Having been raised an Episcipalian (which is essentually a Catholic without the Pope and with no Latin) I missed most of the odd corners of Christian beliefs. Everything from Kabalistic numerology to speaking in tongues has been outside my upbringing.
Now, all of a sudden, the rapture is showing up. A few days ago I was looking for something to listen too while driving. Our city library had Left Behind by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins -- the first in the series of novels that hypothesize what happens after the rapture.
And then I was reading Amy's Living Reflection of a Dream blog and she mentions a Pentagon report that predicts catastrophic weather changes in the next 20 years (a report supressed by the American admintration and only finally <a href="http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1153513,00.html"reported by the British Guardian</a> ).
But, in her lament over the head-in-the-sand response by the American government, she says that everyone in the current administartion is probably figuring they will be saved by the rapture.
Ok, it's just a coincidence. But I don't think the topic has come up once in the last 10 years of my life. And now, this super Christian-centric, magical, cataclysmic event comes up twice in one week. The believers would say God is "speaking to me". The rational would say that many people are looking for supernatural solutions to humanities continuing tough problems. I think I'm more in the latter camp -- I need to continue doing God's work and not rely on Him bailing me out when things get hairy.