I’m not a particularly religious person – I’m a recovering Catholic. But, I haven’t blogged about the rapture – before it’s intended date because, you know, what if? It’s like saying the Red Sox are doing well—you just don’t voice that until October. I said it yesterday, when Tampa Bay was in first and the Sox were in second, and gaining speed… Not so much this morning; the Yankees are in first—the Sox in third.
But there was no rapture, and I didn’t really expect one. And if there was one, who’d be going? No one you or I know. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” (john 8:7) Even Jesus didn’t pick up a rock… So what chance do the rest of us have?
What chance does Harold Camping have?
I saw news reports, over and over, about a sixty year old man, a retiree, who had depleted his life savings –spent it on the cause—because he believed. I wonder how he is today. I know he wasn’t alone, the only one, to buy into Camping’s…bullshit. People have sold all of their worldly possessions, donated funds to try to educate the sinning masses. What do they wake up to today?
Not even faith.
Where do they turn? To Harold Camping? I doubt he will support them. They’ve been scammed by atheists, abandoned by their god, ridiculed by society.
“Well-intended” atheists have charged over $100 to care for the pets of those raptured. No refunds. Sign on the dotted line. And people paid! They saw nothing…fishy…about atheists helping them prepare for the rapture. Really?
Darwinism has robbed these people of any shreds of dignity.
How very Christian, Mr. Camping. When you meet the god of your understanding, I hope you can explain to him/her the reasoning behind your hubris. How dare you presume to read god’s mind – and lead thousands astray. Destroy lives. You give religion a bad name—not that it needed your help there. All religions have their share of charlatans and superstitions.
I’d rather bet on the Orioles going to the World Series, than an ineffable being’s decision about when the world is going to come to an end—and who is worthy of saving anyway? Who amongst us is without sin—without lust, deception, greed, pride, envy or despair?
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa.
Pound your chest, take communion, assuage your guilt. Shine up your halo, wait for the rapture.
And what if you are good enough to be taken by god – removed to heaven – would you want to go? Wouldn’t the Christian thing to do be stay and minister to your suffering brothers and sisters?
Welcome to the post-rapture world, Mr. Camping. You may have thought vengeance was the Lord’s – but I think you will discover that bad PR rules supreme…