Monday, 23 May 2011
So, by the time you read this Jen (llamalima) has been raptured, depending on how long it takes me to write this, and how long it takes you to read this, many of the Hong Kong based Xanga users may have been raptured as well. It seems Jesus follows timezones, though, I really thought those were a man made invention.
Okay, so, I don't really believe Jen has been raptured, though he isn't replying on Twitter of Facebook right now… nor do I believe the people in Hong Kong are gone already. I think Harold Camping is a false prophet, and I feel sorry for those who are following him. From what I heard today from a man, Pastor James White, who spent years arguing with the man he told his followers that the Holy Spirit has left the Christian Church, and that because of this they too should leave the Church. Strangely enough, this exactly coincided with the day he was removed from his pastorate for preaching his end times numerology heresy. I'm thinking "the Holy Spirit has left the Church" really says something more about his bitterness than it does about the Holy Spirit or the Church.
A slight tangent if I may, if someone comes along and tells you that the Holy Spirit has left the Church, and you should too, they are wrong and likely a heretic. Jesus chose His Church, and I don't see Him abandoning her. If someone tells you He has or will, they haven't read the bible and should be dismissed.
Anyway, one thing that I've not seen done much today, and I think should be done with this day, is to clarify some things. First off, most Christians do not believe in a "rapture." Popular belief in the rapture didn't start until sometime in the mid 1800s to early 1900s. Until then, if anyone held to this view it was a very small minority. Since then many in America believe it, but my understanding is that the belief isn't quite as popular elsewhere. A quick and easy rule of thumb is that if the belief started in modern times, or in America, and even more so if both, it is wrong. (See also: Mormons/LDS, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, etc.)
That all being said, I do think this presents a good reminder that our individual lives on earth don't last forever, and we don't know when the end will come. (Other than we can be fairly certain it isn't May 21st, 2011.) Jesus said that He is coming like a thief in the night, and that no one would know when He comes. When He comes He will come to judge and condemn sin. His wrath will be poured out and those who don't have their sin paid for in His blood will be cast into hell, while those who have their faith in Him will be with Him forever. So, while we don't know when He is coming, we do know that He is. Take the opportunity to place your trust in Him and be saved.
For a little levity:
How do you feel about the people who believed the rapture would come this weekend? Looking back on the whole thing, what's the lesson we can take from it? How do we move forward and live as though the end is always near?