I can’t say I was totally freaked out by the announcement the world was going to end on May 21, 2011 at six o’clock, by time zone no less. But. It was a little freaky.
Just a niggle in the back of the brain. I joked saying I just wanted to be sure my hair and teeth were brushed by six, just in case. You know what? Six o’clock came and went and I forgot to notice. As apocalypses go this one was ho-hum.
But Angela you ask, don’t you believe? Well yeah but the Bible makes it clear no one but God knows the date and I know of no reason to believe that David Camping has been more blessed than the rest of us.
You know I actually felt sorry for the dude. I thought at least he has the conviction to stand up for what he believes in and put his reputation on the line. How many people are willing to do that? To literally put their money where their mouth is? Not many. But then he went and opened his mouth again.
Yep. The apocalypse was spiritual and is taking place now. It will end in a physical apocalypse on October 21, 2011. No time given as of yet but he has advised we will be consumed in a fireball. The idea of being consumed in a fireball does freak me out a little. Maybe that’s the point.
Tracey and I watched a program on the History Channel called Hell: The Devil’s Domain. It was a good program and it said something interesting that caught my attention. Hell, and descriptions there of, was used to bring people into the church.
The priests noticed the more they talked about hell and how gruesome and painful it was the more people came to hear it. So to keep the people coming the priests learned to play to their audience by getting more inventive in their descriptions. Some things never change.
This is what David Camping is doing; he’s playing to his audience. We’ve gone from catastrophic earthquakes to a fireball consuming us. That’s one way to manage damage control. There’s always someone who has that ‘what if’ thing in the back of their minds and will listen to someone like Mr. Camping.
Sure there are those who positively rejoice in the idea of the world ending in such a way as Camping describes. They roll it around their tongues and can actually taste it while their eyes shine as they talk about it. I’ve met a few. They are freaky and sorta scary.
Then there’s those like my dear husband, Paul, who was a bit disappointed the apocalypse didn’t take place because he had to go into work that night. I laughed at him and with him. Oh yeah, I didn’t get my teeth or hair brushed by six either. It was more eightish.
Mr. Camping isn’t the only one in the apocalypse business. Most predictions have come and gone. The Mayan Calendar is still an open question even though many scientists have debunked it. Nostradamus predicts the end in 3786 or 3797 depending on who you talk to. In fact there’s a whole website devoted to Armageddon.
The end of the world can entertain us although I did think the movie 2012 sucked a big fireball (maybe this is where Camping got his idea). War of the Worlds, Omega Man, The Road, I Am Legend, Independence Day and even The Day After Tomorrow were all better end of the world movies.
Try Greg Bear’s The Forge of God. It is an excellent end of the world read. I can’t say more because I’ll ruin the book but it sucked the air right out of my lungs. The book of Revelations may be too real for entertainment but it will make your hair stand on end.
It’s no mystery why humans enjoy these types of entertainment. We enjoy the adrenaline rush or if our life is bad it’s nothing compared to what’s on the screen or page.
At this point I’m content to leave it in God’s hands but there’s nothing wrong with speculating. In fact I think it’s normal to do so in a responsible way. In other words no fear mongering.
Does the idea of an apocalypse freak you out or do you look forward to it? Do you even believe in it or care? Where will you be on October 21? What end of the world predictions have you heard? What are your favorite end of the world books or movies?