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To: skeeter

I see your point. There may be no statistical correlation. It would make some sociology doctoral candidate a nice thesis. I agree that anyone of normal mental health is unlikely to mortally harm themselves no matter what they’re told. But avoiding misdirection is a central part of what Jesus warned against in that whole teaching on his return. He did not want his followers being misled by panic-mongers, because irrational fear does make you do stupid things you later regret. I suspect our doctoral candidate would find that such events serve as magnets to the already unstable and tend to push them over the threshold from passive dysfunction to actively self-destructive behaviors. So perhaps no net increase in looniness, but a definite increase in harm to the already weak-minded, as Paul puts it.


20 posted on 05/25/2011 7:41:11 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Springfield Reformer
Events such as this provide opportunities for some to broad brush all Christians as wackos, thats for sure. It does more harm than good and there is NO upside.

Its a shame someone who's lived as long as Mr Camping doesn't realize that.

21 posted on 05/25/2011 7:47:20 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Springfield Reformer

What about martyrs of normal mental health, or soldiers?


26 posted on 05/25/2011 9:58:56 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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