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May 20th, 2011
07:32 PM ET

Avlon on the end of the world

A Christian radio group says the world will end on Saturday. CNN talks with John Avlon about the possibility. Avlon is a CNN contributor, senior political columnist for The Daily Beast and the author of "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: End times

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  1. Fidei Coticula Crux

    The Spirit of Truth vs. the Spirit of Error.

    “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world. – 1 John 4:1

    John speaks of the SPIRITS of teachers in a way similar to what Paul says about the spirits of the prophets in 1 Cor. 14:32. John is not referring here to demon possession, but to teachers who promote error. Believers have the Holy Spirit (3:24); but FALSE PROPHETS obey evil spirits. A true prophet is one who receives direct revelation from God. A false prophet claims to have received direct revelation from God but in fact promotes erroneous ideas. So let us review what Jesus and Paul taught about the end times to see if this so called prophet is a false teacher.

    For 2,000 years people have wondered about the events of the end times and when Jesus will return. Terms such as millennium, tribulation, 666, and antichrist are used in the media and the supermarket tabloids, but questions remain:

    – Will Jesus return physically and reign on earth for 1,000 years?
    – Will Christians go through a seven-year tribulation?
    – Will the second coming of Christ occur at the same time that believers meet Christ in the air (the rapture)?
    – Will Christians be raptured (removed from this earth) and other people “left behind”?
    – What does the nation of Israel have to do with the end times?

    There are four different views of end-times events, but all share some key points:

    – Jesus will come again for those who love him.
    – Jesus calls his followers to be ready all the time.
    – No one knows the day or the hour. Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” – Matthew 24:36

    WHAT JESUS TAUGHT ABOUT THE END:

    Jesus promised his disciples that he would come again. Before his return there would be:

    “Birth Pains” (Events before the “signs” of the end)

    – Many will claim to be the Messiah.
    – People will be deceived by these messiahs.
    – Wars, famine, earthquakes, pestilence.
    – Believers in Christ persecuted and killed.
    – Believers will be witnesses of Jesus to kings.
    – Many will turn away from the faith.
    – Betrayals by parents, brothers, and friends.
    – Increase in wickedness. “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” – Matthew 24:12-13
    – Fearful events and signs from heaven.

    The Signs of the End

    – Jerusalem surrounded by armies.
    – The “abomination of desolation.”
    – Great tribulation like never before.
    – Jerusalem will be trampled on by Gentiles.
    – False prophets perform signs, miracles.
    – Sun darkens, moon doesn’t shine, stars fall.
    – Severe ocean activity disturbs the nations.
    – People will faint with terror.
    – Jesus will appear in the sky.
    – The trumpet will sound.
    – Angels will gather God’s elect.

    (Matthew 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21)

    WHAT PAUL TAUGHT ABOUT THE END:

    1. The Lord will descend.
    2. The dead in Christ will rise first.
    3. The living will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord and be with him forever.
    4. Don’t believe those who say the Day of the Lord has already come.
    5. The Day of the Lord will be preceded by:
    5.1. Rebellion
    5.2. The revelation of the man of lawlessness who will:
    5.2.1. Oppose and exalt himself over God
    5.2.2. Set himself up in God’s temple
    5.2.3. Proclaim to be God
    5.2.4. Be revealed when the one holding him back is taken out of the way
    5.2.5. Be accompanied by satanic, counterfeit miracles
    5.2.6. Deceive those who do not love the truth
    6. When Jesus comes, the man of lawlessness will be overthrown and destroyed.

    (1 Thessalonians 4:17; 2 Thessalonians 2)

    So is this the spirit of truth or the spirit of error? I'll leave it up to you to decide.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • wow

      the world ends may 21st lol i must have laughed even harder when i first heard this bs ....the truth of the matter is that its sad really i mean really he had alot of ppl with him too ....it says that no man shall know when the moment comes ....ive had visions seeing things that seem like it could be the end but i could never come up with a date for it guess im not supposed to but the world will end 1 day hopefully not in my lifetime

      May 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      I think some said it best on another thread..... "well at least you've got that cut and paste thing down". 🙂 Do you highlight and Crtl-C, Crtl-V or do you just right click with a mouse and use the drop down windows?

      May 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Fidei Coticula Crux, what version of the Bible did you use for this particular post?

      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @HeavenSent

      You asked: "Fidei Coticula Crux, what version of the Bible did you use for this particular post?"

      Awww! That is one of the wonders of the bible! It matters not from where you "draw the water". You are assured of it all being total and complete crap.

      Amen!

      Cheers!

      May 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      David, I am trying to figure out why folks believe in such a thing called the Rapture.

      Besides, I told you months ago that it would be beneficial if everyone (meaning non-believers) were on the same page to figure out a few scriptures that haven't been unveiled yet.

      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  2. GSA

    The end of the World will come but the rapture is BS plain and simple. Just another story to keep us talking. Interesting to see just how many ppl actually believe this. I'm wondering if they stopped paying bills, cleaning the house and what else ppl did in preparation for this and how bad they will feel when they realize they were duped again.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  3. HotAirAce

    Anyone else notice that many of the virulent thumpers appear to be missing in action? Did they get raptured or are they merely too embarrassed by their christian brethren and childish beliefs to publicly admit that once again belief in the supernatural has been shown to be ridiculous?

    May 21, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Now that Arnold got caught with the babysitter, that makes all men wingnuts? Same theory that you are applying to us.

      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      It's got nothing to do to with babysitters and everything to do with religion. All that believe are wing nuts. It's just a mttaer of time before society wakes up and revokes your free pass to accepted irrational beliefs. Take a good look at your astrology friends – they are your predecessors on the evolutionary tree of supernatural stupidity.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Hot Air, it has to do with being an anti-social personality. Devoid of emotions. That's why he could pull the rug out from Maria and his kids without batting an eye.

      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @HeavenScent

      Regardless of much booze I have partaken of, there isn't enough booze in the world to make me become a believer. And even *if* (and that's a huge "if") I was to falter in the slightest way, all it would take to restore me to the truth of atheism would be to read a post from you, Adelina or one of the other super thumpers. As long as their are complete idiots of your ilk, demonstrating so clearly how daft religion is, us atheists have nothing to fear.

      May 22, 2011 at 2:05 am |
    • Peace2All

      @HotAirAce

      You Said: "Take a good look at your astrology friends – they are your predecessors on the evolutionary tree of supernatural stupidity."

      LOL...!!! Classic !!!

      Peace...

      May 22, 2011 at 2:24 am |
  4. Woody

    Everybody has to believe in something.............I believe I'll have another beer (burp).

    May 21, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Jesus is coming today, bake him some cookies.

      Blasphemer.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  5. vinita walter

    i don't agree if any human predict a date for the end of the world, as no one knows the time & hour of this, only the God Almighty who has created this earth & life on it, has the power & detail of this.
    if any one ask me what i will do if today is the last day of mine on this earth, what i'll do? then i will answer it like this,
    at once i'll call the people whom i have done wrong or sinned against 'em for forgiveness, go down on my knees and ask for forgiveness of all my sins and accept Lord Jesus as my Lord and Savior, if i have not done it until today. But sorry i do not believe in any of such predictions made by human maind

    May 21, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • Michael

      The world is Not coming to an end,for No man will know the time or day when the son of man will come,this guy is another false profit Jesus warned us about people please dont believe this,we are not even close to the end of times,read your bible dont take my word on it, alot of people are convinced its the end of times,me, Im going to work,I have a pretty good knowledge of the bibe,and know it is not the "end of Times"please dont be a follower of man but in God and His perfect son Jesus have a nice day everyone

      May 21, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  6. AtheistSteve

    So Harold Campings particular flavor of crazy is only offensive to non-Family Radio christians because he dares to set a date. Mostly all are still convinced that the gist of the crazy doomsday tale is still true. Sounds a lot to me like the pot calling the kettle black. I don't believe that a god exists. Thus this non-existent thing cannot be the impetus behind the bible which is itself the only source of information concerning their god. Circular nonsense. And forget the countless other gods that man has created....everyone knows those where just fabrications...right?
    So Sunday morning when I'm giggling my ass off at Campings idiocy I'll be reserving some laughs for all the "true" christians who will be puffing out their chests for identifying his error of claiming to "know" the time of the end while clinging to the equally idiotic idea that the end is still looming...sometime soon. Yeah right...lol

    May 21, 2011 at 7:22 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      The neat thing is that both science and many of the Faiths have in common is this. That big ball of hydrogen will one day, in its dying cycle expand to a point that the Earth will be as a marshmallow in a camp fire. This will happen one day, will it not, or is our "star" different than the rest of the stars in the heavens?

      Then you have a book, that was written long before the flat earth and the earth is the center theories were shot down....but this book declared that the world would be consumed by fire....one day. Science says the earth will be consumed by fire ..one day.... The scientist on Monday will not know when , the Christians on Sunday do not know when....

      The thing is that the Christians knew long long before. So thump our chest .... some might 🙂

      May 21, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • JohnR

      I'd be impressed if the Bible said that the earth would be consumed when the sun went nova in a few billion years and then added a bit about nuclear fusion, collapsing cores, etc, etc. As such, ancient people were familiar with run away fires and floods and volcanos and earthquakes and managed to work one or the other of them into their end day musings. Doesn't mean anything special.

      May 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Same thing applies to you AtheistSteve. Since, Arnold got caught with the babysitter, does that mean ALL men are wingnuts?

      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • JohnR

      @Adeline Not all men, but a depressingly high percentage of them!

      May 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • JohnR

      Whoops, I meant @HeavenSent!!!!!

      May 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      "I'd be impressed if the Bible said that the earth would be consumed when the sun went nova"

      JohnR- I do believe it says consumed by fire. The argument can always be put that you are defining by todays science that event that the witnesses of the Bible defined in the knowledge of their time. By the time you compare both the scientific knowledge that the surface of the Earth will become toast with a scripture that says that the flames shall consume the lands. Its not that much of a difference.

      May 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • JohnR

      Mark, You can't BOTH claim that "Christians knew it first" and then yammer that they described it in terms they understood back then. Hey, according to you guys, this is GOD'S description and not man's anyway. No mention of nuclear fusion or even of the sun expanding, then there's no prophecy.

      Oh, and scientists have reasonable estimates of when it will happen. What does the Bible say?

      May 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      “Mark, You can't BOTH claim that "Christians knew it first" and then yammer that they described it in terms they understood back then.”

      That can be argued John. Think are the “Horse Lati-tudes”. They knew it was something that killed the winds in that area so they described it the best they could with what they had. If a guy witnessed what was presented to him and in the vision or prophesy from God a vision of the planet bursting into flames then in his own words he would have to explain to others, of his time, what he witnessed. Is there any part of you that this is fascinating that a people, that had no real clue of planets and such, described a event that science it took mega dollar telescopes and calculations to come to the same scenario?

      May 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • JohnR

      Mark, it's very simple: You can't "know" something that you utterly fail to understand. Saying that the world will end in fire is not an uncommon mythical theme and in NO way demonstrates some sort of god granted knowledge of the death of the solar system.

      May 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      “You can't "know" something that you utterly fail to understand.”

      Ok, the planes that flew into tower one and tower two. If I was standing over on the shores of Jersey City... saw both impacts and both buildings falling.... what did I see? Now, coming up to the ten year anniversary we have some that point to what they feel are worthy engineers, footage, and other factors ..and they declare that something else brought those buildings down. They point to puffs of smoke and other factors and just do not believe it to be so. Jet goes down in PA that was heading for the White House.... 10 to 20 minutes prior, the news reporters reported that three or four fighter jets went haulin'-tail up from the Potomac. What happened?

      Do I even need to bring up things such as folks thought that the T'itanic sunk from a huge gash on her side that ripped open below the water line. Now we know that the rivet heads sheared off and bulkheads were not high enough. Replay some of the eyewitness reports of what they saw. Iceberg, shudder, ship going down, ship gone. Heck, there are those that didn't believe it was the T'itanic that really sunk. By your standards, they did not “Know” anything. This is what I am saying, technology was not with them back on that cold ocean or when the other ship picked them up, but they still can tell the fact that the ship went down.

      Should I touch on the Kennedy a'ssination and the magic bullet? The shots from the grassy knoll?

      I will break down even simpler for you. You are a first responder and you arrive at a simple car accident in an city intersection. You have multiple witnesses that were walking northbound and witnesses waling westbound. Chances that all are going to give the same account, almost none. Chances are that all will report that a accident “did” happen … about 100%.

      There are times when things happen that are just not in our scope of present knowledge. It could be a argument between two people who are speaking in a language you do not understand, does not mean that you did not witness it.

      I am just putting forth that the science behind what a prophet or such saw might not be in his time frame. But that does not take away that someone witnessed the destruction of the Earth long before our level of science would confirm what was written.

      May 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      @ Mark from Middle River
      Wow ....you just referenced almost every common conspiracy theory known to man. (you left out how we faked the moon landing) Only a screwball puts any stock into what conspiracy theorists come up with but you top it off by using them to justify your crackpot theory about God revealing the end of he world by fire to some tribal jew equals the eventual death of our star. Its exactly this type of cherry picking and false equivication that makes your case appear so weak. You can bend the scriptures in the bible to means just about anything you can imagine. Nice try though...
      Now if the bible really was a source of actual science millenia before real discoveries were made then we should have ample evidence of that. Where is E=mc^2 for instance...its a simple equation that any idiot could remember...or how about the atomic structure of a hydogen atom....a dot with a circle around it.

      May 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      The reference of all of those theories was because, I am not one that lives and dies on the conspiracies but I am one that is not readily accepting of everything that the news media and my government puts forth to me. Pretty much since finding out that Lincoln did not free all of the slaves...

      You say that: “Only a screwball puts any stock into what conspiracy theorists come up with”

      Oh you mean theories of sailing to the horizon and “not” falling off the edge of the earth... heard them say that was a crackpot theory. 🙂 I mean seriously, for some who sounds like he wants to defend science to call things crackpot theories..... good grief Steve, how many times have yall been wrong. A few months ago I heard that coffee drinking was not healthy, last night I read a report that it cuts prostate cancer risk by 20%. In many ways that is how the scientific community is like the religions. Instead of competing denominations, the scientific community has MIT, CalTech, Duke and Hopkins. Each trying to one-up each other for the almighty dollar.

      –>”Now if the bible really was a source of actual science millenia before real discoveries were made then we should have ample evidence of that. “ So your thoughts of a person bearing witness of the flames consuming the earth centuries before science confirms that the sun will go out one day, after turning this planet to a flaming cinder? Is the Bible a base for science or to bear witness and fortell, in this case?

      Do you read the newspaper Steve, I would take it that you do read here on CNN. Let us take the front page story of the Mississippi river. I read about flood waters, hardships and actions they are trying to mount to save folks. In the videos, not much about the science behind this tragedy, but it does have feveryday people giving personal accounts of what they have witnessed. Do you dismiss these folks telling about how their farms were washed away because they can not tell you the science behind “why” their farms washed away? Maybe you should look towards the Bible as that. I mean I am not preachin' to you but to give you incite on how folks of Faith view such.

      Its nice to know that the questions and the cases appears so “weak” to you, it lets me know that your beginning to lose a bit of traction. Normally its the person being pushed back that complains that the other is not playing by the rules.

      PS. I didn't even touch on area 51 and a few threads back someone mentioned Illuminati.

      May 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Mark, nothing is going to happen to the earth. The eternal flames is what happens to evil. Not the earth.

      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      John R. I was being flippant ... as I was trying to get the person to comprehend how he sounded with my statement.
      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @Heavensent I'm getting worried. You are actually sounding reasonable today. 🙂

      @Mark Good grief, man. DO buy a clue!!! (Look up Noam Chomsky's debunking of the "inside job" theory re 9/11. I'm not a Chomskyan, but he really cuts to the chase very efficiently in this case.)

      May 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • John Richardson

      And furthermore, Mark. I'm not going to go into all the other rubbish you've dragged into this. But what is EXTREMELY tiresome is religious people pulling out some 2000+ year old biblical one-liner that is not grossly inconsistent with modern science and putting it next to the huge edifice of knowledge that science has built in a scant few centuries and saying "See? We knew it first!" or some similar claptrap. In any case, what heats the sun is not "fire" of the sort we humans experience in our day to day lives (ie combustion of a fuel in the presence of oxygen). The biblical quote you gave is at best a not terribly misleading metaphor for what modern science says.

      May 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      “In any case, what heats the sun is not "fire" of the sort we humans experience in our day to day lives (ie combustion of a fuel in the presence of oxygen). ”

      Sigh, yes we do know that at the core of the sun it is a different kind of flame, but in the time before the mass of the sun gets closer ….. Aren't things such as buildings and forest going …. burn in the flames that we are used too? I am talking about after the atmosphere vanishes and the planet is not protected... will not the trees and other things burn with flame as we know it?

      I feel I have been busted back to Atheist triple A. I need to engage David Johnson more. 🙁

      May 22, 2011 at 1:03 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Sunday the 22nd and we are all still here...no surprise to most I'm sure.
      Ok Mark...one final note.
      Since you seem so sure that the end of the world by fire(equivalent you say to our sun's demise) was revealed by god to some ancient hebrew but that said witness would be unable to describe what he clearly could not understand in modern terms. Lets test that.
      The death throes of our star after fusing its hydrogen and helium into carbon will see the sun swell into a red giant. Growing to swallow Mercury, Mars and possibly even the Earth at its peak the spectacle of the growing sun would be overwhelming. Long before all life on earth was extinguished by fire the enlarged sun itself would be the focus of attention of even the simplest observing mind. But a massively swollen sun isn't even remotely mentioned in scripture.
      Also the time frame is way off. The majority(and this fact was polled) of christians believe the end of the world is due to occur within their lifetime. 2000 or so years after his death is when most believe the end will occur. The sun is about half way through its main sequence lifecycle and wont begin its red giant phase for another 4 billion yrs. That's a multiplication factor of 2 million. As poor estimates go this is the biggest flop of all.
      Certainly the god you propose is supposedly capable of speeding up this process, by twisting the laws of nature in yet another demonstration of miraculous anti-science. I'm sorry Mark but science and prophesy are completely at odds here and no amount of wishful interpretation can bring them together.

      May 22, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • John Richardson

      @AtheistSteve – One correction: Mars is farther from the sun than Earth. Earth is gone by the time Mars is swallowed. I think you meant to reference Venus. Otherwise, yes, the show (assuming anyone's around to see it – this will be the demise of the sun and the solar system, humans may well have been looooong gone before this)would be spectacular and any prophesy of this end that doesn't reference the expanding sun is missing the main "sign" that the end is nigh!!! Prophecy in this case, as I said before, may not be grossly at odds with the facts, but is a thin and flimsy metaphor at best.

      May 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Thanks John...my bad...yes I did mean Venus....a mistake I should have noticed but my mind was focused on the bigger part of the argument. In fact Mars might see a small reprive when we humans might(if we survive that long) set up temporary residence before heading out to find a new solar system to inhabit.

      May 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  7. wrap foil around your head

    Well the voices were wrong, all they do is lie and tell me the illuminati's plan for the New World Order. That they meet in masonic lodges doing satanic rituals and discussing total world domination through depopulating the planet, lodges like the bilderberg group, Scottish rite, eastern star, prince hall, bovarian grove, the lion's den, etc... They know if you have been a productive member of society and followed the law of your land. If your a good not or girl instead if participate in depopulation but will do fine with mandatory work hours in your secured FEMA camp. If you break the law of the land you will be tested on with telepathic mind control through HAARP project which beams voices into a victim's usually claiming to be angels or demons (fallen angels) because they play haarps. The victim is then used as a manchurian candidate for some small task. Usually to show their power to a select few and sometimes they are told spritual prophercies that never happend.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  8. Gedalya

    God is NOT returning until the 144,000 Israelites leaders are risen up to lead the rest of Israel. and i'm NOT talking of those "Jew-ish" people, I'm talking about the true israelites.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  9. Beverly Kurtin, Ph.D.

    Dang it! I should have thought about buying the believers' homes for a dollar and then rented it back to them when the nut who, for the second time has said that the world is ending. What is wrong with people? How could anyone possibly think that this nut is just that: A nut of the first degree.
    Funny-mental Christians are so ignorant that they can't even read their books. Jesus said quite clearly that nobody knows when the rapture would take place; nobody but God. Not being a Christian of any strip, all I can do is feel a twinge of pity for their ignorance and willingness to panic when someone says BOO!

    May 21, 2011 at 3:29 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      –>"twinge of pity for their ignorance and willingness to panic when someone says BOO!"

      You mean the same way Atheist panic and soil themselves when we say .... Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah 🙂

      I know ... Happy Kwanzaa my Atheistic friends.

      May 21, 2011 at 6:13 am |
    • Jesus is coming today, bake him some cookies.

      @Mark
      I'm more concerned about why a PHD spelled "stripe" as "strip" ! Hmmmm.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Ecch.... after about ten years as a pharmacy tech and having to read doctors prescriptions .... I just gave it a pass 🙂

      I would love to find out where she is going to find a mortgage company that will finance that many homes.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • tallulah13

      Perhaps Mark wasn't being critical because of his dodgy grammar in this line:

      "You mean the same way Atheist panic and soil themselves when we say .... Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah :)"

      May 21, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • JohnR

      I've never seen an atheist panic when someone said Merry Christmas or Happy Hannukah.

      May 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      “Perhaps Mark wasn't being critical because of his dodgy grammar in this line:”

      –>hmm, dodgy grammar... heck, I am doing my best to just spell everything correctly 🙂

      “I've never seen an atheist panic when someone said Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah.”

      I have never seen a Christian panic when some one says …. “Boo”. So since we both claim to never seen our own groups faint when confronted with the other, then I guess the claims on both sides must be false or both of us must be lying through our teeth.... well lying through our keyboards 🙂

      Neat how that works out, huh.

      May 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • JohnR

      Mark! That's a deal! 🙂

      May 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Beverly, you don't know how to read the Bible either. There is no reference to the Rapture anywhere in it's pages. The rapture is man made.

      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • Artist

      HeavenSent

      Beverly, you don't know how to read the Bible either. There is no reference to the Rapture anywhere in it's pages. The rapture is man made.

      Amen.

      ------

      Now this is funny because the bible is manmade/written lol

      May 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  10. Wipe0ut

    When all believers will pee simultaneously, it would mean end of days for all Atheists. But there's nothing much to worry because for them coz they don't need no Noah's Ark to save them from the flood of pee, a regular-size canoe would be big enough to accomodate them all including their pets.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:16 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I thought that urine flood belonged to the beer drinkers?

      May 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  11. hyp3rtraxx

    http://imageshack.us/f/852/ear...
    captured about 5 mins ago, has it started?

    May 21, 2011 at 3:09 am |
    • hyp3rtraxx

      http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/852/earthquakec.jpg/

      May 21, 2011 at 3:10 am |
  12. CommonSense

    This is why religion is worthless and just a source of trouble. It makes people crazy and stupid. The world would be better off if there were no regligious beliefs/practices of any kind...

    May 21, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • Wipe0ut

      You service is needed, get off your lazy butt and GO in the foxholes! I see no Atheist in there!

      May 21, 2011 at 2:52 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      –> "...and just a source of trouble."

      So, religion and the faiths have never done anything good? Wow, you know I have a uncle who is one of those old die hard Black Panthers. Every time he hears about one of us younger members of the family having a white friend or speaking nice about any white person.... he says pretty much the same thing. Amazing how hate is just every where.

      May 21, 2011 at 6:17 am |
    • JohnR

      Ah, the old "no atheists in foxholes" defamatory lie.

      May 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I do suspect there is more than meets the eye with these Californians. It's flood season which means landslides. Maybe, just maybe, they sold their houses before they lost them in a rush of mud swooping down the hills.

      Just a thought.

      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  13. Alvin Sklunkman, Accounting Assistant from Beyond the 13th Dimension

    The end of the world is really rather dull, isn't it?

    May 21, 2011 at 2:26 am |
  14. David Johnson

    My only hope, is that some people will learn from this and come to realize there is no god. It is all just wishful, deluded thinking. Trust me on this guys. If there was a god, I'd tell you.

    The only difference between the doomsdayers who believe Jesus is coming in less than an hour, and all the other Christians, is one of timing. Both groups believe Jesus will return. They just differ on when. Both are wrong. Both are silly.

    Cheers!

    May 21, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • Jesus Abandons Religion and Learns the Banjo

      Forget any hopes of enlightenment for those under the dark ignorance of religion, David. Trying to talk reason to a religious person is like trying to teach math to a chicken: the words just don't get in there. They will cluck away like they are responding, but they just don't have the equipment to understand.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:32 am |
    • Paris Hilton's Triumph Over Explosive Diarrhea

      Given a choice, go for the conversation with the chicken.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:50 am |
    • Wipe0ut

      David you said: "My only hope, is that some people will learn from this and come to realize there is no god."

      Yeah..we all know that there is no......ATHEIST IN THE FOXHOLES!

      May 21, 2011 at 3:10 am |
    • Jesus Abandons Religion for the Banjo

      Atheists in foxholes – LAME ! ! ! I guess the Red Army didn't use foxholes when they kicked Hitler's butt, huh?

      Only a total moron would mistake a childish cliche pass for a truth.

      May 21, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • Michael

      Everyone has there own beliefs,doomsday is not today,but that does not mean theres NO God it means not to put trust and faith in Man,there is a God,otherwise how would you be here typing this letter,everyone has there beliefs and your allowed too just please dont put faith in Mans word

      May 21, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Faux Paws

      @Michael
      Your logic, (re: "being there typing") and knowledge of science, is as flawed as your spelling and grammar.
      You need an education, man. Are you an exhibit for CNN's Education Special this weekend ?

      May 21, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Jesus is coming today, bake him some cookies.

      @Wipe0ut
      ahhh dear, "ain't no" is a double negative. That means you are saying there ARE atheists in foxholes. Now run along, and go out and play.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • bp

      No Atheist in Foxholes? What a retarded saying. Im Atheist, Im in the military, Im currently deployed in Iraq. I dont turn to some invisble being when it all goes South. Guess your theories wrong.

      May 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Oh LOL

      It blows my mind there are rational, intelligent people who believe in an ancient myth like this. It hurts my head.

      May 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  15. ILL KLEEN

    Blasphemies! God will judge us not only by action, but by even the words we say....Jesus christ will surely come, but when? I can't tell....

    May 21, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • David Johnson

      @ILL KLEEN

      You said: "Blasphemies! God will judge us not only by action, but by even the words we say....Jesus christ will surely come, but when? I can't tell...."

      God does not exist. He is a product of man's imagination, like all the gods. Jesus won't be coming back. He is long dead.

      Jesus predicted He would be back in the 1st Century. He was just as wrong as this crop of doomsdayers.

      Cheers!

      May 21, 2011 at 1:23 am |
    • Wipe0ut

      David..
      Your IQ along with your d!ck stays the same as you were 5. Damn! it's only your balls have grown more than your age now.

      May 21, 2011 at 3:07 am |
  16. David Johnson

    Damn! This is exciting. It is like when I was 5 and waiting on Santa Claus.

    Less than 1 hour now. NORAD is claiming they are tracking an object, hurtling toward earth! It is making odd whistling sounds, from apparent holes in its hands and feet...

    God, I hope this can be made into a yearly practice. Like Linus and his wait for the Great Pumpkin.

    I think I will have another beer. It is what Jesus would do, if He weren't dead.

    Cheers!

    May 21, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • Peace2All

      @DJ

      ROFLMAO !!!!

      Peace...

      May 21, 2011 at 1:38 am |
    • Wipe0ut

      David..

      Did you ever notice that the more your balls swelling like pumpkins, your d!ck simultaneously cringe like silk worm?

      May 21, 2011 at 3:01 am |
    • tallulah13

      Brilliant, DJ. Plain brilliant.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  17. David Johnson

    Hmmm...Jesus is probably just getting His holy sandals on right now.

    He is due in New Zealand in a little over an hour.

    I know the Christians keep trying to disavow themselves from this doomsday prophecy, but I think it reflects on all of them. It is like they all are soiling their britches in one grand event.

    Cheers!

    May 21, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • Wipe0ut

      Get your lazy butt off in that skewed and weathered-leather chair and go into the foxholes. There aint no Atheist there!

      May 21, 2011 at 2:57 am |
    • Finger Puppet

      @Wipe0ut
      Agree completely, but it's only because they're too smart to end up there.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Oh, Really David. So, lumping billions of Christians into one lump category is what you consider? Open minded?

      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @HeavenSent

      You said: "Oh, Really David. So, lumping billions of Christians into one lump category is what you consider? Open minded?"

      I am not open minded. Christians and all other believers of any gods, are wrong. Jesus, if He ever existed, is dead. Dead for 2000+ years.

      All Christians are deluded. These doomsdayers are no more the idiots than any of the rest of you. They have shined a light of ridicule on themselves, by picking a date and time. The rest of you have avoided this, by not predicting a time.

      All of your beliefs are not so different. All are just myth. None provide any evidence.

      Cheers!

      May 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      David, how many times do I have to explain this to you? Read this s-l-o-w-l-y ... 2000 years for man is 2 days for the Lord.

      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  18. HotAirAce

    We have a few atheists friends over to celebrate believer stupidity. We have more than enough booze to get us past May 21 6PM local. Religious "books of stupidity" burnings are scheduled hourly starting at 6PM May 21 (international date line time). So many books, so little time.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • And most of all..

      So FEW Atheist to burn them.

      May 21, 2011 at 2:29 am |
    • tallulah13

      Please don't burn the books It damages the air quality. Just recycle them properly with the rest of the trash.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Hot Air, by the way you write, you lead me to believe you've had enough "booze" for a life time ... and then some.

      Amen.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  19. fimeilleur

    ZOMBIES?!?!?! OMG!!!!! Too bad the CDC site crashed. How will I protect myself now? I wonder if the Buybull has any defense against zombies...?

    Oh... good fun... and a good time was had by all.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Jesus Abandons Religion and Learns the Banjo

      Our scientific research shows that while the Jesus resurrection story fits the profile of a zombie, he actually seems to be a vampire. His rapturing followers really are more like the snivelling toadies one always finds around the vampire leader.

      May 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Free

      Jesus Abandons Religion and Learns the Banjo-
      Naa, you got it wrong. It's his followers who drink his blood... ah, wine, right!

      May 20, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • Wipe0ut

      I ain't see no foxholes, no wonder there's a lot of Atheists down here!

      May 21, 2011 at 2:46 am |
    • Bucky Ball

      @Wipe0ut
      I see you big sister left her computer on again.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Jesus Abandons Religion and Learns the Banjo

      Now Bucky, go easy on little WipeOut. He was just being kind enough to prove my "snivelling toadies" point.

      May 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • fimeilleur

      @ A$$Wipe... sorry, I meant WipeOut...

      I've noticed there are no Christians in Hospitals either... funny that...

      May 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  20. Peace2All

    The lady 'interviewer' said... (paraphrasing)

    "It's not just the lunatics that believe this, but also some 'sane' people believe this too."

    Say what...?

    Peace...

    May 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
    • Artist

      So you can be sane and believe in an insane idea? lol

      May 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Artist

      Hey -Artist...

      Yeah...my head is 'still' hurting after watching and listening to the lady say it in the interview...wow.! LOL !

      Peace...

      May 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Wipe0ut

      Helluvah Atheists down here, Oh! I see, this isn't a foxhole!

      May 21, 2011 at 2:44 am |
    • Wipe0ut

      When all believers will pee simultaneously, it would mean end of days for all Atheists. But they no need to worry because they don't need no Noah's Ark to save them from the flood of pee, a regular-size canoe would be big enough to accomodate them all including their pets.

      May 21, 2011 at 3:19 am |
    • Carpenter in a Land with no Wood

      WipeOut is doing some of his brainiac brain-stuff for us this morning. Brilliant points, BrainWipeOut! You just really destroyed us all on those gems of thimking (and I do mean thimking).

      May 21, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • tallulah13

      Wipe, your original posts weren't terribly clever the first time around. Why don't you try some new material that actually makes sense?

      May 21, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • Chicken Little

      @Wipe0ut
      Could you do us all a favor and bump your turntable. That broken record about foxholes was "boring" long before the first time you repeated it.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Ogre

      Wipe0ut,

      It looks like a couple of your more offensive posts were removed. Too bad. I purposely didn't report abuse so that they would stay here and show you for what you are.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
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