May 21 is the Rapture

Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Thoughts | 12 comments

May 21 is Judgement Day. It’s been conclusively proven by Harold Camping using mathematics. That’s right, mathematics. In fact, anyone who disputes his word is obviously blinded to the truth of the bible.

But I have a few questions.

Firstly, when God descends to destroy the world, what will happen to the rest of the universe? I mean, we know that the universe is enormous, larger than we can imagine. We have proof that there are other galaxies and planets out there, and the possibility of other life, even the possibility of intelligent life. If there is intelligent life out there, what happens to them on Judgement Day? If they have never heard of Jesus, or have no concept of God, do they too get destroyed? When the bible was written, our only concept of the universe was a flat planet, where the earth was the centre of the universe, where stars were pinholes in the sky, and where disease was punishment or a test from God. What are the ramifications of our relatively newly found knowledge about the universe and the nature of life?

Secondly, what about all the other life on earth? There are a lot of animals on this planet that aren’t humans, and there is no doubt that they have no concept of God or Jesus. Do all these animals suffer during the days after the rapture? If not, do they take over the world?

Thirdly, do you find it odd that there have been many predictions of Judgement Day, and not one of them has ever been right? Wikipedia has a short list of recent Judgement day predictions:

  • 1914[57], 1918[58], 1925[59], 1942[60] and 1975[61] – Dates set for the end by the Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • 1981Chuck Smith predicted that Jesus would probably return by 1981.[62]
  • 1988 – Publication of 88 Reasons why the Rapture is in 1988, by Edgar C. Whisenant.
  • 1989 – Publication of The final shout: Rapture report 1989, by Edgar Whisenant. More predictions by this author appeared for 1992, 1995, and other years.
  • 1992 – Korean group “Mission for the Coming Days” predicted October 28, 1992 as the date for the rapture.[63]
  • 1993 – Seven years before the year 2000. The rapture would have to start to allow for seven years of the Tribulation before the Return in 2000. Multiple predictions.
  • 1994 – Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles predicted June 9, 1994.
  • 2060Sir Isaac Newton proposed, based upon his calculations using figures from the book of Daniel, that the Apocalypse could happen no earlier than 2060.[67][68]
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So far, none of these have been right. Or was I too busy on that day to notice?

Another thing, what about all those people who were born into another religion? If people were born into a Hindu, Islamic or Buddhist society, and were never exposed to Christianity, what happens to them? The fact that only a very small portion of Christians, mostly Americans, mostly white, believe that the Rapture is coming should be quite telling. You are not the centre of the universe, white God-fearing middle-America, so how does this even make sense?

What do they believe?

The current trend of Biblically fueled rapture-talk is the creation of Harold Camping, who also claimed that September 27, 1994 was to be the date of the Rapture. He wrote a book about it and sold it for $14.95 a copy through his radio network Family Radio. After September 27 came and went, he revised his date to some time in 2008. It is now April 27 2011, and Harold Camping currently has a book out called We are Almost There! To God be the Glory in which he predicts May 21 2011 as the date of the rapture, and October 21 as the “end of history”.

Heard it before?

I have written in the past about false prophets but this all seems too familiar. In the 1840s a man named William Miller predicted the end of the world, and preached it to his obscure sect of Christians known as the Millerites. He prophesied that October 22, 1844 was to be the day of the Rapture, but this day came and went as any other would. The people were shattered that they had not been swept up by God to heaven, and this came to be known as The Great Disappointment. The Millerites had sold everything they owned, and faced the bleak prospect of life after this false rapture with no possessions, no jobs, and being ridiculed by people for their false beliefs. The parallels between Harold Camping and William Miller should warn anyone about prophecies; they don’t work.

I point all this out not to ridicule the believers of the May 21st rapture. I write all this to point out that if you were just to think about the claims of Harold Camping, the fact that he is making money from you, the fact that this has happened before and will probably happen again, and the fact that, after this day has passed, you will be left as you are now, only with nothing. When you wake up on May 22, as you have every day of your lives, will you abandon your beliefs and rebuild your lives, will you seek out some other faith, or will you do something more drastic?

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