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May 21st, 2011: End of the World Believers Are Still Going Strong
Originally published, by me, on the Yahoo! Contributor Network, on January 3rd, 2011
Well, here we go again. The world is ending. No really. This time it's serious. Yes. The past claims of the end of days were off, but this time, they mean it. No, really. (Sarcasm mine) Let's hope, at the very least, if the coming date of May 21, 2011 doesn't end in the beginning of the end, folks may come to understand they've been had.
According to a report on msnbc there are individuals, not tied to any particular church, and loosely connected by various websites and radio broadcasts claiming the world will end (or begin to end anyway) on May 21, 2011. Personally, I just don't believe them. But having been involved with another group once myself, with a date of October 13, 2003, I can sympathize.
This really isn't meant to ridicule these folks. It is a terribly fearsome thing to be terrorized by threats of the end of the world from charlatans convincing you to hold off on living, in fear of "the end." While the preachers pushing this latest end-of-the-world craze aren't strapping on suicide bomber vests and blowing up schools, they're filling human hearts with dread, just the same. Their followers are victims of pious fraud - nothing more - and I am sad for them.
Why May 21st, 2011? According to Harold Camping of Family Radio Worldwide, the date is arrived at, after a "close reading of the scripture." He has calculated the end of everything based upon the founding of Israel in 1948. After the rapture on May 11, 2011, those of us left on Earth are in for a time of torment, concluding with the "end of time" sometime in October. Of course, followers also state that if the event does not occur as planned "God's Word" is still valid. (Interesting how that works, aint it? Even when preachers and other charlatans are proven wrong - They're still somehow magically "right." That's how brainwashing works. It's the most popular method to control people, because it works!)
Let's hold them to their date of May 21st, 2011. Harold Camping is quoted as saying: "Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment." Notice the "beyond the shadow of a doubt" part. Those are his words, and not mine. That reads quite similar to the same mythical garbage I was once fed. It reads similar to the claims of countless other "prophets" throughout world history.
When this non-event fails to occur, like all the others before, folks like myself can only hope for one thing: When we do not see the end of the world, let's see the end of religion. Let it die in it's own muck. Until these mythic invisible sky fairies are exposed for what they are (the inventions of charismatic madmen) mankind can not hope for true freedom.
May 21st, 2011 does hold significance, though. This date is immediately before mine and Janet's first anniversary. The very next day after the rapture does not occur is the first anniversary of my stepping off of the bus, seeing Janet across the parking lot, and learning what real love can mean. So, while some may be making ready for the end of the world, we'll be celebrating what it means to finally live. Celebrate with us, won't you?
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