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The Doomsday Code

The Doomsday Code
"The Doomsday Code" on Google Video
Yes, the whole documentary.

Synopsis from Google Video: "Tony Robinson travels to America, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Africa to gather evidence that might uncover the realities behind the prophecies contained within the Book of Revelation. He interviews people who believe millions will be spirited up to Heaven, Israel will fight a nuclear war, that the Secretary General of the UN will be unmasked as the Anti-Christ and the world will end after the Battle of Armageddon."

Yes, this is exactly what I was raised to believe. This bit of dogma and some others that go along with it are a primary source of a lot of the issues I have.
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hnpcc From: hnpcc Date: Wednesday 15th November 2006 04.03 (UTC) (Link)
The problem I've always had with the Rapture etc was that I could never find where, exactly, it was supposed to be being prophesised. I mean, I could see the star falling to heaven bit, I could see the millions before God bit, but the whole 'good-people-get-spirited-away-while-the-bad-burn-on-earth' bit? Wasn't there. Took me until about 2 years ago to find out what was actually going on with that, and why it was that my church didn't mention it once, whereas the (mostly US-sponsored) evangelicals never shut up about it.

Since then I've been enjoying reading the Left Behind series - to me, they're as much fantasy as Harry Potter, and much worse written. OK, what I've mostly been enjoying is slacktivist's detailed and occasionally searing critique of the first book, which cracks me up. I mean, "Buck Cameron"? "Rayford Steele"? This book has the least subtle slash subtext ever.

I really must watch that documentary - I think I saw the last part of it, but it'd be fun to see again.
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Wednesday 15th November 2006 04.26 (UTC) (Link)
What really gets drilled into your head is that you MUST believe in all this, and it IS going to happen soon, and if you don't "accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior" before it does or you WILL go to Hell, which is completely a real place where you will be tortured for all eternity. I don't remember going to church once without hearing that at least once, usually multiple times.

In another documentary I watched recently, the presenter asked someone (an author who'd written some book about Christianity, I forget really) if he ended up in Hell, would he regret not having believed. He said that sitting in Heaven knowing that there were billions of people in Hell being tortured while he was enjoying Heaven would probably be just as torturous. I think that sums up the feelings I have about it.