Monthly Archives: May 2011
Why do religious zealots need everyone else to believe what they believe? Family Radio spent a fortune on billboards trying to convince us that the world would end on May 21st this year. The leader of this cult is now saying that believers were saved on that day and it is now too late for salvation for the rest, although other broadcasters on the station are giving a different message. The icon on their website (wecanknow.com isn’t that ironic) is still a little calendar date of May 21, but there is no other mention of the date. They still say the world is about to end, but they are not so certain of the exact date anymore. The latest set of religious billboards to upset people are appearing in Sydney, Australia, sponsored by the Islamic group MyPeace. The slogan that seems to be causing most offense among Christians is “Jesus: Prophet of Islam”. They seem to think that would encourage Christians to see the similarities between the faiths, but it actually shows one of the fundamental differences. More details at onislam.net. Last Christmas we had an Atheist group, in New York, putting up billboards about the birth in a manger being a myth, which was counteracted by Christian billboards saying it was real. Before that it was billboards on buses, in the UK, saying there is definitely no God, again counteracted by there definitely is a God. The Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Atheist has a meditation on American religious billboards. Although it all provides great amusement for Apathists, who don’t care who is right, it is an awful waste of money that could be used for better purpose. So why do people spend so much trying to convince others to share their beliefs? My guess is that it’s easier to have strong beliefs in things that have no evidence or proof, if lots of other people believe it too. We can’t all be crazy, can we?
I sure you are all fed up hearing about the world ending this Saturday, as we reported last year. According to some very questionable calculations, around teatime on Saturday, the faithful followers of Jesus will be gently whisked up to heaven in the Rapture. What are the atheists planning to do about this? Why they are going to have Rapture parties, to celebrate their continuing existence. Search for Rapture Party in Facebook. The parties are not just limited to atheists. Why not hold your own Rapture party this weekend? What is the Pope planning to do this Saturday? He is obviously not expecting to be whisked up to heaven. He is planning to steam a live conversation between the astronauts on the space station and himself via the official Vatican website, Vatican Radio. I must remember to check in on the Family Radio website, wecanknow.com, on Sunday to get the new date for the end of the world.
If you are a clean living Christian and believe in the Bible, you know that at the end of days, you will be called up first. What if that happens within the next 10 years, as so many people are telling us these days? What will happen to your dog? You hadn’t thought of that? Well don’t worry, because Eternal Earthbound Pets has been set up to take care of them. The founder, Bart Centre a confirmed Atheist, has built up a network of atheists in the United States who will come and take care of your earth born pets after you have been saved, for a modest fee. You pay $135 for the first animal and a reasonable $20 for each additional animal. For this they guarantee to save your pets in the event of Rapture occurring, within 10 years. After that you will need to pay for another 10 years. The service is currently only available for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and small caged mammals. In some states they can also cater for horses, camels, llamas and donkeys. The man is a genius. I wish him well in his business. Check out the FAQs on his website.
Thousands of people are staying out of Rome for fear of an earthquake rumoured to hit around May 11th. Raffaele Bendandi, a seismologist who died in 1979, is said to have predicted a previous earthquake in 1923, which killed 1,000 people. He used his theories involving movements of the planets to predict earthquakes and was knighted by Mussolini. There is an urban myth saying that, on the day before he died, he predicted Rome would be destroyed on May 11th, 2011. Despite scientists and government officials denying that there is any truth that this prediction was ever made, rumours are spreading and many people are planning on leaving the city for a few days, just to be on the safe side. Perhaps Harold Camping of Family Radio is right and the end of days will begin on May 21st, around teatime, when God wipes out the Vatican as a symbolic gesture. Alternatively, you may manage to get some cheap flights to see Rome, while the weather is nice and things are quite. Rome is a great city, so go check it out.
A recent poll by CNN found that 61% of Americans believe that Osama bin Laden is burning in hell. Only 5% said that they do not believe in hell. It always amazes me that so many Christians, who follow the message of love from Jesus, believe in a God that would have a soul tormented for all eternity rather than offering oblivion. Yes, there is a loving God who wants me to love him, but if I choose not to believe he will roast me forever. A recent book “Love Wins”, by Rob Bell a pastor of Mars Hill bible church in Michigan, addressed this very issue. Another pastor, Chad Holtz, of a Methodist Church in North Carolina wrote a note in Facebook, backing this book. Two days later following complaints from members of the church, Chad was dismissed from his position. Get the full story in the Times Free Press.
Personally, I believe that hell was invented by the church to help control people. If there is a God who torments souls forever, He doesn’t sound like the kind of being I could love. If I’m wrong, I’ll see you in hell.