Apparently billboards are appearing all over the US announcing that Jesus will return on 21st May 2011 … (Insert your favorite scoff here). These have all been put up by folks who are followers of Harold Camping.
Who? … (Yea, thats exactly what I thought as well, and no I’ve never heard of him either).
Now this next bit will not surprise you, but apparently only his ministry has the pure truth. According to him all the others have their own unique set of doctrines and hermeneutics which dictate how they understand the Bible, so only they get the pure truth. (Sigh! … its an oh-so-familiar pattern … least you wonder, more or less every belief system on the planet will tell you that they alone have the most correct version of the truth and all the others have got it wrong).
So according to him, Jesus will return on 21st May 2011 … but why that specific date? Well if curious, here is a link to his website that nails the date. I’d recommend you don’t bother clicking the link, its total bollocks, but if curious to understand the mindset, it boils down to this … Apparently it was exactly 7000 years ago that a 600 year old chap herded every single species on the entire planet into a boat. I’ll not even bother to attempt to explain his bizarre logic that allows him to attempt to work out the precise date, there is only so much “stupid” that can be handled within a single blog entry.
Now, what is quite surprising here is that he has done this before, his previous prediction for the end of the world, within one of his books, was September 1994. That date has long ago come and gone, and yet this wingnut has people who are moronically stupid enough to be still following him. And so we now have a family who have been so sucked into this insanity that they have now paid for all these billboards.
As for the end of the world on 21st May … allow me to make a prediction for you … it will not happen, the 21st will be followed by 22nd May, at which point the believers will do the usual hand-waving shoe-shuffle dance we always see what such dates come and go, then proceed to suffer some form of collective alzheimer’s that allows them to completely forget this and instead proceed to spout some new date … exactly as they did the last time with the 1994 date.
As always folks … when faced with outrageous claims … be skeptical.