I wish this were an April Fools Day post. Out on the main thoroughfare through Angelborough, we have a new billboard proclaiming that judgment day is coming on May 21st. “The Bible Guarantees It!”
Alone in the car (well, with Kiddo#4) I exclaimed, “Oh, for pity’s sake!”
Remember that I grew up associating with people who had a bunker for when the UN took over the world right before the endtimes started. And even they didn’t have the audacity to say the Bible guaranteed a specific date.
On behalf of Christians everywhere, I’m sorry. I’m terribly sorry. We appear to have some nutcases in our midst.
Let me tell you what the Bible does guarantee:
Matthew 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24
There we go. How about this, again from Matthew 24:
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
So the angels and Jesus himself didn’t know the day or the hour that Jesus would return — but these folks know? Right.
Don’t get me wrong. If Jesus returns, I’ll hit my knees and rejoice and pray that He has mercy on me and brings me and my loved ones into His kingdom. We should always be prepared to settle our accounts with God.
But I certainly don’t think the Bible guarantees May 21st, 2011. Saying that just sets up all Christianity to be a laughingstock. Even if someone thought Judgment Day was approaching and cleaned up his act just because of that, when the sun rises on May 22nd, what’s going to happen to that person’s faith? What about the people who never got involved in this but will be mocked because of a few folks who (stuck in first-phase Christian belief) are looking for the easy way out?
In my opinion, although I find some of my bunker-associates’ antics funny, these people aren’t funny: they’re dangerous. In an attempt to lead people to God, they’re going to lead people away.