,000-year reign of Christ.”


Many American pre-millennialists welcome wars against Muslims in the Middle East as signs of the End Times. Prominent pre-millennialists believe the Bible predicts Israel must occupy the Middle East before Jesus returns. (They also believe Jews who don’t convert to Christianity will suffer eternal torment.)

Even though the media rarely stress the importance of End Times doctrine, Newsweek at least has linked pre-millennialist “apocalyptic scenarios and Bush’s apocalyptic rhetoric and confrontational Mideast policies.”

Many pre-millennialists also believe ecological catastrophe is a (positive) sign of a coming Apocalypse.

At the end of the article the author offers his viewpoint: “In the end, so to speak, I side with educated evangelicals and others who judge pre-millennial thinking a Biblical misinterpretation and unhealthy delusion.”

Tens of millions of Americans are participating in that unhealthy delusion.

19 Responses to “Interesting statistics about the rapture”

  1. on 08 Dec 2008 at 5:35 am 1.Elizabeth said …

    I am completely weirded out by people who believe in the rapture and are excited for the world to end. In this same excitement, comes their reasons for wanting SUVs, spending gas needlessly, creating trash without care — in their view, it doesn’t matter because the whole world is coming to an end.

    Please see: http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2004/10/27/scherer-christian/

    I don’t know what I can do about this situation or if I should try anything . . .

  2. on 08 Dec 2008 at 8:25 am 2.the loved one said …

    Elizabeth, one thing you can do (and the reason some of us have come here in the first place) is to educate people on the very dangers you’ve observed. the deeper you look into it, religion is at the root of quite a bit of the world’s woes. wars, corruption, insane laws (stonings, honor killings, civil rights issues…). let’s tip the scale a bit. It is scary, but we don’t have to let them ruin it for the rest of us (quite literally).
    the question is how to do it. as you can see again and again, there is a high wall between the believers and the non and they rarely (if ever) get through to the other party. the question is: how to help people see this?
    I’m not delusional. I don’t want to end religion. it’s just not possible. yes, I wish the majority of people used a bit more critical, rational thought, but the best that can be done is to lessen the violence and hate that many religions inherently spread.
    as with any ‘discussion’, once it gets heated and people start putting one another down, very little is accomplished other than a more polarized opposition.
    I would love to see more atheists showing compassion to the people they’re trying to help. sure it’s fun to debate. but nobody ever really wins a debate.

  3. on 16 Dec 2008 at 8:15 am 3.Kneebow said …


    This is response to you YouTube video:

    First off, you are very Biblically illiterate.

    You must remeber that God is holy and that sin leads to death and that the only sacrifice for your sins and mine are for someone, in this case God’s Son, to die for them; as it turned out on the cross. Read the sixth chapter of Romans.

    God set apart the nation of Isreal in the Old Testement to save them from their sinful ways. If He did not set up stritct guidlines for them to follow they would have fallen even further in to sin then they already, eventually, did. Thus, the redemption of mankind would forever be in peril because if they didn’t keep these strict standards then the nation would have fallen into complete moral decay and the Son of Man would have no place to have His throne.

    I have more to say if you want to hear it, and by the way God choose shepards and farmers to be His people, along with, I’m sure, those of the eventual professional class. A person’s occupation or education does not make them more reasonable or, ultimatley, wise than another. God shows no favortism. All good things come from Him. He chose the lowly and the despised to be inheritors of His Kingdom. Read the first chapter of first Corinthians.

    Praise be to God who works all things for His glory.

    John Neeley
    The last Neeley

  4. on 16 Dec 2008 at 8:19 am 4.Kneebow said …

    God died for all your sin and you treat Him like you want to kill Him and nail Him on a cross. I guess history never stops repeating itself.

  5. on 16 Dec 2008 at 8:26 am 5.Kneebow said …

    Why don’t you go to Church and pray to God for guidence on all your questions?

  6. on 16 Dec 2008 at 8:31 am 6.Kneebow said …

    Why do you see Christianity as a political ploy? Indeed, He does envoke through His Word commerce, property rights, compassion for the poor, and industry, but the Church is the center of fellowship of the saints not some right-wing political meeting. You guys seem way too in the dark about Christianity. It is a belief of faith, that is based on knowledge and wisdom if you seek Christ. If only you would give Christ a chance instead of saying “Cruxify Him.” Why do you want to kill Him? You know not what you are doing.

  7. on 16 Dec 2008 at 8:39 am 7.Kneebow said …

    I have suffered from demonic posession personally so I know that the Bible is true from my own experience.

  8. on 16 Dec 2008 at 8:40 am 8.Kneebow said …

    Really from an economic perspective we are all slaves to are wages. How is this any diffrent from slavery?

  9. on 16 Dec 2008 at 8:42 am 9.Kneebow said …

    No one is “good”, as Jesus said. Their are no good people. We all are dead in our trespasses if we haven’t come to Christ. If we where so “good” why did God have to send His Son? Read Romans 5 – 7 and Ephesians 2. By the way, all Scripture is Truth.

  10. on 16 Dec 2008 at 9:10 am 10.Kneebow said …

    I’m replying to all questions quickly, so pardon the many entrees:

    There is evidence that a man named Jesus Christ was crucified under Pontius Pilate. Beyond this you must take as faith that two of His followers wrote down testimonies of His life (I am speaking only of the four Gospels) (Matthew and John) and two where written under the guidance of two apostles (Mark, who wrote under Peter, and Luke, who wrote under Paul.) Faith in Jesus Christ is what justifies you before God (see Romans 5) and declares you righteous. You must take these Scriptures on faith, but there is a great deal of historical evidence to prove their validity. For instance, pick up Evidence for Christianity.

    Jesus Indwells within all believers and it is an omniscient presence. Believers feel a love in their heart for God that is inexplicable and a hunger for the Word that is unlike any thirst imaginable. The Word that we read is living and active.

    That God wants us to eat and drink His Son’s blood may sound grotesque (sp) to an unbeliever, for even the Romans killed many early Christians because they believed they where cannibals. Even the people that heard Jesus say this in the Book of John thought it was strange. But why do you even mention this holy ritual as Satanic when you don’t even understand it? If you don’t understand God then how can you understand Satan?

    It is very simple why Christians drink and eat their Savior’s blood: to remember His sacrifice for all our sins. You do not have atonement without the shedding of blood, as was first brought forth in Leviticus with the Old Covenant of animal sacrifices for sin and solidified through the Lamb of God (Jesus), which is the New Covenant; so we drink of His blood to remember His blood shed on our behalf. (See 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.) His flesh is eaten for the same reason, to remember the sacrifice of our Savior.

    Divorce is a big issue, but just because two believers get married doesn’t mean that God will nullify their free will. This could be as much a cultural issue as any other, but I personally know many Christians who have been married many years and are strong in the Lord.

    Praise be to God for He works all things together for His glory.

  11. on 16 Dec 2008 at 9:15 am 11.Kneebow said …

    Sorry about the former misspellings but if I was perfect I wouldn’t need a Savior. (Yes, He is my crutch.)

  12. on 16 Dec 2008 at 9:40 am 12.Kneebow said …

    In regard to the rapture:

    God is perfect and lives in a Paradise with His redeemed children. All that is made by man is a filthy rag and the only thing good comes from our holy Father, radiated in fulness through His Son Jesus, who sits at His right hand. It will be good for all our works to be destroyed by . All Truth is embodied in God, His Word is Truth, and so all that passes away will be sin and death. This is all True.

  13. on 16 Dec 2008 at 9:49 am 13.billy T said …

    >”I have suffered from demonic posession”

    yes, this is evident.
    but seriously, dude. who are you preaching to? you got to be kidding!

    >”First off, you are very Biblically illiterate.”

    that makes two of us. the book sucks anyway. who do you think you are?
    zeus will strike you down because you don’t believe in him! greek mythology is much more fun than christian myths. the ‘good book’ is a yawn and a half! damn!

  14. on 16 Dec 2008 at 9:52 am 14.billy T said …

    P.S. your posts would sound a lot less insane if you were actually responding to a previous comment rather than your own soapbox ramblings.

  15. on 16 Dec 2008 at 11:35 am 15.Hermes said …

    Shhh…I like insane ranting Christians. It’s like a verbal train wreck where all the cargo consists of rubber chickens. *SERIOUS* rubber chickens.

  16. on 16 Dec 2008 at 4:38 pm 16.Kneebow said …

    If the Book is so bad why is it the best selling book every year (of all time) and why has it produced the largest religion in the world, Christianity. I serisouly don’t think any of you understand what you are talking about. I don’t want to judge you, but you sound rather foolish.

    Zeus never appeared and had people write about Him. You cannot deny the fact tbat a man named Jesus Christ lived and was cruxified.

    It takes more faith to belive in Darwinist theories than in Christ. And the faith of Christ is greater than that man made farce.

    You all should read the Book of Romans, especially the first chapter, to know where you stand with God.

  17. on 16 Dec 2008 at 9:40 pm 17.loved one said …

    “Zeus never appeared and had people write about Him.”

    you’re joking, right? ever hear of the Greeks?

    “You cannot deny the fact tbat a man named Jesus Christ lived and was cruxified.”

    but I do! I deny it outright! there is much evidence that Julius Cesar existed, yet none that Jesus Christ actually did. Just a lot of maybes and ‘possible’ evidence.

    “It takes more faith to belive in Darwinist theories than in Christ.”

    why, because there’s actually evidence of Evolution and 99.8% of scientists realize that evolution is irrefutable fact? because it doesn’t require ‘faith’ at all to ‘believe’ in a scientific theory. Or about the same amount of ‘faith’ it does to believe in gravity or germ ‘theory’.
    ‘theory’ in science is not what you think it is. if you think otherwise, you only show your poor grasp of what science really is.

    “You all should read the Book of Romans, especially the first chapter, to know where you stand with God.”

    I’ve read it. very amusing. I know where I stand with god. God is imaginary, so all of your hot air matters none to me.

  18. on 17 Dec 2008 at 3:04 am 18.Kneebow said …

    Are you getting me? Zeus NEVER appeared to anybody but Jesus did. It is a fact that Jesus was cruxified under Pontius Pilate. See Evidence For Christinaity. Many pagan gentiles came to Christ after He rose, repenting of their ignorance, but few where reported to go from Christ back to Zeus. Who worships Zeus now anyways. I thought Christianity revealed all that pagan religious activity to be false.

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