After reading some news reports on ye goode olde internet, I came across an alarming set of articles linking to a border-line cult website, http://www.wecanknow.com/ – this site proclaims that the rapture of the church is going to happen on May 21, 2011.
Well my first obvious problem with this is that I don’t believe in the rapture. You can find other posts on this blog of mine that explicitly state my position on that belief.
Second, I am a semi-preterist, meaning that I am still awaiting Jesus’ return, but the majority of Biblical prophesy has been fulfilled around the time of 70 A.D. or so.
But what is most alarming about this is that their website is dedicated to obscuring their evidence. I’m always hesitant when a “Christian” website proclaims prophesy, but instead of backing it up with scripture, they say, “read this book, it will tell you everything,” or “go between these three unrelated websites.” Smells like a money scam to me. And it’s easy to pull any numbers from the scripture, do the right math, and ta-da, you have a numerical representation of a date! The real trick, I suppose, is making the numbers used in the equation to look right.
The people who make websites like this are artists, really. They claim they can date the earth by adding up genealogies (seriously, it’s impossible: there isn’t enough data), and use “God’s numbers” to add up the days to find the “last day” which in turn means that God will judge the world. All these sites also claim the flaw in carbon dating to say that science is wrong – this is a sure sign of a cult. Now, I’m not the world’s best thinker, but I do believe that God allows us to study and understand the world around us. That being said, I believe science allows us to do that. I know many Christians who are offended at that, but it’s because people don’t like to change how they think, and in fact, much prefer if people think for them. When a pastor preaches “science, even with good motivation, is wrong,” people are more likely to accept that rather than to explore science on their own and determines if it is right or wrong. This is a breeding ground for stupidity.
So, what am I trying to say here? Well, for one, if Jesus comes back on May 21, amazing, I finally get to meet Him face to face. If He does not, it wouldn’t even phase me, but I know that there will be thousands of people who will “lose their faith” because they put so much effort and faith into Jesus returning that they forgot to actually follow what Jesus said: love one another, and worship Him. I’m not honoring or worshiping God if I’m bashing misquoted Bible verses over people’s heads and telling them their going to hell. No where in the Bible does Jesus ever say anything like that! Even the prophets in the Old Testament said, repent and return to God. They didn’t say, “you’re all going to hell if you don’t listen!” Take from thousands of years of walking with God; the Word, the revelation of God, revolves around love! It is impossible for you, by any effort, to convert someone to Christianity. Jesus is the one that seals the deal, so don’t cram anything down people’s throats. I think it’s possible to have more evangelistic power by feeding a homeless person than it is to hand them a Bible. Jesus said, if a friend comes to you in the night asking for loaves of bread, you don’t ignore him, but give what he needs, just like if a man needs a fish, you don’t give him a snake (Luke 11:5-12). Likewise, people need the love of Christ. They don’t need you to quote random verses and force them into some end-times theology using scare tactics (“you’re going to hell if you don’t….”).
Follow Jesus; He is the truth, and He will set you free.