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Sunday, May 22, 2011

The rapture that wasn’t (and never will be). Bible prediction FAIL

Supposedly, the rapture was scheduled to happen yesterday, so that all of those “true believers” who got God’s message would be lifted and taken to heaven, leaving the unbelievers on Earth to suffer the period of “tribulation” just before the end of times.

The rapture, properly depicted in a comic book

As expected, such story that sounds like taken from a bad children’s fiction about revenge, didn’t happen and the only thing we had was just another proof that revelation is just as useful to predict future events, as making up a story while high.

It’s interesting how much attention this event got from the media. I think these kind of prediction are so ludicrous people will have to look at them, just like one gets drawn to the “man bites dog” kind of news. It’s astonishing to see people believing such nonsense, and moreover, astonishing to see people spending their entire savings

Or goes to the streets just to embarrass himself

But these cases of fanaticism (especially when it is religious fanaticism) are not just anecdotal. And this is one of the reasons many of us think it’s important to criticize religion: because it wants to dominate over reason and consider blind belief a virtue

We also have those who actually killed themselves, those who wasted all their money, and those who put their family at risk. Meanwhile, Harold Camping, the pastor who initiated this madness has gone missing (could it be he was the only one raptured) while his followers just wonder what to do now. I’m not sure if to consider them victims of a scam, or think that they are just receiving what they signed up for. Maybe they truly deserve the suffering of having nothing, but that doesn’t mean the scammer can go free.

As I said before, this could be scoffed as something anecdotal except for the tragedy it causes. But also because those who believe their God has revealed the day He is going to do something are considered a curious and even funny phenomenon, worth only to be on the back page in a newspaper.

However, there are many who actually believe in the rapture, that one day Christian will be taken to heaven while the rest are left to suffer. And just because they don’t give an exact date (“soon”, they say) that doesn’t make them less insane than those who claim to know a date.

And if we are actually talking about some insane ideas, we have to include that ask to be taken just on faith, no matter how nonsensical they can be, like the virginal birth, walking on the water, the resurrection and the idea that God actually had a son and He walked among us. If we consider those who think they’ll be taken to heaven as deluded, we will have to include among them those who believe in all what I just mentioned.

We have to admit that the later don’t cause as many problems as the firsts, and it’s easier to live with and among them. Or maybe, we just got used to them. But let’s not fool ourselves: just because one is crazier than the other, insanity is insanity. And if we need to invoke faith to believe it, it’s because those claims can’t stand the scrutiny of reason.

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