Doomsdays throughout time
May 22nd, 2011
03:07 PM ET

Life goes on: Doomsday believers on the morning after

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

(CNN) – Theirs had been an unwavering belief, the sort that inspired some to quit jobs, leave their homes and walk away from family and friends to issue a doomsday warning.

Without question, they believed May 21 would be the day that Jesus Christ would return and rapture them - and a select 2 to 3 percent of the world’s population - up to heaven.  Everyone left behind would be on a crash course to final destruction, scheduled for October 21.

But now it’s May 22.

The sun rose, birds are singing and life as we know it continues. Those anticipated earthquakes that the May 21 doomsdayers said would ravage the earth on Saturday at 6 p.m. in each of the world's time zones never came.

And the faithful believers - who said the Bible guaranteed this day - are still here, trying to make sense of it all.

“Of course there’s disappointment. There’s no getting around that,” said Tom Evans, who’d left his northern California home to spend the weekend with family and friends. “When you as a person believe that God is coming back, and you believe the evidence is very clear that he’s coming back, that is something every child of God longs for. In a moment, we’d be changed and spend eternity with God. I’m not ashamed of that at all. I’m not ashamed of wanting and hoping for it.”

But Evans did reveal some regret.

“For us to say it was absolute, I think that’s where we went wrong. That’s where we strayed, and that I would gladly apologize for,” he said. “Whether I personally have done something dishonorable, I’m still mulling it over. I was trying to be faithful.”

Evans spoke to CNN as an individual, not as a spokesperson for Family Radio, the Oakland, California, Christian broadcasting network behind the May 21 movement. 

But Evans has been a paid spokesman for the network, a job he said he expects to resume - at least in the short term - after he and Family Radio's board of directors meet with Harold Camping, the network's 89-year-old founder.

“I have not spoken to Mr. Camping about the issue of what to do next,” Evans said. “But he and his wife are fine, and our response will come in the early part of next week.”

Camping, a degreed engineer (not a pastor) who claims to have made the Bible his “university” for more than 50 years, has experience with failed prophecies. He once claimed the world would end in September 1994, later chalking that snafu up to biblical miscalculations and the need for further study. This time around, he said earlier this year, he had no doubts.

Calls to Camping's Alameda, California, home, went unanswered.

CNN reached out Sunday morning to about a dozen doomsday believers, to see how they felt after waking up. Only Evans and one other responded.

"I'm fine Jessica, really!" Darryl Keitt, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, who spent about seven months touring the country in a caravan of RVs, sharing the doomsday warning, wrote in a text message. "Just need 2 process this."

Those who’ve studied end-of-the-world movements are analyzing what happened, or didn’t happen, and forecasting what will come next.

“In the end, it was a whimper, not a bang,” said Lorenzo DiTommaso, author of the forthcoming book “The Architecture of Apocalypticism” and an associate professor of religion at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. “The 21st of May came and went, and with it Harold Camping’s prediction of the coming of the Rapture and the day of doom.”

Based on past doomed doomsdays, much can be learned, said DiTommaso, who has studied apocalyptic worldviews for 12 years.

He shared what he meant in a written statement to CNN:

Historically, failed prophecies tend to result in disillusionment, with members deserting the group, or, more typically, a faith-saving (and face-saving) statement to the effect that while divine revelation remains infallible, human calculation is not. In short: The math was off, and it’s back to the drawing board. If the logic seems a bit self-serving, recall that in the apocalyptic mindset, faith precedes theory, and theory informs the evidence.

Not that any of this will preclude the appearance of future doomsday predictions. “Apocalypse,” Frank Kermode once observed, “can be disconfirmed without being discredited.” The massive 2012 phenomenon [based on the Mayan “Long Count” calendar] lurks just over the horizon. Even if the media and the public are over-saturated right now, the 2012 event promises to be as big as Y2K. After that, when the predicted events of the 21st of December 2012 fail to occur, a new generation of end-time prophecies will spring up. And that’s about the only sure prediction that one can make.

- CNN Writer/Producer

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

soundoff (2,964 Responses)
  1. Angela JustAngela

    I don't understand why this brings up so much hatered. Why do people think it's fun to attack other people for what they believe? Why do Athiests think they're so accepting and enlightened and then go on to talk this way to those of us who believe in a higher power?

    May 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • bigdad

      Uh, hello.......If you go around screaming how we are all gonna die, then you can expect a little return dialog.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • drastic1

      the poster MICHAELTANTINO says it best below, I will copy part of his remarks – Publically stating there is a God and on top of that this God is a particular God with particular demands, you really have no right to whine about being challenged on it. Believe in an almighty tomato if you want, keep it to yourself and you will be left alone with it. Publically state it, tell others around you to follow suit, vote on policies based upon your tomato belief, etc.... then expect to be rightfully challenged on it.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Michaeltantino

      Angela, most non-believers are firm believers in logic and reason. No one just "knows" an answer and no one is above being questioned. That is what science is built on, constantly putting "knowledge" to the test. Atheists aren't being big ol meanies, they are giving you what they give everything else in their lives including their own beliefs... scrutiny. This self questioning, demanding of evidence, falsifiablility, consistancy, etc is what brought us AMAZING advances in technology and knowledge about our Universe. This Scientific Method is the single best known way of determining truth and it REQUIRES being questioned over and over. So these meanie atheists are not treating you believers differently, they are treating you the same. The problem is your line of working things out is completely different. You don't require evidence, logic, reason, scrutiny, etc. You "just BELIEVE". And that's fine, just believe without requiring those things (and you don't because if you did you would be incapable of drawing the conclusions you have). The issue is that the religious don't just believe, they bring their unreasonable beliefs and conclusions into Gov't policy. They try to influence others with their beliefs and then whine when questioned. Atheists don't care if you question them, that questioning is how they learned to find their position.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm |

      because we are accepting that all religion are ridicules, and we are sick you religions controlling the world and working people into hysteria. we have sat by for far to long and let religion make the world what it is today its time we stop accepting you people as equals and treat you how you should be treated. you would treat me the same way if i talked about Santa Claus with as much conviction and forced my Santa Claus related beliefs down your throat to the point were they practically control the masses

      May 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Ol' Yeller

      Maybe because we have spent a lifetime being belittled by the so called Christians who think they are better than everyone else and who (almost to a person) 'talk the talk', but have no idea how to 'walk the walk'.
      'Judge not though ye' be judged', but Christians are the world's worst at judging others. Smug in their belief they are better than everyone else, but we all see you are mere mortals like the rest of us and have the same problems and issues as anyone. Difference is... we are going to Hell for it (because you say so), but you will repents, your sins will be forgiven, and you will live in everalsting glory with God and Jaysus (because you say so).

      May 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • DougieT

      I can't speak for atheists or anyone else but myself but perhaps it's because so many Christians come off as smug, holier than thou types who shake their heads condescendingly in pity for us others who actually are crazy enough to think for ourselves.

      It's all well and fine for you to believe anything that floats your boat, but many Christians will not only tell others that they are wrong but will also tell them in no uncertain terms that "You are going to hell because you don't believe in the truth like I know it to be." Christians don't know the truth any more than atheists or anyone else on this planet. The best that we all can hope for is to make an intelligent guess based on whatever factors we as individuals believe to make sense. But so many Christians come off as already having all of the answers and anyone else who doesn't agree can go to hell. Literally and figuratively speaking.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • JohnR

      Believer: You and your loved ones are going to suffer eternal AGONY!!!

      Non-believer: That's silly.

      Believer: Waaaah!!!! Why are you non-believers so MEAN to believers?

      May 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Lycidas

      @JohnR- I believe most (not all mind you) atheists on here are a bit more harsh than "how silly".

      May 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • RoadRunner, Albuquerque, NM

      It's "Angela JustAngela" not Pollyanna Just Pollyanna, right? Surely you don't conflate outrage at dangerous and subversive ideologies that are destroying peoples homes, lives and careers...AND their family's well-being–with having "fun" attacking people who believe in a higher power.

      May 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  2. RoadRunner, Albuquerque, NM

    There is an ongoing "Death-Wish" at the heart of the false-religion community. These are the same people that vote for Republicans and Teabaggers, b/c they want to inflict their extremism on others, and undermine our government as part of their doomsday agenda and its false doctrines of apolcalyptic "exceptionalism" and "dominionism." What a bunch of HOOEY! They are anti-American, anti-family, and anti-Christ, liars and d@mn'd liars, the whole stinking lot of them. If you feels sorry for them, then you are just on the wrong side of history. They all belong in FEMA camps, except their poor abused children, who should be put in foster homes to protect the innocent from the lunacy of their dangerously deluded families.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  3. DougieT

    What Would Art Bell Do?

    May 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  4. Poetsteve

    Please allow me to insert a novel idea for all of you. While there is no existential god that dispenses grace or justice I believe that the gods of the bible, the "Elohim", were scientists from another world who had reached the technical abilities to travel through space to other planets and clone humans and they did just that on our planet thousands of years ago. They took early hominid DNA and they merged it with their own to help evolve our early ancestors into the beings we are today. The bible is a semi-accurate record of the actions and words of these early people and the gods that "came down from the sky" to help educate them in how to live in harmony and balance with nature. This theory is no more plausible or implausible than blind faith except there actually is a large body of evidence to support this theory across all human cultures and "mythologies" (See Zecharia Sitchin, Rael, G. Cope Schellhorn, many others). When a person is ready to understand and accept the truth, then truth occurs for that person. Truth and belief are not the same thing. Belief is an overlay plastered on to the ego, framed in dualities like hope and fear, while truth exists without any belief and in fact it defies belief, unable to be solidified by the limited ego. This is why disciplines such as meditation are useful; to quiet down the engine of belief and labeling reality so that the mind can have a chance to actually experience truth directly, the only way it can ever be satisfied. The Elohim have stated they will return but no one can predict when. Jesus' father was an extraterrestrial who has found a medical cure for death, lived for many thousands of years, and fathered Jesus through the artificial insemination of Mary to provide a half-human guide and teacher for us during our critical evolutionary phase 2 thousand years ago. Jesus had extraordinary mental and psychic abilities from his father's highly-evolved DNA. He stands as an example of what human evolution can possibly attain. His essence and his DNA exist in all of us since the original creation myths and we have the innate ability to achieve his level of awareness, inner peace and active love. This, my friends, is our path, our charge and responsibility. Dissolve all boundaries! Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!

    May 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      That actually sounds crazier than the Bible.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • bigdad

      Whew! Are you blogging from the "happy farm"?

      May 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Artist

      First part is possible, second part started to drift into the deep end. lol

      May 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm |

      I have read the Genesis race and chariots of the gods also, both are interesting and have as much possibility as being correct as any religious tale i have ever heard, but like religion it has no evidence, its all speculation. i will give you that it is more likely that it is aliens than god. but my question through all the alien talk is where are they now?

      May 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • bigdad

      "Jesus' father was an extraterrestrial who has found a medical cure for death, lived for many thousands of years, and fathered Jesus through the artificial insemination of Mary to provide a half-human guide and teacher for us during our critical evolutionary phase 2 thousand years ago."""
      thanks for the entertainment.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Punjab83

      I want what hes smoking...

      May 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm |

      so the second part of what you are talking about sounds and dumb as religion, its a self fulfilling prophecy and that's not what reality is.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm |

      their also is no cure for death you can stop the aging process of cells possibly but death is not a sickness

      May 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Jarno

      There are so many things wrong with that that I don't know where to begin. First, look up "occam's razor" – you don't invent unnecessarily complex explanations for something that really calls for no complex explanation at all. The Bible does not show any sign of being of holding any concepts so advanced that they would not have occurred to bronze age people on their own. Second, the actual "anchient astronauts" nonsense is exactly that – nonsense that no self respecting archeologist or historian takes seriously. It's based on cherry picked evidence and wishful thinking, pseudoscience at it's finest.

      Finally, the most absurd feature of your scenario is the idea that any extraterrestrial creature would just happen to have, first, DNA as it's basic molecule of biological information storage, second, cellular machinery anywhere remotely similar to what animals on Earth have, and finally, would just happen to be close enough genetically to be able to mix their DNA with the DNA of any terrestrial being, and come out with a viable result. That is less likely than winning the lottery a billion times in a row!

      Educate yourself on the biology, and you'll see how absurd the whole notion is. Also, human DNA does not differ that much from the DNA of our closest relatives, and the differences are easily accounted for by the standard source of mutation and natural selection. "Alien DNA" or purposeful tampering would stick out like a sore thumb.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Ruthie

      I actually agree. It is true if you look at all of the pagan practices in India, Asia, Africa, Native American, along with Europeans prior to the Texts of the Torah and Bible. I always wonder but seem to have an answer to when the Bible says in Genesis "Let 'US' make man in 'OUR' image". People always and consistently take the actual power away from the most HIGH and Christ himself. How do we explain Moses and Elijah's accounts of abduction and seeing unidentified objects. To limit truth is to accept a lie. I think many of us have accepted a lie. I believe that it was the indoctrination of the Catholic Church, it casted hatred against Christ and then used him as their proverbial mascot. I believe in Christ but I never quite believed it in the way that others do. I believe that Christ is in fact a man but a man who had divine sensibilities but not through conception. I say this because I wonder why is it that in Numbers I think or Genesis ( I know it was the 1st few books) that mention the lineage in which Christ would be born which Ruth is his grandmother leaving him to be the descendant of King David and Solomon. Is Mary the discendent or is it Joseph. I thought Joseph. Just a little food for thought

      May 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • JohnR

      Ummmmm .... Never mind ...

      May 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  5. DT

    Why are people so determined to prove their is a God or there is no God. Who cares what other people believe? You have free will to believe what you want. If the end of the world happens and there is no God waiting for you then, great Athiast people, you were right. Same for the for the folks that believe. If the end of the world happens and BAM he shows up, now that's going to be awesome for the believes and surely suck for the non. Seriously this converstation should not even be happening. Believe what you want, how you want and live your life. The only thing that is certain is that we will all pass away one day. For me, I'd rather believe in God now rather than find out the hard way later. Good luck to all and stop arguing about God and live your life the way you want and keep your opinions to yourself about beliefs.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      ..because the whole thing centers around the concept of what is reality and what is the truth.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • bigdad

      One problem with the "god" thing. Believing that there is a greater power just gives many people the excuse to trash their planet, thinking someone bigger is in charge. "He" will fix everything. How about just cleaning up our act and admitting that we are the ones totally responsible for the future health of our world??

      May 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • drastic1

      you said – For me, I'd rather believe in God now rather than find out the hard way later. It sounds like you are just hedging your bet. Hmmmm

      May 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • se

      because... it's a way to get money. I mean think about the idiot who started this bull...he made millions. Picked a date, said the world was going to end. Millions of idiots bought into it

      May 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • DougieT

      It sounds to me like you are playing "God Monopoly" just in the hope of getting that "Get out of Hell free" card.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  6. cindy

    so where is all the money you made off this crank

    May 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  7. Joyride

    The only fear we have is Man. Man will destroy it all. We are not too far from this. Politics, religion, greed, ignorance, control are the main reasons. I just hope it happens after I am long gone. In the meantime lets enjoy life on earth as much as possible. Nobody gets out of here alive!

    May 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • bigdad

      That is correct, sir. As a matter of fact, the judgement day is happening right now, as the 50 years that it takes for us to ruin this planet is just a blink of the eye to anyone who doesn't live the paltry 100 years that humans do. In other words we are living through our own armageddon; we just live to fast to witness it in real time- geologic time. Crap in your own nest and see what you get. Sorry for you who have children.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  8. DisgruntledGrrl

    Guys guys guys ..... we won't notice.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  9. DougieT

    You just have to know that all of the other beings in the galaxy are laughing uncontrollable at this planet and it's inhabitants right now. Not that they didn't already. Some of our galactic neighbors are very much hoping that we don't blow ourselves up just yet as that would cancel their favorite comedy channel that provides them all so much comedy relief.

    Tune in next week on "Those nutty Earthlings" when Stephen Hawking's goofy younger brother steals his plans for a time machine so that he can go back in time to before Jesus and preempt Christianity making it "Hawkingism" so that he will finally show that "know-it-all" Stephen who's boss.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  10. End of Everything

    according to physics...


    everything eventually turns to iron through quantum tunnelling in about 10^1500 years.

    That iron eventually disapates through Hawking Radition in about 10^100000000000000000000000000 years – that's 26 zeros.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  11. Nightwyn

    My biggest problem with believing a non creationist theory, is according for life to be without it, it "accidentally' occurred. I have not once in my life gone to my fridge and had dinner accidentally make itself, nor have I ever heard this to take place with anyone I know, not even a partial occurrence.....

    So logically if I want something done I must do it myself, because it will not accidentally happen by itself.... Thus every day I have to deal with proof of a creationist theory.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • derp

      So I guess you tell your heart to beat every other second or so. Good thing you keep reminding your lungs to keep breathing or you'd suffocate.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Nightwyn

      derp, that just further proves the theory, the human body is so complex that it if so many exact things don't occur and were created at the same time, it never would of happened.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • ZJL

      You wholeheartedly accept the notion that a super complex creator just "exists" without any explanation at all, yet, you find it unreasonable that a universe could just "exist" without having been created. Double standard perhaps?

      May 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      It's called a "straw man" argument, and it works this way: All Christians believe that God is a horse-shoe. That's the dumbest thing ever, and all Christians are fools for believing it. There, I beat that straw man to pieces and I WIN! You horse-shoe believers are just dumb. Nobody believes "life accidentally occurred," it's a straw man you built up just to knock down.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • drastic1

      just because we are not smart enough to understand how things work or exist is not proof that it was all created by god. The ancients did not understand what lightning was so they said it was Zeus's firebolts.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Nightwyn

      If there is no being that created us.
      And we were not accidentally created.
      Did we just one day pop into existence?
      I have never heard an argument that the world has always existed.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Ol' Yeller

      Well, I found a dead bird in my yard and it became dinner for the insects and scavengers without my having done anything. Logically there must be no God (is that how it works?)
      What does you having to make your own meals have anything to do with this article or God? And (as usual with the high and mighty religious)) you go on with 'logically' like you using that word makes it as simple as that... telling all the dumb little kids about how you know it all because of your belief. These people believed just as strongly as you do in their God and how the world was going to end. Now many of them have no jobs or anything else because they believed. Pitiful.
      I believe I'll have another drink.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • airwx

      @ZJL I agree that the problem exists of "what came first" or first cause, but a serious study of probability involving just Darwinism (ignoring the problems involvled with the formation of a "perfect enviornment" and the rest of the universe) yields a probabilty so small that to write the number in longhand (without exponents or orders of magnitutude) would take no less than 100 years to put down on paper. It is so remote a chance that it violates Borel's Law by millions of orders of magnitude.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Nightwyn

      It’s to illustrate the idea of many different needed ingredients coming together to create something else, like what is needed for a life form. I have yet to actually hear a valid argument, just a 'you are stupid'. Which just translates to you don’t have one.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • drastic1

      Nightwyn – you continue to fall into the trap that since we are not advanced or smart enough to understand something, that it had to be because of god. like I said before, earlier people attributed many things they did not understand to the gods. The universe, the sun, the earth, the seasons, lightning all happened because of the gods. Believe what you want, just quit trying to make it sound like we are all stupid because we cannot answer your question of which came first, the chicken or the egg. you have firmly decided to attributed your ignorance of why as a belief that god exists. I prefer to think that we just are not smart or advanced enough to figure it out yet

      May 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Over It


      I understand that it is very frustrating and uncomfortable to say, "We Don't Know", but that's the size of it. The default/fall-back answer to everything that we don't know yet is not, "god did it".

      There is no shame in saying, "We Don't Know...yet".

      May 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • JohnR

      No truly perfect god would abide a person who came up with an argument as idiotic as THAT!!!

      May 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Nightwyn

      So, you don't know the answer, yet without any actual 'proof' either way, Creationism is is wrong just because? Then until you know, stop calling other people stupid for their beliefs. Your intolerance to the concept is exactly the first thing you cry out about to Christians, yet you are not obligated?

      May 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Ol' Yeller

      "derp, that just further proves the theory, the human body is so complex that it if so many exact things don't occur and were created at the same time, it never would of happened."
      Further proves what theory? Certainly not that God took a handful of dirt, spit in it and poof we had a human. It further proves Darwin, maybe... that over the years and generations and eons things changed... gills turned to lungs, fins turned to arms, etc... There you go again with your 'logically' I'm smarter than you...

      May 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  12. Uwana M'Diq

    And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, 'O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade that with it thou mayest blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.' And the Lord did grin, and the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals and fruit bats and large chunks of bat doodoo....

    And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.'

    May 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Bwana Dik

      OMG! A killer rabbit!

      May 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Kaz


      May 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  13. KyreeD

    I am Christian because I choose to be. I don't impose my views on others and I never tell someone that their beliefs are wrong. So PDX_ATHEIST I think you back off your high horse and stop telling people to prove their beliefs, and then telling them that they are wrong no matter what they say. You believe what you believe because your own personal reasons and so does everyone else in the world. A person shouldn't have to prove anything to anyone and we need to stop pushing everyone to do so. It's called faith for a reason and it can't always be disected and explained like a science experiment so we need to stop asking for it to be. If a person is living their life to the best of their abilities and not hurting others than who cares if they can prove something. I don't know when the rapture is coming and I don't want to know.....it takes all the fun out of living! Enjoy everday to it's fullest and don't worry about the rest!

    May 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Tony

      Simple fact.. No one has yet to prove God doesn't exist. Even Atheists have an origin and a destiny and they even have a God. Their God is Darwin. It would also seem that Jesus in only 3 years of being active in his life has had a more profound effect on western society than any philosopher or any writer ever in history.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Michaeltantino

      Atheist is not out of line to point out that if you assert something does exist then it is on the assertor to back up his assertion, not on the listener to disprove him. If the alternative were true then I could logically conclude the Flying Spagetti Monster exists because it cannot be disproven. That isn't the case. The logical and reasonable way to support a belief is to provide evidence and solid reasoning to support it. I believe the Earth is a sphere because we can see it's shadow on the moon, we can send satellites into space to take pictures of it, etc. Therefore my belief is reasonable. Publically stating there is a God and on top of that this God is a particular God with particular demands, you really have no right to whine about being challenged on it. Believe in an almighty tomato if you want, keep it to yourself and you will be left alone with it. Publically state it, tell others around you to follow suit, vote on policies based upon your tomato belief, etc.... then expect to be rightfully challenged on it.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Michaeltantino

      Tony said: "Simple fact.. No one has yet to prove God doesn't exist. Even Atheists have an origin and a destiny and they even have a God. Their God is Darwin. It would also seem that Jesus in only 3 years of being active in his life has had a more profound effect on western society than any philosopher or any writer ever in history."

      Tony doesnt understand what a fact is. You posted a baseless opinion, not a fact. With your weak logic and reasoning ability I am not surprised at all you failed to differentiate fact and opinion.

      First off, you said atheists cannot disprove God. This is how you justify your "proof"? Well you can't disprove the Almighty Tomato... so using your same line of reasoning the Almighty Tomato exists! Do you see how stupid that is? Logic-1, Tony-0.

      Secondly, Atheist comes from the greek word atheos which means "without god". How that has ANYTHING to do with Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species-which has nothing to do with God-is beyond me. Only the non-thinking evangelical nitwit can make a connection out of nothing this. The Theory of Evolution only talks about how life evolved from the first single celled organism up till what we have today. It says nothing about the Universe or God. Logic-2 Tony-0

      May 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @Tony: You said, "Simple fact.. No one has yet to prove God doesn't exist."

      And I don't feel the need to try. I see no evidence for god's existence, so there's no reason to remotely consider it to be true.

      You said, "Even Atheists have an origin and a destiny and they even have a God. Their God is Darwin."

      Yes, I came from my parents and I'll wind up dead at some point. As for the god thing...nope. As much as you'd like us to be like you, we're not. Sorry.

      "It would also seem that Jesus in only 3 years of being active in his life has had a more profound effect on western society than any philosopher or any writer ever in history."

      Mark Zuckerberg is giving him a run for his money.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Bruce

      You are a Christian merely by your own choice? Didn't Jesus have a hand in you becoming a Christian?

      It must be all about you and your choices, then. It apparently has nothing to do with Jesus and his choices...

      May 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      "Their God is Darwin." You are a liar and a grunt.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • RichM

      Thank you KyreeD
      I also chose to believe in God from faith. It is my choice and 1 I enjoy living. I have no interest in forcing my beliefs onto anyone else nor do I enjoy seeing anyone do that. If the world can be a better place by trying to help when you can and not hurt.. I am glad. But I will never regret believing in God..

      May 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  14. LOA

    2012 is a huge hoax. It has become a billion dollar industry. The world will continue to expand and grow.The same scenario would repeat on December 22 2012 without any of the thousands of predictions coming true. Throw these predictions into the junk. They are useless and meaningless. Life will continue. Just leave this 2012 nonsense and focus on living joyously. All is well. Relax into your natural wellbeing. Life is good.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  15. Wazu

    Christians and Muslims, you guys need to get a grip on reality, and stop relying on your imaginary friends.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Michaeltantino

      That sounds like a lot of work and also sounds pretty lonely. I like my imaginary friend!

      May 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • Artist


      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 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • RealityChecker

      So you're claiming that all other religions are exempt? Or did you just forget the rest of the world in your failed quest to try to equate Christianity with Islam? Try harder next time. Your errors make you look like a quack.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • GoAskAlice

      Nobody gets out of here alive!

      May 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      "failed quest to try to equate Christianity with Islam" Get a grip.

      May 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  16. James

    LOL @ God putting secret numbers in the bible to let people know when the end of the world is....hahahaha

    May 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Angela JustAngela

      The book of Matthew had Jesus saying that not even He or the angels know when the day of judgment will be. That only the Father knows and only He will know until the moment comes. To say you've deciphered that day is arrogant and blasphemous.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Ol' Yeller

      @ Just Angela- You talk about what the Bible says, but didn't men write the Bible? Hasn't the Bible changed many times over the years (even after the printing press)? Jesus didn;t write one word that we know of in the Bible, it is what we are being told happened or said. Look at the media today and how things get twisted and changed and excluded to get the message out that certain individuals wish us to hear. As a child I lost all faith in religion and the Bible because the ever so confident and assured adults who kept telling me that the letters in red meant words that God had written himself. The curious child I was kept asking questions about how, if no one had seen God, could they possibly be sure he had written these words. I got a pat on the head, an all knowing laugh, and was basically just told to believe... after the Easter Bunny, tooth fairy fairy, and Santa went the way of the lies... God wasn't far behind. I actually believe more in Santa thatn I do in God... at least Santa still delivers the goods to millions each year. God hasn't done anything of note since, well, since... hmmmmmm....

      May 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  17. BCW - NYC

    We are already living in Heaven. God creates earth for us to live and to love. Unfortunately, Mankinds destroy it everyday with hate and bigotry. Let's save the Earth before it is too late. Stop the war, Begin to love and share it.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Raub

      The only way to Save the Earth is to remove the humans from it. Period.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm |

      the earth doesn't need saving we do... its egotistical that we could do any real lasting damage to this planet. we will make the planet change for its own survival and it will wipe us out and create something new, kinda like evolution on a macro scale. we are only shortening how much time we do have one this planet

      May 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  18. me

    Mocking you lunatics has nothing to do with mocking God... I believe there is a God, I don't understand it, or pretend like I do, whether I'm right or wrong has no bearing on anyone else... but by no means to I believe he would destroy what was somehow created... only a complete idiot would quit their job and tour around the country warning of the Rapture... now go look yourself in the mirror and admit you're an nutjob... don't try guessing what God will, or won't do, just live your life and hope for the best...

    May 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm |

      one of those idiots worked for homeland security.... scary

      May 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  19. Sy2502

    DiTommaso: "The math was off, and it’s back to the drawing board."

    Einstein: "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results."

    May 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Albert911emt

      Well said. Bravo.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Tony

      And in this case.. completely ignoring the obvious statement "No will know the day or the hour".

      May 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  20. Lilly

    People, just read the Bible:

    Mark 13:32-37 (NKJV)

    32 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
    33 "Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is."
    34 "It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch."
    35 "Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming––in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning––"
    36 "lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping."
    37 "And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch! "

    May 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Michaeltantino

      Yes people, don't bother thinking for yourself or asking why, just do what I tell you to do.

      -Random Used Car Salesman

      May 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Tony

      @Michael The Bible has been around a lot longer than you have.. The truths therein offer more wisdom than you in your short little existence could ever offer.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Yes, they've had a long time to work out their brainwashing fairy tales...

      May 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Michaeltantino

      Tony, Zeus predates the Bible, so what? You suggest age makes right? Well then you still lose. It is amusing watching you humiliate yourself again and again.

      May 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm |

      Tony- the Lord of The Rings have been around longer than i have should i accept that as truth?

      May 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
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