Rapture Time Again!

Harold Camping (88) thinks the rapture will happen May 21, 2011. Koo-Koo!

“Camping, 88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he’d found: The world will end May 21, 2011.” (SFGate.com) – see article “Bibilcal scholar’s date for rapture

Well, thats like 15 days away from today…so we will get to test his prediction. What if he is wrong? Will Christianity have to start admiting that the rapture may in fact be a doctrine that is read into the bible and not read out of it?

Camping wouldn’t be the first to fail at his predictive skills, in fact early Christianity was pretty confident the world would end in their time frame…and the gospels have Jesus saying something rather peculiar to one of the disciples:

Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom” (Matt 16:28)

Really? Didn’t they all actually die though? Did Jesus’ kingdom come to earth? Just an observation.

So for Harold to make the claims he is making is not really ‘new’…it seems even the gospel writers have Jesus making similar claims about his kingdom and it’s return. Top that off, there is not actual real scripture on the rapture – seems to be an inventive idea from about the 18th century.

We’ll see, maybe I am wrong but we will have May 21, 2011 to make even further headway into how bunk these claims might be.

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13 thoughts on “Rapture Time Again!

  1. Might be? This is just more lunacy made acceptable only by its religious cloak.

    The problem with failed predictions about the second coming is that it tends to increase religious devotion to the people who make their failures public spectacles. Just look at the results of the Millerite movement of the 1840s. Today, it’s one of the fastest growing religious groups.

    Go figure. Crazy is as crazy does and considerations of religious predictions as anything more than lunacy is equally crazy.

    • Did i mention four out of ten Americans think a rapture will occur by 2050?

      See? The delusion is vast but it’s still entertaining crazy talk. It’s not a question of the event taking place in so many people’s minds; it’s simply a question of when! And that shows just how many religiously deluded people there really are walking amongst us.

      More people believe in the reality in the return of zombie jesus with no evidence at all to back up such a ludicrous assertion than do in unguided evolution filled as it is with multiple lines of supportive evidence and applications that work based on it. And yet people like Z1G will continue to insist that there is nothing (except in the minds of strident, militant, Dawkins-worshiping faith-of-a-different-kind atheistic extremists) to indicate any widespread problem of compatibility between respecting faith-based beliefs about what is true and what is true… even when the former is gobshite crazy.

  2. Jason,

    Camping was the one whose ministry led me to conversion to Christianity back in 1994. I heard him through his radio ministry and his church was the first one I attended. His first failed prediction led to some pretty major problems in his church (it split after I left). He’s then made more predictions over the years, all of them false. His first was in ’94. I knew some of the people who are still connected to him. Sad.

    As to the verse you quoted, there are some interpretive issues with it as to timing of other things, and it doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing as when people talk about a rapture today. But in any case the whole prediction thing is a no brainer. In baseball terminology, mankind is 0-for-a million.

  3. “Crazy is as crazy does and considerations of religious predictions as anything more than lunacy is equally crazy” (tildeb)

    Religious predictions I have little problem with – but when they have attached dates to them concerning an event absolutely unsure to happen – I get cynical like everyone else.

  4. From Dawkins, when asked for a comment by the Washington Post on Camping’s prediction:

    Why is a serious newspaper like the Washington Post giving space to a raving loon? I suppose the answer must be that, unlike the average loon, this one has managed to raise enough money to launch a radio station and pay for billboards. I don’t know where he gets the money, but it would be no surprise to discover that it is contributed by gullible followers — gullible enough, we may guess, to go along with him when he will inevitably explain, on May 22nd, that there must have been some error in the calculation, the rapture is postponed to . . . and please send more money to pay for updated billboards.

    So, the question becomes, why are there so many well-heeled, gullible idiots out there? Why is it that an idea can be as nuts as you like and still con enough backers to finance its advertising to acquire yet more backers . . . until eventually a national newspaper notices and makes it into a silly season filler?

    Just so.

    • No doubt on May 22 we’ll begin to enjoy a new dog and pony show about how the rapture will arrive at some other time.

      Good grief.

      Even strong evidence that such religiously inspired predictions have been, are now, and always shall be nothing but crap means nothing to someone who wishes to believe otherwise. To someone outside the closed epistemological circle of religious belief, this refusal to face facts but maintain wishful thinking in spite of contrary evidence fits the definition of delusional thinking.

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