So the so-called Rapture predicted for May 21, 2011 came and went, and we’re all still here. Everyone knew nothing would happen, of course. Well, everyone except some hopelessly gullible Christians who literally believe anything they’re told. How fucking stupid do you have to be to think you’ll be magically swept into the sky someday? And not only that, but to believe some crazy old man’s prediction based on woo-woo numerology from the Bible — that speaks volumes about these idiots’ complete lack of common sense and critical thinking. People tend to throw those right out the window when it comes to religion.
Just look at how he arrived at this magical Rapture date. Does this look like it comes from a sane, rational mind?
- The number five equals “atonement”, the number ten equals “completeness”, and the number seventeen equals “heaven”
- Christ is said to have hung on the cross on April 1, 33 AD. The time between April 1, 33 AD and April 1, 2011 is 1,978 years
- If 1,978 is multiplied by 365.2422 days (the number of days in a solar, as distinct from lunar, year), the result is 722,449
- The time between April 1 and May 21 is 51 days
- 51 added to 722,449 is 722,500
- (5 × 10 × 17)2 or (atonement × completeness × heaven)2 also equals 722,500
Yep, sounds like perfectly reasonable to me! Nothing new-agey or mystical about that, nope. “I know it’s absolutely true, because the Bible is always absolutely true,” he said. Yeah, we can see that. *snort*
One thing I noticed what that a lot of people were trying to cash in on the Rapture. Most of it was fun and snark, but this site in particular challenges non-believers in a particularly profitable (for them) way. And I don’t think they’re joking, though I do wish they’d learn to spell “judgment” correctly.
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Anyway, what’s the fallout? Lots of disappointed
idiots Christians wandering around wondering if the Rapture didn’t happen or if they were simply left behind. Some great Rapture Bomb photos of empty clothes strewn about public places (mine is pictured here, in our San Francisco hotel room). Plenty of sniggering and joking about the whole moronic thing, which it deserves. But then there’s this:
Palmdale (KTLA) — A woman slit her daughters’ throats before slitting her own early Friday evening, claiming that “the Tribulation” was going to occur and she wanted to prevent them from suffering through it, officials said.
Lyn Benedetto, 47, reportedly told her daughters to lie on a bed and proceeded to take a knife to their throats.
The suspect then took the knife to her own throat before driving the victims to an unoccupied friend’s house to die.
How depressing. And what a comment on the power of religious hype! I don’t think Harold Camping should be held directly responsible for this — she does have free will, after all — but he’s definitely the one who planted the seed which destroyed this woman and her family. I don’t care if she was already a little crazy (which her friends don’t seem to think she was) — he said the Rapture was guaranteed to happen that day, he said there was no way it wouldn’t happen. This poor woman believed his outrageous claims, and look at the mess we have now. Sigh.
What a sick, fucked-up world we live in! I want to laugh it off and treat it as entertainment, like so much other shit in the world deserves, but there’s something so wrong about all this that I’m having a hard time processing how stupid people are. It shouldn’t be this way.