May 21 Doomsday

All my life, I have heard predictions of the last day of earth, the apocalypse, end of the world as we know it (that should be turned into a song), etc. Once, when I was in the 8th grade, there was a prediction of the world ending. I remember that one best because I asked my mother if I could stay home from school. She informed me that I was going to school, end of the world or not. So, I went to school thinking every loud noise was Gabriel's Horn. Since I am still here, and presumably you are also, you know the outcome of that "end of the world" date.

The latest calamity is for May 21, 2011 aka May 21 Doomsday. By my math, that is eight days from now. So, what is up with this new "end of the world" prediction? It started with Christian radio host Harold Camping stating that all Christians will be caught up in the Rapture. Five months later, the world as we know it will end on October 21, 2011. Mr. Camping has generated a lot of publicity as a result of this prediction. I can't say I am surprised by this latest prediction. If you remember, at the start of this year we experienced birds dropping dead to the ground, fish kills, cattle mutilations in Vietnam and other animals just acting strangely. I said at the time, this is going to generate a lot of end times discussion this year. Now, I don't know if Mr. Camping made his prediction before these events or after. I'm thinking he made them afterwards.

The problem with this latest Christian end times prediction is, like all the other Christian end times predictions, it goes against the Holy Bible in Matthew 24:36 which clearly states unequivocally, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." Which means only God knows for sure. Not even the Angels in Heaven know. Mr. Camping's rebuttal to this is that this passage means it applies only to the "pre-tribulation" period and does not apply to modern times. I'm curious where in the Bible he interprets that. These kind of people, in my mind, are a detriment to Christianity itself. You have so many people interpreting the Bible to fit their own agenda. It is frustrating. I just choose to believe that only God knows when this world will end. Not Mr. Camping or anyone else knows the exact date of the end of the world. David Koresh also had his predictions. I think everyone remembers what happened to him.

My point is that you should not take people like Mr. Camping seriously. He even states only 200 million people will be caught up in the Rapture. How can he know this? He is placing himself on the same level as God. That is a dangerous practice by anyone. The only thing this sort of thing has ever been proven to do is generate publicity for the one making the prediction. I suspect Mr. Camping's May 21 Doomsday prediction will turn out to be likewise.

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A simple way of checking these dates is when they approach check to see what's happening in Australia because it's already tomorrow there!


Harold isn't packing up, so he knew he's predictions aren't really that accurate.

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