Don’t drink the punch!

Photo Credit: @snipeyhead New York

I liked this little nerdy counter demonstration at a Judgement day demo in the US.

Apparently many people are getting into the mood with rapture parties on the evening of the 20th May. Anyone familiar with The Simpsons episode on rapture parties will know to avoid the punch. Otherwise its the obvious way to respond to such ridiculous predictions.

I am pleased to see many Christians are also heaping on the ridicule. Mind you, it was a bit disconcerting the find that what many of them are ridiculing is not the concept of a rapture but just the fixing of a specific date! For example local blogger Bosco Peters  at Liturgy injected a bit of humour with Jesus is coming. But his humour was somewhat spoiled by a commenter who said:

“The simple answer to Harold Camping is from Our Lord’s own words: “Ye know not the day nor the hour.” It’s more than a little presumptuous of Mr. Camping to presume that he DOES know, is it not?”

And Donald Perkins at the Prophecy Mission in the USA warns of The Dangers of Date Setting:

“The Word of God is clear on this subject of Date-setting. To set dates on the return of Christ is to err. Because of these recent events, the church has become a laughingstock and many Christian faith were shaken by it; some had their hopes raised to high levels, only to have them come crashing down to the truth. Many even quit their jobs, and still others closed their businesses.”

Its  bit of a worry. Criticise Harold Camping because he dares to work out dates! But this whole idea of raptures, destruction of the world and the universe, etc. still seems acceptable to many Christians. I think that’s dangerous.

Seattle Atheists are offering some rapture Relief. Good idea really. They are asking for donations to enable them to help rebuild the lives of all those left behind by the rapture. In the event there is no rapture the proceeds will go to a good secular cause – Camp Quest West.

Seattle Atheists Rapture Relief

But isn’t it amazing what crazy ideas we humans can get. Appparently an all female sect in Russia believes that Vladimir Putin, Russian prime minister, is a reincarnation of early Christian missionary Paul the apostle (see Russian sects: from Rasputin to the ‘Jesus of Siberia’)!

Richard Dawkins had the most sensible comment on all this in his Washington Post article Science explains the end of the world:

“Why is a serious newspaper like the Washington Post giving space to a raving loon? I suppose the answer must be that, unlike the average loon, this one has managed to raise enough money to launch a radio station and pay for billboards.”

But he does take the opportunity to get back to the scientific approach to the end of the world. Which takes us back to the photo above.

8 responses to “Don’t drink the punch!

  1. I assume that it is may 21st in Jerusalem or perhaps the USA – which means in New Zealand we can not expect to vanish until the 22nd?


  2. Maybe Max – but what’s this “we?”

    I don’t expect to vanish -I am a survivor!


  3. Oh just a general we… funnily enough I had a nightmare last night where I was one of about ten people left behind on earth… the others were all fundamentalists and were organizing a massive prayer vigil to beg for a second rapture. Very depressing. I MUST have heard about this rapture day before I read your post. Spooky coincidence otherwise 😉


  4. So there’s another group group claiming the end is near?

    Personally, between the new age obsession with the Mayan Calender and Christianities obsession with Armageddon, I suspect there will be many shots in the dark over the coming couple years, until 2012 is a fading memory and the Mayan Calender books have been used for kindling…

    I find it so frustrating that religious folks accuse the godless of being inherently immoral, but they themselves indulge in the most repulsive death obsessions from dooms-day prophecies to apparently talking to the dead…

    Hypocrisy, I’m aware, is the most fine-turned tool of the ideologically minded individual and so I guess all we can do is shake our heads and continue to enjoy, indeed near-worship the wonder that is life and leave them to their doom and gloom.


  5. What would be immoral about talking to the dead (assuming it were possible) .. just struck me as a curious thing to label as immoral.


  6. From my experience, it depends on one’s ideological outlook if it’s immoral to talk to the dead. I’ve known people who give a thumbs up to Christianity, but are closer to the New Age thing and feel it quite alright to talk to the dead.

    I suppose Christians prey to Jesus – not far off from talking to the dead…

    Personally, why bother? I mean, you’re alive for a brief spark, but nonliving for the rest of time. Life is too short to waste on death obsession.


  7. Well why bother is another question. But I think if you really COULD talk to the dead – which was the hypothetical situation I was raising – then it would be extremely odd if the scientific community did NOT want to talk to the dead.


  8. lol – good point!


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