If the Forum Police don't mind, I'll copy here what I posted a couple of weeks ago, when Woot told the story of the unfortunate guy who gets to man the final shift at FamilyRadio.com:
The Dallas area is absolutely plastered with billboards proclaiming the precise date of Judgement Day, complete with a straight-from-the-used-car-lot gold starburst with the words "The Bible Guarantees It". But I can read my Bible too, and the "Family Radio" crowd completely fail to provide their interpretation of how they calculate their Biblical "guarantee".
In fact, the few verses they do cite are very, very badly misinterpreted. One cornerstone is where they claim that Christ's statement that "no one will know the date of His return" *doesn't apply* to those who enjoy His favor. And apparently, the guy behind the May 21 movement is uniquely blessed to divine God's plan.
In the end, it's a massive "emperor has no clothes" pyramid. The founder (who previously guessed 1994 as The End, but with less certainty) claims Biblical authority for his new prognostication. His followers aren't privy to the calculations -- even though they have the same Bible that he (and you and me) have. But they don't dare to disagree, because of the leader's perceived authority on the subject.
Fortunately, millenial prognostications are by their definition self-limiting. In three weeks (Make that, "less than 12 hours"), we'll either be witnessing the start of a five-month global destruction cycle, or wishing Monday were over in a more traditional sense.
My hope, as a devout Christian believer myself, is that the spiritual awakening that has drawn some people to this false message will not be wasted. I pray that on Sunday, May 22, we have a lot of folks in morning service asking "I looked for Jesus because of a crazy man's billboards, but he didn't appear... do you know where can I find Him?" To which we can answer, "Yes, I do." Armageddon not required.
Cr@p-free no more as of 5/26/2010!
(Previous B-to-the-OC: 11/17/2006)
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