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The Origin of the Rapture Theory (Poll for Christians)

This poll is for Christians only. In your opinion, what is the origin of the Rapture Theory (here loosely defined as the "snatching away" of Christians before the final judgement, leaving non-Christians on earth for a time of trial)? It started with ...

28% (10) books and movies from the last 100 years that have been misunderstood
31% (11) Magaret MacDonald in the 1800s
8% (3) Mrs John Bates Cardale in the 1800s
5% (2) someone else some time between 1000 and 1800
25% (9) the apostles themselves believed in the rapture

35 voters have answered this question.

Have you done any serious *research* regarding the origins of the Rapture Theory? (Serious research *excludes* reading novels like Left Behind, hearing your pastor preach, or having discussions with friends.)

57% (20) Yes
2% (1) No, I trust my sources completely
20% (7) No, it never occurred to me to check up on it
20% (7) No, for other reasons (for example, it doesn't bother you)

35 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe the Rapture Theory?

20% (7) Yes, absolutely
0% (0) Yes, but this poll has given me second thoughts
11% (4) Yes, I think so, but I'm not sure
54% (19) No, not at all
14% (5) Other (for example, it doesn't bother you or you don't care)

35 voters have answered this question.

How do you think the Rapture Theory fits into Christian theology?

42% (15) I think it is a heresy
37% (13) I think it is an optional belief of no significant consequence
20% (7) I think it is an important part of Christianity

35 voters have answered this question.

How would you rate your faith?

71% (25) I am a committed Christian and go to church often
20% (7) I am a committed Christian and do not go to church often
2% (1) I hold some Christian beliefs and values
5% (2) I am not a Christian and although this poll was not meant for me, I completed it anyway

35 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2009-01-01 12:21:24 by ever-so-curious
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