With May 21, 2011 coming and going without incident, with old gurgling Harold Camping being curiously silent, with his radio stations playing prerecorded programming, with his websites becoming unavailable and as the topic now turns to the millions and millions of dollars that were donated by ignorant followers, many of which had apparently drawn from their childrens’ college funds or their retirement savings, what is the world to do now?
Follow the Money !
Does it come as a big surprise that a bunch of people who believe in the rapture, which isn’t in the Bible, scheduled for today’s date, which isn’t in the Bible, based on a timeline, which isn’t in the Bible, by a Trinitarian deity, which isn’t in the Bible, looking forward to living in a Heaven, which isn’t in the Bible, will be let down when all these predictions, that aren’t actually in the Bible, don’t come true?
Not at all. The simple fact is that Christians don’t actually “believe” the Bible. It doesn’t appear that most Christians have ever actually read the Bible. They seem to simply create their own self-serving beliefs and claim that they come from the Bible, often citing proof-texts from the Bible, taken out of context. They’ll likely just make new predictions and claim that they’re also in the bible.
If nothing else good comes from this particular failed apocalyptic prophecy, the most recent of the countless other failed apocalyptic prophecies, beginning with those in the Bible, perhaps this experience will prompt people to actually study what the Bible says and what the authors meant when they wrote those numerous, often anonymous or pseudonymous, writings that ultimately ended up becoming “God’s Word”.
I don’t feel much sympathy for the passive/aggressive and arrogant followers of Harold Camping. They have no one to blame but themselves. Had one actually studied the Bible, one would know that the book is filled with warnings against such false prophets. Even though false prophets were often the ones doing the warning. Tell me that ain’t a hoot !
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- Apocalypse. . . when? (xcntrik.wordpress.com)
- The Real Reason Why The Rapture Didn’t Happen (scotteriology.wordpress.com)
- How Harold Camping marketed the Rapture (cbsnews.com)