Saturday, May 21, 2011

SURPRISE! No Rapture yet. Sigh.

OK, I'm on call for my employer this weekend, monitoring news on the Web, and am writing this about 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. I was a little nervous when I discovered I was the one on call for the end of the world. But [insert heavy sigh of relief here] I just realized the time for the end of the world has actually come and gone already in certain places (where it is already or has been 6 p.m. on May 21, like New Zealand, Australia, and Asia ... see ... and guess what?

No megadisasters or Rapture in sight. Alert the media.

Harold Camping's website, not too surprisingly, has "gone dark." (Hmmm ... perhaps he was the only one raptured?)

So anyway, I think now is a good time to ask the basic question: Where did Camping go wrong? Two things jump out at me immediately:

1) NUMEROLOGY. Stay away from it, folks! Camping used a bizarre form of numerology (seeking meaning in the numbers behind obscure things in Scripture and the estimated dates that they happened) to calculate his date for the end of the world. See for the fascinating details. It's the same class of crap that people like that author — whatshisname? — who wrote that stupid novel amplifying various Gnostic heresies and inventing the idea that Jesus, rather than being raised from the dead, was married to Mary Magdalene and that his love child was hushed up by the Catholic church, or some such nonsense, like to espouse. But I digress.

To put it in a nutshell, here's my advice: STAY AWAY from NUMEROLOGY ... and STAY CLOSE to the BRIDEGROOM instead!

2) DISBELIEF and DISOBEDIENCE. Jesus said, "No man knows the date or the hour, but My Father." By saying he knew the date and the hour, Camping was either calling Jesus a liar, or saying that Harold Camping was the Father. Either one of those two mistakes is a bad thing, in my book.

Well, in a way I'm disappointed (I would really like for Jesus to come back), and in a way I'm kind of glad He didn't do it on Camping's terms. But, too bad some crazy old radio preacher got to throw a little more mud in the eye of God's glory. How can we glorify God in the midst of this debacle? One way, I think, would be for us as Christians to make absolutely sure Camping and his ilk never again has a legitimate platform for the expression of his false views. It should be made absolutely clear he's NOT speaking anything in the name of Jesus.

By the way, I'm getting great responses on my Rapture survey (below) ... and, just to be sure you have plenty of opportunities to express yourself, I'll leave it up until 6 p.m. Pacific Time today ... then we can talk a bit about what everyone submitted.

So, now's your chance to be heard! You have a few more hours until the Rapture [survey ends]. Have at it!

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