Does the word of God teach a rapture of believers, and where is the scripture to back this up? According to the word of God, Judas was an apostle and yet he betrayed Jesus, so can a Christian lose...

Does the word of God teach a rapture of believers, and where is the scripture to back this up? According to the word of God, Judas was an apostle and yet he betrayed Jesus, so can a Christian lose their salvation by not doing God's will after they are saved?

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annekld eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are quite a few verses in the Bible used by some to point to a rapture of believers. While some point to the return of Jesus Christ or the separation of believers from non believers, the most direct one is 1 Thessalonians 4:17, which says:

"Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

The idea of losing one's salvation by not following God's will is not a typical Christian view. Most Christian denominations teach that people have free will. They can chose how they ultimately act and the path that they take. Salvation itself is not lost, but rather by choosing to not follow God's laws or what they view as God's will, they have chosen not to be "saved." The view is similar to saying that you cannot help someone who does not want it. Even after Judas chose to betray Jesus, he still had a chance for salvation; however he chose to kill himself instead of attempting to redeem himself.