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March 6th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

A look at the ways the world could end

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Think you’ve got a prediction for when and how the world will end? Get in line.

A caravan of RVs is now touring the country to warn people about the end of the world (they say it will happen May 21), but they're hardly the first ones to embark on such a mission.

Throughout time, and across continents and belief systems, humankind has dished out enough end dates to fill a doomsday menu.

The backgrounds of the people who serve them up may differ, as might the details of what will unfold, but the general apocalyptic worldview is nothing original, says Lorenzo DiTommaso, an associate professor of religion at Concordia University in Montréal, Quebec and author of the forthcoming book, “The Architecture of Apocalypticism.”

“It’s a philosophy that explains time, space and human existence,” DiTommaso says. And by buying into this sort of outlook, a person can find comfort in a “comprehensive answer.”

Having studied apocalyptic movements for nearly 12 years, DiTommaso has strong opinions. He calls the apocalyptic worldview “adolescent” because it’s “a simplistic response to complex problems” and one that “places responsibility for solving these problems with someone else or somewhere else.”

As a result, there are dangers to this thinking, he says. Why care about protecting the environment, curing cancer or stopping poverty and violence against women, for example, if you believe it’s all going to end soon anyway?

The imminent doomsday date that’s gotten the most attention in recent years is the December 21, 2012, prediction gleaned from the Mayan “Long Count” calendar.

But not to be outdone by those pesky Mayans, there are some Christians who claim the Bible teaches that Judgment Day will come on May 21 of this year. They say those who are not saved in the Rapture will endure great suffering up until October 21, 2011, when the world will be kaput.

“There’s competition,” DiTommaso says. The Mayan calendar prediction “has gone global, and in the ecology of apocalypticism that’s the big tree right now. So the 2011 prediction has to fight for a bit of the sun. And the supreme irony is no matter how big the tree, it always gets cut down.”

Both predicted ends “will come and go – quote me on that,” DiTommaso says. “Unless the apocalypse we’re bringing on ourselves happens first, it’s not going to happen.”

Author and professor Lorenzo DiTommaso has studied apocalyptic movements for more than a decade.

Those who’ve dedicated the next few months to warning people about the May 21 date, however, hold that they understand what others – including, for instance, DiTommaso – fail to see. They accept the Bible as the undisputed word of God, and they find within the carefully studied scripture “infallible proofs” that the end is not only near but firmly scheduled, says Harold Camping, the force behind the Christian broadcasting ministry Family Radio and the biggest proponent of this doomsday date.

“What happens if nothing happens on May 21? I’m asked that question again and again,” Camping says. “It’s a question I don’t even entertain because it is going to happen. It is going to happen.”

So how do staunch believers, including those who quit jobs, bail on families and give away possessions in preparation for the end, bounce back if these fateful dates they think will bring massive destruction amount to just another ho-hum day?

Surprisingly, they don’t all feel duped, DiTommaso says. Some may fall away or slink off to something new, but when your worldview is apocalyptic in nature, a failed doomsday doesn’t leave you easily shaken, he says.

Instead, what religious people generally do, he says, is write off the end-that-wasn’t as an interpretation hiccup. With deeper study and prayer, they’ll be lucky enough to find another doomsday around the corner.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity • Death • End times • Faith • Jesus

soundoff (666 Responses)
  1. Gene

    From Harold's convoluted (to say the least) numerology:

    "The number 17 frequently signifies “Heaven.” For example, in Jeremiah God describes the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem by the king of Babylon. This was typifying the end of the church age, at which time Satan, typified by the king of Babylon destroying Jerusalem and Judah, would rule in the churches. In that seemingly hopeless context Jeremiah was instructed to buy a field for the purchase price of 17 shekels of silver..."

    What do you want to bet that, on May 22, he'll declare, "Oh, wait, heaven is signified by the number SIXteen! Oops, my mistake. Uh,...Never mind.

    Either that, or Camper is a closet atheist, having fun discrediting Christianity by failed end-time pronouncements.

    March 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  2. chris

    Actually, as long as it's a zombie apocolypse, I don't care when it happens.

    March 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Bob the Throb

      I personally would prefer the Wild Sorority Girls of Planet Playtex apocalypse

      March 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  3. Max Pargament

    All doomsday predictions thus far, have been wrong. Not worried about this one.

    Science>Religion. Always.

    March 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Anglican

      Actually, God greater than religion and science.

      March 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • TTnoy

      Science > religion > zombies > mans imagination > man > god

      March 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Anglican

      TTnoy. Are you a scientist? Have you published? Oh, your sequence is backward also.

      March 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • No One Is Safe

      then i'll fix it for him, anglican: god < man < man's imagination < zombies < religion < science

      HTH. HAND.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  4. Larry Hayworth

    I find many of the "morals and values" in the Bible are pretty inhuman.

    March 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Anglican

      Hard for me to imagine love of God and neighbor "inhuman"

      March 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Larry Hayworth

      Allow me to expand:

      "If ... no proof of the girl's virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father's house and there the men of the town shall stone her to death." (Deuteronomy 22:20-21)

      "I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life." (Luke 18:29-30)

      Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:18-21)

      "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death." (God speaking) (Exodus 21:17)

      "Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him." (Proverbs 22:15)

      "Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death." (Exodus 31:15)

      "Those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them–bring them here and kill them in front of me." (Jesus speaking) (Luke 19:26-27)

      And there's a whole lot more in the Old Testament, like the proper protocol for selling your daughter into slavery: “If a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do. 8“If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed."

      March 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Anglican

      Sorry, I am not Jewish, I am Christian. What are you?

      March 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Anglican

      Also, Luke 19 is from a parable about not doing the will of God. Parables have hidden meanings.

      March 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Larry Hayworth

      About half the quotes were from the New Testament, Anglican. Feel free to remove the Old Testament atrocities and focus only on the New Testament ones. Note Jesus himself made some of the quotes.

      Much of Christian morality is inhuman.

      March 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Anglican

      Must take these in their context. I do not own slaves, do you. This was two thousand years ago, not to say that slavery does not exist in many forms today. Leaving one's family is the ultimate step of radical faith in Christ. Many also believe this was a address to those who would not follow Christ's direction of nonviolence and take on the swords of Rome. Once again, one is to use their brain and soul when interpreting scripture.

      March 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Larry Hayworth

      Take these in their context? So if things change, the bible no longer applies? We conveniently get to forget that the Bible never condemns slavery, that it evens tell slaves to be obedient to even the cruelest owner?

      Leaving one's children for any reason, for Jesus or anything else, is inhuman – exactly my point. I could care less how some apologists interpret that.

      March 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Burned

      Anglican, did you know that your arguments are virtually the same as one coming from a Muslim? They also speak of context and all that when someone points to a passage in the Quran that states violence must be done to unbelievers. They are just squirming around and not wanting to admit the truth of what is written, saying it must be taken "in context" and that one "must read the passages before and after".
      Yet they will murder people using these passages as justification. As will your fellow christians when the opportunity arises. You are all liars, frauds, and hypocrites.

      March 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Maybe

      Anglican,

      "one is to use their brain and soul when interpreting scripture."

      Why the need for interpretation? Doesn't this "God" know how to write something that is perfectly clear to everyone... and not subject to misinterpretation?

      Is this some kind of evil treasure hunt... where "God" says, "guess what I really mean?" And to hell go those who guess wrong.

      Some very brainy and soulful people vehemently disagree on interpretations.

      March 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Anglican

      Burned. You do not know me. I am not a fraud, and I have never killed anyone. Who burned you anyway?
      Maybe. I have no problem reading the Bible and trying to determine what it means to and for me in 2011.
      Larry. Jesus spoke in parables which are stories with meanings. If you choose to read the Bible with a wooden heart, that is what you will get, a wooden interpretation which has no meaning for your life. Do not read it if you do not want read and learn from it.

      March 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  5. Billy Boy

    I guess I better make those vacation plans NOW!

    March 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  6. TTnoy

    Seriously?? Some people need to come to their senses.
    The simple fact that the bible was never written in English should be enough to show that its not accurate. How many inaccuracies occurred when the New and Old Testament were translated from Hebrew and Greek? Things are ALWAYS lost in translation. Guaranteed. No matter how much painstaking effort is done to ensure otherwise.
    For that reason alone, the bible should not be overly analyzed and each sentence dissected as some of those crazy ministers do.
    So to say that someone has 'deciphered' anything that will show what WILL happen is flawed. Man is flawed. Man wrote the bible.
    Take the bible for what it is. A) a good story, and B) morals and values that people should live their lives by.
    Anything more than that is ridiculous.

    March 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      I must disagree. I did not find the Bible to be a good story. I found it to be a collection of really dull stories, with some even duller commentary from Paul.

      March 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Gemini

      Sniffles - you need to read the books of Samuel, Kings, and Judges. Lotsa juicy depravity in there!

      March 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  7. Joyce

    These people who have given up everything they have to spread a lie around the country, have either never read the Bible or they read it and refuses to believe it. They should read Mark 13 :32 AND Matthew 24: 36 where the Bible makes it clear that Only God Knows the Day or The Hour. Not even God's Son Jesus Knows when Judgement Day will take place. So I am to assume God changed his mind and told a radio announcer to pick up a few nuts like himself and spread a lie around the country and around the world ? I DON'T THINK SO ! !

    Just as we don't know the day or hour to die, it is the same with Judgement Day.

    Even if May 21 had been the correct date set by God, I believe with certainly that God would change that date the moment a bunch of idiots discovered it and decided to spread and tell it around the country. God's way is not our way and I am so glad about that.

    I have no doubt that those people who are spreading judgement day gloom, will look like fools and liars on May 21, because it is not going to happen. My faith in God is deeper and stronger than my faith in a bunch of idiots who has rejected and refused to believe the word of God.

    March 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Reality

      Joyce,

      Many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professor JD Crossan and Professor Gerd Ludemann) after thorough analyses of Matt 24: 36 have concluded that the passage was not authentic. See for example Professor Ludemann's book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 92 and p. 232. You might also want to check your bible "thu-mpings" for authenticity.

      March 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  8. Fallowt

    How arrogant to think that in the 4 billion years of this planet's existence that it's end, in any way, would correspond with the virtual eye-blink that human beings have existed. To the Doomsayers: don't flatter yourselves, you're not that important in the scheme of things. We humans will more likely cause our own extinction, and all traces of us will disappear in time. The only thing left will be phantom radio and TV signals from Earth, traveling forever through the cosmos.

    March 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Anglican

      Fallowt. How arrogant to assume one knows all the answers to the universe.

      March 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Billy

      Where did Fallowt say he had all the answers?

      March 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  9. charbroil

    I think God needs to clean some of the crap off of this planet. It's gotten so stupid and confused. That even the confused people don't have a clue anymore. The sane people they say well if it happens we go on to a better place, who cares. This kind of witnessing can really wind up, a devil filled crazy person. Cause well they just might get it. See so there is no point stirring them up. Every time you mention the end. Your shooting fruit juice into a whaco that sends him over the edge. No telling what they might do.

    To tell you the truth it's gotten crazy you can't make sense out of what people are doing anymore. You can say to yourself well hey this is it. However trying to calm down people that are mentally disturbed to begin with isn't easy. Especially trying to get them to make sense in their unsound minds.

    March 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Billy

      Did that make sense to you?

      March 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Burned

      Made sense to me, but I would have written some of that very differently.

      March 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  10. GrandmaWI

    IT will come, but not yet. This has been predicted every few years and I'm 80 years old so don't hold your breath.

    March 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  11. Maybe

    "Understand that death is not a scarey thing to God."

    Then your "God" is not all-knowing, nor all-loving, as is claimed. If this were true, it would know that it scares us. What all-loving being would terrorize its creation?

    March 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • SadieSadie

      I do not fear death.

      March 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  12. Beasterdamas

    Sadly the world can't seem to find joy in it's own miracle, "Life"...The Doomsday theory is based on not enoughness and negative thinking...For those that think in that space, it is your negative output of energy entertaining a negative response from the Universe...History proves that religion of most kinds are fear based philosophies...You are an individual emanation of god living on this planet...In essence you are god...

    Try this formula...Take off your shoes and run down beach along the waters edge...A place like the silver strand in Coronado...Run for at least 4 miles...Finalize your run with a 100 yd sprint...After you catch your breath, find a place of solitude and get down on your knees and face the Sun and say: Thank you for my life, thank you for this opportunity to live and breath and exist, thank you for all the things, thank you for peace and love and all things good..Breathe in the air and the sun, and then you tell me that life, your life isn't a miracle...

    March 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Burned

      Okay, I am telling you that my life is not a miracle. Now what?

      March 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • tallulah13

      No miracle here, either. I'm here because my parents enjoyed s ex.

      March 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  13. k.

    Were they drunk?

    March 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  14. Guest 123

    Like the blind not being able see the beauty in a summer sunset ....does not mean that it isn't
    They just don't have the senses to experience it...likewise it is with God
    We as humans are limited by our physical senses. God is not in the physical.
    Like the wind....we can't see it......we can only see the effects of it
    and yet you believe in wind.
    And for alll of you with your " If God exsisted, why did He let 9-11 happen etc....etc...."
    Understand that death is not a scarey thing to God.
    The only way to the spiritual exsistence of God is by leaving the physical experience of man

    March 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Guest 123

      You need to leave the physical exsistence of man !!
      The sooner the better
      There....I said it for you !! ( My bad? )

      March 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Of course death would not be scary to the hypothetical Christian God – no one is threatening him with hell if he doesn't obey.

      March 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Maybe

      "Understand that death is not a scarey thing to God."

      Then your "God" is not all-knowing, nor all-loving, as is claimed. If this were true, it would know that it scares us. What all-loving being would terrorize its creation?

      (sorry, posted in the wrong place before)

      March 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Guest 123

      You said: " God is not in the physical. Like the wind....we can't see it......we can only see the effects of it
      and yet you believe in wind."

      Wind is measurable. We can tell its speed. We can tell its direction. We know that atmospheric pressure decreases on a windy day. As you pointed out, we can see and feel the effects of the wind. Man has experienced the wind for the last 130,00 0 years or so. Unlike the god(s), the wind has always been the wind.

      There is no evidence against the wind's existence. Lot's of measurable evidence in favor of its existence.
      Based on all of the above, yes I believe in the wind.

      So, let's have a look at god!

      Hmm... Actually, there is quite a bit of evidence that god does not exist.
      I think we can rule out god, in the same way we do Santa and his 8 tiny reindeer. Never actually proving there is no god, but close enough for arguments sake. A preponderance of the evidence if you will.

      One of the most compelling to me, is the fact that there are so many versions of god(s). Some, not even human (The elephant-faced god – Ganesha etc.). Each religion, each denomination of each religion, defines god's wants differently. All of these religions cannot be right. But they can all be wrong.
      Perhaps man has not yet found the one true god, or perhaps He does not exist.

      The Christian god is said to be: Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnibenevolent.

      Why would the Christian god leave room for confusion? If He exists, wouldn't He want everyone, or most everyone, to know He exists and is the one true god? There are many biblical verses that would say this is true.

      1. If God existed, this fact would be more obvious.
      So obvious in fact, that EVERYONE, or nearly everyone would believe in His existence. There would be only worshipers of the one true god.

      2. God's existence is not, in fact, as obvious as we would expect, if he existed.
      This fact is evidenced by all the different religions, plus us nasty atheists.

      3. Therefore, the Christian God does not exist.

      In the same vein as the above, notice how many denominations of Christianity there are (~ 38,000). Each denomination can show you scripture, that "proves" they understand the wants of Jesus/god.

      All of the denominations could not be correctly interpreting the bible. Many are contradictory.
      Many of these denominations believe only their members will be saved.

      If the Christian god exists, and He is all knowing and all powerful and all good, why didn't He provide a bible that could not be misinterpreted? That everyone's understanding of His wants would be the same?

      ambiguity – a word or expression that can be understood in two or more possible ways : an ambiguous word or expression

      1. If the Christian god exists, He would want everyone to know His wants, without ambiguity.
      People attempt to discover god's wants, by reading the bible.

      2. The bible god provided, is ambiguous.
      This fact is evidenced by there being 38,000 different denominations of Christianity.

      3. Therefore, the Christian god does not exist.

      Another reason to reject the idea of a god, is because there appears to be no need for one. Each hour of each day, science fills another gap in man's knowledge, that god once filled.
      We don't need to postulate what isn't necessary.

      If god so loves the world, why does he allow / cause so much suffering? Disease, famine, floods, earthquakes etc. ad infinitum, ad nauseum. ?

      I can explain the existence of these horrors as natural disasters, but my explanation fails when I include an all loving god in the equation. I keep getting a "divide by zero" error.

      1. If the Christian god is all good, He would want to rid the world of suffering / evil.

      2. If the Christian god is all powerful, He would be able to rid the world of suffering / evil.

      Yet, evil persists.

      Therefore, Either the Christian god does not care, or He does not exist.

      The Christian god is said to be all knowing and all powerful.

      If the Christian god is all knowing, if the future can be known, then even god would be bound by events in the future. Everything would be predetermined.

      1. If god, knows what will happen in the future, and does something else...then, He is not all knowing.

      2. If god knows the future and cannot change it, then He is not all powerful.

      3. The attributes attributed to the Christian god conflict with one another. The Christian god cannot exist.

      Evolution, with its evidence of transitional fossils, geological column, DNA evidence, vestigial organs etc., is very damning to the biblical Creation Story.

      If god created all the organisms on the planet, then He must have created even the germs that have caused and are causing so much death and suffering for humans and animals. He would have had to fashion the tick and the flea. The mosquito and the tapeworm. The worm that bores into a child's eye.

      How could an all good god do such a thing? Why would He spend His time creating gruesome things to cause human suffering? Yet, these horrors exist.

      Evolution explains the diversity of the planet's organisms, including the germs and the parasites that have caused so much human misery.

      If the Creation Story is not true, then there was no original sin.
      No original sin, then no need for a redeemer.
      No redeemer, then the Christians need a new heart throb.

      If the Creation story is a myth, then there is no reason to believe any of the bible. God is a myth.
      LOL, which is why the fundies fight so hard against evolution.

      If God created the Universe, which Christians say must have been created, then who or what created God?

      And finally, I can tell when the wind is present and when it is absent. With the wind, I can fly a kite! Cool my fevered brow! Watch the neighbors sheets flap and crackle with the gusts!

      Christians say god is present now. So, just for grins and giggles, let's pretend for a moment that god suddenly no longer existed.

      Let's speculate. What would the world look like if god, suddenly was gone?

      Would there be horrible diseases that caused death and suffering? Would there be wars? Crime? Hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes and famine? Parasites that maim and cause suffering?

      But wait! We have these things now! And god is said to be with us.

      I can tell when the wind is present and when it is absent. But, verily I say unto you, there is no difference between god with us, and god absent from us.

      You said: "Understand that death is not a scarey thing to God."

      Dude! Are you simple? If you had cancer, it would not be scary to me either. LOL

      Christians believe their god is eternal. He cannot die. Why would it be scary to Him?

      Christians say god is all good and all knowing. Because He is all knowing, He should know that death is very scary to humans. When someone we love dies, it causes us great sorrow.

      Because god is all good, He should feel empathy for our suffering.

      Your belief in god is pure delusion.

      Cheers!

      And for alll of you with your " If God exsisted, why did He let 9-11 happen etc....etc...."
      Understand that death is not a scarey thing to God.
      The only way to the spiritual exsistence of God is by leaving the physical experience of man

      March 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  15. Muneef

    Contribution of Islam to Civilization 
    http://www.slideshare.net/Islamiculture/contributions-of-islam-to-civilization-presentation-902720

    March 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  16. Mike

    Regardless of whether the end comes or doesn't, The point that end setting religions miss is that you need to love your neighbor NOW! Why wait to make a difference in the world. Any religion wanting you to quit your day job so that you can promote their message is trying to get free labor from the masses. It's better to live the religion of love. Jesus was not God, but a man who tried to make a difference in helping others. His life was not built around a date. To build anticipation around a date is satanic.

    March 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  17. Muneef

    Hudud (Penalties) in Contemporary Legal Discourse
    http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/3383/450554.html

    March 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  18. Eric Flickinger

    If you're really serious about studying this subject, there's no better website on the net than http://www.BibleProphecyTruth.com.

    No hype, no hysteria – just solid information on the subject presented in an eay-to-understand manner.

    Great for believers and skeptics alike.

    March 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  19. Brooklyn 11201

    All this negativity is from man. The creator is so beautiful and loving people would not even begin to understand.There's many things that are kept from us.There is nothing to fear from the creator.He gave us so many wonderful things around us but man's lies,media,money,toys,chemicals,words,work,and laws keep most people blind. Be honest with yourself, do you deep deep down inside wish eternal pain and suffering to a fellow human?, More or less a loving beautiful creator do that to us? We cannot love more than the creator and we can not even begin to understand the love he has for us.
    Someones Faith can be a very beautiful thing.Faith and a need to connect with a creator spiritually is a very beautiful thing.
    Man has been guided to use that against one another. Religion is so twisted there's different Faith's within faith's.The lies are so old they do not even realize that they are the children of lies.Death is Nothing at all to be afraid of.It is one of the most beautiful things in life.Man has that twisted.Why would a GOOD God give us free will, then DEMAND UNDER PENALTY of eternal torment, that we use that free will as he sees fit?
    The condition of the environment effects people. People say that in a bucket of crabs, when one crab tries to climb out of the bucket the other crabs pull him back down,However that does not happen at the beach.

    March 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Don

      There is no creator.

      March 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Brooklyn 11201

      You said: "The creator is so beautiful and loving people would not even begin to understand."

      Hmmm... God is loving.?

      It is said: "By your fruit you will be known."

      Let's look at the god of the Book's "fruit".

      God directly or at His insistence, murdered men, women and children including babies. Is this good? Is this loving?

      God killed every living thing on the face of the earth other than Noah and his family, because man was wicked. Afterwards, He decides He won't kill everything again, because man's heart is evil from his youth. Is this good? Is this loving?

      God had a man believe he was going to sacrifice his son to Him. Do you know how traumatic that would be for a father and his son?
      If you had the power would you do this? Would you be so insecure? Is this good? Is this loving?

      There was a man who loved God. God made a bet with Satan that even if the man were tortured, his Possessions taken, and his children killed, he would still love God and never curse Him. God won the bet.
      Would you do that? Would you kill a man's children for a bet? Is this good? Is this loving?

      God sent a bear to kill a group of children, because they had teased one of His prophets.
      Did the children deserve to die, because they teased a bald man? Is this good? Is this loving?

      God allowed a man to sacrifice his daughter to Him, for giving the man a victory in battle. Human sacrifice! Is this good? Is this loving?

      God created a place He can send people to be burned for all eternity. How could a loving god do this?
      Show me the sin that warrants a person being burned for all eternity? Would this loving god cause your skin to grow back, so you can feel it burning off again and again – forever?

      If a puppy wet on the floor, would you hold it over a burner? Even for a second?

      Show me the sin that warrants a person being burned for all eternity.

      Jesus had this to say:
      Matthew 7:17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
      Luke 6:43 "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.

      A good god can't do evil things!

      So, your loving god is very unlikely, based on His past actions.

      Cheers!

      March 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Sally

      David Johnson:

      I think you are missing Brooklyn's point. I believe he/she is saying that they believe in a God, but not the Biblical one. I understand their position because I am like minded.

      In that case, quoting the bible is of no use because people like myself dismiss the bible as a collection of fables designed to explain the unexplainable. I don't buy 90 % of the crap in it.

      March 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  20. Guest 123

    Anger against God does not make God to not exist
    Don't confuse God with religion

    March 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Faith doesn't make god exist. Don't confuse belief with proof.

      March 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
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