Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wake Up - It's the End of the World!

It's going to happen today -- well, the start of it, anyways, according to Harold Camping, a broadcaster located in, appropriately enough, Boulder, Colorado. (I have a lot of affection for this wacky college town -- we lived there for a few years -- but it's not for nothing known locally as the 'land of fruits and nuts.') At 6 p.m., according to Camping (Mountain Standard Time?), it will begin with a huge earthquake:

   In other words, when we get to May 21 on the calendar in any city or country in the world, and the clock says about — this is based on other verses in the Bible — when the clock says about 6 p.m., there’s going to be this tremendous earthquake that’s going to make the last earthquake in Japan seem like nothing in comparison. And the whole world will be alerted that Judgment Day has begun. And then it will follow the sun around for 24 hours. As each area of the world gets to that point of 6 p.m. on May 21, then it will happen there, and until it happens, the rest of the world will be standing far off and witnessing the horrible thing that is happening.
   The Christians won't have to worry about this, though -- we'll be headed up to Heaven via the Rapture.

I'm not the only believing Christian that is struggling with this man's predictions. First, because Jesus himself said, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." (Look it up for yourself: Mark 13:32.) Apparently the Lord ACTUALLY meant to add, "oh...and Harold Camping."
    Secondly, he may mean this seriously -- but his group's actions have brought on a lot of ridicule for a cause I and others strongly believe in -- a faith we've staked our lives on. How does this honor Christianity and its tenets, and dignify the King? I can't figure it out...

Do I believe that Jesus will return? Yes. Will it be via a Rapture (which you'd have a tough time absolutely proving, other than hints or assumptions) or the real End of the World? Beats me. I welcome His coming back -- it just won't be on Harold Camping's terms.

Gotta go set up Ana's chocolate fountain. See you tomorrow.
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   Another columnist's take on the subject: "I better say Happy Birthday to my daughter early this year because that’s her birthday. Look what I brought you for your birthday this year, honey, it’s the end of the world! It was too big to gift-wrap, sorry."

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