I power up my computer and run straight into this amusing article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40885541/ns/us_news-life/?gt1=43001
If you’re too lazy to click the link, basically, a Christian group has decided that 2012 just doesn’t cut it anymore. The date of the Rapture has been established as May 21, 2011.
Before you start quitting your jobs and buying Around the World Cruise tickets, let’s stop and think. The 1844 Great Disappointment, Y2K… ringing any bells? These are only two of the glaring false alarms of disaster, apocalypse, and the like. And yet, people keep falling for it. They’ve even got a website.
My all time favorite quote from this article would have to be the following:
“The doctrine known as the Rapture teaches that believers will be taken up to heaven, while everyone else will remain on earth for a period of torment, concluding with the end of time. Camping believes that will happen in October.” (by Tom Breen)
Great. Rapture in May, torture, end of time in October. Guess I’d better put that on my calendar.
I mean, seriously. No offense to the poor, confused people who got sucked into this, but this is crazy. Think what you will, but no god is going to swoop down next spring and carry you off to a paradise world full of ponies and sunshine, however special you might want to feel. This whole idea of ‘I get raptured, the rest of you can suffer in pain and agony’ is just yet another power trip. People buy into it because they want to feel included – part of the special ‘in’ crowd. But guess what? It’s not going to happen. And I, for one, am going to be laughing really hard on May 22nd. See you then.