Saturday, May 21, 2011

Well THAT Was A Big Fizzle

Well, we're still here. According to Mr. (NOT Reverend, Mr.) Harold Camping, today was supposed to be Judgement Day for planet Earth. The righteous were to be lifted to Heaven as the Rapture began, while the rest of us would endure fires, earthquakes and a general hell on Earth for five months before God finally pulled the plug on the whole sorry mess.

Personally I'm a bit disappointed that it didn't happen. I was looking forward to the time off from work.

3 comments:

  1. Hidden behind the rapture date-setting fizzle of May 21, 2011 is one of the greatest untold religion stories of all time!
    Of course "rapture" to 50 million American evangelicals is the "pretribulation rapture view" - a secret return of Christ said to occur several years before the final Second Coming to earth - but most are unaware that it was never a part of any Christian theology before 1830. And their leaders fight hard to cover up recently uncovered facts about its shady 181-year-old history - facts about its rampant plagiarism, devious revisionism of early "rapture" documents, and other dishonesty that journalist/historian Dave MacPherson (known as the "Rush Limbaugh of the Rapture") has been uncovering since 1968.
    The mainstream media have somehow overlooked his highly endorsed research even though No. 1 religion expert Dr. Martin Marty featured it in 1980 in Christian Century and said that Time or Newsweek should air it. And even though rapture promoters like Hal Lindsey and Tim LaHaye have published their muddied-up versions of it. And even though Bill Moyers touched on it in 2005 in the Minneapolis paper in his article "There is No Tomorrow" which mentioned the "fantastical theology concocted in the 19th century by a couple of immigrant preachers" who have "captivated the imagination of millions of Americans."
    If this fringe-British-invented "pretrib rapture" escapism had never existed, American fundies could never have had fun (or built fortunes) with their mega-selling books and date-setting games. MacPherson's bestselling nonfiction book "The Rapture Plot" is in libraries and bookstores, and his many articles on Yahoo, MSN etc. include "Pretrib Rapture Politics" (showing how anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Muslim the rapture is!) and also "Pretrib Rapture Dishonest

    [submitted by Greg]

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  2. Is this going to be an Annual event, now ? Like the Super Bowl ?

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  3. I'm far from a biblical scholar, but I believe Jesus said something about the Rapture happening before the last of the 12 apostles was dead, which is even more problematic for the doomsayers.

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