This may damage my Christian credibility, but I have to admit that I never really understood the doctrine of the rapture. As a Christian, the focus was on making it into that first wave. I never thought much beyond that. But that isn't even the end. There is an anti-Christ who is supposedly some demagogue. And this occurs after the rapture. Right? So somehow the rapture happens and then there are still people who don't believe in god.
That's absurd. If half of the people on the planet suddenly disappeared, I think plenty of atheists know enough about the rapture to identify what happened. So then I try to imagine myself in that position. Suddenly the god of the Bible is proven to be real. What then? What do I do? Can god be fooled? Would he buy my false confession? Because I would have a very difficult time learning to love - or even forgive - this god. Obviously I wouldn't want to burn in hell, so I would probably try to get on his good side. But it would be nothing but self-preservation. I would be forced to believe that god existed, but if I had any honesty, I would refuse to love him.
This attitude bothers me a little bit, because I feel like it weakens the honesty of my position. It should be all about rationality and have no emotional element at all. So every time I discuss the intrinsic evil of the god of the Bible I feel compelled to explain that he is fiction first, villain second.