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May 21st Rapture


We are just ten days away from the supposed rapture that is suspected to take part according to Harold Camping of Family Talk radio. Through analyzing the bible, he selected May 21st, 2011 as the day of the Christian rapture, and October 21st as the day the world ends.

Do I believe any of this? Obviously not. Not only because I’m an atheist, but also that Camping has predicted the end of the world before (September 1994), and look at how accurate that came out. Not to mention the long list of other failed end of the world prophesies that have come to pass. A thorough list can be found on the Tacoma Atheists End of the World section.

What is going on? Well, Family Radio has been spending hundreds of thousands in advertising for their prediction. Rather than attempting to make the end more comfortable for others, they would rather instill fear in order to get their message out, and for people to follow like sheep.

What will happen? Probability, like always, states that his prediction will go completely unaccomplished and everyone will continue to live in their day to day lives without any disruptions; aside from Camping’s followers asking questions.

What will Camping do if his prediction fails? Do just like every other “prophet” and recreate yet another date, most likely another date that is well after his death.

What this little stunt only proves to me is that religion remains nothing more than emotional manipulation over the act of reasoning. Rather than doing something of real good for everyone who doesn’t know, or doesn’t want to believe, Camping and his followers use fear propaganda to twist the minds of others in order to give the illusion that they are doing good. I  have always seen this as being nothing more than an abusive parent thinking that the abuse will raise their child up straight, but in reality, is causing more problems with the child like rebellion, hate, and even emotional trauma (I grew up in an abusive household).

If Camping is right, what would I do? Well, since the rapture states that non-believers will be tossed into Hell, I accept this wholly. I have no fear of Hell and will put my humanly principals well before my physical well-being. I would refuse to explain myself to any God, but would be asking that God to explain Himself. If He can not come up with a reasonable answer for me, or refuses, and punishes me, then He is nothing more than a demon in my eyes and I do not wish to be in its company.

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2 Responses

  1. Take a look at this picture of a controversial billboard that was recently put up by another spiritual group near Family Radio’s headquarters. It directly challenges them about May 21. Here it is:

    Billboard Which Challenges Family Radio Right Near Their Headquarters in Oakland, CA about May 21, 2011.

  2. On my site I placed a challenge for those who did believe in the 21 May date. ie a Post dated cheque 22 May made out to Christian World Service to clear out the personal bank accounts .
    This is just since, those who got the date wrong should be prepared to do penance for unnecessarily scaring people – and in the event it turns out to be true, a reason to laugh at the left behinds when the raptured one is on the way up through the clouds. Unfortunately the joyless fundamentalists have accused me of not taking it seriously enough. Your advice please.

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