UNRAVELING THE RAPTURE
They are not backed by Revelations, nor by any scripture whatsoever. Yet the answer for many fundamentalists in the Christian faith is group bodily ascension — otherwise known as the Rapture.
It’s a catchy schtick: the world going to hell in a hand-basket amid predictions about the end of an age and the promise of the Second Coming. Although considering the Age of Aquarius to be New-Age hype, they, nevertheless, intend to ride these perfect conditions into a perfect un-storm — the rising of the righteous into heaven. And if not true, it at least can claim to be the stuff of Hollywood.
But…it is not true.
The ascension of the righteous is a legitimate spiritual possibility — which happens whenever an authentically righteous person departs from his/her physicality and rises in spirit to enter one of the ten levels of Paradise. Though there is no guarantee that a righteous person will behold Him, Jesus is there. Whether in physical apparition or not, the Son of God can be experienced and deeply appreciated, providing that a righteous soul has a mystical bent.
But the Rapturists are not mystics. Anything but. Which is why they conceive of ascension only as a bodily rising — just like Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. But, whether they like it or not, science and religion are complements. Which is to say that those standing in hope of the Rapture need some schooling about the fundamentals of human physiology, and a heads-up about how God’s way intersects with Planet Earth. While having created everything and everyone, the Divine does nothing that goes again human free will. Moreover, while the Divine is all-powerful, the Divine does not pluck a rabbit from its warren and help it fly. Those believers awaiting their ascension are wingless and will remain so. They may be uplifted by the Bible, even if they do linearize its poetry into prosaic interpretation. But they will not be uplifted anywhere close to the degree necessary for lift off.
To lift the body even a foot off of Mother Earth requires a long-practiced connection with infinite Consciousness — the stuff beyond time/space/change out of which everything has come to be. While the New Testament alludes to pure Consciousness, the lack of emphasis on the Father and resulting over-focus on the Son has turned away most mystics — to the point that four out of five recognized Christian saints did not in their lifetimes experience, let alone identify with, the Eternal.
For bodily ascension, depth of identity with the changeless substratum of Consciousness needs to be profound and truly available. Purity of physiology would be paramount, lest, having ascended a foot or two, the ascender would, like Peter walking to Jesus on the water only a few steps before sinking out of a lack of faith, fall back to Earth is frightening devotion (addiction) to gravity.
The world is, indeed, in a grave state. Yet Rapturists make a grave error in believing themselves spiritually attuned enough, capable enough and faithful enough to manage the act of bodily ascension attributed only to Divine Incarnations, and, even then, very rarely.
There is no disparagement of faith here, only that assuming what happens in the realm of spirit to be easily transferrable to the realm of the flesh is naive to the limit. Only Immortals whose connection with the Divine has penetrated not just their spirit but their very cells as well, are capable of such a feat.
Rather than a testament of faith, the Rapture is testament to cultic invention. Yet it’s not simply that it has all the earmarks of hyperbole — for some Rapturists are doubtlessly sincere souls with significant faith in their Savior. It’s just that, while our reach should exceed our grasp, Rapturists are arrogant in their propaganda, their hopes being based in scriptural, spiritual and physiological ignorance. Earth bodies don’t enter heaven. Jesus no longer had an Earth body when he rose.
Albeit the cosmic stuff of tall tales, the Rapture will not fly.