by Dave Mindeman
I guess we can all quite worrying about the legislative session, all the wars, all the deficits, and overpopulation. Yes, on May 21st the Rapture is going to come and the rest will not matter.
Now we have had end of the world predictions before. Some about the Rapture, some about alien invasion, some about Mayan interpretations, and others of even more dubious origin. Yet, we are still here.
This May 21st date seems to have developed some traction from some Biblical number crunching from the Flood to present day. And if you believe that the Ark and its two by two animal rescue operation is literally true, then I would be putting my earthly affairs in order.
One of the predictors of this May 21st date is a Harold Camping who has rented billboards pronouncing his prediction. Oddly enough, Mr. Camping also predicted the end times in 1994 as well. Outside of the Republican revolution, nothing major happened. And we are still here.
We have had a lot of end times prognosticators. Way back when I was in college, Hal Lindsay was convinced that the Arab-Israeli conflicts were a key predictor in the return of Jesus. He gathered quite a following and made a fair amount of money on several books. He now resides in Texas awaiting the final resolution.
A fair number of cottage industries revolve around interpretation of Biblical prophecy, but in the end they usually fade away as time marches on. And we are still here.
I’m not making light of all this (OK, maybe a little bit) but I am a Christian and believe in a Godly plan for this earth. But even though I have moved away from my hardcore fundamentalist upbringing, I do remember a few Bible passages that directly apply to all this.
Mark 13:32 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
Matt 25:13: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
Matt 24:42 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”
Now if you are one of those literalists, a person who takes every Word of the Bible in its literal context, wouldn’t those passages convince you that if someone if predicting the end time, he or she would have to be wrong?
I have the feeling that on May 22nd, we will still be here. But just in case, feel free to contact me and leave your money…..