YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL of the PEOPLE ALL the TIME
So once again an hysterical fear mongering preacher is utterly convinced that he is
absolutely certain that the Bible has predicted the end of the world (at least from
a human being's perspective) is coming to a dramatic end tomorrow: May 21st, 2011.
Note the following:
"Learn about the Biblical Timeline of History, the correct method of Bible interpretation, the End of the Church Age and God's command to believers that they must depart out of the churches. Study the proofs that God has so graciously given in His Word showing us that these dates are 100% accurate and beyond dispute. Above all, please READ THE BIBLE and prayerfully ask God to open your spiritual eyes to these truths. May it please Him to have mercy on each of our souls." [Turn to wecanknow.com for validation of the above. The self appointed authority of the moment is Harold Camping the president of Family Radio. ]
Mr. Camping relies on a sophisticated numerological interpretation of the Bible in reaching his conclusions. One such authority who purports to accurately make such dire end of times predictions is Nostradamus.
Despite the fact that multiple predictions of the final end have not proved true - this fact does not seem to deter the 'faithful' from their continuing belief that the end is indeed coming and that it's date can be precisely known. The most current of these predictions is that of Mr. Camping.
More importantly those who are preoccupied with the world ending are convinced that special people - the goodest among us - will survive and the rest of us not so good guys - are presumably going 'south.'What a rapturous idea!
Now what about all of this?
First - there is a significant competition going on between end of the worlders. Chief among them is the Mayan calendar adherents that are utterly convinced the end of the world - as we know it - will definitely happen December 21st , 2012. Note the synchronicity between the number 21 in each prediction. This must mean something highly significant as the odds of two 21s associated with end of the world predictions must be astronomically high - statistically way beyond chance. No? Of course it is.
So what if neither prediction pans out to be true?
No need to fret. The fact is - I think- that we all know that the end of the world as we know it is eventually going to happen to each of us. That time is called dying. We seem to be unclear as to precisely when that event is going to occur. And many among us don't really believe that that fact is really going to happen.
Those that are not really concerned abut the fact of 'death' believe that death is only a materialistic illusion. For such 'believers' death is only a bridge to eternal life. Of course there are usually strings attached.
We are back to the distinctions made between those who are newly 'dead' as either good folks or rotten sinners. The 'good' can look forward to a rapturous union with the best that 'heaven' has to offer. The 'bad' - not so good. Hell presumably is really 'hot' not hot in the sense of joyfully 'sexy'.
Now there are more considerations. If this current prediction is accurate I for one am going to be exceedingly annoyed. I have plans to enjoy my daughter's graduation from college tomorrow. If there is any thing that would enrage me - it would be something like some major cataclysm to occur - on all days - tomorrow.
On one level this continuing - up to now - entirely false predicting of the end world on a precise date like tomorrow May 21 - seems to me to be utter phantasies of fear ridden gullible people egged on by grandiose charismatic leaders.
While we all know the end of the world for each of us will me one day the date is generally ambiguous. If we remove certainty from our ends then we are faced with the most complicated of all questions. Who am I and what is the nature of the good life. That is what constitutes a meaningful life before I die - die or die - as the bridge to a continuing 'life' in some unknown form.
And if my take proves to be wrong and the end of the world - as we know it - is really going to happen tomorrow - then so be it. If I experience it I will no doubt be very upset for any number of reasons and after it has happened I will either be conscious or unconscious. If unconscious - end of all matters. If conscious - then I may or may not be in a position to comment on it. If I able to comment on it - look for a follow up in my next posting on Gather.
My hunch - and wish - is that I will be able to post once again on Gather but probably will be from my earthly location. Man would I be surprised if ....