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The End is Coming, In Five Months!

That’s right, it’s official. The calculations for the end of the world were five months off. The official date has been pushed back to October 21, 2011.

But Camping said that he’s now realized the apocalypse will come five months after May 21, the original date he predicted. He had earlier said Oct. 21 was when the globe would be consumed by a fireball.

Saturday was “an invisible judgment day” in which a spiritual judgment took place, he said.

That’s right. When your predictions were wrong, you say your predictions were RIGHT, just invisible. It’s kind of how the Millerites said the whole 1844 Uber Fail was a party in Heaven. Can’t be seen.

Religion is man-made, and it shows.

The Rapture, Animated

Religion is Not a Mental Illness

The psychiatrists should leave the religious alone. Even when their whole worldview is shattered by such things as evidence and common sense, they’ll keep believing, and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Assuming May 21 ends without a cataclysm to end all cataclysms, those who believed God would whisk them up to heaven are now discovering they remain earthbound, and this might be unsettling to some of them.“I would say it would probably be similar to going through a trauma, like when your worldview changes,” Francine Rosenberg, a clinical psychologist with the Morris Psychological Group in Parsippany, said Saturday.

“I would expect there might be some anxiety, some shame and embarrassment,” she said. “You can even see kind of a severe outlet of emotions, crying and whatnot. Fear — what should we believe in any more? It’s going to put everything they’ve ever believed in into question.”Rosenberg said those who might be disillusioned can reach out to their local mental health professional or to someone in the religious community.

No no no, you have it all wrong. Those people don’t need any help. They don’t need us to comfort them. They aren’t going to question anything. It’s not going to make a difference.

As I mentioned before, when everything they believe is shown to be demonstrably wrong, it is natural for the religious to make up some desperate rationalizations for their worldview. It happens automatically.

It’s no wonder why we have so many crazy and wacky forms of religion:

-Joseph Smith is demonstrably one of the greatest frauds of all time, yet Mormonism is alive and well in the United States.

-According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, we’ve been in the “last days” since 1914.

-Many of the thousands of believers who were in the Great Disappointment of 1844 formed the 7th Day Adventist Church, another wacky sect with crazy eschatological beliefs.

But of course, I don’t mean to pick on the weak ones.

About half of all Christians still believe that the Rapture is going to happen: they believe the bodies and corpses of all Christians, dead and alive, will suddenly disappear into God’s world, leaving all the non-Christians to suffer a period of tribulation.

If you believe in the above, and you suggest a date, then you’re a crazy crackpot fundamentalist. But if you believe in the above without saying a date, you’re a normal Christian.

Mother Tries to Kill Her Own Children Before Rapture

Don’t don’t don’t draw any conclusions just yet. Remember what William Lane Craig said a week back about Biblical infanticide.

Moreover, if we believe, as I do, that God’s grace is extended to those who die in infancy or as small children, the death of these children was actually their salvation. We are so wedded to an earthly, naturalistic perspective that we forget that those who die are happy to quit this earth for heaven’s incomparable joy. Therefore, God does these children no wrong in taking their lives.

Sorry, no inspiration tonight. After all, I just found out that Bastrop High School’s graduation ceremony today featured a Lord’s Prayer.

I’m going to sign off for at least 12 hours to cool my mind…

What Is So Crazy About End Times?

The eschatologists are the new birthers. I’ve not only seen the “May 21, 2011” predictions on newspapers like USA Today, but I’ve talked to many people who think it has a fair chance of happening.

A 2010 Pew study showed that 41 percent of Americans believe Jesus Christ will literally return to Earth by 2050. As for the date, they aren’t so sure.

The Rev. Randy Carson believes the world is in its last days and that the time is quickly approaching for apocalyptic biblical prophecies to come true.

What he doesn’t believe is that it’s going to happen on the third Sunday in May, as proclaimed by a California-based biblical prognosticator.

“It’s just another crackpot,” Carson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Nahunta, Ga., said of the proclamation of Harold Camping, who says Christ will return on May 21.

Yes, when a person believes in the Biblical apocalypse on a specific date, that person is a total crackpot. But when a person believes in the Biblical apocalypse without specifying a date, that person is a normal Christian.

This “Biblical apocalypse,” of course, involves the following.

 The rapture is described primarily in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54. God will resurrect all believers who have died, give them glorified bodies, and take them from the earth, along with those believers who are still alive and who will at that time also be given glorified bodies.

…the rapture is the return of Christ in the clouds to remove all believers from the earth before the time of God’s wrath. The second coming is the return of Christ to the earth to bring the tribulation to an end and to defeat the Antichrist and his evil world empire.

Hear that kids? At any given time, all the Christians in the world, including the resurrected corpses of all the dead ones, will suddenly disappear into God’s world. For the rest of us atheists and other non-Christians who are still on Earth, God will send his wrath and judgement for some undetermined period, but maybe 7 years. (But a day in God’s time could equal billions of years, ask any Christian scientist).

Of course, whenever religion tries to make some prediction or claim about the world, it doesn’t make it very coherently, and there are many different versions of the End Times, all of them claiming to be the right “metaphor” and “interpretation”. But let us not get confused here.

Religion has had thousands of years to make its claims. It’s been tested again and again and again. And the best it could do, after events like the Great Disappointment, was to align itself reluctantly with science.

Carl Sagan put it brilliantly, as usual.

Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science?