Monday, May 23, 2011

This just in; Bible-basher fails to understand Bible

"End of the world, eh? Better get some pints in then."

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Matthew, Chapter 24, verse 36.

The brouhaha over the failure of The Rapture to arrive on time has got me a bit puzzled, given that the Bible says quite explicitly that nobody knows when the Second Coming is due*.

Given that most of the people concerned about this tend to be a bit – you know – religious, you’d assume that they’d be familiar with the actual Bible.

But it seems not.

Mind you, The Rapture is very dodgy theologically speaking, dating as it does from 17th century American Puritan** thinking and isn’t an important part of other Christian faiths.

Still, it’s all been a bit of a laugh, unless you’re one of the poor schlubs whose parents spent your entire college savings on the grounds that there wouldn’t be much point after 21st May.

In that case, it’s probably a bit of a pain in the bum.

*Except God, of course.

**And weren’t they a fun bunch.


Lewd Bob said...

You have no faith, Ramon. Didn't you see, some said the fact that the rapture didn't happen was a test of faith by God.

Clever that. Kind of like a double bluff.

Perseus said...

I would just like to point out that the Millerites, about 150 years ago, also were convinced about the Rapture. When it didn't happen, half of them said, "Oops, that's a bit embarrassing", and went back to the real world. The other half founded the Seventh Day Adventist church, pulling some line about how it DID happen, just, not on Earth, or something.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

That God, eh Bob.

What a kidder!

squib said...

I wish these people would find half a brain

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

You'd think they would actually read the damn Bible, Squib.

But noooooo, that's too hard.

squib said...

It has a lot of big words like Corinthians

Anonymous said...

Well done, Ramon. Now, can anyone fill me in on why this has gotten such a following, given that, as far as I can discern, the date was simply dreamt up (possibly literally) by a radio broadcaster in America?

I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised, given that so many religious movements seem to be founded on the principle that nobody is ever going to read the source texts.

Also, I think the world is supposed to end in October. Maybe we just didn't notice the chosen ascending into heaven because so few qualified.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Alex, I don't know how many followers this joker has but given he's been wrong about this sort of thing before, I'm a whisker surprised he has any.