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May 21, 2011 -- Before

Posted Monday, May 16, 2011, at 8:53 AM

"But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes." (II Timothy 2:23 (KJV)

According to the latest available calculations the world as we know it will end on May 21, 2011, (U.S., Eastern Daylight Time, it is presumed). The exact authentication of this you may feel free to Google. It's on the Internet; and, as Homer Simpson reliably intones, "If it's on the Internet it must be true."

Given the events occurring around the world on any recent day, it is easy to see how a soon-coming return of Christ would be welcomed. However, with all due deference to brother Simpson, it is easily verifiable that innumerable such May 21 deadlines have come and gone without incident for 2,011 years. In fact, in America at least one denomination was built on such predicted end of time dates not materializing.

While I do look forward to all this, if this suggested date proves true it may be inconvenient to many. Personally was hopeful of seeing what Dec. 21, 2012, might bring. The latter has a certain degree of pseudo science attached thereto; the former prediction relies on yet another individual diagnosis of Holy Scripture.

Overall, I rather suspect we ain't seen nothing yet. "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows" (Matthew 24.7-8, KJV). But then I have not done any in-depth diagnosis.

The proposed May date, if I understand it at all, is actually the projected day for the legendary "rapture". I harbor certain reservations about the term "rapture" as it appears nowhere in any Biblical translation available to me. "Rapture" doctrine refers to a sudden taking away to heaven of the Elect lest they experience the great tribulation, which is to follow -- or so I understand it.

It is very possible the Elect are actually so comparatively few in relation to the whole population of earth that we may not note --or did not note -- their absence. As Jesus said, "Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18.8, KJV)

For the record, this specific word usage "rapture" is about 200 years old. It appeared in America about the time of the Pentecostal Revival of the early 1900s, and has become a very popular doctrine in Evangelical circles since the 1950's. Overall it is a teaching hard to sell in lands where Christians have come under intense persecution well shy of any escapist taking away into heaven.

There's an old story of some great saint of God who, while playing croquet, was asked what he'd do if he knew the world would end at sunset. His reported reply was "Finish my game." Point being, he was ready. Assuming the end of days is yet ahead of us, can't think of anything in my life I'll be wanting to change between now and May 21, 2011 -- Homer Simpson notwithstanding.

A follow-up blog to this is already written for posting next week -- If I'm here next week -- If there is a next week.

David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at kayanddavid@frontier.com.

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Camping is one of those who has totally missed the message of Christianity to argue unimportant points that were written in the Bible who may not have gotten all the facts perfect even though they may have been inspired by God...After all they were human. Too many think that God wrote the Bible. Though the writings are inspired by God, they were written by man and between the limitations of being human and the many translations that have been done from Aramaic to Greek to Latin to German etc etc. We cannot expect every detail to be literally accurate.

Mary Magdaline for example. So many think she was a prostitute but I have never found anywhere in the Bible where it says this. It's just someone's own interpretation and it has become popular with certain groups. It's the same with immaculate Conception. Some think that this was Christ being conceived without Mary losing her virginity. Wrong. It was Mary being born without the stain of original sin that the rest of us have due to Adam and Eve eating that forbidden fruit they were told not to eat. This set her apart in preparation for being the mother of God.

That said everyone who reads/studies the Bible makes their own interpretation of it. I for one take it as a general guide but realize that some of the parables and comparisons are outdated as they were written for uneducated Shepherds and fishermen. It really doesn't matter if we wear a shirt of blended wool and linen. Nor does it matter if so and so begat so and so, nor if the universe was created in 6 days. Some even argue that Jesus never had any siblings....Lets get real here. So Mary and Joseph NEVER had other children in a time where there was no birth control and children were needed to help with chores and take care of the elderly in later years? ...and what does it really matter anyhow??

All were stories to allow communities to thrive in the time in which these books were written. The lesson is to not put money [false gods] ahead of God and fellow people in rank of importance. Giving God a day, or sabbath, allows us to nourish ourselves spiritually and get together to give each other encouragement to continue to work on ourselves. Islam even has it right when they describe jihad in the moderate sense of the word. The jihad or inner struggle is much like our conscience...The little devil and angel on each shoulder fighting for our attention. It's only the fundamentalist groups that have warped that word but no better than some of the Christian fundamentalists that believe that all other sects of religion will only lead one to hell as it isn't exactly like theirs. The devil is in the details rings true when we forget the message to argue the trivia.

They say death and taxes are the only sure thing and we only know when the taxes are coming so we had better be prepared for death at all times so it doesn't really matter if we all go at once or not.

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, May 16, 2011, at 7:49 PM

Harold Camping is NOT A CHRISTIAN!

No True Christian would follow this man. He is an arrogant Old fool who believes his own Bible translations.

His followers are the worst, they trust "HAROLD CAMPING INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE...NOT THE BIBLE!

Harold Camping is a horrible Bible teacher



-- Posted by healthreform on Mon, May 16, 2011, at 9:33 AM

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