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Global Warming, Trump, and the Rapture Cult

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Why does Donald Trump continue to deny climate change, despite the escalating evidence and drastic weather changes? There are two main reasons.

The obvious one is that his billionaire friends are heavily invested in polluting industries. Oil, gas, weapons, coal, nuclear, chemical, pharmaceutical companies and their main executives and investors support his presidency. He allies with nations with the same priorities- Russia, Saudi Arabia, now Brazil. By appointing officials who loosen environmental safeguards, and impede the transition to renewable energy, he pleases the donors who fund his campaigns and perks.

There is a deeper, more sinister reason that Trump is accelerating global warming. This must be addressed directly, if the headlong rush to extinction is to be stopped. We must confront the false Christianity of Trump supporters, and the pernicious pie-in-the-sky theology that keeps them in his camp. While fought in the political arena, this is a deeply spiritual battle.

The core of Trump's electoral based consists of evangelical "Bible-based" Christians. A large percentage of them believe that Trump is "Cyrus", God's tool for bringing about The Rapture, a sci-fi scenario popularized by the widely read "Left Behind" series. The "elect", the true believers, (Trump's followers) will be "raptured up", and the rest of us will be "left behind" to deal with the destruction of "the apocalypse". They don't care about the ecological havoc being wreaked by the Trump administration, even welcome it, as it will hasten the day (they believe) that Jesus will return and non-believers will be punished.

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A recent film called The Trump Prophecy is being shown in many Bible-based churches. It not only wants you to believe that God approves of Donald Trump. It wants you to believe that submission to political authority and submission to God are one and the same. (Of course, under the US Constitution, political authority rests ultimately with We the People, and is only vested in elected officials.) In the film's theology, resisting the authority of a sitting president or, at least, this sitting president is conflated with resisting God himself. This may explain why his approval rating remains around 40%, no matter what he does.

This interpretation of certain Bible passages is outside of mainstream Christian theology, which relies on:

Deuteronomy 30:19 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live"

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The Rapture Cult has been carefully fostered since the '70's by rightwing GOP think tanks such as the Hoover Institute, in order to bring about the current oligarchy. George Lakoff lays it out in detail in his book Don't Think of an Elephant! The strategy includes bringing right wing churches into the Republican Party, home schooling, submission of women. Their goals have been achieved- concentration of wealth, dumbing down of the population, unthinking obedience to authority in the form of a strong father figure.

The Rapture Cult has all the earmarks of a personality cult, similar to those around Stalin and Hitler. It rests on a fanatical set of beliefs, control of mass media, and a charismatic figure who preaches prejudice, hate, and persecution of minorities. Followers are uncritical of the leader, no matter what he says or does. The Rapture Cult actually seeks to destroy life on planet earth so that "the elect" can be "raptured up" .

Again, it must be understood that the battle to stop Trump is not just economic and political, it is deeply spiritual, between those who cherish life and seek to preserve it, and those who don't care if life is obliterated, because they believe in "a new heaven and a new earth". They ignore Deut. 30:19, in which the Biblical God tells us to choose life.

It cannot be emphasized enough that this is a spiritual battle. Trump opponents must bring the pernicious Rapture Cult into the light, and expose its deceptiveness, if we are to preserve life on earth. We must wrest the Bible from the clutches of those who misuse it, and show that the values we cherish- love of neighbor, truth and justice, dignity of all people, care of the poor and needy, reverence for life- are the true Biblical values. We must reclaim our spiritual heritage, as Martin Luther King, Jr. did.

We can't afford to wait until 2020 to discredit Trump and his followers. Impeachment now is imperative. Destruction of the future for our youth and all other creatures may not be Constitutional grounds for impeachment, but there are plenty of them contained in the Mueller report and Trump's stonewalling.

If Pelosi and the other "centrist" Democrats were made to understand the deeper implications of Trump's policies, they would not hesitate to bring impeachment charges. And with the revelations that impeachment hearings would bring about, the Republican Senate might come to its senses and vote for conviction.

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Vice President Pence, who would succeed Trump, overtly professes belief the Rapture Cult. He would not have the following that Donald Trump has mustered. This deadly cult would be exposed for what it is, and life would have a chance to survive.

 

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Carol S. Wolman, MD is a psychiatrist in Northern California. A lifelong peace activist, she is helping to distribute a Peace Plan for the Holy Land- email her for a copy. She also a film producer with Paradise Cove Productions, currently (more...)
 

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Exposing the Rapture Cult which idolizes Trump and pushes his ecologically destructive policies is crucial.

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I have a lot of respect for you, Dr. Wolman. Such an extraordinary Person, Lady and Doctor. Pelosi will block the impeachmwnt, as she sid for Bush II. Pelosi is controlled by the same oligarchs and generals that control Trump. I guess you know that. Awful, perilous times. Very good article. I hear the terms and about the books you mentioned bantered about every day, here in The South. It breaks my heart, for it to end this way. I was almost beaten to death, by a fundamentalist, apocolyptic, Christian-Idendity freak, when I was 12. Ruined my life. They are awful people . They can justify anything with their extremism and nihilism. Thanks for this

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I was brought up in a Christian (Southern Baptist) environment; so I did study the Bible. Later in life I got into yoga and meditation. I worked for NASA in Earth Sciences where I learned first hand about the science of global warming and climate change. After I retired I kept up with climate change and investigated the question of why we are not dealing with such an important issue, why are we not cutting our greenhouse gas emissions when we know that is necessary if we are to avoid catastrophic consequence for all of civilization. What I found was that our elected politicians were receiving big money from corporate oligarchs in the fossil fuel industry and those politicians were acting on behalf of those big corporate donors.

In my meditation my mind returned to my Christian/Bible teachings. First was the Book of Revelations which described catastrophic conditions which could pretty accurately describe the likely conditions which will occur as a result of increased global warming/climate change. Second was that phrase from the Bible "the love of money is the root of all evil"; indeed it is precisely that love of money by the fossil fuel industry and the politicians who take their bribes (contributions) who are making a choice of greed over compassion for all of humanity. Third Jesus taught love, peace, and compassion and rebuked those who choose selfishness and greed and then he made a statement that he did not come to bring peace but division; between those who choose love, peace, and compassion and those who seek wealth and material possessions. Choose wisely, follow my teachings.

My early Baptist teachers taught that the Book of Revelations is prophesy of what is to come and those who take that view are what the author of this article describes. For me I think the Book of Revelations is meant to be a warning of what the love of money and material possessions over love for one another might bring about.

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