Wednesday, 13 April 2011
I just had a conversation with someone regarding Christianity about an hour ago. That person was asking me to go for a water baptism because, according to him, the "end" is near, and on 21st of May the rapture will happen.
I myself am a Christian. Typing that sentence and labeling myself a Christian makes me feel like the biggest hypocrite. I have never said that out loud before, but considering the fact that none of the people I know in real life reads this site anymore I guess I should just be completely honest. Right now, where faith is concerned, I am in a crossroad. However, I will go into further detail of that later if I feel comfortable about doing so.
Regarding the "end" and the rapture thing, I really don't know what to say about it. If you're a Christian and if you read the Bible you'll know that only God himself knows when He will be coming to earth. I am going to interrupt myself there and give a disclaimer. I am not in anyway a Biblical scholar or expert. I am just using what I gleaned from being schooled under a Christian syllabus to discuss this topic. This is, in fact, just a rant I have to get off my chest.
Having said that, I am clearly not in anyway unerring. It says in Mark 13:32 that "No-one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." So can someone explain to me how on earth certain Christians are predicting when the end will come? And even a specific date to go along? Sure prophesy about earthquakes and et cetera are one thing, but this? I've tried Googling this thing, and sure enough there's a lot of hogwash about May 21 going on. And it all bottles down to a radio evangelist named Harold Camping.
There are always a lot of people bagging each other on their faith. Get any two groups of people with different beliefs, and they'll find something to fight about where religion is concerned. Now that I'm older, I get it, and I also get why people are annoyed by Christians. Many of these kinds of predictions have been done before. Whenever we see a large number of people so assured of an Apocalypse, the aftermath of a failed prophesy tends to get ugly. This is kind of random, but I'm kind of waiting for 12/21/2012 to see what will come of it!
Concerning the water baptism? I feel that water baptism should be something personal. It shouldn't be done out of fear of something happening, or the fear of "not being able to enter heaven." Or even because someone forced you to. Which is the main reason why I am not yet baptized. Because I wanted to fully understand what I am going to do and that it will be MY choice. Right now though, I don't know where I stand with my faith.
I am not trying to offend anyone or be disrespectful. Just stating my opinion. Do tell me what you think of predicted apocalypse. After all no one believed Noah when he said the flood was going to happen. And with the current events going around the world, I can't say I blame people for being adamant about May 21.
Do you think the rapture is upon us? Is May 21 a legitimate rapture day or is this just something made up? Is it true that no one knows the day or time, and if that is true, why do we still try to figure it out?