On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars


So, what happens when Doomsday comes and goes … without a bang?

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It’s certainly happened before. Faithful followers dress in white and stand atop hilltops, waiting to greet Jesus when He returns at the appointed time.

Of course the appointed time was not the one chosen by the Father, just some human prophet. And as midnight passes and Judgment Day has not occured … what happens?

Since the Rev. Harold Camping has already predicted unsuccessfully in the past — he was sure September 6, 1994 was the end not so long ago. When it came and went, he announced that he had missed key numerology hidden in the Book of Jeremiah.

What deep inner need is met by the hope of Jesus’ return?

So, this time he’ll probably just declare that his nationwide campaign was a success — he got people thinking about Jesus! And (drumroll please …) his numbers were off just a tad and, whaddya know, Judgment Day will actually occur on [here feel free to fill in some new date safely 20 years in the future].

It is our sincere hope that his followers will not follow the example of the Heaven’s Gate cult which in 1997 committed suicide together so their souls could ascend to a spaceship waiting in space, hidden in the tail of a comet.

CLICK HERE to read of failed Doomsday predictions in the past

Writing on the PsychCentral website, Summer Beretsky observes:
“There will be no rapture on Saturday, May 21st. And I can’t wait to see how Harold Camping reacts on Sunday when he’s still alive, on this Earth, and in this human body.”

She relates the story of three scientists who joined a doomsday cult (incognito, of course) to study its inner workings back in the 1950′s.

“The cult was led by two people: a college physician who was fascinated by UFO and mysticism, and a woman (the researchers’ pseudonym for her was Mrs. Keech) who claimed to be receiving messages from aliens called ‘The Guardians’ via automatic writing. The duo’s teachings, according to Cialdini, were ‘loosely linked to traditional Christian thought’”

— especially after one of the aliens revealed itself to Mrs. Keech that he was actually Jesus.

Many of the members were so committed to the cult and to this “end times” scenario that they quit their jobs, gave away their belongings, dropped out of school, and severed connections with non-believers. They The press was hard on them; the media mocked their beliefs.

“When it came time for the UFO to arrive,” writes Bretsky, “the three undercover scientists sat with the rest of the cult members waiting for the clock to strike midnight. Everyone sat around quietly with their coats on their laps. They waited. And waited.

“And then the clock struck midnight. And absolutely nothing happened.

No UFO had come to save them. No “rapture,” so to speak, before the impending flood. (No flood ever came, either.)”

A bit dismayed, the group then went through the following four stages, which the three scientists noted with great interest:

1. They examined the prediction again
2. The leaders “re-iterated their faith” to the group.
3. Everyone contemplated the predicament.
4. One of the leaders broke down & cried.

“It seemed as if the group were about to dissolve into embarrassed disbelievers,” writes Bretsky. “But that’s not at all what happened.”

Instead, Mrs. Keech received another alien transmission that in fact, their little group had spread so much light that God had saved the world from destruction!

The news media chortled its amusement. However, the little group happily went on their way, delighted that they had rescued humanity.

Will that be Camping’s announcement sometime in the next day or two? 



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment John

    I want to thank you for this article. While I am a believer, as I assume most of us here are, I do find myself sometimes allowing this stuff to permeate my mind. I wish that people could just calm themselves for a minute and ENJOY what God has given us…..LIFE!! Yes, there is more to it than having fun but I wonder sometimes if people honestly believe that He put us here to dwell in misery. I believe that the scripture that states that no one will know the day or hour speaks on a variety of levels. Of course the literal translation, but also it tells people to relax. Find your faith, practice your faith, of course. But also live, laugh and love. I could be wrong, but it is how I feel.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Daniel

    What you said makes all kinds of sense. A simpler message, for people of all faiths, would be to simply live every day as if it were our last day.

    It’s something that I’m still working on, I have to admit.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Murph

    Didn’t Jesus say of the end of the world that the exact time “the Father has kept to Himself . . .” so that no one will know for sure when the mountains will fall, etc. So we can make WAG and calculate 21 May 2011 or the point at which the Mayan calendar ends (or perhaps they went out to get more rock and were distracted) or some other point reached by some other esoteric computation, such as the sun running out of hydrogen to fuse in 5.6 billion years or whatever (SWAG). So, prepare to be unembarassed by lack of preparation for a very long and, hopefully, active and productive life, and to enjoy each day as though it were your last. Balance. Bona fortuna.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment DAVID

    Only GOD knows knows for sure what day that the end will come

  • http://thechristianaspie.com Stephanie Mayberry

    Yesterday, my status on Facebook was:

    Let us live EVERY DAY as if Jesus is coming tomorrow.

    But the Bible does tell us:

    But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. ~Matthew 24:36

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Linda Rhiner

    If Jesus doesn’t know the hour, how can we? Are we above Jesus? It would be the height of sinful pride for us to say that we are priveledged to information that not even Jesus knows. That pride may keep Mr. Camping from ascending in the rapture whenever it does happen. If he is wrong about this, he better rethink his attitude and ask for forgiveness for misleading people and humble himself. Blessings!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cheryl

    If it is the end then ALL will know then who is of God and who is not!!! Personally I feel that this is a tatic of the enemy just install fear and to undermine God’s word and His promises!! But for those who are of God still need to be watchful– cause it may come “as a thief in the night!!!!”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment brian

    No one knows the hour except the father.Jesus will come like a thief in the night.So I do not believe it will be today,because some are thinking it will be today.Don’t be surprised if it is tomorrow though as a lot of people will be saying see it did not happen.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Napoleon Coleman

    ALL SUCH FALSE PREDICTIONS MAKE SOME OF US SICK AND WONDER IF GOD IS NOT A CREATION OF MAN.BY THE WAY,WHY SHOULD WE MADE TO ACCEPT THE HEBREW SENSE OF GOD?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment LIZ

    IM SICK OF HEARING THESE PEOPLE PREDICT THE END OF THE WORLD AND TRYING TO SCARE EVERYBODY…NOBODY KNOWS THE REAL DATE EXCEPT THE ALMIGHTY! GET A LIFE!!!!!

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