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 Post subject: Who will be left behind?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:18 am 
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Consider these examples of people being taken and people being left behind.

Garden of Eden - Adam and Eve are taken from the Garden.

Noah and his ark - The flood takes away the evil ones and the righteous are left behind.

Moses - Death comes in various forms and taking only the Egyptians and leaving the Hebrews behind.

From last Sunday's Gospel reading - The wicked are taken first, leaving the just. We also see that the worthless things are cast off in order to get or keep the treasures.

Matthew 13:24 Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field.

25 But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way.

26 And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle.

27 And the servants of the good man of the house coming said to him. Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? Whence then hath it cockle?

28 And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?

29 And he said: No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it.

30 Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.

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36 Then having sent away the multitudes, he came into the house, and his disciples came to him, saying: Expound to us the parable of the cockle of the field.

37 Who made answer and said to them: He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man.

38 And the field is the world. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom. And the cockle are the children of the wicked one.

39 And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil. But the harvest is the end of the world. And the reapers are the angels.

40 Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire: so shall it be at the end of the world.

41 The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity.

42 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

43 Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

44 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

45 Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls.

46 Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it.

47 Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kinds of fishes.

48 Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth.

49 So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just.

50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Can you find more examples?

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THe left behind passage in Matthew directly references the Noah illustration and evangelicals will read that to catholics as a prooftext of the rapture. I am always saying wait a minute bro who got left behind there in the days of Noah?
They never can tell me I have to tell them its like their interpretaive abilties have all been disabled if their pastor hasn't spoon fed the answers. And we catholics are supposed to be biblically illiterate? These fundies just parrot what the pastor spoon fed them without thinking of the passage would mean using common sense. They do violence to the text and this is another perfect example.

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