#1 Christian Movie in Theaters!

That’s what the email about “Final: The Rapture” said, so I guess it’s true. Of course considering how few Christian movies show up in the theaters, I’d wager that each of them has been the #1 Christian Movie in Theaters! in its era.

What really made an impression on me, though, was this:

WARNING: This trailer for a new movie shows a very realistic portrayal of the Rapture. It has already scared several people to Christ which is good.

“Scaring people to Christ.” I’m pretty sure that’s doing it wrong.

Here’s the trailer. If it scares you, I’d recommend staying home and turning off the lights tonight so you can avoid all the pint-sized ghouls roaming your neighborhood.

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16 Responses to #1 Christian Movie in Theaters!

  1. Matty says:

    How common is the idea of the rapture over there? From what I’ve read and the odd reference on tv shows it sounds like it’s quite mainstream but none of my British Christian acquaintances have ever mentioned it and I can’t think of a church active here that teaches anything of the sort.

  2. Profclaus says:

    Having never lived through the rapture (and I assume that nobody else has), I am curious how they can qualify this as a “very realistic portrayal” of the event. Can anyone truly say how realistic the event could be portrayed on film? It is a lot like saying that the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park were a realistic representation of dinosaurs. No, it it a representation in the mind of the individual…

  3. J@m3z Aitch says:

    Marty, yes, but I think primarily for Protestants, because they focus more on that crucial issue of being “born again,” whereas Catholics get their kids baptized right away so they’re pretty safe unless they stray too badly. And then there’s always purgatory if you’re not too bad, whereas for Prots it’s strictly binary–eternal bliss or eternal torment.

    Profclaus,
    I’ve always thought that, too. One thing I always wonder about is the amount of destruction that’s always attendant to the rapture in these movies, because of suddenly driverless card and planes and whatnot. Is it that their imagination or understanding of omnipotence is so limited that they can’t imagine God controlling these things to avoid carnage, or if they assume God would purposely allow it to happen because He’s just that kind of dude.

  4. Troublesome Frog says:

    CARTMAN: Gentlemen, we are about to embark on the most amazing, life-affirming, financially-windfalling experiences of our young lives.
    BUTTERS: Wow!
    CARTMAN: We are going to start… a Christian rock band.
    BUTTERS: Awww.
    TOKEN: I’m out.
    CARTMAN: Wait! Walk out that door, Token, and you’ll regret it the rest of your life! Christians have a built-in audience of over one hundred and eighty million Americans! If each one of them buys just one of our albums at twelve dollars and ninety-five cents that would be-
    BUTTERS: Two billion, three hundred and thirty one million dollars.
    CARTMAN: Still want to leave, Token? Thank you.

  5. lancifer666 says:

    KYLE: You’ll never get a platinum album doing Christian rock, Cartman! It was a stupid idea then, and it’s a stupid idea now!

    STAN: Yeah, you don’t even know anything about Christianity.

    CARTMAN: I know enough to exploit it.

  6. Matty says:

    I know a few born agains, including at least one young earth creationist so these aren’t theological liberals* by any stretch. They are all about conversion experiences, ‘being saved’ and the whole personal relationship with Jesus thing, they just don’t mention the bit about believers going to heaven seven years before the second coming.

    *Outside the US there isn’t the same correlation between theology and politics, in fact the evangelical Christians I know are quite left wing

  7. J@m3z Aitch says:

    Matty, There are in fact left wing evangelicals in the U.S. But they’re not a strong political force, and I’m not entirely sure whether that’s due to lack of organization or lack of numbers. But no doubt that the numbers, whatever they are, are very different from Europe….ok, Europe and the UK. ;)

  8. Matty says:

    Even as I wrote that I realised there is an obvious counter example in the black churches in America, which I understand tend to be very conservative about doctrine and to support left wing political causes.

  9. pierrecorneille says:

    Matty,

    I think that’s true, but you’ll also find a segment of some of those churches, or members of those congregations, that might support some “left wing” causes (like Obamacare), but not others, like marriage equality. The “social conservatism of THE BLACK CHURCH” is sometimes repeated so often that it’s become something of a cliche, and I don’t want to stereotype, but there does seem to be a strand of it there.

    It’s pretty noticeable in Chicago/Illinois, where I live, and some of the most critical opposition of pending ssm legislation here comes from African American ministers. I say “critical” because they and the legislators that represent the districts in which their congregations are located, probably are the swing votes in the legislature. (I’m speaking off the cuff here….I haven’t followed the issue that closely, but I assume that’s the dynamics. I stand to be corrected.)

  10. James K says:

    “Scaring people to Christ.” I’m pretty sure that’s doing it wrong.

    On the contrary, if history is any guide it’s considered best-practice.

  11. lancifer666 says:

    And then there were the old standbys of threatening, imprisoning, torturing and executing people to Christ.

    The truly scary thing is that Torquemada was a moderating influence when he re-organized the Spanish Inquisition in 1483. Under his leadership there was actually less torture and burning at the stake than before.

    Of course he is best known for introducing that most heinous of torture implements…

    …the Comfy Chair.

  12. Matty says:

    OK I watched the trailer and the good news is it appears that the only people left will be.
    -one newsreader
    -the four heroes of the film
    -violent criminals

    Since I am neither a newsreader or a violent criminal and the odds are against my being one of the four in seven billion I guess I can relax and wait for a God I don’t believe in to pick me up.

  13. pierrecorneille says:

    Matty,

    I haven’t watched the trailer yet. I just can’t bring myself to do it.

  14. Dr X says:

    @Lance:

    “Of course he is best known for introducing that most heinous of torture implements…

    …the Comfy Chair.”

    It couldn’t be as bad as the seats in coach on your average airline.

  15. pierrecorneille says:

    Lance,

    I had heard that about the Sp. inquisition in general, namely, that it functioned in part as a way to check popular antisemitism and anti-Islamism and may have provided for a large amount (for the 1400s) of due process. I TA’d for a professor once who made that argument in a class lecture. However, he was drawing on someone else’s argument (I don’t know whose), and I imagine there’re counterarguments. Also, even with “due process,” torture and loyalty/faith oaths are pretty bad things.

  16. lancifer666 says:

    pierrecorneillem,

    I was actually surprised when I Googled Torquemada (partly to get the spelling correct) to find that he was a relatively moderating influence on anti-Semite and anti-Islamism.

    That doesn’t mean he was a paragon of religious tolerance. It just means that before him things were even worse for non-Christians.

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