Friday, 27 May 2011

The rapture was a non-event

To follow up on my previous post explaining the origin of the rapture story, I have to speak about the big rapture event on Saturday last week that didn't happen.

The tragedy of it is that people actually believed Mr Camping's silly prediction and handed over their money to him because they thought they would not need their possessions after the weekend.

Not only that, there have been reports of people who had their pets "put down" and prepared their children to finally meet Jesus and live forever with grandparents and other loved ones "who'd gone before."

How does this man get away with this? If any secular organisation, or even an ordinary person had perpetrated this kind of fraud, they would be made to, at least, give back the money, at worst, face a prison sentence. But because religion is sacrosanct, these types of prophets get away with the nonsense they spout and the money they extort from their gullible followers.

Does anyone believe that his new date of 21 October is correct? I'm sure there are millions of believers telling further lies to their children while they either cover up the previous ones, or even worse, figure out a way to lie to them to explain why they are not good enough to be raptured up to meet Jesus. I'm angry that people get away with this. It's bad enough that adults are duped by their gullibility to hand over their money and possessions to this charlatan, but to brainwash innocent and trusting children to believe in this nonsense. They shouldn't be allowed to get away with it.

I would like to see the religious indoctrination of children declared "abuse" and parents be forbidden to teach them about religion until they are old enough to make that decision for themselves, based on informed knowledge of what believing in religion entails. But that's a pipe dream, which as an older person, I'm entitled to entertain.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

May 21, 2011: The Beginning of the Apocalypse

As unbelievers around the world patiently wait for today to pass, there are also millions of people who have been convinced to prepare themselves for the "rapture."

This is what the Bible says:
1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel... 9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

These are the basis of the insanity that encourages people to believe that the "rapture" i.e. the second coming of Jesus will happen today and after that there will be plagues, famines, earthquakes and other natural disasters until the world actually "ends" on October 21.

So far, nothing unusual has happened. But then it's not quite 6 p.m. yet, not in South Africa anyway.

And when nothing happens today, will every natural disaster that happens between now and October be shown to us as signs that the end is approaching? Will the person who came up with the date, and when the second coming doesn't happen, claim that there was no reason for Jesus to turn up because there was no one, not even 144,000 of them good enough to be "raptured" up to heaven.

Whatever the excuses, I wouldn't suggest anyone hold their breath today. It's not going to happen.