As I begin to write this, it is 0020 hours (that's 12:20 A.M. in civilian time), and apparently the rapture is going to happen sometime around 1800 hours (6:00 P.M.) today, central time. As a self-professed Roman Catholic, I do not deny that I indeed believe that Jesus will return one day, and when He does we will see things the likes of which we never imagined in our wildest dreams.
. . . but today? Seriously?
I personally have a really hard time accepting all of this May 21st end of the world propaganda. For starters, the guy that predicted this has already made a wrong prediction back in '94, then said his math was wrong and re-predicted for today. If it sounds familiar, it's because it has happened before . . . on more than one occasion, and with more than one guy. To presume to know the will of the Lord is just downright arrogant in my opinion, and this guy thinks he even has it down to the hour things will happen.
Because the Lord operates on Central time, right? Uh huh.
I wonder if this guy realizes that, by the time 1800 hours rolls around, it will be the 22nd of May in the Holy Land, where Jesus lived and died. Of course, I doubt he does, but that isn't what concerns me.
What concerns me are the people who are going to (or have already) sold all of their things (i.e. house, car, etc.) in anticipation of this event. I know a lot of people have taken the "serves them right for being so foolish" approach, but I for one am actually concerned for these people. When the big moment hits and nothing happens . . . they're going to be out of a home, a job, and basically left with nothing. That isn't poetic justice, it's unfortunate.
And if you are the religious type and have gotten yourself all worked up worrying that the world is going to end tomorrow, I urge you to contemplate this: "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." (Peter 3:10)
Basically, it means this: we have no way of knowing when the world will end. To predict the will of God is downright hubris, therefore all one can do is continue to live their life to the fullest and best of their ability, and put their faith in Him.
Just to clarify, I am in no way trying to push religious beliefs on anyone here in the blog section, merely trying to provide a rational approach to all this end of the world hype from the perspective of a believer. Please spare me your anti-religious comments, as I have no interest in debating with any of you.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you all enjoy your rapture-free weekend.