Hi Ed –
Here’s my take on the rapture scenario:
Scientists are scratching their heads because many of the known laws of physics are scrambled as new discoveries come to light. Did you catch any of the ‘wormhole’ episodes on the science channel?
Add all the sc-fi concepts introduced to the public over the last few decades, as well as the ‘normalcy bias’, and you get the probable reaction of those left behind after the Rapture.
Now, as to the dead bodies being left behind and only their souls snatched up to heaven: http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/apr2011/edc412-2.htm
I don’t see where any such thing is implied in the gospels. It may be appointed once for man to die, but obviously a few did not. God made an exception. Why can He not do so for those who are raptured?
When ‘the corruptible puts on the incorruptible’, it may be due to laws of physics which are unknown to us. So, the change ‘in the twinkling of an eye’ may involve somehow adding something to our bodies which destroys or fixes the gene which causes the corruption of the body. It may be that whatever Adam and Eve ate in the garden introduced a genetic change which was then passed to future generations through the father, only. After the rapture, those raptured will become as Adam was before the fall (and then some). Hmmm…..the rebel angels did not foresee the Incarnation!
I agree with you about the reaction: It is not difficult to envision most of those left behind adjusting to the “Beam me up, Scotty” propaganda.