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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. Thee Day

    Encouraging to see other true believers in this discussion sounding the alarm with biblical understanding. We as the Elect of
    God do not think we are better than anyone else...to the contrary, were it not for God's perfect salvation plan, no one, not one human soul (we are ALL born as dead souls, spiritually speaking, into this life) could gain eternal life without His Son who exhibited the ultimate love for His own. It is only by God's grace and mercy that we have any special insight but that given by God to us through His Sovereign Word and mighty love.

    "Skeptic No More" is someone who exemplifies what humility can do as they approach God and beg for His mercy...an open heart, a humble heart is pleasing to God.

    I encourage anyone to visit this website, noted below, to access the resources to study and that clearly outline what God has established since the beginning and is now revealing to us in our day. Rejoice! There is still time for some to be saved. http://historyishisstory.org

    March 10, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  2. Sceptic No More

    I also used to believe that God was created by man to control society...but then out of nowhere my understanding changed. I do believe that May 21, 2011 is the end. Those who say Jesus is coming as a thief in the night are correct. Fortunately, the story doesn't end there though. He comes as a thief for those who are not watching. We aren't warning people so that they will believe necessarily. We are warning people so when it happens there will be no question that that bible was ultimately very true all along.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • I_BELIEVE_IT

      Problem is, brother Camping has been wrong before... terribly wrong, on a previous date he set as Judgment Day...

      I'lm the kind of person who hears a fire alarm and starts making my way to the door... If someone is sounding the alarm, I'll pay heed regardless because "it's better to be safe than sorry"

      March 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  3. Taron

    real talk da world is nt ending its just the start of a new world order. Illuminati is taking OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its all real jay z kanye everybody including BARACK.!!!!!! HOLLA @ ME CUZ! TDIZZLE OUT DIS!!!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  4. Bert

    Prove to me the bible is real

    March 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • Taron

      TRUE SHYT CUZ!!!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Luci

      Prove to us that you have a brain – really. We can't see it, smell it, taste it. Prove that you have one. You can't. You can only show the effects of having one. Well friend, there is no creation or creatures (of which you are one) without a CREATOR. Also, go through Jewish history. God promised that they would never be destroyed as a people. They have been scattered to the 4 winds, as He stated, and are now returning, as He stated, into a nation that was destroyed, as He stated, and recreated, as He stated. And – before you say, that was written AFTER the fact. No, this was all prophesied long before Jesus came as the Messiah. The Septuagint was written 300 years prior to His birth. So, have you met any Hivites, Kenites, Jebusites, Amalakites Amorites? No, well, there are Israelites still all over this planet. Don't believe in God? Then run the statistics on any people group who was able to remain a distinct people after being removed from their country and their language taken away as their mother tongue. There are none – just look at Black Americans and their experience with slavery. There is NO people on this rock like the Jewish people. They are indestructible as a people. By the way, the ONLY God is the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There is none like Him. None above Him, below Him, beside Him. HE alone is God. 😉 I think I've answered you. LOL

      March 9, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      The Bible in itself is the proof that God exists, and Jesus Christ already came, proved that He is God come in the flesh.. He has done what no human being ever did, even raised people from the dead, which no other human being ever did, Then when He was crucified by the mob, God, His Farther rraised Him from the dead, because grave couldn't hold Him. What else will He have to do to prove that He is who He said He is ? And you say , prove ti? But it is because the sin and darkness that's in people 's hearts that they refuse to believe in Him!

      March 10, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      Yes, Lucy,
      He is the ONLY God , the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There is none like Him. None above Him, below Him, beside Him. HE alone is God, who lives and reigns forever. And He will come, and establish His kingdom on Earth, an everlasting kingdom, where truth, righteousness and justice will reign, and He will be our God, and we will be His people! Blessed be the Name of our God, forever and ever. Let all creation proclaim His glory, and His beloved people speak of His Majesty! Hallelujah! Glory to the most high God!

      March 10, 2011 at 12:44 am |
  5. Riligulous

    It's so amusing that the EXTREME believers in their faith are so certain that they are right...
    It is amusing because for example.. If this same person grew up in a different country, with a different religion they would feel just as strongly about their religious beliefs but it would be a different religion. Therefore because of this, they would believe that anyone that is the religion that they currently practice were going to go to hell! Religion.... Root of all Evil

    March 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  6. Joe

    Oh and there will be no more room in hell so the dead will walk the earth...

    March 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  7. Joe

    Yeah the world will end in 2012. Skynet will become self-aware...seriously, get a life.

    March 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  8. Aaron

    so whats the event about and can i get tickets? whos starring in it?

    March 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  9. Bud in NC

    Do you really believe that thousands of years ago, god talked to men sitting in caves lit by a flame from camel dung about heaven and hell and good and evil and proficies for the future? We call it the "bible"

    Hey if you saw your neighbor walking out of his house with his son with his hands tied, and you asked him what was going on, and he said god told him to bring his son up on the mountain and kill him as a sacrifice, what would you do? Call 911 right away and tell him you neighbor is sick, sick sick. Look up the story of Abraham. All these people in the bible are delusional and so are the people who believe this stuff. Come on people, use your brains.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • Aaron

      im using only A 10TH OF MY BRAIN

      March 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Have you ever thought that maybe God's thoughts are not as your thoughts and His ways as your ways, and as high as the heavens are from the earth, so are His thoughts higher then the thoughts of men(kind)? In fact, that's exactly what He said long ago, and His truth remains, though the times pass even to eternity....

      Do you think that the man today, arrayed in all his achievements is any better then those who struggled to live of the land, endured dire conditions, and never tasted of the glitz and glory of present age? That's a very shallow thinking, friend, if you do!

      God looks at the heart of man, and not at his achievements. Have you ever thought why through all the ages past, although there were many brilliant people living through those times, none ever could advance the knowledge of mankind to the point we're now? They were no dumber then we are today, but God's plan was to reserve the advancement of mankind for His purposes, to fulfill His plans, and HE prevented the knowledge from advancing, till God's time was fulfiled, and He allowed it to come to pass.

      Man is just a little puny amount in the site of Almighty God, friend! And yet, today's man has become so exalted in imagination of his heart, that he thinks he is God, and therewith he declared his independence from his creator... Yet, never in it"s existence man(kind) has been so depraved and given over to the sins, and evil of his heart .
      Like I stated before, who ever don't see that fact, has not lived in reality ... And you as many here, go about throwing your careless words, like the court jesters of old times, hoping to impress, and get some laughs? The joke is on you, friends, I do hope you'll wake up and see reality!

      March 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  10. John

    First off, EVERYTHING comes to an end.. no matter what it is.. Our earth will die when the sun approaches its end of life in 5 billion years time.. our galaxy will be no longer the same once Andromeda reaches us.. Some scientists speculate that even the Universe may have a cycle... nothing is forever not even time!..

    Case closed.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  11. bvilleyellowdog

    If you are plannig to leave soon please send me your stuff.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  12. Robert Landbeck

    If such an event ever does take place in our lifetimes, the 'Apocalypse' that the religious promise will rain down on the rest of us is much more likely to land on their own heads first, hard and heavy!

    Christian history is all theological. A human intellectual construct, attempting to know the mind of God without that mind being revealed by God and has been in perpetual disagreement for all of its' history. Thus unlikely to have anything to do something called truth or God. No more than the intellectual pretensions, vain imagination, the folly and empty hopes of a self ordained priesthood. But I suppose it's good to have an occasional example of what is really false, just in case something true actually even happens!

    The bottom line is that if a second coming should take place in any form, what must be among the first priorities for such personage will be to expose those theological claims which are false, but as all is 'theological', such a person might very well 'reveal' a message at odds with all existing orthodoxy? Rapture could quickly turn to nightmare for the religious! And blow two thousand years of religious status quo right out of the water. From Rome to Mr. Camping and everything in between. This long over due 'revolution' may already be getting started and discrediting those who practice the black arts of biblical interpretation is just part of the process. Check out http://www.energon.org.uk

    March 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  13. james

    first of all, the world will not end on May 21 if people have stated that it will. Second of all, the world will end someday, and we all will face death someday.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  14. Richard May

    I have always felt that everyone can view this anyway they want.
    Be it right or wrong –
    Here is the bottom line: If the world ends, all this debate is for not! We won't be around, so who cares.
    If we are still here (be it May 21st or Dec. 21, 2012) then we are here, pay our bills and life goes on.
    To be harsh and name calling – sometimes I think the end of the world would be a good idea. Obviously we have not learned to accept different point of views without being bullies because someone is not thinking the way we think they should think.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  15. TheLeftCoast

    If the world is actually about to end, my money is on the Mayans and everyone else: 12-20-2012.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  16. Ready1

    I think that this prophecy is being fulfilled in the present by many of the comments on this article!

    2Pe 3:3 Having first of all the knowledge that in the last days there will be men who, ruled by their evil desires, will make sport of holy things,
    2Pe 3:4 Saying, Where is the hope of his coming? From the death of the fathers till now everything has gone on as it was from the making of the world.
    2Pe 3:5 But in taking this view they put out of their minds the memory that in the old days there was a heaven, and an earth lifted out of the water and circled by water, by the word of God;
    2Pe 3:6 And that the world which then was came to an end through the overflowing of the waters.
    2Pe 3:7 But the present heaven and the present earth have been kept for destruction by fire, which is waiting for them on the day of the judging and destruction of evil men.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  17. Jeannie

    I wonder what they do with the scripture that says No man knows the day or hour! ?

    March 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  18. KellerDave

    Only GOD know when the end will come. These people are just another group of misguided people that will regret what they did when they see the earth still turning after May 21, 2012.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  19. Mike

    People are crazy. Why would God wipe-out the greatest comedy sit-com of all time. Although I would like to see Him drop a tornado on the Westboro Bull**** Church. No canned laughter will be needed.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • SarahV2480

      THAT would be amazing! With all the tornados that hit Kansas (and there are a lot... I used to live there), I'm shocked that one hasn't touched that church. Although, it seems like tornados hit the middle portion of the state and not the eastern side, where Topeka and that church is located, as often. Not that a tornado hitting the church would stop those "people"...

      March 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  20. Kat

    Not this year but yes, we're headed to the end of the world with global warming, increased dependence on carbon based fuel with reduced supply (leading to war), increased number of humans raised neglected, psychopathology – which works against brotherhood and caring for or fellow man. I'm not religious but there is little reason to be optimistic long term.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • jazz

      AAAHHHH!!! OMG is EOTW......stop panicking you idiot..
      There isnt anything you can do about it anyway....you dont have the proper equipment...

      March 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
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