Originally Posted by LX
Yeah - but it never ends.
Apparently the dead sea scrolls provide some indication that Jesus was originally part of a jewish sect that was one of many proclaiming the end of days. These guys kept getting their asses handed to them by powerful armies, and in taking a nihilistic approach they could motivate themselves to keep on fighting while seeing themselves as reaping the rewards of righteousness when the world ended. It was trick to make a lose/lose proposition seem like a win/win with nothing to lose.
The New Testament was a clean break from all of that, partly as a means of survival. Peace was really the only option once so many declarations of apocalypse fell flat. Seeing might as being right, and continuing with the eye for an eye dogma, was not going to serve anybody, and wishing for the world to end signaled the level of desperation at hand. A new way of seeing things was borne out of necessity.
But the end of days crowd never went away for good, particularly among the desperate losers of the world.
so theres no rapture? christians going to heaven or w.e