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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. Dr. J

    These idiots continue to proclaim the end of the world is coming and then when the date passes and nothing happens they will just pick another date sometime in the future. When will the majority of people in the world finally wake up to the fact that there is no God, never has been and never will be. Nobody in factual recorded history has ever seen God because you can't see what isn't there. Most people are just weak minded and need to believe in some higher power that they hope will take care of them. Being a practicing Christian does not make you a good person, 75% of prisoners are Christians. 10% of Americans are atheists, only 0.2 of atheists are in prison. You want to believe in fairy tails, fine by me, just don't try and make me believe in what you do.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Statistical Error

      Excuse me but for this analogy to be correct you need to state the percentage of Christians that are in prison. 75% of those in prison may be Christian but the overall set of Christians is larger than the set of atheists, so the Christian prison population may actually be lower than the atheist prison population.

      March 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  2. Randi

    I truely believe the end is here. May 21, 2011, probably not. But get ready folks for impact. Satan is here with all of his peeps and one of them is running this country.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  3. Shaggs

    I agree that it will be humans that wipe out the population, not "God" lol. Isn't cancer something that eats up human resouces inside, being blood cells or what not. I'm not a doctor. And multiplies and spreads untill all the resources have been destroyed? Isn't that exactly what humans are to earth? We are multiplying like crazy, and using up all of earths resources. Are we not earths cancer?

    March 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  4. Bob, the agnostic

    David Johnson; You present a clear, concise, logical and rational argument. While I fully agree with the posts you have made regarding "god", evolution, and the other basic scientific truths included in your posts...I hate to burst your bubble. As I'm sure you know, most the the "believers" cannot intellectually comprehend what you have stated.

    As Mahatma Ghandi said, “Faith... Must be enforced by reason...When faith becomes blind it dies.”

    Keep up the good work Not that it will make a difference to those whose minds are more easily consoled by faith than by reason.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  5. Todd

    Question for all the religious folks who say that because we can't DISprove the existance of God, that's evidence of God's existance. My question is, no one can DISprove the existance of a flying spagetti monster, is that evidence that a flying spagetti monster exists??? If it works for proving God, why wouldnt the same logic work for proving the exitance of flying spagetti monsters?

    Thank you to South Park for this hypothetical.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  6. Dave

    I am not mean spirited or evil, but if the end of the world came for just this group it would be okay with me.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  7. elidude

    why does CNN push this cr*p? These are theological idiots who are taking advantage of weak minded or disturbed people.
    I just wish I could find someone who would take a financial bet that May 19 IS the end, because I'd bet every penny I have. NO ONE who has EVER predicted this, NO ONE has ever been right!!!!

    March 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • CharlySheen

      I'm always right because I'm Charly Sheen

      March 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  8. Dan

    more people brainwashed by religion

    March 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  9. Stefan

    How is the world going to end on May 21, 2011? Any predictions? Will Charlie Sheen have anything to do with it?

    March 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  10. Richxx

    The bible ( and the Koran) present false Gods created by men. Not only have these foolish books caused men and women to behave foolishly, as in this case, they have also caused much harm in this world. Look at the millions killed by jewish, christians and moslems over the last 4,000 years, in the name of god, to see the ignorance and deadliness of these so called religions of god.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  11. MoreSpiritualthanreligous

    The world is going to end at some point. I have to agree with whoever said those people are terrorists. They roll around in their RV causing people to panic. If they were who they say they were they would know that God would not do that to people. I wouldn't want to be them on the 22nd because they are going to be waking up to the birds singing and the sun shining and probably thinking wow we screwed up. I think CNN should be outside their RV waiting to interview them lol!

    March 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  12. ChuckNorris

    I will chucknorris the apocalypse back to the abyss....

    March 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  13. William Demuth

    All joking aside, if this behavior is not sufficient to lose the custody of one’s children, then all the children in this cult are as good as dead.

    We need to stop being afraid of violating the “political correctness” threshold, and speak out clearly.

    These people are ill, and a threat to themselves, their children and society as a whole.

    They should be detained until after the lunatic deadline, and then they should be forced into therapy.

    It’s past the point of being cute, these people are desperately ill.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  14. Mike

    I think it is interesting how many people are complaining about this type of stuff being reported by making a commentary about it. Really, if you don't care for the topic, don't comment. For the rest of us, it is either interesting to read, entertaining, and even insightful.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  15. Patty

    Comments about the comments. Interesting.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • William Demuth

      A comment, about someone commenting about comments.

      Hey , we gots us a comment train going

      Climb on board

      March 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  16. Ashley

    @ Steve in St. Louis... haha! I will extend the same offer 🙂

    March 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  17. Amy K

    This reaction to this cult was funny

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3T9rDHaK9g

    March 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  18. Teddy Greene Jr.

    So Many prophesies that Are Rapidly being fulfilled ..Now ..Almost Daily...just watching the news...Liberals...You were Spoken to..By NAME...2,700 Years ago in the
    Bible...Isaiah Prophesied that ..When Christ returns.You will be
    healed...You are Truly
    Blessed......................................................................................

    Isa 32:1.......Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes
    shall rule in judgment. .............................
    Isa 32:5 ......The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the
    churl said [to be] bountiful..........................
    Isa 32:6.......For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart
    will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against
    the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the
    drink of the thirsty to fail. .......
    Isa 32:7.......The instruments also of the churl [are] evil: he deviseth
    wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy
    speaketh
    right.........................................................................................................

    Isa 32:8.......But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal
    things shall he stand..........................................

    Written in Every Scroll..Including Dead Sea Scrolls...Billions of Bibles
    for the past 2,700 Years, In Virtually Every Language on Earth.
    Look it up King James Bible...Isaiah Chap 32..Verses 1-8...and much more
    information...All inspired words from God...

    March 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • s2kMATTers

      YEAH, well not this one. Matthew 24:36. End of story. Have a nice day!

      March 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Hitch a ride in the RV you space cadet.

      Your God is a lie, and you are a sucker!

      March 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Carla

      How do you KNOW god inspired this stuff?

      March 8, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  19. Jenna

    Hey, that's my child's birthday, reschedule.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • EMTZ

      LMAO! THATS A GOOD ONE!

      March 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  20. Jimbo

    If the world ends than at least I won't have to go to work anymore.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
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