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May 18th, 2011
05:00 AM ET

Tick tock goes the doomsday clock

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

(CNN) - For months they’ve been spreading the word, answering the biblical call of Ezekiel 33 to sound the alarm and warn the people.

Their message, which they say the Bible guarantees, is simple: The end of the world is near.

And now, it’s suddenly really near - so near that if these folks are right, you should probably pass on buying green bananas.

Perhaps you’ve already noticed, what with the billboards and signs dotting the landscape, the pamphlets blowing in the wind and the RVs plastered with Judgment Day warnings weaving through cities. Or maybe, as the birds chirped outside and you sipped your morning coffee, a full-page newspaper ad for the upcoming mass destruction caught your eye.

May 21, 2011, according to loyal listeners of Family Radio, a Christian broadcasting network based in Oakland, California, will mark the Day of Rapture and the start of Judgment Day (which, they say, will last five months). Those who are saved will be taken up to heaven, and those who aren’t will endure unspeakable suffering. Dead bodies will be strewn about as earthquakes ravage the Earth, they say. And come October 21, they’ll tell you, the entire world will be kaput.

It’s the kind of belief that riles up churchgoers who insist no one can know when Judgment Day will come, and the sort that many say does a disservice to Christianity. And it’s the kind of message that delights the types who are planning tongue-in-cheek End of the World parties and are responding to a Facebook invitation to attend a post-rapture looting. Rapture events, including one at a tiki bar in Fort Lauderdale, are being hosted by American Atheists. News outlets, comedians and even Doonesbury can’t seem to resist a good end-of-the-world prophecy.

Billboard battle over Judgment Day

Earlier this year, CNN traveled with a team of believers - all of whom had walked away from friends, families and jobs - as they set out to share this serious message aboard a caravan of Judgment Day RVs. These ambassadors or co-laborers in God’s work, as they see themselves, let us into their world. Along the way we met other supporters, as well as a sea of skeptics, many of them drunken pirates gathered for an annual festival in Florida.

Read about that journey and the roots of this doomsday message

With only days to go, we wanted to know how the ambassadors are feeling now. Are they making special plans and saying goodbyes? Have their convictions stayed strong, or have doubts crept in? Are they at peace, excited or maybe afraid?

“We’ve been a little busy, as you can imagine,” said Fred Store, the team leader on our journey.

Reached at a motor home park in Providence, Rhode Island, Store spoke of the surge of support he’s seen in recent months – the 60 like-minded people (including someone who works for Homeland Security, he boasted) who joined his small crew on the Mall in Washington, and the hundreds who gathered in Times Square in New York.

But at the same time he said resistance from those who don’t believe has grown, too. The more people heard about the May 21 warning, the more they discussed it with their pastors and came prepared to argue.

Learn about doomsdays throughout time

And the media, while they’ve helped spread the message, will be turned away in the coming days. CNN hoped to be with Store and his team on doomsday, but the members said they needed that time to focus on their relationship with God. Perhaps that’s just as well, as an official at Family Radio headquarters pointed out: “What makes you think you’ll be able to get to them? The roads will be a mess," he said, referring to the expected earthquakes. Plus, Store said, even if we got there, there would be no time to edit and publish, so what's the point?

Store’s faith remains unwavering. Come Saturday, he and his team will be in Boston, standing in a spot with heavy foot traffic, passing out their pamphlets – which they call tracts – and doing what they believe God called them to do until the very end.

No longer with the team is Darryl Keitt, who ditched his caravan on May 6. He said his time on the RV was a “gift from God,” but he decided he needed to spend the last couple of weeks focusing on his non-believing family and friends in New Jersey. It was a decision he prayed about for several weeks.

His Elizabeth, New Jersey, apartment is pretty sparse, seeing as he gave away most everything before hitting the road.

“I was able to get my old place back,” he said. “But we only have four days to go, so I don’t need much.”

He’s reaching out to old friends and hoping his family will come around and believe what he says he knows to be true.

“I have not seen any signs that they are believing the message,” he said. “But I can’t read anybody’s heart; only God can. And I’m still praying for them. All I can do is continue to share my convictions.”

Tisan Dawud may not share his older half-brother's beliefs, but he supports the positive nature of what Keitt's doing and is awestruck by his dedication.

"He's trying to spread what he believes is the word of God, and I can't knock him for that," Dawud said Tuesday evening. "I became Muslim when I was very young, and he remained Christian. But I've always had respect for his beliefs, and he always had respect for my beliefs."

And rather than criticize or ridicule his brother, who he said isn't hurting anyone, Dawud wishes people would focus on those who deserve examination and condemnation - those selling drugs, molesting children, raping women or embezzling money, for example.

Keitt spends his days in prayer, reaching out to people on Facebook, listening to Family Radio and walking around his neighborhood in his Judgment Day cap and T-shirt. He ran out of tracts some time ago, and at this point it’s too late to order any more, he said. As for where he’ll be on Saturday: “It’s a good question," and one he's still considering.

He doesn’t like goodbyes, he said, and only told two people in his caravan team of 10 that he was leaving. He gave those two men, one of them Store, a quick hug and that was it.

“Preferably we’ll meet each other again,” Keitt said, “in heaven.”

Dennis Morrell was driving through Jacksonville, Florida, pulling his Judgment Day billboard trailer, when we reached him on his cell phone. He wasn’t part of the caravan of RVs but was among the Floridians who joined in to help Store’s team when they were in the city.

Morell and his wife quit their jobs to focus on warning others, a move that’s left their four kids – ages 17 to 24 – thinking “Mom and Dad are crazy,” he said.

He still hopes God will “open their spiritual eyes,” he said. “But they’re at an age where they love their lives. They don’t want this world to come to an end.”

His faith, though, is as firm as ever, and he wishes others would open their minds and hearts to this possibility.

“Why would you wait to see if this is actually going to happen? You have that option to cry out for mercy,” he said. “I don’t want to die and go to hell. Do you?”

He plans to spend the last days praying, up until the early hours of Saturday - when he’ll both pray and wait for 16 hours.

Why 16 hours? Morrell explained that the massive doomsday earthquake will start at the International Date Line before moving west. New Zealand, he said, will get hit first – at 6 p.m. local time. And then that wave of destruction will roll around the world, wreaking havoc at 6 p.m. in each time zone.

While Morrell expects he’ll reserve Saturday for private time, Benjamin Ramrajie of Ocala, Florida, doesn’t have any special plans.

We met Ramrajie in Tampa after his 7-year-old daughter issued a doomsday warning about how the sun would “turn red like blood.” He stood by and nodded his approval as she spoke about dead bodies and her fears of dying.

“Most of my family doesn’t agree 100 percent, and I don’t blame them because it is far-fetched,” he said. “I strongly believe it’s going to happen. But I just figure I’ll relax, maybe watch TV. If that’s the day we get raptured, great. If not, we’ll move on.”

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Culture wars • End times

soundoff (6,292 Responses)
  1. Don

    So if we're supposed to avoid letting these fanatics reflect poorly on the rest of the Christians, then we certainly can't let other fanatical groups like Jihadis reflect poorly on Muslims, right? Only seems fair.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  2. Reality

    As per Family Stations' IRS Form 990, Camping is paid no salary. There, however, is a "loan" to party X for $175,000 noted on the 2009 Form 990. The 2008 Form 990 was sent back to Family Stations because of many errors. Looks like Camping false prophecies extend to his dealings with the IRS!!! It also appears that Family Stations/Camping uses a lot of the money they/(Camping) receive in donations for investments in the the stock and bond market. "Non-profits" do not pay taxes on dividends, interest or capital gains. Another dodge by Camping to cheat the IRS and the US taxpayers?

    What else do we know:

    1. The Sun will burn out in 3-5 billion years so we have a time frame.

    2. Asteroids continue to whiz by us daily.

    3. One large hit and it is all over in a blast of permanent winter.

    4. There are enough nuclear weapons to do the same job.

    5. Most contemporary NT exegetes do not believe in the Second Coming so apparently there is no concern about JC coming back on an asteroid or cloud of raptors/rapture.

    Bottom line: our apocalypse will start between now and 3-5 billion CE.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    May 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • GAW

      I guess we as Americans like to be entertained. Being scared is one form of entertainment. If that's the case then Camping is one good entertainer. Of course he might be taking his entertainment a bit too seriously.

      May 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Franklin Roosevelt. See y'all on May 22nd!

      May 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  3. Amos Onyeakagbuna

    Hmmmm can this be true or human imagination cause the bible NEVER promised to tell us when rapture will take place? Our world is full of fake and untrue messages these either infects or heal the mind,fake prophetic words looming around,we are left with no choice than to believe. God please speak to us directly,yours is the ultimate.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  4. Name*larry

    The Bible says "No man knows the day nor the hour our lord and savior will return." So where did they get there timeline from?

    May 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Julia

      I was wondering the same thing so I decided to take a little time and I looked it up on their site and did some research. It's all a bunch of hunches and misinterpretations of common scripture, mainly taken out of context. I feel sorry for the people who are led to believe this and are missing out on the real truth of the word.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • John

      Simply a CHEAP PUBLICITY stuff...
      by this time people have heard about familyradio.com ....

      May 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  5. Atheist_Free_Thinker

    Are you all just a bunch of cave-dwelling retards? Believing in gods -any- in this day and age is stupid beyond belief.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Skegeeace

      Yep, there's one of those kind-hearted, moral, "I can be good without God" atheists talking there. Don't you feel the love?

      May 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Artist

      Skegeeace, he does have a point. Religions and superst i tion will always be a handi cap of mankind. Really not much difference in cave dwellers, sa v a ges in the jungle and modern day mythical people. They just smell a little better and dress nicer but still share superst i tious beliefs. Its like a cancer...hopefully they find a cure for it before we destroy ourselves over it.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Atheist_Free_Thinker: may freedom of thought endure forever! The existence of rational thought is the greatest product of evolution. That being said, we'll stop believing in gods when you can prove that gods don't exist. 😉 In all of human history, societies have always had religions; there is are no atheist countries in the ancient world. And even "officially" atheist Marxist nations (Cuba, Red China, Vietnam...), religion endures. Even the Neanderthals had religions. Maybe there's just something in the human genome that explains it. Maybe it's a collective delusion. And maybe part of being human is that we can sense the presence of The Creator. Personally, I thank God that atheists exist, and I say that without irony!

      May 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  6. Wow Seriously

    How entirely pathetic is this group of morons going to feel when as usual... NOTHING HAPPENS! I'm no follower of organized religion. I'm on the fence about god as a whole. I'm too scientific to believe most of the laughable b.s. that's in most forms of religious scripture yet have not ruled out the possibility of a more developed being having a hand in workings here. Having said that, people who believe not only these interpretations of scripture, or even the scripture itself as something god said is so are gullible fools. People wrote these books. Some of them were probably high on drugs at the time. If god wanted to be heard he/she/it would certainly say so. I will sit back now and laugh as these idiots crap their pants on "judgment day" only to find the only rapture they need is to be freed from their soiled pants the next morning.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Wow Seriously

      I'm actually considering extending my garage sale this weekend and re-naming it a Rapture Recovery Sale on Sunday to catch any of these chuts walking back to their tents without all the stuff they gave away. Their stupidity can be our financial gain... "oh so you WEREN'T spirited away then... hmm... you need a toaster?"

      May 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • queenbee

      The irony is–if it DOES happen then non of the folks who are being ridiculed now will be there to say "I told you so" Not that they will even CARE what the rest thinks. I believe wholeheartedly in the Rapture and know that the signs as Jesus describes it for "those times" are at hand–the thing is–the bible is not clear of WHEN it happens (before Tribulation, or during?????) Also the bible is very clear that "No man knoweth the time or day that the Son of Man cometh" it is THAT scriptures and others like it where scripture says the timing will not be known–not even by the angels in heaven which make this particular date suspect. Because if no man can know the time, then neither can this group of people. But I do believe it is close and the bible also says that many will scoff and will point out all the times it was predicted and did not occur–it is amazing to me how spot on scripture is about behaviors even in this time–especially:

      "For these shall be the signs that the time is nigh: can't tell the seasons from the seasons (unpredictable weather), there will be wars and rumors of wars, father shall turn against son and daughters against mothers......" Sounds a lot like now–to me.

      If you are a nonbeliever–what is the point in ridiculing a believer? If you are a believer–know your limitations–never foist beliefs on anyone and never try to make your beliefs the law of the land–let people be–because in the end Jesus said "Let the chaff and wheat grow together–behold I am the reaper and when I come-I will separate them" (Paraphrased)

      May 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • LinCA

      @queenbee. The point of ridiculing a believer is to enlighten those that are on the fence. By lamp.ooning the obvious idiocies of blind faith and religion, maybe, just maybe someone who reads it and hasn't been brainwashed, may start to think. And when someone thinks, there is a chance that he or she will come to a reasonable conclusion.

      The ridicule is, most often, not intended to change a believers mind. Because that is an almost impossible task, as those minds tend to be closed shut and impervious to reason.

      May 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  7. Jessica

    Party at my house(: Wear tinfoil hats please.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  8. KK

    By the way, for a front row seat for the second coming, you need to hotfoot it to Independence, MO. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Lot

    May 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  9. likeOMG

    Jesus vs Satin. Who wins? (:
    Muhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhhhh

    May 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • End of the world

      Jesus never said that the end of the of the world will be on May 21 2011 and even he did not know when the end of the world will be. ONLY God knows.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • Wow Seriously

      I'll take satin on that one. It is such a comfortable fabric it makes sleep feel wonderful. Sleeping on the bones of a dead deity however seems to likely be lumpy.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Artist

      Only god knows? Does god talk to you? Do you hear his voice?
      .
      Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations.
      As the illness continues, psychotic symptoms develop:
      • False beliefs or thoughts that are not based in reality (delusions)
      • Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)

      May 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  10. kevin egan

    Ihave to agree that it does tend to give the faith a black eye every time, How ever the idea that it would happen at six oclock locally on the day that the rapture does come would have some merit.
    On a saturday evening with everyone sitting down to dinner, it wouldbe possible to evade one old concern if christians are driving when the rapture occurs there would be major casualties from traffic carnedge from out of control cars air craft et cetra.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  11. likeOMG

    Jesus vs Satin. Who wins? (:

    May 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Zia

      good question?

      May 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      Satin is a nice fabric. 😉

      May 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Seamstress

      Satin. He's got the Muslins on his team

      May 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Donna

      Seamstress just kilt me.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  12. End of the world

    Why the end of the world will happend on Saturday. It supposed to happend on Sunday which is the end of the week.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Wow Seriously

      Sunday, while most commonly associated with the word "weekend" is actually pretty commonly associated as the first day of the week in many places. (my employer for instance considers Sunday the first day of the week... some day of rest huh?)

      May 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  13. Zia

    I wonder if they are going to church Sunday? Hmmmm awkward service that will be...

    May 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • pod

      classic!

      They did however factor in a tolerance to the prediction (of 6months) This gives those kooks a little breathing room when Sunday rolls around.

      For me, I'm gonna snap a phat binger Sat morning w/ my cuppa joe and enjoy some sunlight.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • likeOMG

      I LOVE YOU ZIA! haha, publications class spent reading funny comments on this page(:

      May 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Jessica

      Party at my house. We can all wear tinfoil hats.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Zia

      It would i don't want to know what they will be saving... guess im not going to church Sunday...

      May 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  14. Angel

    God said there would be false prophets!! When May 22 12:01am comes I will be praying hard for those who believed in this movement. I hope you will repent and ask God to save you from your own sin. Those who backed this up, YOU WILL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR IT on the TRUE Jundgement day..Lets hope your saved before that day comes. I encourage you to read Deut. 18:20-22 and Matt. 24:36. No one will know the day of the rapture...NOT EVEN JESUS..ONLY GOD WILL KNOW. The Bible also tells us that false prophets will...DIE. Are you prepared for that?? I am sad about all of this nonsense.
    CHRISTIANS....Please, don't give in. Put on all the armor God gave you so that you will be able to stand up against the devil. Eph. 6:11 WE KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT, DON'T BE FOOLED. OR YOU TOO WILL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR THIS BLASPHEMY!!

    May 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Tim

      the bible also says women can't speak in church

      May 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • missfigge

      Well that's not very nice. Those people were a little weak-minded but it doesn't mean they gotta repent for their sins, they were just trying to help other people get saved. Sheesh, calm down.

      May 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  15. Aset

    So the world is suppose to end Saturday(or rather it is judgement day). Saturday will be a very interesting day indeed. I really can't wait to see what happens. At least I'll be having some fun that day at the Tennessee Renaissance Festival as a pirate.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  16. Aniket Arora

    Look at the nbr of responses. Looks like the doomsday schmucks got their share of attention.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  17. ROBERT RAY

    NANCY,,PLEASE GET SOME HELP.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Wow Seriously

      *cough* Amen *cough*... lolz.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  18. End of the world

    No one knows when will be the end of the world. ONLY God knows. If bible says the end of the world is on May 21 2011, then bible 100 % wrong.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  19. ROBERT RAY

    THIS ONLY PROVES THAT HUMANS ARE DELUSIONAL,ILLITERATE AND OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  20. nancy calamita

    to the Atheist out there who ask if God healed an amutee?? WHY DO YOU CARE WHAT GOD DOES & TO WHO?? IF YOU DON'T BELIVE THERE IS A GOD THEN WHAT DOES IT MATTER TO YOU?? ALL I CAN SAY IS IF YOUR GOD DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU TRY MY GOD JESUS CHRIST. I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE GET HEALED, DELIVERED, AND SET FREE FROM DRUGS, AND ALL OTHER KINDS OF THINGS THAT KEEP YOU BOUND. WEAK MINDED PEOPLE ARE THESE CRAZY PEOPLE IN CULTS. IM A CHRISTIAN AND LOVE JESUS CHRIST & YES THE JUDGMENT WILL COME UPON THE WORLD ONE DAY, ONLY GOD KNOWS THE DAY OR HOUR NOT THESE CRACK POTS.LIKE I SAID IF YOUR GOD DOSEN'T WORK FOR YOU TRY MY GOD HE IS AWSOME!! AND VERY MUCH ALIVE TODAY AND FOREVER MORE.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Atheist's by definition don't have a god.
      As you claim "my god" heals, atheists are just asking for some evidence that your god actually does what you claim. If it's true and verifiable then your god might be worth considering; If not it's just another claim without evidence so why bother there are millions of those.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Atheist_Free_Thinker

      I keep asking but no nut bag here can tell me why god DOES NOT HEAL AMPUTEES.
      You seem to be in the know... so tell me... why does he not heal amputees?

      Simple. THERE IS NO GOD. He's as real as santa and the tooth fairy. Gives weak minded adults something to believe in other than real live.

      But I really would like you to answer the question, but without the BS "god has a special plan for amputees."

      May 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Artist

      Atheist_Free_Thinker

      I keep asking but no nut bag here can tell me why god DOES NOT HEAL AMPUTEES.
      You seem to be in the know... so tell me... why does he not heal amputees?

      Simple. THERE IS NO GOD. He's as real as santa and the tooth fairy. Gives weak minded adults something to believe in other than real live.

      But I really would like you to answer the question, but without the BS "god has a special plan for amputees."

      ----------

      His plan is they serve as entertainment. He likes to watch.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Artist

      Clamidia, do you always yell? It appears you are avoiding the question. Also doe syour god talk to you? Do you hear his voice?
      .
      Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations.
      As the illness continues, psychotic symptoms develop:
      • False beliefs or thoughts that are not based in reality (delusions)
      • Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)

      May 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Reality

      As per Family Stations' IRS Form 990, Camping is paid no salary. There, however, is a "loan" to party X for $175,000 noted on the 2009 Form 990. The 2008 Form 990 was sent back to Family Stations because of many errors. Looks like Camping false prophecies extend to his dealings with the IRS!!! It also appears that Family Stations/Camping uses a lot of the money they/(Camping) receive in donations for investments in the the stock and bond market. "Non-profits" do not pay taxes on dividends, interest or capital gains. Another dodge by Camping to cheat the IRS and the US taxpayers?

      What else do we know:

      1. The Sun will burn out in 3-5 billion years so we have a time frame.

      2. Asteroids continue to whiz by us daily.

      3. One large hit and it is all over in a blast of permanent winter.

      4. There are enough nuclear weapons to do the same job.

      5. Most contemporary NT exegetes do not believe in the Second Coming so apparently there is no concern about JC coming back on an asteroid or cloud of raptors/rapture.

      Bottom line: our apocalypse will start between now and 3-5 billion CE.
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      May 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • queenbee

      Think of your body like a car–you are not the car–you are the being that uses the car to get around. Now–if you are sure you are not your car–then are you worried or do you spazz out if cars are sent back to be rebuilt due to accidents or faulty parts? Do you want to know what the mfg company does not repair cars with 3 wheels and provide the 4th?

      Understand what you are asking but also understand that your body is like a car–God does not care what happens to the car–ultimately his concern is the being in the car (your soul in your body) so he lets a lot of things happen to your body from accidents to murders to death–and he does it all to see if humans ever get the point. When he occasionally heals–He is doing that to also let people know that He is there-but remember this about existence:

      It is not a place for God to prove He is real to YOU (that would be mixing up your importance and necessity and His–EArth is a place where WE prove we are worthy to move to a higher plane because we believe and TRUST in God. It is no different when you test others to determine if they can be trusted or that they are a good fit in your life–to do that–often you may expect them to take some things on faith to prove that they trust you.

      People have this odd belief system when it comes to God–They act like God and the Devil are at war–the Devil is not at war with God–he works for God. Man is the creature that is being tested–the Devil is just one of the beings being used to test man–and if you can wrap your head around that AND around the fact that God puts each spirit into a body and then places it in his earthly petri dish and bombards us with scenario after scenario to see how we process and figure things out–you are far along to believing in Him. Of course for those who require "proof " or there is no belief–never forget the stakes–God is doing this to determine which souls are worthy to be with Him–there is no particular human that he needs to save or have–

      If you forget who is doing the favor for who–then you start thinking God has something to prove for YOU–but what and who are YOU that God should specifically work hard or change his rules to help YOU believe. The rules were first–either follow them or don't–God can love you and leave you at the same time–he gives us the choice of following Him or not–but He exercises the choice of what to do with those who failed to make the cut.

      May 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • missfigge

      WHY ARE YOU YELLING?!?!? Writing in all caps makes you seem less credible. I believe in God as well and have a relationship with him, but it doesn't mean I need to try to tell athiests what to believe.

      May 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Brujo Feo

      Nancy the Calamity has to be correct in everything she writes–if it weren't true, how could she write it in all caps?

      May 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
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