Skip to comments.Betting Against the End of the World
Posted on 05/18/2011 1:24:23 PM PDT by Ed Hudgins
Throughout human history and especially in recent centuries, cults of all kinds have predicted the end of the world. Youve probably noticed that theyve all been seriously wrong.
The latest such silliness has come from 89-year-old Harold Campings Family Radio network of 66 stations. Based on his study of the Bible, Camping calculates that doomsday will be on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
Christianity is particularly prone to such nonsense. After all, the Book of Revelation is all about doomsday, though with details from a clearly delusional mind. The son of man appears out of the clouds with a two-edged sword coming out of his mouth: that makes it tough to eat and talk! He has seven stars in his hand: a star is a million miles in diameter and a million degrees at its core, making things pretty hot and crowded on the Earth. You get the picture.
American history is full of cults that saw no future for the world. Starting in 1843, William Miller and his followers predicted a dozen doomsdays. One would think that after the first few predictions failed, followers of the cult would disappear. Remarkably, more such cults and followers followed.
The problem is not only found in fringe Christian sects. The landscape of the twentieth century is littered with the failed predictions from a plethora of mystic and New Age groups. The members of the Heavens Gate flying saucer cult, to get ahead of the game, all committed suicide.
What is perhaps most disturbing about the adherents to cults that make such failed predictions or, more generally, are as crazy as March hares, is that they are not just the most poor, ignorant, or downtrodden in society.
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May 21, 2011 is going to be doomsday for the ministry of Harold Camping.
No, it is about the hope of a glorious future that all can share.
Anyone who accepts this end-of-=world date please contact me to divest yourself of the material possessions you won’t need after going to your reward. Time is running out.
Told my boss that I wouldn’t be coming in to work Saturday. She said that the world doesn’t end until my shift is over so I still have to show up.
“....He has seven stars in his hand: a star is a million miles in diameter and a million degrees at its core, making things pretty hot and crowded on the Earth...”
Oh good grief! This guy must have a mind that cannot process imagery, metaphors, or symbols. He must think it is impossible for there to be 50 stars on an American flag.
Depends on what time zone you’re in!
“But of that day and hour no one knoweth, not the angels of heaven, but the Father alone.”
Exactly the point of my challenge!
Below is a pair of emails I sent to Camping and his marketing people. No reply. Duh.
-—— Forwarded Message ——
Dear Mr Harold Camping,
I have a proposal for you.
Please exercise your faith by selling me everything you own for $1.
We can contract it so that I take possession on May 22, 2011.
According to your ‘prophecy’, you and all the other believers will have departed the Earth the day before, so you will have no need for your possessions any longer.
I am dead serious. I want your home(s), car(s), cash, investments, other real estate, contracts, account payable, securities, any position if leadership that you occupy, and any interest in any form of business (sole proprietor, non-profit, corporation).
If you refuse, then I must take that to mean that you don’t really believe your own words to be true, which would make you a false prophet.
It’s been pointed out to me that one can sign up to make regular donations to his ministry for month to come—or not come!
The only difference is the scientific cults expect us to pay them for our salvation.
This guy needs a reminder of what Objectivism means. It's fine to have your own opinion (rather impossible to avoid, really), but objective this piece ain't. Childish forms of atheism often put objectivism on a pedestal, but then fail woefully in practicing it.
What? it would be less disturbing if only the most poor, ignorant, or downtrodden got roped in?
I don't get it. Anyone who gets sucked into this stuff is a victim.
Emperor Palpatine wrote: “But of that day and hour no one knoweth, not the angels of heaven, but the Father alone.
And that is the end of this matter. Scripture tells us all we need to know.
As I posted on the other thread,
Wouldnt it be something, if by accident he got the date right?
Or, if the date passed, and it turned out to be the next day?
We must always be ready for Jesus...
The members of the Heavens Gate flying saucer cult, to get ahead of the game, all committed suicide.
So the world DID end for them !
Scary how that works.
What an idiotic waste of time. Did it make you feel better?
Since when do Randians care about the downtrodden?