Friday, May 20, 2011

The Rapture

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism


The thing about religious nuttery is it doesn't discriminate. I supposed that is to be expected when a belief is based solely on blind on faith lacking any connection to reason.

It is likely that one day the world will cease to exist as we know it. It is equally as unlikely that when it does events will be as described in the scriptures.

Yet the predictions {prophesies} keep coming every so often. And, they keep passing, every time.

Fox News:
... The Rapture -- the belief that Christ will bring the faithful into paradise prior to a period of tribulation on earth that precedes the end of time -- is a relatively new notion compared to Christianity itself, and most Christians don't believe in it. And even believers rarely attempt to set a date for the event.

Camping's prophecy comes from numerological calculations based on his reading of the Bible, and he says global events like the 1948 founding of Israel confirm his math.

He has been derided for an earlier apocalyptic prediction in 1994, but his followers say that merely referred to the end of "the church age," a time when human beings in Christian churches could be saved. Now, they say, only those outside what they regard as irredeemably corrupt churches can expect to ascend to heaven.

Camping is not hedging this time: "Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment," he said in January.

Such predictions are nothing new, but Camping's latest has been publicized with exceptional vigor -- not just by Family Radio but through like-minded groups. They've spread the word using radio, satellite TV, daily website updates, billboards, subway ads, RV caravans hitting dozens of cities and missionaries scattered from Latin America to Asia.

"These kinds of prophecies are constantly going on at a low level, and every once in a while one of them gets traction," said Richard Landes, a Boston University history professor who has studied such beliefs for more than 20 years.

The prediction has been publicized in almost every country, said Chris McCann, who works with eBible Fellowship, one of the groups spreading the message. "The only countries I don't feel too good about are the `stans' -- you know, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, those countries in Central Asia," he said.

Marie Exley, who left her home in Colorado last year to join Family Radio's effort to publicize the message, just returned from a lengthy overseas trip that included stops in the Middle East. She said billboards have gone up in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

"I decided to spend the last few days with my immediate family and fellow believers," Exley said. "Things started getting more risky in the Middle East when Judgment Day started making the news. {Read More}

Thankfully life will go on and the sun will rise on the 22'nd of May in the year 2011.

Via: Drudge Report 'Rapture' movement predicts end of world on Saturday...

1 comment:

  1. As anticipated this post gets no traffic. Why? Because the vast majority of people, the sane people anyway, conservative and liberal alike realize this was just another kook being, well, kookish.

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