Archive for May 2011
Just because I needed something to do:
Have a good weekend!
Normally, I spend this blog to talk about stuff like the stupidity of progressive thinking, Obama’s political gaffes, or the occasional photo doctoring. But today, I think I should write something to address this talk about the upcoming rapture.
Turns out that Harold Camping is out thumping his Bible and telling people that tomorrow at 6PM is the end of the world as we know it. Based on his calculations, the literal take on the one-day-equals-a-thousand-years thing from 2 Peter 3:8, Camping’s belief that Noah landed the ark in 4990 BC, and some other Biblical math jujitsu, we’re all supposed to believe that the end of the world is set…
…for tomorrow, May 21.
What upsets me the most is that there are scores of people who are listening attentively to Camping’s message, filled with hope and expectation. People like Camping have been making true evangelical Christians look like idiots for years with all of their failed predictions and outlandish squawking (Westboro Baptist Church, hello?). People who have lived in a hopeless and pitiful state are often persuaded to believe something like this in order to make them feel better about their lives. But I also blame the people who are about to be sorely disappointed tomorrow; it’s their own fault for following a charlatan into his delusion. What’s worse is that Camping has been wrong before, back in 1994!
Could Christ come back tomorrow? Of course. Will He? Only God knows. Do I think He will? If I had to bet, I would say, probably not.
A few of my favorite End-of-World gaffes:
1. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have, three times, failed to predict the end times for 1914, 1925, and 1975. The Watchtower Society still has people walking around the neighborhoods, completely oblivious to the fact that the Watchtower couldn’t see it coming.
2. Lee Jan Rim from Korea, started a thing called the Mission For the Coming Days and prophesied the coming rapture for October 28, 1992. I personally remember having some Korean ladies accost me with numerous materials about how this guy had it all figured out. Well, he must have had some spoiled kimchee because he was wrong and ended up going to jail for a couple years for fraud. Meanwhile, many of his followers committed suicide.
3. I remember the book “On Borrowed Time: 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988” by Edgar Whisenant. I guess this aerospace engineer turned prophet figured he had it right. However, when it didn’t happen, despite the fact that Trinity Broadcasting Network halted programming to provide instructions for people to prepare. Whisenant tried a few more times and croaked ten years ago this week (May 16, 2001).
There are numerous other prophecies over the years that have been compiled here if you want more info.
The correct Christian way to look at this situation is actually pretty simple. Plan like we’re going to be here forever and dig in for the long haul, yet, live faithfully like Christ is returning tomorrow, leaving the decision for the end times to God’s choosing. We’ll find out when it’s time.
And when it does, it will be at the right time.
I think I’ll grill tomorrow evening and if the rapture happens, well I’ll get in at least one more barbeque on earth before hitting the Lord’s wedding feast.
By the way, if you want to get to Heaven, I recommend that you watch this video of Kirk Cameron talking to gang members and telling them how to get saved. (more interesting than a stuffy pulpit message)
Since Mahmoud has this thing about sorcerers and genies now…
With the death of everyone’s most hated terrorist, and the royal wedding (yawn), here are some stories that the world isn’t really talking about now. Remember that just a few weeks ago, the front pages were burning up with these stories, only to have them relegated back to, “oh, yeah, I remember that!”
1) Japan’s Nuke Reactors – Notice that what was about to bring the world to another Chernobyl or Three-Mile Island has drifted into the ether, replaced with other, semi-more important stuff?
2) Donald Trump and Obama’s Birth Certificate – Notice that with OBL now swimming with the fishes, The Donald’s win on Bam’s Birth Certificate just got moved to the back page.
3) Gas prices – Seems that, for the very short term, not many people seem to be worried about the fact that gas prices keep going up about 10¢ every week.
News is fickle that way, eh?