Why Are We Still Here?
Today is May 26, 2011. Everyone I know is either a sinner or missed the rapture train. On May 21st, the day when it all was set to go down, my husband and I were laughing at Bridesmaids and being wowed by Fast Five. Hours after the rapture was set to begin, we were on a search for a good fast food restaurant that was still open (I still don’t get why the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut shuts down the pizza station at 10pm, but that’s a whole other story). Now it’s Thursday, so I’m inclined to think that rather than be fashionably late, the rapture just isn’t coming.
Let’s assume for a minute that I am super religious and I believe 100% that our judgment day is coming. Why would I, as a rational person, take Harold Camping’s word for it that the world will be coming to an end, and as a religious and good person, I will be raptured on May 21st, or as a worst case scenario I will be left on Earth to witness the beginning of the end. Why would I take the word of some radio preacher?
I’ve read stories in the news about people emptying their bank accounts in preparation for the rapture for funding to spread the word. I read one particularly disturbing story about a couple who told their three children that they were sinners and would be left on Earth to suffer. I’m not sure if that was before or after they spent their entire college funds on travel and various advertisements for the end of days. All this because Mr. Camping decided to interpret the bible to say that this happening was inevitable. Furthermore, what is so special about these people that they would be among the 3% of the world that would be saved? Good Christian behavior involved telling the masses that they are damned? I must have fell asleep during that Sunday school lesson.
Harold Camping and all these other people are just people. They don’t have God on speed dial. They don’t have the power to predict anything. They are abusing the power they have as prominent religious figures (I use prominent loosely) and they are preying on gullible people for their own profit. Do you think Mr. Camping is planning on returning the donated money he received when he was promising rapture last Saturday? Of course not; his story now is that the end is still coming so there is no reason to return the cash.
If you believe in God, then believe He is having a great laugh right now at all the idiots who jumped on the end of days train. The world will end eventually, but I highly doubt that it’ll be a scheduled event. In the meantime though, it’s nice to be able to have a good laugh at the poor misinformed souls that dream of being beamed off the Earth to take their place in heaven while all us sinners are burning back on Earth. I’ll bring marshmallows.