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Your Take: Is it the end of the world as we know it?
Some Christians believe Judgment Day is just around the corner. Their job is to warn the people.
March 8th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

Your Take: Is it the end of the world as we know it?

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Note to self: When writing about the End, expect no end of comments.

On Sunday we published “Road trip to the end of the world,” about a group that’s traveling by RV to spread a May 21 doomsday warning. You’ve posted about 10,000 comments on the story. And that doesn’t touch your responses to a sidebar, in which we took you on a historical journey called “Doomsdays throughout time.”

There’s no way to condense the opinions of all of you who expressed them, but here are some of the themes that seemed to emerge.

Doom and gloom has never been so fun

Plenty of you responded with humor, grateful for the news that will let you max out credit cards, avoid summer lawn mowing and forget about studying for final exams.

Some bemoaned the fact that plans you'd looked forward to would be canceled, like JohnDoee who said:

I just booked a vacation to Mexico starting May 21st. Wonder if my trip insurance covers end of the world.

Others invoked a certain headline-grabbing celeb, saying you’d put his antics to shame. Said GQPulbic:

If I knew with absolute certainly the world was ending in three months I would make Charlie Sheen look like a choir boy. Nothing would be off limits.

Still others decided to use the space as a virtual Craigslist of sorts, a venue to snag belongings that have been left behind. Wrote PL90210:

My wife and I are looking for a swingset for our daughter. If any of you have a swingset and feel your family has more important things to do between now and May 21st and wouldn't mind us having it, could you reply back and we can set something up?

No laughing matter

What you read also worried you. You expressed concerns about potential violence and mass suicide, and some even worried that these faithful RV travelers might be “terrorists.” Said Buddesatva:

These folks are mentally unbalanced. The kindest thing that we can do for them is get all of them into a program and I would stongly advise taking the children away. This thing smacks of a suicide cult. Whenever people start talking in superlatives and absolutes, you know that you have a psychosis in the works. The state needs to intervene now before people, specifically children end up getting hurt.

More than anything, those expressing such concern pointed to children who are not only being exposed to these teachings but are actually out there spreading the word, too. We introduced you to one young girl, Arianna, and learning about her got SpaceyG, who quoted part of the story, going:

Not harming innocent people in this, eh? 'It scares me a little bit because some people are going to die, and I think I'm one of them,' she adds. 'I'm trying to do good things, but I'm afraid I'm doing something bad.' Arianna is 7, after all, and being good all the time cannot be easy. Her father stands next to her, nodding his approval. Bless her frightened little heart. I hope she finds a good lawyer on May 22 to sue for punitive emotional damages.

To believe or not to believe

The story drew in many believers, though your beliefs differ, as well as those of you who dismiss religion altogether.

Summing up his (or her) anger was the aptly named AngryAtheist:

All religions are a disease. There's no way we can advance as a people when we all believe in gods that do absolutely nothing to prove an existence. You're taught from an early age when your parents forced you to go to church to learn fairy tales. Open your sheep minds… That fairy tale book called the bible was written by those in power to keep the power, to control the masses, and to gain wealth. There isn't a god, nor was there ever one.

But these sort of responses had plenty of faithful readers fighting back. Some voiced that you, too, believe the end is near, but unlike this group of travelers you refuse to nail down a date. Hundreds threw out scripture, reminding us that “No man will know the day or hour,” and that Jesus will return “like a thief in the night.” Said SBack89: 

Jesus actually states in the Bible, 'Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. But about the day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.' (Matthew 24:35-36). So as Christ says, He has not even been told by His Father in heaven as to when exactly the world will end. So this group of people are going directly against the Bible, the true word of God.

What’s next?

Countless readers wondered what these doomsday travelers will do when they wake up on May 22 and nothing has changed.

Chilcat: "I Reeeeealy hope CNN will do a story on the poor deluded folks on May 22nd." In a quick response, we heard from Wzrd1: "One can wish. But, given CNN's attention span, or lack thereof, they won't. : ( "

Oh, Wzrd1, ye of little faith ...

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Belief • Bible

soundoff (1,121 Responses)
  1. kamana

    If someone had been keeping count of the numbers of 'end-of-the-world' predictions that have been made it would have totaled into the millions, if not billions. Hundreds of millions of years ago the Ancient Human Female (AHF) explained how our species, the human race, would cause the planet to be bereft of vegetation by cutting down all the trees thus causing the winds to blow the earth's topsoil into the ocean until there would be no topsoil left for plants to grow in which would lead to the extermination of all the larger animals now on the planet. Now known as the 'End of Days' prophecy, the AHF did not, at any time, ever mention any super-natural event occurring; no angels or gods coming down from above; no dead rising up into heaven; no 'meek-shall-inherit-the-earth'; no nothing! The planet would just continue to rotate around the sun and life would begin again except that there would be no large animals on the planet.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  2. Basil

    Every person and every group that has made a prediction about the end of the world have one thing in common... They have been wrong. Some people just can't learn from history.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  3. PAUL

    Dooms dayers are people that read thier bible and many understands a lot , but there is very much they do not understand, some are attention getters, the lord said that the hour or day knows no man only the father that is in heaven, what does that say about those people, they do not know what they are talking about, to understand the bible most of the early people were un educated, so the prophets used symbols and illistrations of things they understood to get accross to them , that if they lived peacefull, respectable amongst thier friends , families , nieghbours that it was rewarding, they sought to instill in early man a sense of responsibility, jesus and the apostles were very loveing ,kind , compassionate people, they used parables , illistrations, symbols to teach early humans a sense of pride and accomplishment, and that at the end of thier days would be rewarded, it was something early christians could and still look forward too, all the best we all can make a effort not to say things untruthfull to scare other people and children , rest assured that thier prophesied date will come and go.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  4. I_BELIEVE_IT

    Please grab a headphone and listen to the audio on this web-page. It will explain EVERYTHING about this May 21 2011 date...
    "Its not going to be pretty" regardless of the outcome on May 21... but regardless... I hope you find Him...

    http://ebiblefellowship.com/may21/

    March 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  5. bxgrrl

    I think it was the Buddha who said nothing lasts.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  6. JuanT

    By sayin that world is gonna end on May 21, 2011 is totally going against the Holy Word that this so called country have lied sayin that it believe in GOD which we all do. First, let me adress the atheist who doubt everything that not about them and their stupidity explain how do we wake up each morning after we laid our head to rest or how are babies are actually created beside the action of a man and woman.Or a more better question if there is no GOD in which there IS how is everything living on this earth.The Bible says the fool said in his heart their is no GOD and that no one could do good not one .Basically these people want this world to end so their misery could end so they could find peace.But to speak blasphamy against the Holy Word of God is just evil and wrong on every level that you could think of.I tell them this that say the world is goiin to end in May 21,2011 read the Holy Bible and get your facts straight before open your mouth about something you don't know same thing goes for atheist as well.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Stuart

      Reading the Bible for facts? And you think Athiests are crazy?

      March 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Mejh

      Am I the only one having problems reading some of these post? The grammer and spelling is terrible. I can't understand anything you are trying to say, both literally and figuratively.

      March 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      JuanT, by the questions you've asked, I suggest you take some biology classes. The bible is far from facts.

      March 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  7. David

    What will "The man in the sky" have to do anymore one the world comes to an end on May 21,2011? Also, it was not made clear if we get olympic sized swimming pools with our mansions that we get when we die.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  8. adron

    If I live to see May 21, I can safely say that, that is the one day that there is a very low possibility that the Lord will return. May be before then, maybe after, but not that day, God wouldn’t want to be punked like that. 🙂

    March 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  9. Golem

    It is not possible that the end of the world will occur on May 21, 2011 because we all know that the end comes, as determined by the Mayans, in December 2012 (and I've seen the movie). I deeply resent this unwarranted, rascist attack on the Mayans not to mention the impact it might have on Nostrodamus.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  10. The Last Noel

    OK, let me get this straight... it says clearly in their bible that "...But about the day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." ...Yet these idiots, (and many other idiots throughout history) claim and have claimed they know the date and time. How do they reconcile this in their little pea brains? The stupidity of humans can be so extreme.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  11. JAdams1776

    How did all the people who lived before Christ was born get to heaven?

    March 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      the fundy answer you would expect is that they were grandfathered into heaven.
      lets think about it this way -> so the early humans came out of africa about 200k years ago (this implies adam and eve is a myth). The early humans were eaten by predatory animals, their lifespan being 25 yrs, dying painful deaths. women at that time probably died at childbirth. and they were left to fend for themselves. Now get this, the christian god sat up in the heavens for 198k years watching all this happen, and then said 'wait a minute, i will sacrifice my son to save you. when my son dies for your sins everyone will be forgiven and grandfathered in'. now what kind of god would do this? allow people to suffer for 198k years and then instead of saving them, comes up with a convoluted plan to kill his son to save them. YES makes sense to me!

      March 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  12. Bobbb

    Your Take: Is it the end of the world as we know it? Could we really get that lucky?

    March 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  13. Brad

    it is funny how everyone keeps saying this but the truth is as it says in the bible "no man will know the hour or day"! now quit freaking out everyone and causing distress.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  14. JAdams1776

    Armageddon outta here.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Sean

      That joke si pretty stupid.....and funny. This whole thing is ridiculous. Bruce can't save us this time.

      March 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  15. Jez

    This guy has said the world was going to end before and it didn't happen. Really amazing how anyone can follow him. And yeah it does seem like a dangerous cult. Those kids are too young they don't need to have to think on death and the end. Where is the local social workers? These kids needs to be taken away from that man.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • loves to laugh

      You know what they say. If you keep saying something is going to happen, eventually it will. He is just waiting for his time to be right. Hopefully, it won't be during his lifetime or anyone elses that can read this comment.

      March 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  16. Lawyer

    Arianna,

    Call me on May 22nd. 1(800) 468-6435. (1800 gotohel)

    March 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  17. Billy

    Oh, and about these possible fanatics and taking away their Children. By all means keep an eye on them first! Make sure they are not buying poisons or planning anything evil that day. However, Christians will understand this statement. Maybe they are using the publics attention to all the movies about the end of the Mayan Calendar to Do Some Fishing for Jesus.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  18. Terry

    I have heard the world was going to end for my entire life. Also heard California was going to slip into the ocean and I still live her 50 years later. Sure it will end one day. I should be dead by then and not really too concerned with it. It would really be nice if these religous nut jobs would just go play by themselves somewhere nice.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  19. JAdams1776

    All I know is that if May 21 is the end of the world, I'm going to be standing there saying, "Well... I'll be damned."

    March 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Red

      Don't exhaust the comments with a re-tweet, Mr. Giamani, we got you the first time and yes, it was good.

      March 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • JAdams1776

      Yeah... fair enough Red.

      March 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Red

      Sorry, that little outburst was perhaps inappropriate. Let me attempt to amend that by saying, it wasn't just good, Paul, it was great and I laughed out loud at my desk.

      March 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  20. BUBBLES

    They are not Christians if they profess to know what day the Rapture will take place.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • JAdams1776

      *chuckle* The "rapture" wasn't even part of Christian dogma until the mid 18th century.

      March 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Red

      Technically a Christian can be someone who professes to one or more of the creeds...you don't even have to have read the Bible...so yes, yes they are

      March 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Another Larry

      One could equally say you aren't a Christian if you judge what's in other people's hearts.

      March 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Red

      Larry...nice

      March 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
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