I didn’t want to post this one at the time. I’m not all that mean-spirited.
…on the entire Harold Camping Rapture mess. And it is a mess: a lot of those folks made some poor life choices* in the run-up for what turned out to be the end of the world. Like OLE, I can only counsel understanding on everyone’s parts: understanding of the perils of false (or at least incorrect) prophets on the part of those who believed, and understanding of the temptation of false (or at least incorrect) prophets on the part of those who did not.
After all, we’re all Bozos on this bus.
Via Jimmie Bise.
*I don’t actually mean things like “gave all their money to charity,” although I understand that to a strict materialist that sort of thing might seem functionally equivalent to “wrecked their credit rating on fancy cars.” Then again, I am religious, and I do think that alleviating the suffering of the needy will eventually rebound to the giver’s benefit.
…that Glenn Reynolds has come up with: “…if you expect to be raptured away tomorrow, how about hitting my PayPal button today? You can’t take it with you!”
In fact: hit mine.
It’ll probably end up being a help either way.
PS: No, I am not making fun of premillennialist Christian theology, or the people who believe in it. Who I am making fun of is the people who apparently haven’t internalized Matthew 24:36-44. Nowhere in there, in any translation, is there an extra clause after “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” that goes “…Oh, yeah: and Bob too, of course.” There just isn’t; and a little thought about the theological implications will tell you why.