Friday, May 13, 2011

Christians Living At Odds With Reality

Hoo boy. Here we go-did you ever notice that Christians aren't perfect? We are mere sinners saved by Grace.
I can assure you that Christians still mess up, get things wrong, may have mental health/emotional/physical issues just like the rest of humanity.
Harold Camping (pictured above on right-just kidding) has determined that God will bring JUDGEMENT DAY.
I agree!
On May 21, 2011.
...uhhh...hold it Harold-you just lost me.
So, why this post?
I've read fanatical statements made by adherents to this belief. They are rock solid certain that Camping is right.
They are not only betting the farm, but their entire lives on the idea that they are going to be Raptured, taken up by God on that date. For them, there is no May 22, 2011-that's when the Tribulations start.
A few important things to consider:
The Chicago Cubs will be playing the Red Sox that weekend, in Boston for the first time in nearly 100 years.
I am hosting a multi-family rummage sale. I haven't bought the balloons yet, but...
Camping first announced this event as happening a few years ago-when it didn't happen, he explained that he hadn't finished researching the book of Jeremiah yet, so his numbers were wrong.
No, Harold-YOU are wrong. Knowledge (without wisdom) puffs up, and makes us think more of ourselves than we should. If you were the Bible scholar your conceit tells you that you are, you wouldn't be making crazy claims of special knowledge-that the gnostics department.
Unless the Lord DOES actually choose that date to bring us up into will be bringing ridicule to the name of Christ. Your ego will probably make you fluster and bluster and make excuses, but that's all right-we're all human. That's what we do.
I only wish that you hadn't convinced so many good Christians that you were right. Pride goes before a fall, God humbles us for our own good. They will be fine, and will have learned a good lesson about false teachings and teachers.


Doug said...

Kenny Chesney has it wrong. He sings, "Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to go now."
I would love to be in Heaven right now. I would leave this moment if God wanted me there.
If we were taken up, and the Tribulation were to begin, it would be the most horrible time imaginable...but it would be Just.
And it would mean that no future generations would be in danger of going to hell-with Christ ruling from Jerusalem there would be Peace and order all though the world. Who wouldn't love that?

Doug said...

By the bye-I would LOVE to be in the stands of Fenway the weekend of the 21st...but it isn't going to happen. I will be watching on the biggish screen.

Lucia said...

Once again I agree with you, Doug. Really, you have to stop this.

But then, back to normal, I disagree with you. I think the only name to which Harold Camping is bringing ridicule is... Harold Camping. Most of us heathen know quite well that this isn't Christian doctrine. (Most heathen think Judgment Day won't come on any other day either, but that's beside the point.)

Doug said...

The Rummage was successful, more successful than Camping's prediction.
As I wrote in the post, Christians are simply people, and Salvation does not automatically clear away any physical/mental/emotional sicknesses. I know Christians who suffer from debilitating mental illnesses. I know Christians who are in very rough shape physically, and also some with emotional problems.
But this world and all that we suffer while here are temporary. Eternity will be much different, for both the saved and the unsaved, and while it is a Blessing to know that I will be in Heaven, it is beyond hurtful to know hat some of my family and friends will not be there, will instead be suffering.
My prayer to God is a petition asking Him to extend His Grace to those I care about who are not yet saved. If you're reading this, you are probably on my list.