Rapture End Times Madness
I think most of us are aware of all the noise certain Christians in the US make about the appending apocalypse. It's scary to think that, as Sam Harris put it
...if the city of New York were suddenly replaced by a ball of fire, some significant percentage of the American population would see a silver lining in the subsequent mushroom cloud...
I was taught that we were in "the end times" all throughout childhood. When I was around 11-12, this was in the early 1990's, my dad was telling my family that he thought that things were going to be radically different in a couple years. I took this to mean that the end was coming soon. I never thought that I would every graduate from high school.
This prospect scared me to death. I knew that I should've been, as a Christian, happy about this, but I couldn't. I was scared that Jesus was going to be displeased with me when he came back, and I was disappointed that I wasn't going to live a full life. Thinking, as a child, that my life is going to be short was traumatizing.
I just want to get this out here. Christians use more than the fear of hell to keep people in line. And this is an Irrational Precept that needs to be put to rest.