For those of you who missed it yesterday was the Rapture. At least according to Christian radio fruitcake, Harold Camping. This isn’t the first time that he’s predicted the rapture of course. The first time was for September 1994. It didn’t happen then either.
Funnily enough the Jehovah’s Witnesses four predictions for the End Times haven’t come true either. Nope, not in 1914, 1918, 1925, or even in 1942. There are dozens of others from dozens of different Christian sects and cults. Not one of them has come true.
It isn’t just loony Christians who have predicted the end of the world. Islam has the Qiyamah and the two main divisions, the Sunni and the Shia, have whole lists of events that are supposed to happen first. All crap of course. Hindus have a cyclical destruction\rebirth thing with suitably long times but there are still some nutters who think that the end of the world is coming next Thursday, just after tea. Pick any of the religions and some nutter will find something in their holy books that tells them that doom awaits just round the corner.
What is it about these, admittedly extreme, religious people who either want the world to end, look forward to it, or just want to depress people by making such spurious claims? No gods will swoop down on a white steed to take you off to heaven, no Valkyrie will carry you to Valhalla, the Ninki Nanka won’t eat you, the dead won’t rise to live in paradise. It’s all crap. You’ve got one life. Be nice to people and make the most of it, you don’t get a second chance.
Anyway I’m all set for 2012, the Mayan’s predicted that we’d all snuff it then too. I predict that it won’t.