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.

One Response

  1. Hello Mick I did comment on your other page in reply to you and apologised for not answering sooner relating to scientists, life etc.I like to comment on these issues raised in your muses, so if you see odd comments popping up,it’s just that I find these observations interesting. (my typing is not so good at times especially when I read back what I’ve written) But writing on a computer is so much better than writing by hand, I wonder how on earth we ever managed without these inventions.
    Regards religion throughout the ages, yes there have been some barbaric atrocities perpetrated in the name of religion, which puts people off the Church and religion in general. But a lot of that was due to corrupt popes and things like that. If you look back over the history of this country there are things that happened that you wouldn’t countenance today. It seems a lot of countries went through this kind of thing, a sort of “baptism by fire” if you like, the middle Ages especially. It seems at least now people are a bit more educated, than say, then, but there are still a lot of wars and troubles going on all over the place and religion has an awful lot to do with it.
    On another note, this business of people saying Our Lord’s return is going to be on such and such a date is erroneous as Jesus himself said that no-one knows the day or the hour, but to watch the signs of the times, and as the world is in such a mess, well it makes you wonder, as a lot of prophecies in the scriptures are coming true. but I don’t think people should try and put a date on it, as this can be misleading. A lot of people interpret the Bible as they see fit, this applies to a lot of religious organizations, such as the Jehovah’s witnesses, and they try to indoctrinate people into
    their beliefs, which is wrong. In fact a lot of it is what some individual dreamed up and doesn’t harmonise with the Bible at all.
    What you said about Jesus coming back, that people would try and crucify him again, is quite relevant. If He came in any age He would be treated exactly the same, its true. I agree with that. Human nature will always be human nature, no matter what, its just that we consider ourselves to be more civilised than our forebears. But, fundamentally, we haven’t changed. We have never learned how to live in peace with one another, and yet we can put a man on the moon and all sorts of marvels. I honestly think that when Our lord returns it would be treated as if we were being invaded from space, in the sense that people would think we are under attack from aliens and try and fight what is seen as an invasion. there has been so much in recent years about UFO’s and other planets and mysteries associated with Outer Space, it seems logical that this is how it would be seen.
    there will always be hysteria over the End of the World, and odd people making something out of it, doom-mongers, etc. and over eager evangelists. the truth is, we don’t know when it will occur, but we just have to keep our eyes open. I think most of us would like to live in a world free of the troubles it has now

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