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Fun Friday II: Ready for the Rapture?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

It’s one thing not to take the world ending seriously… but most people, including reporters, seem to be using Harold Camping’s May 21 prediction as the chance to have some fun. (Especially since even Camping’s Family Radio ministry employees don’t seem to be taking the prediction seriously.)

Here’s a sample of the stories from the lighter side of tomorrow’s apocalypse:

Also, if you would like to compile a playlist for the occasion, here’s my top pick:

Last time Harold Camping predicted the world was ending, in 1994, I stayed up all night — just so I wouldn’t miss it, if anything apocalyptic actually happened! But, I was an insomniac back then — nowadays, not so much. Lucky for me, Camping’s current prediction is apparently set for 6 p.m. in every time zone, a rolling Rapture of sorts.

So, where will you be at 6 p.m. tomorrow? I’ll be driving from a baby shower to an SPJ awards banquet… would I really be tempting faith by taking Seattle’s Alaskan Way viaduct?

Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.



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MH

posted May 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm


Is it 6 PM universal time, local standard time, or daylight savings time? What about Arizona and the Indian reservations? Can even God figure out what time it is in Arizona?

Assuming it is 6 PM daylight time I’ll be eating dinner. But we’ll also know that it won’t be happening because London would be flattened.



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nnmns

posted May 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm


The Bible faces a real test. This guy has spent his life studying it. If he turns out to be wrong what does that say about other preachers and others who claim to use the Bible to know what God wants? It says they’re probably wrong, too.

Now how many people do you suppose are praying for the world to end and most of us to die painfully?



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MH

posted May 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm


Suppose he’s right, but has the wrong deity? He and his follows are left behind, while I find myself drinking from the FSM’s beer volcano. Man will that be a shocker all around.



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nnmns

posted May 21, 2011 at 8:04 am


OMG the FSM has a beer volcano! WTH have I been thinking?



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Robert C

posted May 21, 2011 at 11:26 am


it is very easy to denigrate others beliefs. but it probably speaks more towards the character of the snarkmasters than the content of the characters of those who try to find something sacrosanct. The fact that the MSM has little else to comment on of import speaks also to the total collapse of ethics and standards in the media.



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nnmns

posted May 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm


Lighten up Robert. It’s not every day belief in the Bible fails so miserably so publicly.

Of course it fails many times a day, here and there all around the world, but a lot of times even the people involved don’t notice it. And since there are a lot of people who make a lot of money off peoples’ beliefs in the Bible they try to hide it.

It will be harder to hide this massive failure of a Bible expert who’s studied the Bible for over 80 years, gave very detailed thought to this analysis and made such a glaringly wrong prediction. Surely a lot of people will realize if he’s so wrong about a Bible prognostication he’s so sure of, then those other people, not so expert, are probably wrong too.



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MH

posted May 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm


Robert C, aren’t ideas praise worthy, laughable, or horifying based upon their merits? For example the Aztecs held the concept of cutting people’s hearts out sacrosanct. But I wouldn’t give them kudos for that as I refuse to engage in such moral relativism.

It also can’t be 6 PM local time because it’s already past 9:00 PM in India.



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MH

posted May 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm


nnmns, given Pascal’s Wager you should become a Pastafarian. You’ll get a beer volcano if you are right, but an oblivion you won’t be aware of if you are wrong.



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Robert C

posted May 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm


NO. YOU listen up. Because one person’s interpretation or inspiration is wrong, doesn’t mean that there isn’t an element of truth in a bible, a koran, in an astrological chart or the combined wisdom passed on by native american shaman. What is hideous is the game the media schlock meisters play in inciting hatred and snark across the board if something doesn’t fit into their own narrow view of the world. A lot of people make a lot of money off a lot of things, yes. Camping is a 90 year old naive. Does he believe what he states? Yes I believe he does. Do I believe it? No. Can the same be said for most politicians in this country? Undoubtedly not. 99% can’t even look in the mirror and find a scintilla of truth. Yet the media consistently plays defense for all sorts of political charlatans yet they pile on to bereate a 90 year old allegorist in order to mock a belief system they are hell bent on destroying. As for the Azetecs, if they were around to cut out a few hearts from the MSM I would indeed say, kudos and pass the salt.



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Nicole Neroulias

posted May 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm


There’s nothing wrong with a bit of fun now and then, Robert — your own posts have indulged in snark plenty of times here, though generally not in a light-hearted manner. (You want to eat the hearts of some mainstream media reporters? Huh?)

Anyway, including the Obama administration’s efforts directed at the Middle East, there’s been lots of other news reported this week. But, “the end is near” interests a wide range of people, and public interest increasingly drives news coverage.

Now, to get back to the topic: 6 p.m. has come and gone in most time zones, and apparently, we’re all still here. Let’s see what Harold Camping and his followers have to say about that…



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Robert C

posted May 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm


yep some things are fun. And then some things deserve snark. The MSM certainly wraps both nicely and gives plenty of opportunity. Don’t you think? As to the “end of the world” type stuff, my favorite is The Prophet Hen of Leeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prophet_Hen_of_Leeds
And, Nicole, if Rachel can concoct on air gin martini’s to make her political point, a little Aztec allegory is a digestif well served on the rocks. Bottoms up!



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MH

posted May 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm


It doesn’t matter if Camping was sincere or a knowing charlatan. His beliefs are not harmless and created collateral damage as this video points out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV2hXjHzmPQ&feature=feedf



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Robert C

posted May 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm


Lot’s of beliefs have collateral damage.



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Nicole Neroulias

posted May 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm

MH

posted May 22, 2011 at 8:38 am


Yes, but we’re not discussing lot’s of beliefs, nor is Harold Camping your average nut with a sandwhich board. He’s the president of Family Radio, runs buses with ads on the side, and has a web presence.

He went out of his way to inject his ideas into the culture and get noticed. So he earned this criticism of his ideas, and shouldn’t get a free pass because he holds his ideas sacrosanct.



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kenneth

posted May 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm


I feel bad for the evangelicals. Accordingly, I’d like to offer them a consolation prize of sorts: free one-way transportation to Nauru. What’s Nauru you ask? It’s a tiny island in the middle of nowhere in Micronesia, which is a chain of islands in the middle of nowhere in the South Pacific. It’s the next best thing to being spirited off the planet! It’s not all paradise, of course. It’s only semblance of an economy was strip mining phosphate and that’s long gone. So there’s 90% unemployment, but no income taxes either and evangelicals love that kind of bootstrap libertarianism. Just to preserve the fantasy, we could still let the evangelicals abandon their houses in the middle of whatever they were doing and we could send them recordings of gnashing and wailing to convince them that we’re all suffering horribly as those “left behind.”

I love win-win scenarios!



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Frederick Arend

posted May 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm


The Bible is a means of communicating between God and us, of course if you start out trying to prove a pree-concieved idea or concept thene, you can find all kindes of proof that will substtiate your concept.If you want to connect with God however, then you can do that also.Get yourself and your ideas out of the picture. Try to finde, not your message but God’s missage, either one can be found in the Bible.



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flipperthedolphin

posted May 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm


You want to know what I think of all the Rapture stuff? Personally, I think it’s a load of BS, quite frankly!! I’d like to state at the outset, at the risk of stating the obvious, that the term “Rapture” is NOT in the Bible, and of course was invented by Darby theology and the series “Left Behind”. What makes it extremely dangerous, as pointed out by theologian Barbara Rossing, is that it’s basically wars, bloody battles, and has led to heinous wars, and one only has to look at how it’s seeped into sadly, as much as I love your beautiful country, it’s public life! As Joan Chittester points out, it “makes a mockery of the God of Love” embodied (for Christians) in Jesus Christ, who advocated, and advocates, the complete opposite, a Collaborative Eschaton/Eschatology. Peace.



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Robert C

posted May 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm


Why go to Nauru? isn’t that what Barry is turning the US into?

If your discussing one’s right to hold a belief, then yes by extrapolation we are discussing many.But your description of his actions sounds eirily like what our political parties do constantly, but we all know their beliefs are sacrosanct.



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MH

posted May 24, 2011 at 12:10 am


The thing that really ticks me off about Camping is that I read his Family Radio Ministries was accepting donations last week. Now if you really believed the world was ending why bother accepting money?

I’ve was waiting to see how he would spin Saturdays events. So I finally read his recent drivel and wished I hadn’t. His claim is judgement day and the rapture happened, but only on a spiritual level. So come October 21 the sentence will be carried out. Now if it is all over but the pronouncement of judgement he might as well turn off the lights at his station, give back the money, and retire. But I doubt that will happen.



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