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Judgment Day ... Really?

Though it's laughable, it is a good time to think about your life

Today is May 21, 2011, and according to internet crazies/radio crazies/ billboards purchased by internet crazies and radio crazies, it’s Judgment Day — one of two days instrumental in ridding the world of sinners — the other being Oct. 21, according to a nonsensical website.

It’s a pity that the world is ending this year, but the events leading up to Judgment Day have been entertaining for me.

According to “Facts about May 21, 2011” on familyradio.com, which is run by Harold Camping, a man who, according to his website, has studied the Bible for “over five decades,” “AT THIS TIME IN HISTORY THERE IS NO VALID, BIBLICAL EVIDENCE OR AUTHORITY WHICH INDICATES THAT WE CANNOT KNOW THE PRECISE DAY OF JUDGMENT. THE GREAT AMOUNT OF BIBLICAL SIGNS AND PROOFS ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEE THAT JUDGMENT DAY WILL BEGIN ON MAY 21st THIS YEAR.”

Anything written in bold, all-capital letters has to be accurate and taken seriously, right? And who can question a “guarantee?”

I heard about the world ending/Judgment Day in whisper-down-the-lane fashion — I’m sure this is how God would have wanted it to be.

I don’t really understand it, but I find that all of this end-of-the-world talk is tantamount to fantasizing about winning the lottery.

 “What are you going to do when the world ends tomorrow at 6 p.m.?”

“I’m going to steal a Ferrari!”

“What about repenting for all your sins?”

“To hell with that! I signed up to watch all of the good Christians’ dogs once their owners are beamed off the planet. Cash advances, y’all!”

"Maybe I'll just do some good, ol' fashioned looting!"

I’ll be enjoying a single-malt scotch in the company of my friends ... should I not get the invite.

The “lottery” part also applies to Harold Camping.

People make predictions about the world ending all the time. As a kid, I remember taking the subway home from Masterman on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia. On my walk to the subway — perhaps every other day — there was a nut preaching about the end of the world … wearing a sandwich board.

Nothing says "credibility" like a sandwich board! 

That was almost 20 years ago, and the nut called for the end of the world at the end of each week.

Somehow, the media and the general public became tethered to Harold Camping’s vision of the end of the world.

Good for him — there were a lot of end-of-the-world scenarios from which to choose!

But what if today isn’t Judgment Day? Let’s refer to the website.

 “The Biblical evidence is too overwhelming and specific to be wrong. Christ's people can look with great confidence to this date because God promises His "beloved" [sic] He will not come upon them as a thief in the night. God in His mercy has revealed the vital information needed to know the day. Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 will occur because the bible declares it. Anyone whom [sic] God has not saved will arrive at that day with no hope for salvation. God warns simply the "door will be shut."

Powerful stuff. 

I can't wait for this guy's excuse for Judgment Day not happening today. 

The world isn’t going to end today; today isn’t Judgment Day. If today does turn out to be Judgment Day, I’ll buy Camping a Coke.

Today is a big joke, but I think it’s a good day to take inventory of your life — as if the world were going to end. And for this opportunity, I thank you, Harold Camping. 

Geir Smith May 21, 2011 at 09:36 AM
Hi, This is the real News of the Revelation. Beware: anyone else saying they're bringing it, are false christ and false prophets. This alone is bringing the real Message. All others lie. The message is that: The day of Obama's victory news issue, the Lottery draw was 666 on Page 2, back-to-back with his victory headline news. Spread this news massively, everywhere, to reach all in the world, through all media, means and methods. Geir Smith. - His faith is Tibetan Tantric Buddhism the world’s highest form of culture in the world, having Tantrism, sexual Yoga etc... he studied 5 years at Paris Dauphine,the famous university (Tibetan language/culture); he did 8 months’ meditation retreat on the deity Naljorma and 28 years of scholar’s research on the Kalachakra deity; he’s it’s sole world-authority. Here are the pictures of 666 and the Lottery: Obama's victory in the front page headline news http://i1010.photobucket.com/albums/af229/GeirSmith/Obama6661of3-1.jpg?t=1305390672 Page 2, with the Lottery in the lower left side http://i1010.photobucket.com/albums/af229/GeirSmith/Obama6662of3-1.jpg?t=1305390865 Blow-up of the Lottery section and 666, the Mark of the Beast making Obama the Antichrist. http://i1010.photobucket.com/albums/af229/GeirSmith/Obama6663of3-2.jpg?t=1305391048 This is the news of the Apocalypse.
Harsha May 21, 2011 at 09:39 AM
One thing is definately judged....camping and his skank of followers and definately lunatics.....
Danny Mugisha May 21, 2011 at 09:44 AM
some body said the world is ending today, i wonder what time that will begin but as far as am concerned am still here and breathing and besides my yogurt in the fridge expires next year so the world cant be ending today!!!! Danny Mugisha
ram May 21, 2011 at 09:50 AM
hi there.... As per the judgement day.... the believers will be going with Jesus Christ, and the sinners will be left and will be in the red fire in the October Month.... Dont worry.... we all are sinners.... none will be leaving us today "21-May-2011" see you tomorrow
Victor B. Krievins May 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM
Perhaps Mr. Camping will be prosecuted for falsely collecting money from innocent people. Mr. Camping is one big fraud.
Oluflex May 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM
Either Campimh is saying d truth or not we must all get ready for his coming anytime anyday.
Delorse Ruth May 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM
I grew up in Church and have studied the bible many times... And for those that even dont believe in God or Jesus Christ, 2nd Thessaloians is the Book of the Bible that states that this man is a complete fraud....
Ed Boyd May 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Let me be the first to wish everyone a Festive Armagedden. God Bless us all.
Jay May 21, 2011 at 05:54 PM
I wonder if Harold Camping is the Antichrist? Hmmm!
Kendra May 21, 2011 at 08:06 PM
A guy I used to work with quit his job to travel around and "spread the word of the rapture." Now with the clock winding down, he along with many other believers will need to find a job, a home, and try and make up for depleted savings. When this day comes and goes, I believe Camping owes everyone an apology and should return some of the multimillions of dollards he received to the followers. He has assured his place in hell or will reincarnate as a cockroach depending on what you believe!
jondutton01 May 23, 2011 at 10:14 AM
I literally ONLY heard about this the other day so I feel I wasn't given the proper amount of time to take care of lose ends. It Saturday morning and I am going for a bike ride to the beach. http://bit.ly/lAOYOP

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