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What we'll miss if the world ends
May 19th, 2011
09:04 AM ET

What we'll miss if the world ends

If the doomsday folks are correct, there are at least two judgments we will miss – mainly who will be crowned the winners of "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars."

The clock is ticking toward May 21, which listeners of  Family Radio have marked as the Day of Rapture, when Christians will be caught up in the air to meet Jesus. The day will also, they say, be the start of a five-month Judgment Day and the end of the world as we know it.

If true, that would suck for so many reasons including the mass destruction and chaos which is sure to follow. But let's consider a few reasons why it would be a tragedy in the realm of pop culture.

Read the full of things CNN's Marquee Blog will miss if Doomsday is Saturday. 

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Muneef

    [10:93] We have endowed the Children of Israel with a position of honor, and blessed them with good provisions. Yet, they disputed when this knowledge came to them. Your Lord will judge them on the Day of Resurrection regarding everything they disputed.

    The Messenger's Doubt

    [10:94] If you have any doubt regarding what is revealed to you from your Lord, then ask those who read the previous scripture. Indeed, the truth has come to you from your Lord. Do not be with the doubters.

    [10:95] Nor shall you join those who rejected GOD's revelations, lest you be with the losers.

    [10:96] Surely, those condemned by a decree from your Lord cannot believe.

    [10:97] No matter what kind of proof you show them, (they cannot believe), until they see the painful retribution.

    Believing Nations Prosper
    [10:98] Any community that believes will surely be rewarded for believing. For example, the people of Jonah: when they believed, we relieved the humiliating retribution they had been suffering in this world, and we made them prosperous.

    [10:99] Had your Lord willed, all the people on earth would have believed. Do you want to force the people to become believers?

    The Disbelievers Blocked Out*

    [10:100] No soul can believe except in accordance with GOD's will. For He places a curse upon those who refuse to understand.

    [10:101] Say, "Look at all the signs in the heavens and the earth." All the proofs and all the warnings can never help people who decided to disbelieve.

    [10:102] Can they expect other than the fate of their counterparts in the past? Say, "Just wait, and, along with you, I am also waiting."

    Guaranteed Victory

    [10:103] We ultimately save our messengers and those who believe. It is our immutable law that we save the believers.

    [10:104] Say, "O people, if you have any doubt regarding my religion, I do not worship what you worship beside GOD. I worship GOD alone; the One who will terminate your lives. I am commanded to be a believer."

    [10:105] I was commanded: "Keep yourself devoted to the religion of monotheism; you shall not practice idol worship.

    [10:106] "You shall not worship beside GOD what possesses no power to benefit you or harm you. If you do, you will be a transgressor."

    All Power Belongs To God
    [10:107] If GOD touches you with a hardship, none can relieve it except He. And when He blesses you, no force can prevent His grace. He bestows it upon whomever He chooses from among His servants. He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful.

    [10:108] Proclaim: "O people, the truth has come to you herein from your Lord. Whoever is guided is guided for his own good. And whoever goes astray, goes astray to his own detriment. I am not a guardian over you."

    [10:109] Follow what is revealed to you, and be patient until GOD issues His judgment; He is the best judge.

    May 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  2. Mental1981

    "And in the last days, false prophets shall rise and they shall deceive many."

    If nothing else, for believers, the rise and disproof of these false prophets should seal their faith more than discourage them and lead them to doubt the doctrine as it is simply a matter of prophecy being fulfilled.

    But how long have there been such false prophecies? It seems like they have existed throughout history. And consider that this man knows the prophecy of false prophets and could have staged this in an masked attempt to convince believers of prophecies that they had already expected to be fulfilled but through him?

    In any case, a fervent believer would probably find this as a chance to reflect on their faith and the doctrine that they follow as there is something to be taken out of this.

    ****Keep an eye on Israel***

    May 21, 2011 at 2:40 am |
    • Kolya

      Well, I wish the prophets would sort themselves out because it's 10.10pm on the 21st May 2011 and still no sign... looks like tomorrow is going to be just another miserable, economically and politically discouraging day. Escape, perhaps, is not so easy.

      May 21, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  3. Muneef

    The Origin of Man

    [32:7] He is the One who perfected everything He created, and started the creation of the human from clay.

    [32:8] Then He continued his reproduction through a certain lowly liquid.

    [32:9] He shaped him and blew into him from His spirit. And He gave you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brains; rarely are you thankful.
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    [40:15] Possessor of the highest ranks, and Ruler of the whole dominion. He sends inspiration, bearing His commands, to whomever He chooses from among His servants, to warn about the Day of Summoning.

    [40:16] That is the day when everyone will be completely exposed; none of them will hide anything from GOD. To whom belongs all sovereignty on that day? To GOD, the One, the Supreme.

    Prepare for the Big Day

    [40:17] On that day, every soul will be requited for whatever it had earned. There will be no injustice on that day. GOD is most efficient in reckoning.

    No Intercession

    [40:18] Warn them about the imminent day, when the hearts will be terrified, and many will be remorseful. The transgressors will have no friend nor an intercessor to be obeyed.

    [40:19] He is fully aware of what the eyes cannot see, and everything that the minds conceal.
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    Equality of Men and Women
    [33:35] The submitting men, the submitting women, the believing men, the believing women, the obedient men, the obedient women, the truthful men, the truthful women, the steadfast men, the steadfast women, the reverent men, the reverent women, the charitable men, the charitable women, the fasting men, the fasting women, the chaste men, the chaste women, and the men who commemorate GOD frequently, and the commemorating women; GOD has prepared for them forgiveness and a great recompense.
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    [79:40] As for the one who reverenced the majesty of his Lord, and enjoined the self from sinful lusts.

    [79:41] Paradise will be the abode.
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    [89:27] As for you, O content soul.

    [89:28] Return to your Lord, pleased and pleasing.

    [89:29] Welcome into My servants.

    [89:30] Welcome into My Paradise.
    ----

    May 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  4. Believer

    One could only HOPE to be rescued from THIS world of disbelievers!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  5. omg!!

    HAROLD IS A FREAK????
    http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/articles/149270/20110520/may-21-2011-doomsday-harold-camping-christian-leaders-evangelicals-end-of-the-world-false-prophet-fr.htm

    May 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  6. Craig

    Historically, May 21 is the eve of Pentecost when churches began. The Jewish calendar and our calendar rarely align. They align this year. They last aligned in 1994. I was a doubter until I did my homework. People say familyradio missed the prediction in 1994?, the book, but it is stated on pages 494 and 495 that the more likely date of the return would be 2011. Reporters miss this fact. I researched their website at familyradio.com and reviewed the following 9 proofs. These combined point to May 21, 2011. They can’t all be a coincidence.
    1. The discovery of the exact year of Noah’s flood in 4990BC by subtracting backwards from King Solomon’s death in 931BC using information from the Bible (see Timeline).
    2. The discovery of the month and day of Noah’s flood (Genesis 7:11) – When translated, May 21 is the 2nd month and 17 day of that year (Iyar 17).
    3. Apostle Peter warns the true believers regarding Judgment Day, “a day to the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8).”
    4. God gave Noah a 7-day warning before He caused it to rain (Genesis 7:4).
    5. Combining Peter’s warning in proof #3 and God’s warning in proof #4, we have a total of 7,000 years. May 21, 2011 is exactly 7,000 years after proof #1, Noah’s flood. Use biblical rules – compare scripture with scripture (1Cor 2:13).
    6. The verbal description of a single event in two different ways is a style of speech described by Joseph, Jacob's son, as "doubling." Apostle Peter used this style unknowingly when describing Christ's return. Joseph defined the usage as he interpreted the Pharaoh's dream. The discovery of this comparison and its meaning reinforces that “God will shortly bring it to pass (Gen 41:32).”
    7. Finding God’s Jubilee year in view to find the tribulation period – Sept 7, 1994.
    8. How to find the beginning of the tribulation period, as described in Daniel’s first vision consisting of 2,300 days.
    9. From May 21, 1988 going forward 23 years, we land exactly on May21, 2011. The significance of the number 23.

    I’m glad Christ did not tell us when He was going to return. The disciples that Jesus took with Him to pray on the Mountain of Olives went to sleep each time He told them to stay awake and pray. As you know the story well in Matthew 26:37-44, Mark 14:33-41 and Luke 22:39-46, we probably would have done the same thing. Based on the disciples past actions, if Jesus had told them that He was not going to return for nearly 2,000 years, they would have procrastinated and not got the word of His life out as quickly as they did. If you think about it, the best way to get our kids to clean their room quickly is to tell them nothing of our return time. Unbelievably, this same technique works on adults. Who better to teach us this lesson than Christ (John 10:30 and John 14:8-10)? Give due diligence. Go to familyradio.com and research it. The 9 easy proofs can’t all be coincidence. Craig

    May 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Realilty

      "The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "litany of disillusion" about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

      May 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Realilty

      Mark 13:28-32

      28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it[a] is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

      The Day and Hour Unknown

      32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father

      Mark 13:28-32 = Matt 24:32-36 = Luke 21:29-33
      Another view of these passages: As per Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 92,

      Mark 13: 30, "The saying reflects a delay over the events of the end. By contrast, Jesus expected the final arrival of the kingdom of god in the immediate future. So the saying is certainly inauthentic.

      [31], "The saying comes from the community and is inauthentic

      May 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • Realilty

      Mark 14:32-42 = Matt 26:36-46 = Luke 22:39-46

      After thorough analyses, many contemporary NT scholars have concluded that "the historic value of these passages is nil". e.g. Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 98-99.

      May 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Realilty

      Was Pentecost an historical event or simply more myth concocted by Luke to gain members to the newest cult in town??

      e.g. Luke, the only gospel writer to note the Pentecost, started this tale in Luke 24:49 i.e. a single attestation and therefore historically unreliable.

      http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?ti-tle=479_The_Promised_Spirit

      May 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  7. Haysuse

    I got your rapture...RIGHT HERE!

    May 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  8. ur mom

    ok well if the world ends theirs nothing to fear and first of all no one can rilly tell when the world ends wether christian or not we were all created for a reason

    May 20, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Adelina

      Everyone needs Jesus, the Divine Savior, for salvation.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  9. Adelina

    Christians, please be ready to comfort this group on May 21. Don't accuse them or mock them with the rest of Americans. Any people can get carried away with anything for a time. Your unconditional love and relentless teaching of the truth is the only hope that is visible in this world. .

    May 20, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  10. who cares

    look to what the Christ said in is your answer with a warning Paul said to listen to him! Please I can be the best friend of good people or the worst enemy of controllers with which reason will you believe 1 or 2 or can a sales person rightfully sell sand to a thirsty man and say he is good? if you say no you are wrong because they do!

    May 20, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  11. Sarah Borthwick

    End of the world is Near visit http://sportsstreaming99.com/end-of-the-world-may-21st/05/2011 to get more info related to this...

    May 20, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  12. who cares

    it will end when i say it ends!
    not until who am I ?
    'That my friends is the right question!

    May 20, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • kjd

      the world will end when God wants it to end. no one knows when the world will end.
      only Christ himself knows. So leave that to Christ Jesus our lord an savior
      to determine

      May 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  13. hugo

    iill miss barcelona against man. u 😦

    May 20, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  14. Adelina

    @Q: If you could make your reply for me within 10 lines each time, I'd really appreciate it.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  15. Adelina

    @Q: I wrote extensively for you. Please read my letters on previous page.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:47 am |
  16. ChrisWrites

    The Irish Rapture – http://chriswrites.net/2011/05/20/rapture-this/

    May 20, 2011 at 6:45 am |
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