Some religious groups have been saying for some time that the recent blood moons, or supermoons, are a sign from God that something important is going to happen, possibly the end of the world. Well, they occur regularly and the world hasn’t ended as a result yet. Perhaps Donald Trump being elected President of the United States, backed by a republican House of Representatives and Senate may change that. So before the world ends, go out Friday and enjoy the sight of the biggest moon in the last 70 years.
Oh no! It’s a blood moon, the first of four in 18 months. We’re all gonna die. Yes, last night the moon slid into the shadow of the earth casting a reddish hue on the moon. Unusually, there will be four of these occurrences in the next 18 months. Astronomers call it a tetrad, doomsayers call it a sign signalling the imminent destruction of the earth. We haven’t had too many doomsday predictions lately. The ISON comet predicted by many to bring forth our destruction, spectacularly failed after its million year journey ended on Thanksgiving day last year, when it simply disintegrated after getting too close to the sun. The Viking prediction of Ragnarok (Armageddon) also failed to materialise on February 22nd. The new movie Thor 3: Ragnarok (End of Days) still hasn’t been released, so I guess the director was not too anxious about the date being accurate. Religious people, quick to capitalise on the series of Blood Moons, have released a number of books explaining the significance as they perceive it: “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs”, by mark Biltz; “Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and the Four Blood Moons”, by pastor Mark Hitchcock; and “Four Blood Moons: Something is about to change” by pastor John Hagee. The last book is number 80 on USA Today’s best seller list! Good grief people, save yourself some time and money. Here is my prophecy for the Blood Moons and the next 18 months. Everything will be pretty normal. There will be no rapture, Armageddon or End of Days. The bible says “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord.”, Joel 2:31. In my opinion a more reliable and accurate predictor of future events, NASA, issued a statement saying there will be eight sets of tetrads before the year 2100. Expect a lot more doomsday predictions over the next hundred years. Unless they are right of course.
It’s July 4th and many Americans are at war within their own country, arguing whether they should be one nation under God, or just one nation. Originally the United States was founded with a clear separation of church and state. However in 1954, the Pledge of Allegiance was amended through legislation to have the words “under God” added to the end. There have been growing calls to remove them again and when NBC recently edited them out of a broadcast there was uproar. American Atheists have sponsored planes to fly today pulling banners stating “GodLESS America!” and “Atheism is Patriotic”. They are only flying in 26 states, as many companies have refused to pull the banners. A company in North Carolina stated “I’m not going to Hell flying that sign!” The Atheists would of course argue that they will not be going to Hell, or Heaven, in either case. American Atheists say that is exactly the sort of bigotry they are fighting. You can see the schedule of flights on their website. God bless America.
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.
It is not surprising that Atheists and Agnostics scored the highest, in a recent survey of religious knowledge, carried out by the Pew Forum in the United States. Atheists and Agnostics usually adopt these titles after a thorough examination of various religions. It is not easy to reject ideas that, in most cases, have been instilled since an early age. I was a little surprised that 53% of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the inspiration for the Protestant Reformation. He even featured in an episode of the Simpsons. 43% of Jews did not recognise that Maimonides was Jewish and 45% of Catholics did not know that their church teaches that the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Christ during a mass (transubstantiation), rather than being a symbolic representation. It’s good to know that Apathism is alive and well in the major organised religions.
Some other scary findings revealed that 40% of those asked believe that people and animals have existed in their present form since the start of time and 4% believe that Stephen King wrote Moby Dick.
For more detail see the Pew Forum website http://pewforum.org/Other-Beliefs-and-Practices/U-S-Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx
US military using sights with coded bible inscriptions in Iraq and Afghanistan. War on Terror or Crusade?