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Seven Reasons why I believe Jesus WOULD have mocked the “Rapture” prediction.
There's some talk online about whether those of us poking gentle fun at the whole “Rapture” business today are being unkind and unChristian. Jesus, they say, wouldn't mock the Rapture. Well, actually, I think that, had he a twitter account, Jesus would. And here's seven reasons why.

1) Gentle Jesus, not so meek and mild. The Victorians may have wanted to believe that Jesus was Tewwibly Nice, but we need to remember that this is the man who attacked the money changers in the temple with a whip of cords (John 2:15). A quick reread of his words in Matthew 23 might help to remind people of this rather less than meek aspect of his divine nature. Jesus didn't like self-righteous religious leaders who claimed to know the mind of God.

2) Jesus specifically said we wouldn't know the hour nor the day (Matthew 25:13). Don't you think he'd be a bit miffed at some pastor in the USA claiming to know the mind of God better than he did? (Disclaimer, Jesus didn't have modern computers on which to do his calculations: maybe he'd have been able to give us a date if he'd had more fingers and toes?)

3) Dateline God: according to the prediction, the “Rapture” will role around the world based on a time set by human clocks and human calculations. Err... since when was God (that's God Almighty, Creator, Lord of heaven and earth) bound by the international dateline? What does he do about daylight savings time zones? What happens to people who live too close to a time zone change?

4) Noah. Revd Camping has calculated his date as 7000 years since Noah's flood. Which is set as exactly when? I can't find Noah's Online Blog to give me an exact date for the start of the flood. Besides, is the exact moment when the rain started? When the ark first floated, probably several hours after the first raindrops? When the whole earth was covered? When the flood ended? (which was exactly when?) Seems a bit too uncertain a date to max out your credit cards on.

5) Noah (part 2). What's it got to do with Noah anyway? The end of the Noah story is the delightful assurance by God that he won't repeat the flood. While the earth remaineth and all that. So whatever happens at the end of the world (whenever it happens) it won't be a repeat of the flood. Sorry Revd Camping: unlike the BBC, God doesn't do repeats. (Genesis 8:21-22)

6) Waste of resource: Looking at all the millions suffering and dying in our world from unnecessary wars, curable diseases, lack of basics like clean water and enough to eat, I somehow feel Jesus would be a tad uncomfortable with the huge waste of resources which has been put into promoting this upcoming “Rapture”. Revd Camping's radio station is valued at $86 million. How much nearer could he make the Kingdom of God by using that to relieve suffering – and encouraging his followers to do the same? (Matthew 25:31-46)

7) The final reason I believe Jesus would mock the “Rapture” is this. I know I'm going out on a limb here, and probably setting myself against the whole of the world church. But I can't help believing that Jesus has a sense of humour.

Peace. ;-)

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I was going to say that we're about 19.5 hours into the 21st here and so far, things seem quite normal. But then I read point 3, and realised we probably don't count on this side of the world.

I suppose I'll have to wait and see if I wake up tomorrow.

Final, incontrovertible proof that God is an Englishman: opening bat, bowls a few off-breaks. ;-)

Maybe we all get an extra day to repent, cos God misplaced his (her?) diary?

Well, it's the 22nd here and things still seem normal, so God can't have got with the programme yet. I suppose there's a few hours left in the US, though.

Thanks for a great read, Revd.

Thank you. :-)

I enjoyed writing it. I love a mental challenge while I'm hoovering.

Everything is still in one piece here as well.. also, predict world endings on Monday's please because usually those aren't all that popular anyway so why not blow up the planet on that day? ;)

Great point. You should be on God's PR team. Next time, schedule the Rapture for a wet Monday morning in February, and get the popular vote!

this might just be the best post written on the 'rapture'! I can only feel for the people who staunchly believed that they would be taken away from this world on may 21...

Thank you for the compliment.

I too feel sorry for those who were taken in. But they made their choice, and a wise man once said:

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

Unfortunately, that was Buddha. ;-)

OK, now on to Dec 21, 2012! ;)

What? before Christmas? ;) bad PR... really... ;)

But think of the effort saved with not bothering to buy prezzies next year!

What killjoys the Mayans were. Jan 2, 2013 would have been better.

To be fair, the Mayans weren't big on Christmas, never having even heard of Jesus. And since most of their festivals were celebrated with human sacrifices, you can imagine they might be motivated to miss one. Mind, any culture that invents a form of football (soccer) that involved sacrificing all the losing team gets my vote.

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