So, here we are. It's the Day of Atonement, here at last, here at last.
I don't mind so much, except I was hoping it would be more...probative. Which of the following pertains?
• It's Judgment Day. If you're still here when it's over, that means God spared you, i.e., he likes you.
• It's the Rapture. That means that all the good Christians get whisked up, and all the people remaining on Earth have been left behind. I.e., if you're still here on Sunday it means God doesn't like you.
I wish this were more clear. I have a feeling I'm still going to be confused when this is all over.
And if, on Sunday, I'm still here and all the Christians are still here, what does that mean? I think it will mean the Rapture happened and He didn't take any of our raggedy sinning behinds off to heaven.
Possibly that's the wrong conclusion, but it seems logical.
P.S. Don't forget Ctein's Webinar is this afternoon at 4:00 (CDT). I can't watch it because it conflicts with the Preakness. Assuming, naturally, that 4:00 CDT is still pre-Armageddon.
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