Preparing For The Rapture

Wired reports on how the internet helps true believers prepare for the rapture. One offer sounds a bit silly but harmless to those willing to throw away $40 per year:

For just $40 a year, believers can arrange for up to 62 people to get a final message exactly six days after the Rapture, that day when — according to Christian end times dogma — Christians will be swept up to heaven, while doubters are left behind to suffer seven years of Tribulation under a global government headed by the Antichrist.

“You’ve Been Left Behind gives you one last opportunity to reach your lost family and friends for Christ,” reads the website, which is purportedly run “by Christians, for Christians.” The domain name is registered through an anonymous proxy service, presumably to protect the proprietors from the Forces of Darkness, and not because they’re up to anything shady.

The e-mails will be triggered when three of the site’s five Christian staffers “scattered around the U.S.” fail to log in for six days in a row — a system that incorporates a nice margin of safety, should two of the proprietors turn out to be unrepentant sinners or atheists.

The next offer sounds more alarming:

Users can also upload up to 150 megabytes of documents, which will be protected by an unidentified encryption algorithm until the Rapture, then released to up to 12 nonbelievers of your choice. The site recommends that you use that storage to house sensitive financial information.

“In the encrypted portion of your account you can give them access to your banking, brokerage, hidden valuables, and powers of attorneys,” the site says. “There won’t be any bodies, so probate court will take seven years to clear your assets to your next of kin. Seven years, of course, is all the time that will be left. So, basically the Government of the Antichrist gets your stuff, unless you make it available in another way.”

It sounds really bright to upload a road map to all your financial assets, along with powers of attorneys, to a web site, especially one that “hides behind an anonymous domain registration service, and doesn’t list a single corporate officer or employee by name on its website.”

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    Nancy Irving says:

    Yeah, the part about the financials is pretty funny. Why don’t they take the safer route prescribed by Jesus:
    “…sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven…” (Luke 18:22)?

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