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April 25th, 2011
01:41 PM ET

Billboard battle over Judgment Day

(CNN) - We've told you about the caravan of RVs touring the country to warn people about the end of the world, which they say will begin on May 21.

Now, the American Atheists are mounting a counter-campaign.

The group has posted a billboard in Oakland, California - home to Family Radio, which is spreading the "awesome news" that Judgment Day is near - declaring that such messages are "nonsense."

"The Rapture: You KNOW it's Nonsense," the American Atheists' billboard announces. "2000 Years of 'Any Day Now.'"

The billboard - which cost $27,000, according to the group's website - invites passers-by to "Learn the Truth" at the group's "Rapture Party" on May 21-22 in Oakland.

The atheists also plan to hold parties in Houston, Texas, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the website says.

"This is how religion hurts people, one of the many ways religion hurts people," American Atheists President David Silverman told CNN Oakland, California, affiliate KGO.

"Our hope is that those who are not suckered in will learn from the people who are."

Read the full story at KGO's website.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Atheism • Death • End times

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  1. RJ

    Good night. I'm going to the opera...it should be more fun than reading comments of half-informed people of all persuasions.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  2. Muneef

    Al-Anaam sura 06:
    Wait they, indeed, for nothing less than that the angels should come unto them, or thy Lord should come, or there should come one of the portents from thy Lord? In the day when one of the portents from thy Lord cometh, its belief availeth naught a soul which theretofore believed not, nor in its belief earned good (by works). Say: Wait ye! Lo! We (too) are waiting. (158) Lo! As for those who sunder their religion and become schismatics, no concern at all hast thou with them. Their case will go to Allah, Who then will tell them what they used to do. (159) Whoso bringeth a good deed will receive tenfold the like thereof, while whoso bringeth an ill-deed will be awarded but the like thereof; and they will not be wronged. (160) Say: Lo! As for me, my Lord hath guided me unto a straight path, a right religion, the community of Abraham, the upright, who was no idolater. (161) Say: Lo! my worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. (162) He hath no partner. This am I commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (unto Him). (163) Say: Shall I seek another than Allah for Lord, when He is Lord of all things? Each soul earneth only on its own account, nor doth any laden bear another's load. Then unto your Lord is your return and He will tell you that wherein ye differed. (164) He it is Who hath placed you as viceroys of the earth and hath exalted some of you in rank above others, that He may try you by (the test of) that which He hath given you. Lo! Thy Lord is swift in prosecution, and Lo! He verily is Forgiving, Merciful. (165).

    April 29, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • crucified

      here is a video link to show just how good you and others who think they are good enough to make it to the creator without the creator's covering....... http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=KL7WLPNX

      April 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      Way better video. Waaayy more accurate:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPOfurmrjxo

      April 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Wow! What a video... This is the story of humanity ....

      April 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Oh, I better clear it up, since they placed my post right under G.Carlin's. video. He has no points of approval comming from me...... My post above was meant for

      http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=KL7WLPNX,

      which "crucified" posted...

      April 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  3. Alexnaturalist

    It's comical to me christians want to point out and quote facts in the bible for refrence while side stepping obvious blunders and laughable at best , and scientificly unexcusable at worst , Why has god turned a deaf ear these last thousand years? If he still listens why allow so much wide spread chaos and destruction to good people? If we are created in his image is he as tainted as the rest of us? IF god heals the sick does he have a vendetta against the amputees of the world? Why not whipe out the devil and save us all if he is all pwerfull? Why has he allowed so much killing in his name? Why do different varitations of jesus and december 25 pop up through history and early primitive religions? When you ask the really important questions instead of spewing out passages from a book written decades after jesus died the answers lie where they will. If there is no destiny there is no design, only life and death and what you make out of it.

    April 29, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • Alexnaturalist

      and thats skipping the obvious inconsistencies in religous texts

      April 29, 2011 at 7:18 am |
    • Alexnaturalist

      My favorite one is " God exists because the bible says so, the bible is right because it is the word of God, and you must belive both because your faith demands it or you go to hell, but god is all loving" ... fearing someone you love, isn't that a form of sadomsochism?

      April 29, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  4. datinangel

    А little about relationships and dating

    April 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  5. Muneef

    Why one with out the other?
    Does believing in findings made by science compel you to disbelieve in the Divine beings of God (Divine Force) ?
    Does believing in the Holy Bibles and Books compel you to disbelieve in the findings of science or to reject science or discourage the scientifical  knowledge from it's findings as a 'Saltan' beside the Heavenly Books to seek the true light from the false dim's that might have polluted our Heavenly References by mankind generation after generation that has distorted it's scientifical means !?! Does that was found does not means to reject  the whole existence the being of God the Creator !?! Nor for religious to reject the findings without accepting the challenge to prove otherwise in join efforts where the 'Men of Knowledge' who believe in the Seen and the Unseen jointly in Minds and Hands with the 'Men of Science' to search for truth of each thing or word given that leads us together to the light of the straight path that we are told of ?!
    Let us see, if it wasn't to the misleading verse that told earth was laid flat , men would have not tried to approve or disapprove with his findings ?! It is this the challenge that God would want us to search and research finding out the truthness of words that might have been lost or changed unintentionally for some reason or another, after all there are verses in the Quran that has told us to seek the advice and consultation from the men of knowledge and science !
    Then another Quran verse that says only men of knowledge and science would be God fearful more than ordinary men ! 
    We are told in our Quran that we are allowed to search and research every being and the purpose of it and with which as per the Quranic verse we will be able to penetrate Heavens and Earths, but here we are told not to search or research the being of God as to where abouts or what does he look like or shape or components of his being ! These things we are told will mislead us further to being astray in disbelieve or demanding physical apperance of God since all mericales were doubted and were called witchcraft and sorcery !

    Can we go as per those rules may life improve for all since science alone with no divine knowledge has gone astray in to unacceptable things that brought corruption to cultivation and to the lines of progeny,the Earth (waters&soils) and the Seas (waters&soils) !? Those are the the trangrassers and the wicked disbelievers !? Haven't they used mankind for experiments as animals ? Haven't they not only distorted the words or God but as well distorted all from seeds to animals to menkind in some form of mutation !? No smoke with out Fire "NASA&Holiwood" are very much aware of the consequences of same and it can be seen from what they offer us in docu-men-taries or science fiction movies !?

    Tired upto here until another day, thanks     

    God's Colorful Creations

    [35:27] Do you not realize that GOD sends down from the sky water, whereby we produce fruits of various colors? Even the mountains have different colors; the peaks are white, or red, or some other color. And the ravens are black.

    [35:28] Also, the people, the animals, and the livestock come in various colors. This is why the people who truly reverence GOD are those who are knowledgeable. GOD is Almighty, Forgiving.
    --
    [55:33] O you jinns and humans, if you can penetrate the outer limits of the heavens and the earth, go ahead and penetrate. You cannot penetrate without authorization.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Woo woo

      Muneef,

      Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo.

      Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo.
      Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo.

      Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo. Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo.

      [35:79] Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo.

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      [56:78] Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo.

      Got it yet? A few of the readers actually will.

      April 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Muneef

      Barry
      Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
      teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
      Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.
      Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.
      (The Holy Bible; The book of Proverbs 9:9; 14:9; 23:9)
      April 29, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse | Reply

      Think Barry has already answered that....!?!

      April 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  6. Muneef

    Al-Isra sura 17:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    And when thou recitest the Qur'an we place between thee and those who believe not in the Hereafter a hidden barrier; (45) And We place upon their hearts veils lest they should understand it, and in their ears a deafness; and when thou makest mention of thy Lord alone in the Qur'an, they turn their backs in aversion. (46) We are best aware of what they wish to hear when they give ear to thee and when they take secret counsel, when the evil-doers say: Ye follow but a man bewitched. (47) See what similitudes they coin for thee, and thus are all astray, and cannot find a road! (48) And they say: When we are bones and fragments, shall we forsooth, be raised up as a new creation? (49) Say: Be ye stones or iron (50) Or some created thing that is yet greater in your thoughts! Then they will say: Who shall bring us back (to life). Say: He Who created you at the first. Then will they shake their heads at thee, and say: When will it be? Say: It will perhaps be soon; (51) A day when He will call you and ye will answer with His praise, and ye will think that ye have tarried but a little while. (52) Tell My bondmen to speak that which is kindlier. Lo! the devil soweth discord among them. Lo! the devil is for man an open foe. (53) Your Lord is best aware of you. If He will, He will have mercy on you, or if He will, He will punish you. We have not sent thee (O Muhammad) as a warden over them. (54) And thy Lord is best aware of all who are in the heavens and the earth. And we preferred some of the prophets above others, and unto David We gave the Psalms. (55) Say: Cry unto those (saints and angels) whom ye assume (to be gods) beside Him, yet they have no power to rid you of misfortune nor to change. (56) Those unto whom they cry seek the way of approach to their Lord, which of them shall be the nearest; they hope for His mercy and they fear His doom. Lo! the doom of thy Lord is to be shunned. (57) There is not a township but We shall destroy it ere the Day of Resurrection, or punish it with dire punishment. That is set forth in the Book (of Our decrees). (58).

    Ash-Shura sura 42:
    And it was not (vouchsafed) to any mortal that Allah should speak to him unless (it be) by revelation or from behind a veil, or (that) He sendeth a messenger to reveal what He will by His leave. Lo! He is Exalted, Wise. (51) And thus have We inspired in thee (Muhammad) a Spirit of Our command. Thou knewest not what the Scripture was, nor what the Faith. But We have made it a light whereby We guide whom We will of Our bondmen. And lo! thou verily dost guide unto a right path, (52) The path of Allah, unto Whom belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Do not all things reach Allah at last. (53).

    April 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
    • crucified

      Why don't you qoute about how you will recieve virgins in heaven. if you do all your duties to Allah.. it is kinda silly to think you would need virgins in heaven..I hate to break it to you buddy but, Christianity was 500 years before Muslim. your own sura 3 say that jesu will judge the world. why would we recieve in heaven fleshly desires that so cursed us here on earth.. think about it! You facing mecca and making a pilgramage and praying 5 times a day will not save you.. only a relationship with God can save you.. and you can only access that relationship through Jesus.. I know you do not understand the trinity but it is not 3 Gods.. it is One.. God is the same as Jesus and the same as the Holy Spirit. They are one God. Your works do not outway your bad deeds...you have to have the covering that only God could provide.

      April 29, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • Muneef

      Arabic Quran recitation:
      http://www.tvquran.com/en/Al-Ajmy.htm

      April 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Muneef

      Only for paintings people look for the oldest but when it comes to knowledge and wisdom people have to seek the latest with it's final revised ammendments or adjustments !!? Otherwise why the old testment became to be the new testment? Well Quran is now the final testment that should be adopted...!

      April 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • crucified

      in the modern world we call that contradiction..you cannot replace one holy book with another saying it is more important..Mohammad never performed a miracle to prove his deity.. Jesus Did.. your own Quran acknowledges that.. i ask you again why would you need to fullfill fleshly desires in Heaven..Jesus said in the gospels that we shall not marry or be taken in marriage.. it is a spiritual realm. and you will never be able to make yourself clean before God..only God could make you clean and that is Jesus Christ.. Seek Truth...

      April 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Muneef

      Did I say in any of my posts now or earlier that Issa or Jesus the Son of Mary the Messiah,the Prophet and Messenger of God "Allah" is the truth for the Children of Israel...We believe in the son of Mary being a spirit of the holy spirit and was the word of God "Allah" on earth for the guidance of the astrayed children of Israel....we believe that his spirit and soul were raised after been lured from body...we believe in his return to earth long before the hour to fight the corruptions and the transgressions from earth,bringing back Justice and Peace to Earth....we know that he calls our Prophet and Messenger of God "Allah" Muhammed as brother in faith of Abraham monotheism....we believe in all the mericales he came up with from birth date...we recognize most of your beliefs and bibles but you fail to recognize any of ours..even before you ask they declare your rejection being that Islam,Quran,came in to the hands of the children of Ismael...and because they considered Ismael the son of Hager and his mother as Slaves of Prophet Abraham and not as Wife and Son...surely they have as well made stories of how ugly and bad still the children of ismael the slave line of the Prophet Abraham....?? So is that or isn't that how your bibles take it "Racal"....?? So you see you are the Law,the Judge and the Prosecutor ( we realize you and yours but you do not realize us at all)...above all that recognition we gave to the faith of Abraham and all line of Prophets and Messengers of God "Allah" still we are being condemned even further now more than any generation era all through the history since the first crusaders to present ones who became even more than before joined with non religious ones or pagans and polytheists all against Muslims for them saying no God but "Allah" and Muhmmed the Messenger of "Allah"...!?

      April 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • Muneef

      ((((Correction please))))

      Did I say in any of my posts now or earlier that I rejected Issa or Jesus the Son of Mary the Messiah,the Prophet and the Messenger of God "Allah".
      Did I say other than that he is the truth for the Children of Israel...
      Yes we do believe in the son of Mary, being a spirit of the holy spirit,being the word of God "Allah" on earth for the guidance of the astrayed children of Israel....we believe that his spirit and soul were raised after been lured from body...we believe in his return to earth long before the hour to fight the corruptions and the transgressions from earth,bringing back Justice and Peace to Earth....we know that he calls our Prophet and Messenger of God "Allah" Muhammed as brother in faith of Abraham monotheism....we believe in all the mericales he came up with from birth date...we recognize most of your beliefs and bibles but you fail to recognize any of ours..even before you ask they declare your rejection being that Islam,Quran,came in to the hands of the children of Ismael...and because they considered Ismael the son of Hager and his mother as Slaves of Prophet Abraham and not as Wife and Son...surely they have as well made stories of how ugly and bad still the children of ismael the slave line of the Prophet Abraham....?? So is that or isn't that how your bibles take it "Racal"....?? So you see you are the Law,the Judge and the Prosecutor ( we realize you and yours but you do not realize us at all)...above all that recognition we gave to the faith of Abraham and all line of Prophets and Messengers of God "Allah" still we are being condemned even further now more than any generation era all through the history since the first crusaders to present ones who became even more than before joined with non religious ones or pagans and polytheists all against Muslims for them saying no God but "Allah" and Muhmmed the Messenger of "Allah"...!?

      April 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Ihaveabridgetosellyou

      I rest my case.

      April 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Pride and bi-tte-rn-ess are the things that will pre-vent someone from comming to the knowledge of truth.
      Jesus said that it is easier for a ca-mel to go through the eye of a nee-dle, then for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God... But those riches are not ne-ce-ssa-rily ma-terial... Whatever a person holds in his heart, not wanting to part from it, those are his riches... so it is holding on to pride and bi-tte-rn-ess...
      And here is more truth to di-sp-el satans lies.... God is no res-pe-cter of persons.. In His eyes there is no man better then any other. We are the same in His sight. Jews are the people "of the Scriptures", but they are not su-pe-rior "ra-ce" . They are cho-sen people, not because they are "special", but because of God's faith-fuln-ess to Abraham, whom He even called His friend, and gave him promises, making a co-ve-nant with him and his seed. But it is God's doing, not their earning....
      God dealt with them severely, because of their sins and rebellion, not spa-ring them suff-eri-ngs. Yet, His promise to Abraham He remembered, and in His mercy and faitfulness will ful-fill it even to the end, by re-storing them unto himself....
      But here is what Jesus Christ did, as He revealed the heart of His Father, which Scriptures dec-lare: in one place it says "there is neither Jew nor Greek (Ge-nti-le), there is neither sla-ve nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" ... and in another it says ".... you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge acc-ord-ing to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek(Ge-nt-ile), nor Jew, cir-cu-mc-ised nor uncir-cu-mcised, bar-bar-ian, Scyt-hi-an, sla-ve nor free, but Christ is all in all. Therefore , as the elect of God , holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, hu-mili-ty, meekness, long suffer-ing, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a co-m-plaint against another, even as Christ has forgiven you, so must you do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfe-ction. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called, in one body, and be thankful..." (Galatians3:28, Colossians 3:11-15).
      But a proud and bi-tter heart can not see these things, nor can it be thankful, because the sin that's in it blinds it from seeing the light of truth, so it remains im-pris-oned....Only Christ Jesus can set this heart free.....-

      This is the kind of freedom Christ gives to those who come to Him by faith, and exch-ange the heavy burden of their yo-ke for His... This is what He says to them:" Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy la-den, and I will give you rest. Take my yo-ke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and low-ly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yo-ke is easy, and my burden is light" (Words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 11:29,30)
      Truly, our hearts are filled with un-cer-ta-inty, and our souls can never find rest, till we find our rest in Him!

      May 2, 2011 at 12:44 am |
  7. Tom

    As a Christian, I need to point out that the "May 21" theory is something that a very limited number of Christians accept. If I wake up on May 22nd and nothing has happened, will that cause me to lose my faith in Jesus? It will not cause me to lose my faith because my belief in God is based on much more than whether Jesus will return on May 21, 2011.

    There have been plenty of such "predictions" in the past where people have set specific dates, and they have all turned out to be wrong. Christians should veer away from people who make such claims, and non-Christians should have the presence of mind to realize that such people are not representative of Christianity as a whole.

    Whether you believe in God or do not believe in God, I would urge you to base your position on your understanding of history, science, archaeology, and sound reasoning, not on fervent "prophesies" and "predictions".

    April 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  8. greenkelly

    Heaven sent...so u quote matt 24;36..matt24;37 says ..."as the days of noah, so shall ( the second coming) be .." in noahs day, he was warned 7 days in advance of the flood....so if these days are like those days....then those that are saved, like noah, will also know in advance...they will also board the ark (Christ) in advance of destruction.....WE CAN KNOW.com

    April 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • crucified

      The days of Noah is probably refering to the depravity of Man not a time scale..and probably had more to do with the DNA problem of angels leaving their proper domain and laying with women having offspring the nephilium.

      April 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  9. Jamin

    Religion is quite entertaining... It reminds me of watching something stupid like Jersey Shore...

    April 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  10. ME

    YOUR ALL CRAZY THEIR IS NO GOD.. NO JUDMENT DAY PEOPLE JUST HOPE FOR IT SO ONE DAY SO THEY CAN STOP PAYING THEIR BILLS. THE EARTH IS 4 BILLION YEARS OLD AND WILL BE AROUND FOR ANOTHER 3 BILLION ATLEAST. WATCH SOME DAMN HISTORY CHANNEL

    April 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • God's Ambassador

      ME. I pray for you.
      If you do not have faith, then you will not be saved.

      Pay attention to this countdown: http://www.rapturehappenson.com/

      I pray that you let Jesus into your heart before it gets to zero.

      April 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  11. greenkelly

    HeavenSent ...for those not watching,, He will come as a thief..."BUT ye brethren are not in darkness that that day overtake YOU as a thief,,," 1 thes 5;4 by watching(diligently studying the bible) we can know the day and hour..>>and if u are still in a church u will receive greater punishment,,," for judgement must begin at the house of God .." 1 pet 4;17 ..... Flee babylon ( the church) Jer 51;6,,..Rev 18;4...Matt 24;16...Matt24;36..the word "of" doesn't mean" when"

    April 28, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • God's Ambassador

      Please. Let us be civil towards each other brothers.
      The Rapture is days aways. We must Unite and spread the Love that is our Faith.

      April 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  12. Dan613

    WOW, I love the billboard! Let's see what these believers nutcases do after May 22... I'm sure they'll find an excuse for missing the date or something, but they will be very depressing and disappointed.

    April 28, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  13. Kevin Weslyn

    Where does consciousness come from?

    April 28, 2011 at 8:08 am |
    • Nonimus

      No one really knows currently. There are some hypotheses out there and personally I'm guessing that consciousness is an emergent property of the complexity of the brain which might explain the spectrum of consciousness found in animals like whales, dolphins, primates, and others.

      But that is not a real answer other than, 'I don't know'. If you know, please explain it to us and if you have sufficient evidence then I'm sure you'll get a Nobel for it. And by 'know', I do not mean 'believe'.

      April 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  14. haze91

    Also, please take note that, even though I'm a Christian, I don't agree with these billboards at all. I read their reasons for believing it on the main website and couldn't stop laughing. They take so many biblical verses out of context and twist the meanings to suit their own ends. But ,if it did happen, it would be interesting to see Jesus come back in the middle of the System of a Down show I'm going to that day.

    April 28, 2011 at 2:40 am |
  15. Tim

    Okay, this isn't an attack on Christians or their beliefs, this is more of me just trying to get an understanding for the basis of their beliefs.

    So when a argument arises between an athiest and a thiest, more importantly a Christian. Athiests tend to argue the "facts" of God with examples of misconceptions found in the bible in combination with proven science. While on the side of Bible-believers, they tend to only state the bible as the "facts" of God, commmonly quoting references from the bible. If we were to disclude the bible as a "factual" book, then what argument should a Bible-believer use to uphold the word of their God, without using the bible as reference?

    April 28, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • haze91

      It depends on what you're trying to prove. If it's something regarding whether or not Christ even existed, there are historical records including reports by historians during that time period that prove he indeed walked the Earth. If it's the Flood, even though some take that to be symbolic, the Flood is mentioned in stories like Gilgamesh and I'm sure there are others, not that that actually proves anything but the writers of those stories had to get the idea from somewhere, and the account in Gilgamesh was actually written before the Biblical account. Now if it's proving the existence of God, that one's a tough one even with the use of the Bible. And determining whether or not Christ actually rose from the dead is also a tough one to prove, although there are historical accounts of people seeing him after his crucifixion that were outside the Bible.

      April 28, 2011 at 2:35 am |
    • BR

      @haze91 – Nobody who wrote about Jesus ever met him. The extra-biblical accounts of Jesus are sketchy at best and none are firsthand accounts. The most famous one in Josephus is widely considered to be a latter addition so at best it might have been based on a real person. Emphasis on ‘based on’. So was King Arthur. That’s a very long way from justification for believing in the Lady of the Lake.

      And I’m sorry, but there are no surviving texts from a single eyewitness to Jesus at all, much less the resurrection or any of his acts. There aren’t even any credible reports that any such original texts ever existed. If there were, they would be game changers but only in the respect that it would lend credibility to him actually existing. That’s it. It’s a very long way to divinity from there.

      April 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  16. JDub

    Looks like someone is already challenging these people to put their money where their mouth is http://www.rapturehappenson.com

    April 28, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  17. Muneef

    Enjoyed watching the Christian festival of race passing the Fire Torch from one to another.
    The same is used in the openings of the Olympic games where finnaly they are to light over the bigger fire torch.this was a practice followed from the times of the Greeks. 
    What do we learn out of this practice ? Isn't is just as A message of true light that is to be raced passing it from one generation to the second generation in order a day will come for the truth to prevail in a bigger light of wisdom and peace.!? We are all searching for the light of truth the whole truth nothing but the truth ! We are not seeking to brain wash selves to believe what we want to believe deillusioning or selves with what we chose to want to believe.!?
    We been given in the Whole heavenly scriptures including Quran stories that when are read or recited they are supposed to inspire us from it's wisdom of the old, reading those stories is like feeding our senses for knowing which becomes to be known as man's common senses.
    The message that has been passed and exchanged among generations was that (God is One & Only No Mate, No Son ,No Partner and that Iblis (Satan) is the Etenal enemy of Mankind and that he has taken an ought to make stray mankind ending them into the eternal Hell fires !? 

    The Paths of Mankind :
    -The Righteous.
    -The Strayed.  
    -The Condemned.
      
    The Rules been Given and laid out as to what the punishments or the rewards would be for each of our deeds,but then after all only the Mercy of God that would admit us into heavens and paradise and not only our efforts, after all, all that counts is what is in our hearts and our intentions,belief or disbelief !?

    Some are lazy or as hard as Rocks or Locks and just want to bury their heads into the sand or plugging their ears and covering their eyes as from the Thunders and the Lightenings of the The Truth that One day has to prevail,whether we have wanted or tried to put the light of truth off or block it from sight or bury it alive !!!

    The truth will come back to prevail with matter how ever may God wanted it to be ! By the Pen or by the Sword or by what ever God has willed it to be...it is only then upon confrontation where and when faith is tested and judged,then it is for God to decide whom to give victory over the other  the unjust ones. Our Holy Book told us that over Seven Thousands Angels on top of horses were landed as an Army to join the battle fight against the transgressors, in taking side of Muslim believers who were far less in numbers and less equipped if compared to the other-side who were far more in numbers, in equipments and in supplies .! 

    It was that battle fight who decided the existance of Islam against the will of the polytheists and the Pagans of Mecca.
    Those nights of the battle fight was named as "The Battle of Bader".
    Therefore we can say winning the War is Not by The Large Well Trained Number of Armies or Number of Equipments or Higher the Technologies an Army had but it is rather more about how much faith you have in course and cause ! ?

    It is more like who God will take side with?  (Faith and Will) have to go togather to bring back the Good wellbeing for Mankind such as Justice,Love and Mercy as such will only bring around Peace and prosperty !? 

    As Good brings back around Good, then Evil only brings back around Evil, (what ever Seed  we Plant We will harvest it's fruits ) so if the seed we plant is of Good seed,we will hearvest Fruits of Goodness but if of Evil seeds that has been planted then will only harvest Fruits of Evil  !?  The Holy Book told us that a word of kindness is like a Tree of a Good Seed that we plant and that we will hearvest ...while a bad hurting word is like a Tree of a bad seed.

    Atheists.agnostics.disbelievers,pagans what ever or whom ever you are suggest to leave faith,belief or religious disputes behind and just read the Bibles and the Quran as referance for history and for wisdoms that through reading helps us to think for our selves and decide for our selves with out being told what to believe or not to believe. Have we asked our selves how mankind learnt and reached what ever level he is in now today? If it wasn't for the knowledge that was gathered and passed on from Adam's times then generation after generation to revive,remind,warn the stray against the wish and will of those condemned ones who rejected,killed and exiled the Messengers and Prophets of God, then towards each crime they have made they packed it in a different shiny papers just as of the sweet candies to explain why or for what they did it for  !? 

    Peace2all/my regards !

    April 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      Muneef, great story, and after all that, did Frodo get the ring into the fire or not?

      April 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • Muneef

      Admiral.

      "Behold! Allah Promised you one of the two (enemy) parties, that it should be yours: Ye wished that the one unarmed should be yours, but Allah Willed to justify the Truth according to His Words and to cut off the roots of the Unbelievers; ”
      —Qur'an: Al-Anfal 8:7

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Badr#Background

      http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Books/SM_tsn/ch4s5.html

      April 28, 2011 at 6:09 am |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      I guess that's a no, which means you're reading the wrong stor-y. Lor-d of The Rings is way more cool. Gan-dalf F-T-W.

      April 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  18. Jen

    How shocking. There are atheists on the internet and they think they're right. Everyone who believes differently than they, are ignorant, unenlightened, medieval dolts, who wish you harm. Blah...blah...blah. Man, this stuff is getting old.

    Proselytizing...it's not just for the religious anymore. ::eyeroll::

    April 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • A

      You've had your two thousands years of thinking you're right and rubbing it in to everybody's faces – move over and give someone else a chance!

      Oh, most atheists including myself don't care what you believe.as long as you don't make laws prohibiting their existence, their freedom and the progress of science. Brilliant work setting us behind the rest of the world technologically with the stem cell research, BTW. Twenty years from now when we're done not investing in science and the future we'll be walking around wondering why we aren't the world leader we used to be – scientifically, economically or in any other way.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • BR

      @Jen – Proselytizing involves trying to change others’ minds. Personally, I’d just like to see or hear something that demonstrates that theist claims are true.

      April 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Jen, oh, how right you are! 🙂

      April 29, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  19. greenkelly

    CHECK THIS OUT>>>> If no man can know the day or the hour........then you CAN"T say it WON'T happen on may21. !!!!...because that is ALSO predicting the future...!!!!and " no man can know.." according to you. So, when u say it WON'T happen, it still could happen, according to U ! NO MAN includes everybody, even those who say it wont happen....B U T ,,<<<>>Noah knew>>>LOT knew>>>JONAH>>>> knew... MOSES told pharoh in advance>>>GIDEON>>JESUS>>>on an on /////Advance warning from god]]]]]]] Right before Destruction..wont be long now.....lov

    April 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      greenkelly, read His truth for yourself ...

      Matthew 24:34-36

      34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
      35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
      36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

      Amen.

      April 28, 2011 at 12:21 am |
    • God's Ambassador

      GreenKelly, Know that you are loved by God. I pray that he choses to save you as long as you put your faith in his hands.

      April 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Clarity

      IT MUST BE MADE CLEAR: This movement of Family Radio states that JUDGEMENT DAY is coming on May 21, 2011 NOT the RAPTURE. Harold Camping, head of Family Radio on radio and television saying that there's no need to go to church or preach the Gospel anymore AND he's also said the Rapture has already taken place. NOT!! If this May 21st were the date of the Rapture then he should be telling people HOW to come to CHRIST and EVANGELIZING everyone as much and as desperately as possible to get people to come to Christ before it's too late not putting up large billboards saying "prepare to meet thy God" and listen to family radio between these certain hrs, etc. but not telling them how a person's supposed to do that. There's no urgency in that message. Christians WAKE UP!!

      April 29, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  20. Sloegin

    The Rapture is a modern Christian heresy invented from whole cloth in the 19th century. Ignore the heresy, recommit to living a Christian life of charity, love, and good works. Give to the poor, love your neighbor as you do yourself, forgive and forget, live a Christ filled life.

    April 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Sloan

      You can live a life of charity, love, and good works without having to believe in God and Jesus. In fact, I'd say an atheist is more moral than a Christian is because an atheist isn't motivated to do good by notions of serving God and getting into Heaven; an atheist does good because that's the right thing to do. Most of the people in this world who are killing other people and oppressing others do so in the name of God, not in the name of atheism.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Sloan, you atheists wouldn't even have this concept if it weren't for the teachings of Jesus. Give us a break with what you learned from Him, deny, then arrogantly assume you thought these concepts out of thin air. Next, you'll say a big bang blew it into your gray matter or your ape ancestors scratched the ideas on banana trees.

      Amen.

      April 28, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • collins61

      @Sloan; So before Jesus or religion in general, Mankind was being good to one another, not killing, not coveting and so on? Do a little research and you'll see that as rough as the world seems now it was far worse pre-Jesus. The fact is Christianity brought civility to civilization. The Atheists had their try.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • Q

      @collins61 – I think pre-Jesus would include Judaism and any number of other mono- and poly-theistic beliefs and all the other animist beliefs. Not really an atheist world. Still, I'd offer this is an oversimplification on both sides and what we might think of "civility" is more a product of the evolution of self-preservationist interest, culture and law than any divinely revealed morality, i.e. the spread of Christianity certainly didn't result in anything resembling a Utopia and the central tenet of the golden rule arose independently in too many cultures to list.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:23 am |
    • Al

      Collins61, I think you forgot a huge swath history that existed before Jesus arrived on the scene. Sacrates and Confucius both predate Jesus' time on earth by several hundred years. Sacrates is one of the founders of Western philosophy while Confucious is a founder of East Asian philosophy. The both came up with ethical systems that people from both of their societies embraced. I'm sure you're familiar with "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself". Confucious was one of the first to use that phrase. In addition he emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. (Source: Wikipedia) Anyway, morality existed before Christ came to earth. Don't forget the Dark Ages and Medieval times. During those times, nations that claimed Christianity acted like a lot of people in South Asia and the Middle East do today, and worse.

      April 28, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • God's Ambassador

      Jesus loves us all. But he can only save the faithful.

      April 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • Al

      God's Ambassador, being faithful means a lot of things to a lot of people.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:21 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      Sloan, you said "an atheist does good because that's the right thing to do"

      How do you think atheists know what is right and what is wrong? Can you explain that?

      April 29, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • sanjosemike

      PRISM 1234

      Sloan, said: "you said "an atheist does good because that's the right thing to do" How do you think atheists know what is right and what is wrong? Can you explain that?

      sanjosemike responds: It is a myth to think that ethics eminate from religion. There is a huge body of philosophical (and even scientific) legacy of ethics that has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with acting for the "common good."

      The problem is that you have no knowledge of it, due to lack of education. That is not something to be proud about.

      April 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      @sanjo
      "The problem is that you have no knowledge of it, due to lack of education. That is not something to be proud about"
      LOL! ! !
      And just WHAT DO YOU KNOW about me and my education..... Just maybe it is that I could wrap you with all your education around my little finger, hm?

      You sound like an overgrown, belated adolescent, my dear! Your confidence in YOUR OWN abilities is right down hilarious....

      You say: It is a myth to think that ethics emanate from religion. There is a huge body of philosophical (and even scientific) legacy of ethics that has nothing to do with religion....

      Yet you have not even understood the depth of my question!

      I'll pass it by you again:
      Where does the knowledge in a man( meaning human) of good and evil comes from?

      Were does his ability to reason, to judge between right and wrong comes from?

      Where does man gets his ability to create, invent, research, and think thoughts which cause him to do all those things, unless it was given to him, by his creator, who has made him different then any other living beings on the face of the earth!

      Where does the bird which flies hundreds, even thousand of miles alone, not in flocks, know where to go to spend the winter, and then comes to the same exact place next year , without a radar, or navigation instruments?

      How did the laws of the universe come to be so fine tuned to such precision, that if they were just a little off, there would be total chaos?

      Was you, or the scientists who claim to understand them, yet can't do a darn thing to alter them... were you there to ordain them?

      Do you think that your education, which you hold as such point of your pride, has depth of wisdom to unravel all those mysteries?

      If in the shallowness of your own understanding you can't see that all those things are the result of Someone creating them that way, who put the knowledge of Himself and His laws into the hearts, consciences and minds of mankind, then there is no hope for you to come out o of your own blind ignorance!

      April 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Maybe

      PRISM,
      "Where does the bird which flies hundreds, even thousand of miles alone, not in flocks, know where to go to spend the winter, and then comes to the same exact place next year , without a radar, or navigation instruments?"

      You might read up on the research that has been done in this area. "God did it" is not the default answer.

      "How did the laws of the universe come to be so fine tuned to such precision, that if they were just a little off, there would be total chaos?"

      You are so negative. Perhaps if the laws of the universe were just a little different, we would be have it BETTER. Stuff goes wrong all the time here on planet Earth and out there in space.

      April 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
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