Sunday, May 22, 2011

More Rapture News

You get it all here on My Journey and while I frankly don't have a horse in this race, Harold Camping has not explained himself yet (link).

Reverend Harold Camping of Camping's Family Radio International Ministry

Yes, Rev. Camping's pasty face might be a bit red around the gills for his missed prediction, but how would you like to be Robert Fitzpatrick, a New York resident who put his money where his faith is. According to ABC News, The 60-year-old retiree spent $140,000 -- almost everything he had -- on hundreds of billboards proclaiming the Armagedon that Camping predicted.

Apparently Camping put a lot of billboard and radio ads out proclaiming that Jesus Christ would return yesterday and wipe out all of the sinners, while holding his own to his bosom. 

(ABC News) Camping's wife described him as being "somewhat bewildered" and "mystified" that events did not unfold on May 21 as Camping had predicted, Evans said Evans said his personal position is that the public is owed an apology and he wants the board -- and Camping -- to meet on Tuesday to figure out what to say and do next. 
Camping, 89, had pinpointed May 21, at 5:59 p.m. as the exact time the Rapture would occur, when those chosen by God would ascend to heaven while cataclysmic earthquakes would begin to rock earth. He spread the word on billboards, posters, fliers and digital bus displays across the country.
I'm always bothered when people of faith delight in the concept of PUNISHMENT for others. They live for the end of the world when everyone (it seems) but they and their closest associates are burned, squashed in earthquakes, torn limb-from-limb in tornadoes, or drowned in tsunamis. They find joy and rejoicing in the I-told-you-so superiority of the bigoted righteous.

A lot of people make a lot of money on fear-based faith. My reading of the Bible and other religious teachings indicates that "LOVE" was the doctrine of God. I must be missing something.


Coffeypot said...

My biggest question was, 5:59p.m. but which timezone? I mean it's 5:59 somewhere in the world at the 59th minute. Which one should I watch for? GMT?

WoFat said...

I'm sure the rev can say that he prayed away the danger.

Opus #6 said...

Their money was not completely wasted. They had their 15 minutes of fame and topped twitter worldwide trends for at least a day or two.

LL said...

Opus - I don't think that they were after Twitter fame. They wanted to be assured that everyone who did not believe precisely the way they did to be wiped out.

darlin said...

LL I am from the same teachings as you, I believe that love and forgiveness are the doctrine of God. What some old whacked out preacher, who for all we know might has forgot to take his meds, has to say is his interpretation. I don't buy into predictions, nor what billboards have to say, what is meant to be will be. I don't think that we're going to be warned per se. As Coffeept said, which time zone? lol

LL said...

Darlin - He was very specific and predicted the date time and time zone. However, he may have been drinking too much cough syrup when he made the fateful prediction.

Euripides said...

Yeah, I'm not too big on preachers who feed on the fears of others and promote the idea that everyone will be destroyed but the holy few. It's better to be anxious doing good things than plotting the demise of the human race.

Azra said...

I agree completely on being somewhat disturbed when people of faith "delight" in the pain and suffering of others. Those aren't real people of faith.

I do believe that at the core of every religion, there's Love. Fear is what politicians and those seeking power used to drive their agendas throughout the ages. Just last week, our President was telling the (Black) masses that if they don't vote in favour of him, they will incur the wrath of their ancestors. And here in SA, their "ancestors" are akin to god-like figures and some of the ignorant were terrified at the thought of displeasing them. And thus, many people have used and abused religion as such, to promote their own political aims.

And unfortunately, those fear-driven messages have stuck around and been ingrained in most people's beliefs.

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