Every so often I really want to shake some Christians and say, “Please! You’re making us look bad!”
I’m not sure whether this is a scam or just really…sad. You’ve Been Left Behind asks you for the email addresses of your unsaved loved ones. For a fee of $40 a year, they’ll let you write these folks a letter and upload some files to send them, then hold these items in readiness.
Then, when all the Good People get Raptured, the computer will automatically send them your final email urging them to repent of all their sins, believe in Jesus, and be saved.
(By this point in the telling, my Patient Husband was in stitches.)
My first response was to laugh out loud. You’ve got to be kidding! The Holy Spirit was unable to melt their hardened hearts, but my email is going to do the trick?
Second thought: The sudden vanishing of a billion people wouldn’t be a huge clue that maybe something is up?
My Patient Husband said, “How’s the computer going to know that everyone got raptured?” They have that figured out: if none of the founders logs in for three days, it sends a prompt; if none of them login for three more days, the computer then sends all the stored emails.
Firstly, I will state for the record that Roman Catholicism doesn’t believe in the Rapture, and neither did anyone else before about 1830. Therefore I feel free to mock this website with all my heart, as it’s a manifestation of the “Jesus is coming to town to kick your butt” mentality you find in neophyte first-phase Christian development.
Any Christian faithful enough to be qualified for Rapturing would be Christ-like enough not to want to leave others to suffer without hope (that’s 3rd and 4th phase development). I can’t imagine Jesus abandoning souls He loves, and the people most like Jesus would say, along with Therese of Lisieux, that they want to spend their Heaven doing good upon the Earth. In other words, the “true Christians” who are supposed to be saved by the rapture are the very people who won’t want to go.
Secondly, people are being urged to upload things like wills and Power Of Attorney documents in order to protect their families in the event of their loss. But if this is a scam, then you’re handing over documents giving control of your assets. Even if it’s not, do you really want them sitting on a server where anyone can hack in?
And thirdly, this scheme is foolproof. If it’s a scam and the rapture happens, you’ll never know your email wasn’t sent. If it’s a scam and no rapture happens, you’ll never know it was a scam.
Overall, I’d rather trust the Holy Spirit to influence the hearts and minds of those I love, not any email from me (no matter how persuasive.) But for those of you who think you can do a better job than God Almighty, they’re standing by waiting to take your forty bucks.