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. Dave

    If Christ was God then He would know everything God knows without being told ? Can not have the infinite knowage of God and the finite knowage of everbody else who is not God at the same time. And so called divine inspiration is not enough to make the claim that the Bible is "The Word of God".

    September 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  2. tryecrot

    Yes there should realize the opportunity to RSS commentary, quite simply, CMS is another on the blog.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  3. HereWeGoAgain

    Can't be the end on May 21..I've got a bar-b-que!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      Apparently when the world does end ,ALL the atheists will have a bar-b-que!

      August 27, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  4. changkuoth wal

    that cant happen be for we blued our country SOUTH SUDAN,not yet people...

    May 20, 2011 at 5:17 am |
  5. Jebodiah

    This is a bunch of nonse wait til tomorrow when nothing will happen...what will the faith or beleif of the people be when they find out the turth...either the date will change from the people who said that the 21st is D-day or a revolt against those people , if people take these dates from the bible why didn't it happen last year or the year before ...because in reality faith is what all people turn to in fear ...you think about it.

    May 20, 2011 at 2:49 am |
  6. John

    I had a dream of a white stone with a new name on it. Jesus


    Monday, December 6, 2010DNA=The number of Man
    For one to receive the mark of the beast

    Encoded in ones DNA is a list of your forefathers. This list would have your fathers name your grandfathers name your great grandfathers and so on the list goes back generations until you get to the foundation of life. This foundation is the original twelve tribal couples that were created at the beginning of time. At the root above the 12 tribes God the father is listed as the father of all including the father of the 24 elders. The Lambs name is also at the root

    To receive the mark of the beast it involves a genetic hack that replaces God the fathers name encoded in ones DNA with the beasts name on specific gene locus on specific cells in the brain. The beast and the false prophet are claiming that the Lamb Jesus is the beast and his witnesses were the false prophet. They get people to get the mark by claiming that they were chosen by God and to protect them from being vexed by the locus they need to be sealed on there forehead. Some of the holiest of peoples were actually deceived and took the mark. Just because you took the mark does not necessarily mean you are doomed. If you look around at others you must have noticed that the most wicked of peoples will seem to be blind and would not even contemplate the possibility that they were somehow wrong. God has hardened the harts of the most wicked and they are simply not allowed to believe because of there wicket ways in the past. These peoples I believe will not make it to the book of life. If you are running scared it may be that your garments will be made clean through the blood of the lamb. It is never too late to repent and change your ways. He is a merciful God.

    Revelations chapter 9 verse 17 to 21 talk of a group of horseman. These people think they were the chosen ones. This group will actually kill others in the name of God. God of the earth sets up a spiritual Babylon. God of the earth is fighting God the omnipotent God of the earth is using DNA hacks to get his way. God of the earth has actually condemned 2 Tribes to the pit. The witnesses represent these 2 tribes that were excluded from getting a kingdom this was actually a theft The Jews were given the land from these 2 tribes. Its seems that he went ahead and had the witnesses killed despite my warning. These witnesses represents olive branches. He killed the olive branches. This may be it for him

    The number of genotype combinations for each family is the product of the number of possible genotypes for each member of the family. If all independent individuals of the pedigree (the parents) are present in the sample, the total number of genotype combinations will be rather small and will depend mainly on the number of double heterozygotes in the sample. However, if some members of the parental generation are not sampled, then the number of possible genotype combinations may be very large, and this number will depend on the number of alleles (k) at each locus. For instance, consider the case in which k=5 among the sampled individuals. For each locus, we have to allow for the presence of a sixth allele that may be present among the unsampled individuals of the pedigree but that would have escaped detection because it would not have segregated, by chance, in one of the offspring. In this case, there are 6×6=36 potential two-locus haplotypes and 36×37/2=666 potential different genotypes for each unsampled individual. Therefore, in a family in which only full sibs are sampled, 666×667/2=222,111 distinct parental genotype combinations are possible, and the compatibility of all of them must be tested against the offspring's genotypes. In practice, a great many parental genotypes may be eliminated by a prior examination of single-locus incompatibilities between parental and offspring genotypes (e.g., for a description of a simple algorithm, see Lange and Boehnke 1983). Thus, since the complexity of the problem increases with approximately the eighth power of k, we have restricted ourselves to moderately low levels of polymorphism at each locus, with k≤5

    May 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  7. Valarie

    Regaring 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.

    May 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  8. Heather

    For everyone who doesn't believe...why not believe? What does it hurt to believe? What if you're wrong? Just thought I would get your opinions

    May 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • david m chapman

      Will somebody please sign their car over to me. I've ask every Christian I know and still don't have a single car. What's up with that? And while we are at it, has anyone thought to ask the person who started this nonsense what they have done with all of their personal possessions. I will bet no -one has given up a dime.

      May 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  9. . . .

    Two things: first off what religious group is spreading this? Catholics, lutherans,or Evengelicals? Second off Hundred bucks says that who ever is running this show is probably going to be like "Hey give me all of your money, you wont be needing it!"

    May 16, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  10. Kelly

    Whether you believe the end of the world is in fact coming, or not, does it really matter anyways? Would there really be any point in stressing it, taking pointless road trips & stuff? I mean where are you gonna go? Drive off the face of the earth so that when it does come to an end you land safely on mars? If it IS coming to an end, we're all "doomed" anyways. & if it's not, then it's not. But the stress ordeal people are going thru when this event hasn't even occured yet is being taken a little too seriously. We've had many times where something was gonna happen to the world, such as the beginning of 2000, or june 6, of 2006. Nothing happened. You know when the world ends? When you die. Everyone has their time to go, that's what god has promised. Relax guys. Don't stress, just be happy that you're living your life RIGHT NOW.

    May 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
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    May 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  12. Alexis

    The Holy Bible was not written directly by God. God spoke through His people from different experiences and backgrounds who, under His divine inspiration penned His words in a way that would people of that era and generations to come could understand.

    Sorry if I confused anyone when I said "The Word of God"– in Christian circles, we refer to The Holy Bible as "The Word of God" which in reality, it is. In most Bibles they even have the very words Jesus Christ spoke written in red ink.

    May 13, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  13. Alexis

    Concerning the "end of the world," The Word of God clearly states in the Book of Matthew Chapter 24, verse 36, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (New International Version, http://www.biblegateway.com).

    Now if GOD wouldn't tell His own Son JESUS CHRIST nor the heavenly hosts, why would people think He would allow mere mortals (us) to know?

    The Holy Bible warns against false Christs and prophets and the very things that are happening today which is why it's so important to do more than just go to church and live on what your pastor says or what a religious program on TV or the radio or magazine says– You need to know Jesus Christ for yourself and read His Word (The Holy Bible) with understanding– all the truth you need to know in this life is found in God's Word.

    Don't let people deceive you, trust in God and His Truth, not people and their predictions.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      What absolute nonsense...

      May 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • Know What

      The only good advice in that whole post is: "Don't let people deceive you..." It preempts every other statement in the post; and it looks like Alexis has not taken that advice herself.

      There is no proof that the Bible was 'written' by a god - only by people.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • Sean

      I'm going to have to agree with Alexis. If you are against something so strongly especially the "Bible" then don't read post on it or hate on it. If you DON'T believe in something then other peoples opinions shouldn't matter. Its as simple as that. However don't be to stubborn not to learn from them, but not to naive to believe everything without doing your home-work....If then at that point of time your not certain of it's roots or what not, simply just don't dwell on it...

      May 14, 2011 at 2:46 am |
    • Pete

      You are absolutely right. Being a christian has nothing to do with going to church or anything on this earth for that matter. It's a way of life. It doesn't require a special membership or even drinking kool-aid. It's no wonder that people turn away from christianity with nut-jobs speaking out and acting out as they do. If May 21st is the day then there isn't anything any one of us is going to do to change the outcome or to save ourselves by the end of the week. Giving everything up to save your own ass at the last minute is cowardly. Give it up when YOU need it most but SOMEONE ELSE needs it more. That buys you something! For the rest of the people who spend their life absolutely glued to the literal words in the bible. GET OUT THERE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND STOP TRYING TO IMPRESS US. GOD IS THE ONLY ONE YOU NEED TO IMPRESS!!!

      May 17, 2011 at 8:58 am |
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