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May 21st, 2011
07:23 PM ET

It's NOT the end of the world as we know it

(CNN) - This just in: Doomsday is doomed. And the world is still here.

After months of warnings and fear, the Day of Rapture, as predicted by apocalyptic Christian broadcaster Harold Camping, passed without apparent calamity. Judgment Day was to have started at 6 p.m., but as darkness fell on many parts of the world, it appeared that heaven could wait.

At this writing, there have been no reports of people soaring upward to the skies, but plenty of folks are talking about it.

Jim Brenneman, a cartoonist and CNN iReporter in Marcellus, New York, said he expects to remain on Earth, but you never know.

"Although I assume that I've lived a sinful life and will probably be here on Sunday, there is a small chance that maybe I was better than I thought and might get sucked up into the heavens on Saturday with all the other self-righteous wing nuts," he said. "If that happens, feel free to have my stuff. But probably not! Let the Looting Begin! HAPPY APOCALYPSE EVERYONE!!"

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity

soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Stevie

    I'm too high, too high, but I ain't touched the sky. I'm too high, so high, I feel like I'm about to die.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  2. dfrw

    The world will indeed end: when the Sun dies or a giant meteor crashes into the planet. Unless we destroy it first, which seems very likely. Folks, it is time to grow up. There is no Rapture, no Jesus, no God, no Allah, and no G-d. You need to accept it and focus on the here and now and stop believing in the nonsense of nomads from many centuries ago.

    May 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • David

      Your knee will bow.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • Ironman21

      Some people believe in meta narratives. Others do not. Just because you don't doesn't give you the right to attack someone else's simply because you don't approve. And I'd love to know how you know God doesn't exist. While we can't prove he exists, simply using that as part of you argument is a fallacy. And does this also mean you don't believe in any overarching principals that govern the world? Because we can't prove that they are overarching everywhere....now can we

      May 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • Info

      @David
      "Your knee will bow."

      Prove it

      May 22, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • dfrw

      @ironman
      I know that God doesn't exist because I learned to think critically more than 20 years ago. I also know that humans many centuries ago felt the need to understand and explain the world as they experienced it. They attempted to do so, but the theory was not even remotely empirical ( and that is unacceptable by post-Enlightenment standards ). However, over time human knowledge has advanced considerably. Thus, while we still desire to understand and explain our world, the past, and indeed our very existence, most of us know that like any theory, a theory of origin, is constantly subject to test and even discard when we discover something else to be more likely.

      May 22, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • John Richardson

      @Ironman Yes, he does have the right to criticize religious belief and espouse his own.

      May 22, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • David Johnson

      @dfrw

      You give good advice! Good post.

      @david

      You said: "Your knee will bow."

      Yep, and the world will end on the 21st... LOL.

      Cheers1

      Cheers

      May 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  3. P.A

    If the bible they believe in says: "But as to that day and the exact time no one knows–not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone", then why are they believing ANYONE when it comes to predicting the time of the rapture?

    May 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • PrettyGirl

      My point exactly! Like I stated earlier – any real Christian would not believe this load of crap!!

      May 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • My dinosaur ate your Jesus fish

      The only difference between Harold Camping'a load of crap and your's is timing.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Amazing Steve

      Soooo... the sure fire way to stave off the rapture is to live every day like it's your last? Bible paradox fail!

      May 22, 2011 at 3:15 am |
  4. Mr.Robert"s Wise-Dumb

    A wise man said "My people are failing because of lack of knowledge" Jesus Christ. Wrong behavior is a direct reflection of wrong thought. Wrong thought is a direct refliction of wrong state of mind. Wrong state of mind is a direct refliction of dead spirit. Dead spirit is a direct refliction of wrong values. Wrong values is a direct refliction of lack of knowledge. Lack of knowledge is a direct refliction of lack of education. Lack of education is a direct refliction of a failing people. "We the People" of America are a failing people. Failing people lack discernment,they are are unable to tell the difference between right thinking and behavior (Rightousness) and wrong thinking and behavior(Sin). Failing people can not predict the last days. Jesus Christ said He did not know when are the last days. He did not give an exact date!!! So, this "false prophet" knows more than Jesus Christ?. Jesus Christ did not say my people are failing because of lack of religion. Jesus Christ did not teach,demostrate or advocate religion. Jesus Christ taught,demostratted and advcated Gospel Truth. There is not one religion on earth today that advocates gospel truth!!! I'm Mr. Robert. This is my wise-dumb. I will pay anyone $100 cash to prove me wrong. For payment details send an email to:mr.roberts.wise-dumb@hotmail.com

    May 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • PrettyGirl

      hahaha!! Love it! 🙂

      May 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      1. No one, sir, can prove a negative.
      2. JC did not know/teach/advocate "Gospel" anything. They were written and named long after he died.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Mr. Robert"s Wise-Dumb

      Yep... -Bucky Ball beat me to your post. But, I am in agreement (with Bucky Ball) here.

      Peace...

      May 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • God

      What is a "refliction?"....I just proved your entire post wrong because there is no such thing as a "refliction"...where's my $100?!?!

      May 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Hey, I'll give you $100 if you can prove that there is as much of a chance that any of the gospels is literally true in every detail as there is that one person will win three straight powerball jackpots.

      May 22, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  5. NickB5

    Maaaaaaan....I was really hoping they'd be raptured away too! This is just like that time I waited for the zombie apocalypse. What a bummer 🙁

    May 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  6. Peter F

    I don't know Mr. Camping's motives, and to be honest I really don't care. What I am trying to care about is all those people who were duped by his so-called prophecy and consequently gave up enormous amounts of their time, energy and financial resources. What's worse – will they ever be able to trust again?

    May 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  7. Frederick

    Learning morals and respect for others should be instilled in our society. It's a shame that 10% of our population can't work because they're lazy and on drugs--I for one is fed up with their sorry a** excuses. You enabling moms need to kick a**. and get with it.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Frederick

      Were you attempting to make a point regarding this article, or just goin' off on a 'riff'...?

      Peace...

      May 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Faux Paws

    We felt the earth move here today. I'll spare you the details.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      Fluffy is very annoyed with you Paws. He was about to write something very similar, and then got distracted. Fluffy is known to bite others on the ankle, when angered.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Dorianmode

    Don't kid yourselves. Camping won today, and is laughing his way, again, to the bank, whistling "he he, they fell for it again".

    May 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • Yup

      exactly

      May 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  10. Cindy

    Two big Christian holidays are celebrated every single year in most countries: Easter and Christmas. Historical evidence has shown Jesus did live, die and ressurected from death. People, even the cruelest and most despised ones, have changed their lives and filled them with the love of God. Personal prayers have been amazingly answered. This world full of wonders itself is evidence of God's existence. I can never say there is no God.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • Jesusfreaker

      There is only one piece of historical writing from the time of Jesus that could be used in defense of his existence. I'll accept that, but there is certainly no historical records whatsoever that speak of his resurrection. The only writings of his resurrection are the gospels and they were written 35 – 70 years after he died. Hardly historical. No one during Jesus' time wrote about his life. Like I said there is one writing that refers to him, but it gives no details. One would think that God would have ensured that his son was literate. That wasn't the case.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • Info

      @Cindy
      well actually easter and christmas are not christian holidays, they are orignally pagen holidays and were adopted to make the conversation easier.

      "historical evidence has shown Jesus did live, die and ressurected from death"

      There is no historical evidence of Jesus being resurrected from death, honestly there isn't much evidence of him ever being alive either. The most accurate accounts of jesus outside of the bible is an anicent jewish historian and roman historian who wrote about him and his follows and he that he was crucifed only they were written decades and centuries after his death (the bible was also writen centuries after his death as well. Other then word of mouth there is no evidence he ever was alive or that he was resurrected. A lot of the wonders in the world can be easily explain without the presense of a God or the excuse that God did it.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • David

      @ Info "A lot of the wonders in the world can be easily explain without the presense of a God or the excuse that God did it."

      hehe, oh really, you think so??? Then can you please explain why fossilized clams (or oysters) have been found on the top of Mt. Everest?

      Great flood maybe? Yeah, I think so.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • Q

      @David – Plate Tectonics and uplift. Fossils aren't just on mountain tops they're within mountain tops. But regarding a great flood, perhaps you'd care to explain how a single flood event produced the well-ordered fossil record, e.g. first fish, then amphibians, then reptiles, then mammals and then birds?

      May 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • I_get _it

      David,
      "Then can you please explain why fossilized clams (or oysters) have been found on the top of Mt. Everest?"

      Study some geology, kid. The Himalayas are the result of two of the Earth's plates slowly pushing against each other, which causes the land to rise. Everest was once a flat place under the sea. The plates are still moving (causing some earthquakes) and, in fact, Mt. Everest is still growing taller.

      – and – (with much laughter):

      If the stupid ark had been floating all over the Earth, it would have found land first at Everest (29,000 thousand ft. vs. Ararat, 16,000')... and the Bible folks would have settled there.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Info

      @Q and I_get _it
      I couldn't have said It any better, you guys rock!

      May 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      David asked: "can you please explain why fossilized clams (or oysters) have been found on the top of Mt. Everest?"

      Dinner takeout from a seafood restaurant for Edmund Hillary's party?

      May 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
    • John Richardson

      David, others gave the correct answer. To quickly see how ludicrous your idea is, adult clams and oysters don't climb undersea mountains any more than they climb terrestrial mountains. So the only way for clams or oysters to end up on the summit of an undersea mountain would be for their spawn to settle there and then grow to adulthood. The bible gives nowhere near enough time for this to happen within the 40 days and 40 nights allotted, And then there would be issues of animals adapted to a certain level of salinity surviving in waters whose salinity would have been severely diluted if there was enough of a flood to top Everest!

      May 22, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Cindy

      You said: "Historical evidence has shown Jesus did live, die and ressurected from death."

      There were no eyewitness accounts of Jesus. The Gospels were written by god knows who in the third person. The Gospels were written with an agenda i.e., Jesus was the Messiah and Son of God.

      We know virtually nothing about the persons who wrote the gospels we call Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
      -Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion at Princeton University, (The Gnostic Gospels)

      The bottom line is we really don't know for sure who wrote the Gospels.
      -Jerome Neyrey, of the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass. in "The Four Gospels," (U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 10, 1990)

      Jesus is a mythical figure in the tradition of pagan mythology and almost nothing in all of ancient literature would lead one to believe otherwise. Anyone wanting to believe Jesus lived and walked as a real live human being must do so despite the evidence, not because of it.
      -C. Dennis McKinsey, Bible critic (The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy)

      There are no known secular writings about Jesus, that aren't forgeries, later insertions, or hearsay. NONE!

      Most of the supposed authors lived AFTER Jesus was dead. Can you say hearsay?

      We don't even have a wooden shelf that Jesus might have made for mother's day. Or anything written by Jesus (He was probably illiterate).

      The Dead Sea Scrolls did not mention Jesus or have any New Testament scripture.
      Jesus, if he existed, was not considered important enough to write about by any contemporary person. The myth hadn't had a chance to flourish.

      Paul's writings were the first, about Jesus. But, Paul's writing was done 25 to 30 years after Jesus was dead. In a primitive, ultra-supersti_tious society, 25 years is a lot of time for a myth to grow. Paul never met Jesus.

      Some people feel that Paul, not Jesus, is the real father of what most Christians believe today (Pauline Christianity).

      Questions on the Crucifixion story:
      "Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save." Mark 15:31

      "Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe..." Mark 15:32

      It would appear, that the chief priests are admitting that Jesus "saved" others. If they knew this, then there is no reason for them to demand that Jesus descend from the cross, in order for them to believe. They already admitted to knowing of Jesus's "miracles".
      I'm sure you will apply Evangelical gymnastics to these verses, but taken literally it would seem that this is just an embellishment by Mark. A work of fiction.

      Here is some more:
      According to Luke 23:44-45, there occurred "about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour, and the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst."
      Yet not a single mention of a three hour ecliptic event got recorded by anyone. – 'Cause it didn't happen!

      Mathew 27 51:53
      51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

      How come nobody wrote about zombies running through the cities? 'Cause it is all b.s.

      If Jesus was the Messiah and the Son of God, who died for man's redemption, then this would be the most important event in the history of man.
      Why wouldn't god have ensured there was tons of evidence that this was true? Multiple Writings by contemporary eyewitnesses – Jews and Romans.

      You are going to want to say that there IS lots of evidence, but look at reality: There are way more people, in the world, who are not Christians than who are. In fact, about 67% of the people on earth, are not Christian. Obviously, the evidence is not adequate to convince even a majority of the population. An all powerful, all knowing, all good god can't even convince 1/2 the planet? Does that seem likely to you?

      Google: Mithra, Horus, Attis, Krishna –> The Parallels between these "gods" and Jesus are astounding.

      Read some Greek mythology. Gods hooking up with humans was common. LOL

      Cheers!

      May 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  11. stefan

    As stupid as the whole doomsday thing is, the idea of a savior coming back at all is straight up childish. Better off believing that pro-wrestling is real....... oh wait a minute... is it? hahahaha

    May 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  12. Cristiano Campos

    May 21st, 2011 ?

    You guys are with messed up calendars (or may be brains?) ... its supposed to be DECEMBER, 21ST... 2012! .. cheers.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • PrettyGirl

      No, the belief that the world is ending in 2012 is from the ancient Mayan calendar. The dummy that predicted the world would end today is actually Christian.

      May 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • stefan

      Both predictions are for those adults still watching sat morning cartoons, useless.

      May 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • Cristiano Campos

      Oh... Well, then if it doesn't end we still have hope it does by 2012!

      May 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Cristiano Campos

      LOL....!! Say Wut...?

      Peace...

      May 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • Rofl

      NOBODY KNOWS WHEN THE EARTH WILL END EXCEPT FOR GOD HIMSELF .

      May 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • NickB5

      HERSELF

      May 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  13. tallulah13

    However, a volcano started erupting in Iceland today. Perhaps that's what Camping really meant.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Amazing Steve

      A fairly mild volcano eruption instead of earth-shattering earthquakes and the living dead? Are you saying that god wussed out? Awesome.

      May 22, 2011 at 3:20 am |
  14. David Johnson

    This, yet another failure, is a finger in the eye of believers everywhere, as well as the gods they worship.

    This was all the believers who preach on this blog, standing in freshly soiled britches. The doomsdayers picked today to prove what they were spouting was crap. These others choose to wait to be humiliated. LOL. It all comes out in the wash. Same crap, different day! The outcome will be the same.

    The outcome will be the same, whether it is 2000 or 10000 years. No Jesus will come back. No god is there to punish or reward. God is the Santa of adults. Ask anyone of the annointed ones, to prove what they say is true. They talk and talk and correct your beliefs...tell them to prove what they say is true.

    When the believers prattle on as if god is somehow talking through them...pay no attention. It is just wishful thinking and delusion. It is them, trying to be special. Setting the rest of us right. Convincing themselves... Oh how much Jesus must love them... LOL

    None of the pukes who "preach" on this blog have a better clue than any one else. They like to act like they do. But, they don't. None of their predictions, None of their prayers, None of their observations come true. They just stand there, with filth running down their legs.

    Enjoy your lives. Don't live in fear of a monster beneath the bed. It is only a dust bunny. The only life that we have evidence for, is the one we are living.

    Cheers!

    May 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • PrettyGirl

      No finger in my eye!! I agree with you that this guy is a complete idiot. Never for one second did I (or any other Christian I know) believe that the world would end today. I have my reasons for believing in God – my own proof that is very personal to me. I would tell you, but you'd probably refute that as well. I'm not asking you to change your beliefs – I respect that you don't believe in God – I just ask that you don't think this guy represents all Christians! (Just like I'm sure other atheists are embarrassed by your offensive and immature posts on here.)

      May 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      "The real morality is not "what did you do that was evil?", it's "What did you do that was great?" Live free of guilt and self-repression. Get busy living, creating, doing great things! "

      THose words sound like they come from a forked-tongued serpent!

      May 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      P.S. The above post is a response to "Jesus Abandons Religion and Learns the Banjo"
      CNN's blogs are screwed up...

      May 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @Prism1234 Serpents don't speak, you silly goose! And if they did, they for sure wouldn't utter exhortations to humans! Where did you come up with such a silly notion?

      Oh, yeah, that's where.

      May 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • Cindy

      I agree with PrettyGirl's first remark: I didn't believe in what the "prophet" said and none of the Christians I know did, too. You probably have your own reasons to not believe that there is a God. I hope you don't mind, but I recommend you to ensure whether you want to reject God's existence. If God doesn't exist and Jesus wasn't God's Son, then everything is ridiculous, crap; just a waste of time. But if these claims are true, then we are dealing with very important issues here, we'd be rejecting our Creator. Don't you have questions about life? Aren't you curious?

      May 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @PrettyGirl
      You said: "No finger in my eye!! I agree with you that this guy is a complete idiot. Never for one second did I (or any other Christian I know) believe that the world would end today."

      You and the other Christians didn't believe it would be today, but you and they believe it will happen someday. Someday, your prince will come! LOL You and they suffer from the same stupidity. You have just chosen to not pick a day."

      You said: " I have my reasons for believing in God – my own proof that is very personal to me. I would tell you, but you'd probably refute that as well."

      The problem with personal revelation, is that ALL religions, all denominations, experience them. Muslims, Baptists, Jews. If there is only one god, then how is this possible?

      Another problem is that personal revelation is really hard to verify. You might say that Jesus appeared to you...but maybe you are sick or a liar.

      The personal revelation never (provably) gives the person knowledge they wouldn't have otherwise known. World ending on the 21st? Lottery numbers? Time of the next tsunami?

      You said: " I just ask that you don't think this guy represents all Christians! (Just like I'm sure other atheists are embarrassed by your offensive and immature posts on here.)"

      Hmmm... I absolutely think this guy is no less of an idiot than all believers. He just chose a date.

      As for the other atheists, I have huge respect for their postings. Any of them can set me straight anytime (some have) . I don't claim to be the brightest bulb on the atheist tree. There are a number of atheists that I would not debate. They would hand me my head.

      If I am offensive, it is because I am offended by believers. I am not open minded. I think a belief in god is detrimental to society. I am an atheist. I am pro-choice. I am pro-gay rights.

      Cheers!

      May 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      D. Johnson, you have nothing to fluff yourself about. Your posts show that you are a sick, mental case yourself! Do you think your opinion of God's people matter?! Those who went around saying that today is the judgment day are misled, because they have listened to man's teachings... But at least they have the fear of God in their hearts. Butt what do you have in yours, you miserable wretched human worm? You are spilling out of it, driven by satan's demons, what you have abundantly in it, not having any conscience nor shame! Go find a rock somewhere, to crawl under it....you may find company for yourself there!

      May 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • stefan

      Out of all the Superhero's, only Thor was a God!

      May 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      John Richardson, there are things you know NOTHING about! But to tell you about them, and reason WHY you don't, I believe it would be waste of time. But the day will come when you will understand them, you can be sure of it!

      May 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @PRISM 1234

      You said: "Those who went around saying that today is the judgment day are misled, because they have listened to man's teachings... But at least they have the fear of God in their hearts. Butt what do you have in yours, you miserable wretched human worm? You are spilling out of it, driven by satan's demons, what you have abundantly in it, not having any conscience nor shame! Go find a rock somewhere, to crawl under it....you may find company for yourself there!

      Prism 1234, you are right, I don't fear god. God is your Freddy Krueger, not mine. I allow my urine to drizzle upon the head of your god!

      Cheers!

      May 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • LoneZero

      "there are things you know NOTHING about! But to tell you about them, and reason WHY you don't, I believe it would be waste of time. But the day will come when you will understand them, you can be sure of it!"

      Meaning I don't know what i'm talking about either, and there are things i know nothing about. I have no proof in anything I say other then my faith alone and just wait in see in the end I'll be right!

      if that's all you got your arugment is moot "i'm right your wrong period" isn't very convincing statement. Talking serpents like snakie, burning bushes, a 500 year old man who can fit over 10 billion animals in a lone ark then place animals where they are today (Marsupials only in Australia ect.)an all loving, forgiving knowing, powerful God that loves you so much yet you should fear him, the faith in a 2000 year old book filled with inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and out right impossiblities. You have to have nothing but faith to believe any of that hogwash

      and evolution can't be real right? At least it explains that tail bone your sitting on right now that you no longer need while you type away how wrong we all are.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • porsadgai

      @ Cindy: You said ". If God doesn't exist and Jesus wasn't God's Son, then everything is ridiculous, crap; just a waste of time." I assume you don't understand how blind and offensive such sentiments are to those of us who happily live without belief or faith in supernatural beings. While not a believer in any of this hocus pocus, I am fascinated by religion and its effects on humanity. I think your statement reveals a vast misunderstanding of the actual tenants of most religions, including the one you profess to follow. Nowhere in the teachings of Judaism or Christianity does it demand that life is "pointless" for any reason. I truly feel sorry for you if the ONLY meaning you find in life is through your belief in a narrow interpretation of a single religious dogma. There's so much out there. Whether you believe it was put there by "god" or cosmic happenstance makes no difference. Enjoy it for what it is.

      May 22, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • HotAirAce

      @PrettyGirl

      This atheist certainly isn't embarrassed by anything David Johnson has posted here. How can the truth be embarrassing? What's amazing is that believers are not embarrassed themselves by publicly admitting they believe in a load of crap no different from astrology.

      May 22, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • John Richardson

      Yo, Prism1234! Feeling a bit prideful and haughty today, eh? Jesus won't like that! 😀

      May 22, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  15. John Richardson

    All the many well-earned guffaws aside, I do hope that someone follows up on the people who were duped by this Camping creep.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Info

      @John Richardson
      Yes I agree, follow up on the people who were duped, who lost everything to that senile old creep Camping. No refunds in the event of a non-rapture either.

      May 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @John Richardson

      You said: " I do hope that someone follows up on the people who were duped by this Camping creep."

      Camping probably is not evil. Just deluded. He probably believed the world was coming to an end. He more than likely felt Jesus in his heart. Confirming all of his calculations.

      The followers wanted to be duped. All followers, want to be duped. They suspend their critical thinking and just...believe!

      I have no warm and fuzzy for them. If they end up on the street, they will serve as examples to others, that Jesus is a myth. That belief in a god is dumb.

      Their fantasy was sick. They thought most of the world was going to die, horribly. Not a really sweet daydream.

      Let them eat cake!

      Cheers!

      May 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @David Johnson – I understand where you are coming from. I myself won't be donating to "save a religious moron from his or her own silly self" fund. But I do think that follow ups on what these people now have to face might, just might serve as a warning that at least SOME may heed in the future.

      I really don't know whether Camping was a conscious manipulator or his own first and foremost duping victim. But what he did was at least grossly irresponsible, and his church should be held accountable.

      May 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • Info

      @David Johnson
      "The followers wanted to be duped. All followers, want to be duped. They suspend their critical thinking and just...believe!

      I have no warm and fuzzy for them. If they end up on the street, they will serve as examples to others, that Jesus is a myth. That belief in a god is dumb."

      Yeah as harsh at It sounds, I agree, It's the truth. I do feel for those people but at the same time It's a lesson that needs to be taught. I do hope they become fed up with Camping and his church and demand those donations back to cover their losses he caused, but I doubt he'll be willing to give back to his followers for his folly.

      May 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  16. PrettyGirl

    This guy does not represent all Christians! Honestly, he's probably atheist and just trying to make some money off these stupid people. Any real Christian knows that only God knows when the world will end. I feel so sorry for those people that are weak enough to belief this guy!!

    May 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Cindy

      That's right. Not even Jesus knows when the Day of Judgement will be. It's in the Bible, you guys can check it out: Mark 13:32. It's sad to know that there are so many people misrepresenting believers in Christ.

      May 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Cindy

      You said: "That's right. Not even Jesus knows when the Day of Judgement will be. It's in the Bible, you guys can check it out: Mark 13:32. It's sad to know that there are so many people misrepresenting believers in Christ."

      Jesus didn't predict the date and time of His return, but He did predict He would return in he 1st Century. Check it out:

      [Jesus Speaking] Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” – Matthew 24:34

      Spin this how you want, but Jesus said what He said. It is what it is. Jesus didn't come back, due to a prior engagement – death.

      Cheers!

      May 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
    • Cindy

      @David Johnson
      Hi. Can you explain how you inferred "this generation" means 1st century? Thanks.

      May 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Cindy

      You asked: "Can you explain how you inferred "this generation" means 1st century? "

      Matthew 16:28 I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
      --------------------------–
      Mark 13:26 "At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
      --------------------------–
      Luke 9:27 I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."

      I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” – Matthew 24:34

      This controversial verse is in all three of the Olivet Discourse accounts. (These accounts are to be found in Matthew 24:1-51, Mark 13:1-37, and Luke 21:5-33). For some time, critics of the Christian faith have argued that Jesus explicitly said here that all of the events prophesied in the Olivet Discourse, including His return, would happen before the last person living at that time died.

      Jesus promised, that He would return within that generation, but He did not. Since He was wrong, He could not have been God, so the Christian faith, is based on error. To bolster the argument, in all of the other places in the Gospels where Jesus used the term “this generation,” he was referring to people living at that time.

      These guys also feel Jesus was "mistaken" LOL!

      The respected Christian apologist and author, C.S. Lewis 1960 essay "The Worlds Last Night"
      “Say what you like,” we shall be told, “the apocalyptic beliefs of the first Christians have been proved to be false. It is clear from the New Testament that they all expected the Second Coming in their own lifetime. And worse still, they had a reason, and one which you will find very embarrassing. Their Master had told them so. He shared, and indeed created, their delusion. He said in so many words, ‘this generation shall not pass till all these things be done.’ And he was wrong. He clearly knew no more about the end of the world than anyone else.”

      Bertrand Russell, in his book, 'Why I Am Not A Christian',
      He discredits the inspiration of the New Testament: "I am concerned with Christ as He appears in the Gospel narrative…He certainly thought that his second coming would occur in clouds of glory before the death of all the people who were living at the time. There are a great many texts that prove…He believed that his coming would happen during the lifetime of many then living. That was the belief of his earlier followers, and it was the basis of a good deal of his moral teaching." Russell later reasons that it would be fallacious to follow a religious leader (such as Jesus) who was mistaken on so basic a prediction as his parousia.

      parousia = second coming

      eschatology = •the branch of theology that is concerned with such final things as death and Last Judgment; Heaven and Hell; the ultimate destiny of humankind

      Albert Schweitzer in his 19-century book, 'The Quest of the Historical Jesus', summarized the problem of "Parousia delay" as follows: "The whole history of Christianity down to the present day... is based on the delay of the Parousia, the nonoccurrence of the Parousia, the abandonment of eschatology, the process and completion of the 'de-eschatologizing' of religion which has been connected therewith."

      Cheers!

      May 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • tallulah13

      PG, I would like to see your proof that Camping is an atheist. If you have none, you are just pointing your finger and telling a lie.

      May 22, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  17. thomas mc

    Religion is the seed of mental illness.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @thomas mc

      You said: "Religion is the seed of mental illness."

      Or at least a really good fertilizer for it...

      Be of good cheer! Failures like this hasten the day when the bible is moved to the fiction side of the bookstore.

      Cheers!

      May 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • PrettyGirl

      Really?? So approximately 85% of the world is mentally ill then?? Sounds like you're just trying to make yourself feel better...

      May 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @PrettyGirl

      According to David Barrett et al, editors of the "World Christian Encyclopedia, about 33% of the worlds population is Christian.

      So, about 67% of the world aren't impressed by the little carpenter. LOL!

      Christianity has been in a slow decline for a time now. *sniff*

      Cheers!

      May 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • PrettyGirl

      Nowhere in my post did I say that 85% of the world population believes in Jesus Christ. We're talking about religion in general here. Does that make sense to you?? Also – of course Christianity is on the decline. The Bible predicted that this very thing would happen.

      May 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @PrettyGirl
      You said: "Nowhere in my post did I say that 85% of the world population believes in Jesus Christ. We're talking about religion in general here. Does that make sense to you?? "

      If you are talking religion in general, then about 87.3% of the world are hot after some god(s). The problem is, it is not the same god(s). Certainly, not the Christian god. *smile*

      One of the most compelling reasons for rejecting god, is the fact that there are so many versions of god(s). Some, not even human (The elephant-faced god – Ganesha etc.). There are about 19 major religions. Each religion, each denomination of each religion, defines god's wants differently. All of these religions cannot be right. But they can all be wrong.
      Perhaps man has not yet found the one true god, or perhaps god (any god) does not exist.

      Why would the Christian god leave room for confusion? If He exists, wouldn't He want everyone to know He exists and is the one true god?

      1 Timothy 2: 3 – 5 says the Christian god does desire this:

      3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
      4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
      5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

      1. If the Christian God existed, this fact would be obvious.
      So obvious in fact, that EVERYONE, or nearly everyone would believe in His existence. There would be only worshipers of the one true god. As shown by the above bible passage, it is god's will.

      2. The Christian God's existence is not, in fact, obvious.
      This fact is evidenced by all the different religions, plus us nasty atheists.

      3. Therefore, the Christian God is very unlikely to exist.

      Cheers!

      May 21, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @PrettyGirl

      Re: 85% of the world being mentally ill, and in no way speaking for DJ, yes! At best they are wrong due to upbringing and ignorance, or they are delusional. Anyway a mature sane person looks at it, there are no gods! My opinion of course, and recognizing that you, nor any other believer, have a shred of real evidence to the contrary.

      May 22, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • PrettyGirl

      @ David Johnson

      You do bring up some valid points. The way I look at it, there is one true God that different religions may call different names. But there is only one. And yes, all religions have different beliefs about him. I am not a crazy fundamentalist who believes that I know everything about why we are here and how to get to heaven. Nobody knows. Ya know, if you want to look for reasons to reject God, that's your decision. But if you would open up that mind of yours and come looking for God, he's here waiting for you. The argument that Christians (or any believers) are dumb or uneducated, or just plain lazy, is so far from the truth. No, we can't provide you physical evidence that God exists. My relationship with God is a very personal thing, and if you want to experience it for yourself, go look for him – and you will find him. And to the other atheist who wants to attack me as well, great!! Good for you. There is nothing you or anyone could ever say that could convince me to believe anything other than what I already believe.

      May 22, 2011 at 2:15 am |
    • LoneZero

      @Prettygirl

      "The way I look at it, there is one true God that different religions may call different names. But there is only one. And yes, all religions have different beliefs about him"

      Actually others don't have beliefs about him if it's not the God they worship they ignore him completely , how do you know the Christian God is the only one true God when he didn't come first and much of the bible is taken from prior religions? (ten commandments were borrowed from the Egyptian book of the dead ect.)

      "But if you would open up that mind of yours and come looking for God, he's here waiting for you"

      Christians say their God is omnibenevolent (all good), omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient ( all knowing). If he is all this we should not need to go look for him, he should be able to make his presents known at any given time or place and not just in your head or a feeling you think is him, his wants for us would be crystal clear without assumptions or ambiguity. You shouldn't have to search for a God with those qualities

      "No, we can't provide you physical evidence that God exists."

      If you can't prove he exists then how can he be the one true god and every other god before and after a fake and wrong?

      "My relationship with God is a very personal thing, and if you want to experience it for yourself, go look for him – and you will find him."

      How can you have a personal relationship with someone who never makes his presence known or ever answers physically and mentally and spiritually? You do all the hard work in your relationship with him, all your effort, sweat, tears, blood, and for whatever works out you give him all credit that couldn't of done it with out him and if it doesn't work out it was a sign from him that it wasn't meant to be.

      We live in the US were free to believe in anything we want too but that doesn't mean we shouldn't question what we believe and why we truly believe it when the facts, evidence, proof are no where to be seen and we have only the faith that is real to make it real.

      May 22, 2011 at 5:51 am |
  18. Jenn

    Christianity- The belief that some jewish zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat of his flesh, drink of his blood, and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master. So he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a sinful woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree!..... Yea makes perfect sense!!!!

    May 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @Jenn 😀

      May 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • NickB5

      😀

      May 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • Bob

      LOL

      May 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  19. TheRationale

    Well what non-lobotomized, half-literate human DIDN'T see this coming is really the question. Oh wait...that's the mind-numbing power of religion.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  20. Jesus Abandons Religion and Learns the Banjo

    Hey Jim Brenneman, free yourself of thinking like: "I assume that I've lived a sinful life." Sin is just a manipulation, a way to get you to conform and obey. Rid yourself of these insanities – you have heard them so long that you have internalized them. Don't enforceo someone else's law by being the policeman of your behavior!

    The real morality is not "what did you do that was evil?", it's "What did you do that was great?" Live free of guilt and self-repression. Get busy living, creating, doing great things!

    Free yourself of these chains – you are the prisoner, but you are the guard, too. Do it now.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Cindy

      When we are sinful, we hate, disappoint, fail and hurt people. Living free of guilt and self-repression is a selfish way of living. How can you know you hurt people and be fine with that? How can you know that we should change but insist in not doing so? We should change so we can love. Christians follow the God of love. God is love. It's not about repressing our lives, but filling them with love. God is not manipulating us. God is disciplining us, teaching us to love.

      May 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Cindy

      You Said: "How can you know you hurt people and be fine with that?"

      I didn't see the part where -Jesus/Banjo is suggesting that he knowingly hurts people...and should there be times that he may hurt someone purposefully (if just cause) or accidentally...that he is "fine" with that.

      Would you mind pointing out where he says that, as I may be missing it. Or, maybe you have a more accurate interpretation of what he said...?

      Peace...

      May 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Cindy

      Sure, Peace2All. From the word "sin", I got "hurt people". Because when we sin, we inevitably hurt people. Sin is the opposite of love. And it is inevitable for us. We hurt people whether we want it or not. But one thing is knowing you do this and choose not to change. Another is choosing to make a genuine effort to change so we can learn to love better. He said "Live free of guilt and self-repression." From this, I got that he is "fine" with hurting people. From what I interpreted, he chose the first option.

      May 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Cindy

      As I understand it, to 'sin' literally means "to miss the mark" from the middle ages when the archers would fire their arrows and miss the target...(Which really translates into...'making a mistake.') My 'interpretation' is that -Jesus/banjo is in no way advocating that you should just go out and 'hurt' people. I would assume that if he 'sinned' or made a mistake, that he would fix it. It doesn't meant that he is 'o.k.' with hurting people.

      What I get from how 'he' is referring to 'sin' is about 'not' buying into the "we are all sc-um of the earth sinners" line that the often fervent believers would like their fellow people/followers to believe. He is suggesting to 'not' buy into that. He 'is' suggesting 'change' of a sort that I see you don't agree with. However, I agree with him.

      And I'm in no way advocating going out and hurting anyone. If I 'sin' or 'make a mistake'... I apologize or fix it. But, I certainly don't live in constant guilt that I am somehow unworthy to even take a breath without jesus coming along and dying for me because I was and am so terrible. Just don't believe it.

      Now I don't know my fellow poster here...@Jesus Abandons Religion and learns the Banjo...and I'm guessing neither do you.

      Let's assume innocent until proven guilty here.

      Anyway -Cindy, that's my 'interpretation' or opinion.

      Respectfully,

      Peace...

      May 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • Jesus Abandons Religion and Learns the Banjo

      Peace2All correctly understood what I said. Cindy, "hurting people" does not fit the concept of "what did you do that was great?". You need to think more clearly. Sin is a guilt trip used by religion to get you to conform and obey. It's a manipulation. Please read more carefully.

      May 22, 2011 at 12:02 am |
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