Even I have to feel sorry for the average mainstream Christian when you consider what didn't happen this past weekend.
They will be the first to tell you that no one knows when Christ will return, yet they are the ones who take the rotten eggs after an event like this because some fool or some charlatan decided to scare everyone by stating that he figured out when the Rapture is going to take place.
First of all, there is a debate within the Christian church as to whether or not there is even going to be a rapture because this philosophy as we know it was first preached in the 1800s.
John Nelson Darby established this preaching in 1830, stating that Christ would return in 1843. Another preacher, William Miller, said that the Rapture would happen in 1844.
There have been many fruitcakes since those two came along; trying to guesstimate when Jesus might decide to come down from Heaven and pick up His Church in the twinkling of an eye. However, every prediction has been proven to be incorrect.
People, like codger Harold Camping, make people of faith seem like total idiots because they attempt to make these predictions and nothing happens. Next, comes the speculation from people like the author of this article.
"Alright! How much money did they make off of this publicity stunt?"
One of the worst things about all of this is how this affects children psychologically.
Just think if you are a child and your parents follow a nutball like Harold Camping.
As I drove home from work this morning, I heard on The Mark and Brian Show that people quit their jobs and sold everything they had! Some people even tried to put their pets down in preparation for what they thought was the inevitable. Now, it is Monday. What do you think their kids are psychologically experiencing as a result of their foolish beliefs?
My parents are Christians, but they're not that stupid! In fact, being members of the Lutheran church, they believe that only God the Father knows when it's all going to hit the fan.
Hell! I even joked about it in a call to my mother yesterday, and while she only chuckled, she saw the humour in it.
While I feel sorry for those Christians who would never even try to guess when Jesus might return, I am also horrified by the fact that some who believe in the Rapture run my government-one of them even occupied the White House for eight years.
That's when it gets scary enough to reconsider the idea that people should have the right to publicly practice their faith.