So its the end of the world this weekend. Yeah I know it sounds like the ravings of the mentally ill, and it probably is, but who knows maybe this Saturday will herald the end of it all.
Not too surprisingly the vast majority of people on this planet are not too concerned that it all could end on the 21st of this month, and that the rapture may well be upon us! I include myself in that not too concerned list, as for me the whole Rapture end of the world deal, reeks of bullshit and the likely hood of it happening is slim to none.
But what is the deal with this whole Rapture thing, and if it truly means the end, why are so many seemingly "normal" people looking forward to it?
The Neo-Christian view of the Rapture, is that it's basically Judgement day, and heralds the return of Jesus to Earth. This is also a modern "interpretation" of bible verse, as the whole concept of the Rapture has only been around since 1830, and has been elaborated on since then.
The recent publicity push for the Rapture taking place on May 21st, 2011 was the work of Harold Camping and is Family Radio network, and Christian radio network. Camping paid for and financed a large number of billboards to be placed throughout the United States advertising end times.
Camping has interpreted the Bible to pinpoint judgment day to Saturday May 21st: “exactly” 7000 years after the great flood. And is convinced it will happen according to his timetable. Even posting on his billboards that "The Bible Guarantees it!".
So if Camping is correct, what will happen on the 21st? How will the Rapture play out?
Here’s what we can expect:
- There will be a “universal Earthquake.”
- Jesus will return to Earth.
- Approximately 200 million saved Christians will rise to heaven.
- Five months later on October 21st, all non-belivers (the rest of us) will be exterminated, and then the Earth and the entire Universe will be destroyed.
Sounds like a pretty good deal for the faithful, but a little fucked up for the rest of us.
Loving God my ass...