“Hooray! Hooray! The end of the world has been postponed!”
~~ Hergé, The Shooting Star
“Don’t wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.”
~~ Roger Zelazny, Prince of Chaos
So another Christian group predicted the end of the world.
It was supposed to be yesterday.
Apparently some group called the eBible Fellowship, an online religious affiliation located near Philadelphia decided, uncategorically that the world was yesterday, and that it would be by fire.
I am so grateful that I am sitting here typing this and that once more, predictions of the end of the world was greatly exaggerated.
Chris McCann, the leader and founder of the fellowship, stated that, “According to what the Bible is presenting it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of: in which, the world will pass away.”
They were wrong.
Interesting that he has any followers all considering that that their last claim was that the world would end on May 21st, 2011.
The world was also supposed to end during the blood moon/total eclipse.
In 1528 a man named Hans Hunt predicted the world would end on May 27th.
Cotton Mather said it would happen in 1716.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, predicted the Millennium would begin in 1836.
Herbert W. Armstrong, the founder of the Worldwide Church of God, told the members of his church that the Rapture would happen in 1936 and that only the members would be saved. When his prediction was wrong, he changed it three different times.
John Gribbin and Stephen Plagemann published a book in 1974 called The Jupiter Effect. In it they stated that planets aligning and their combined gravitational effects would cause all kinds of disasters including a great earthquake along the San Andreas Fault.
Lee Jang Rim, who led the Dami Mission church, said the Rapture would take place October 28th 1992..
And remember their were supposed to be all kinds of disasters at the turn of the millennium as well, including possibly the end of the world.
Or how about the huge scare with the ending of the Mayan Calendar?
Why are so many people interested, no, fascinated with the end of the world?
Look at the gluttony of movies: the various War of the Worlds movies, The Rapture, Deep Impact, Armageddon, Left Behind, World War Z, 12 Monkeys and so many others.
Why aren’t we focusing on saving the world?
Thoughts Become Things.
I say we forget worrying about the end times and instead spend our energy on creating a new world.
The Berlin Wall fell. The Cold War ended. All kinds of laws are passing to protect rights. Same-sex marriage is now legal. And I’ve barely scratched the surface. There is so very much more.
And for those who do believe in the Rapture? Please remember this: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:36)
If anyone could predict when the Rapture would occur, then this verse is wrong.
Please, please let’s stop worrying about the end of the world and see what we can do instead about creating a new and wonderful world.
Let’s help our fellow man. Start by holding open a door. Helping a sick neighbor. Vote for the candidate isn’t trying control what a woman does with her body or who doesn’t want war.
In the meantime I am very grateful that the world didn’t end yesterday. I have to get Winter Heart, the last of the Seasons of Love books out. And I haven’t met the Dalai Lama. Or Bette Midler or Lady Gaga.
I have things to do.
And I plan on doing them.