False Prophecy

The 21st May has now passed and the prophesied Rapture, (the second coming of Christ), did not occur. The cataclysmic global earthquakes that were supposed to accompany this momentous biblical occurrence did not occur either. Apart from devout believers in this prophesy, few people throughout the nations of the world were surprised. Feeble and limp excuses for the non-occurrence of this event have already started amongst bewildered believers.

While many have treated the entire scenario with some hilarity, it is worth reflecting that believers of this false date driven prophesy only have one difference from other religious believers in that they had an actual set date for deliverance. Most other believers have no set date other than some unspecified hazy notion of some time in the future. I have no doubt that if we could travel forward in time say 5,000, 10,000 or even 100,000 years, believers would still be found waiting for this almost mythological concept to occur. I cannot but help wonder this is all because of the writings of other human beings some 2000 years ago.

This is not the first time such an event has been forecast. In the past, people motivated by end of the world prophesies have scaled Mont Blanc to escape the second Great Flood, committed suicide in the belief their souls would be transported away by a passing space ship and so on.

When it comes to belief, I am always mindful that countless thousands of people have been put to death over the centuries in Holy Wars, (and frequently not so holy wars), by others who believed at the time, it was a good and righteous thing to do. One has to ask the simple question Why? Who said such things were good and righteous and what was their authority for doing so?

I do not mock believers as that is something that is their right but I do feel a get a strong chilling feeling of indignation going up my spine whenever a believer tries to convince me they are right based on what they have been taught by others.

I suppose if anything, the non-event of 21st May has convinced me even more to trust my own judgement rather that the belief of others.

Appalling as it may sound, my guess is that if Jesus Christ ever did return to this world, there we be groups amongst mankind. (not myself), that would soon find reason for crucifying him again.

May 2011

Although the date of the first day of Summer varies depending whether you are a meteorologist or not, for many people including myself, the 1st May is traditionally the welcome beginning of the long summer months. In not so olden times the arrival of the Summer was celebrated throughout the country with dancing around the maypole, which is considered to be something of a fertility symbol, as well as other outdoor fetes and galas. Not many locations retain the traditional maypole but a scattering of them still exist.

May normally signals the end of the football season to be replaced with the sound of leather on willow otherwise known as the cricket season. I am not a football fan myself but cricket is something I really enjoy. To non-cricket playing countries it must seem a strange sport with seemingly difficult rules to understand. Those that are more accustomed to games packed with 90 minutes of fast and furious action, a much longer game lasting three, or even five days if it is a test match, must seem very slow indeed. It is however a game of both skill and tactics where enjoyment lasts much, much longer.

So far since the arrival of a summer like spring, the weather has held good. It does seem however that whatever the British weather there is always one group or another that will complain. It’s either too hot or cold, too dry or wet and so on. At the moment it is those worried about possible drought caused by the lack or rain but I find that Mother Nature always seems to find ways of balancing things out.

The past few days in Britain has seen a round of street parties, barbecues and other celebrations due the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now entitled the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Such events are not everyday happenings and the ceremonials were stunning to watch. I for one wish them a long and happy marriage. My guess is that Kate will now be popularly known to most people as Princess Kate whether protocol allows for it or not. I do find it sad that the rat pack which collectively go under the name of paparazzi seem determined to track them down on their honeymoon wherever and whenever that may be. I cannot help but feel how most of us would deeply resent hundreds of baying photographers camped on our doorstep during our honeymoon. I wonder how those photographers would also feel if the same happened to them?

It’s a pity there seems to no longer be any common boundary of decency between natural public interest and the invasion of privacy by the paparazzi in what can only be seen as their prey or victims. One has only to witness recent scenes of this faceless baying mob constantly hounding people like Lindsay Lohan, just waiting for her to pass wind in public before screaming probation violation that fills one with disgust. It was the same faceless rat pack that Princess Diana was trying to escape when her car crashed. It may be difficult but perhaps there should be laws to restore a balance of decency.

My property overlooks fields currently full of sheep. I find it quite amusing to see the antics of the new-born lambs. For about their first ten days of life they tend to cling close to their mothers. As they gain more confidence in their surroundings, the lambs tend to form gangs which then go racing around the fields. Although the lambs tend to all look the same, it is a common sight to see sheep nudge away a lamb which is not their own as they mistakenly try to suckle from her. The large flock of sheep are also constantly on the move with each sheep following the one in front. It is not that the flock are going anywhere in particular, it just seems that one follows the other so they are not left out. Perhaps they have copied the habit from watching mankind.

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