Say you’re a Christian who believes that when it’s time for the Second Coming, you will be raptured away to a better place.
When the time comes, who will take care of Spot and Rocky?
A retired businessman in New Hampshire has come up with a business that will — are you ready for this? — arrange for atheists to care for pets when their Christian owners disappear.
You can read about it on the website of Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA.
At first, I thought it was a joke for sure. But the tone is serious (I think) and there is a mechanism for people to pay $110 for the care of their pet (as long as the Rapture takes place within 10 years).
A Bloomberg article in February said that the business had over 100 clients.
The Bloomberg articles notes that: “(Founder Bart) Centre must reassure the Rapture crowd that his pet rescuers are wicked enough to be left behind but good enough to take proper care of the abandoned pets.”
It also quotes a fella with a biblical prophesy website: “A lot of persons are concerned about their pets, but I don’t know if they should necessarily trust atheists to take care of them.”
EEBP says it has a network of atheist animal lovers in 22 states who are prepared to care for pets when the Rapture happens.
Of course, at that point they’ll know that they’re disbelief was a mistake and will be scrambling to become Christians and/or find a shortcut to salvation. So will they really have the time and will to take care of pets?
But, for now, they’ll take you money in preparation for an event they are sure will never come.
It’s worth reading the Terms & Conditions, which include this:
If subscriber loses his/her faith and/or the Rapture occurs and subscriber is not Raptured (aka is “left behind”) EE-BP disclaims any liability; no refund will be tendered.
Hey, this has got to be a joke, right?
Thanks to Religion News Service for alerting me to this extreme example of entrepreneurial spirit.