Now that the hype of Dec 21st has died down, I’d like to take a moment to think about doomsday ‘prophecies’ in general, because although this latest failing was largely a New Age invention, you can just about bank on the fact that Christians (or some other group) will sooner or later make another attempt at predicting ‘the end of the world’.
Will we never learn? Will the stupidity of it all never end? Why do so may have a death wish? If life is what we make it and what we focus on, then why do so many choose annihilation over their own sovereign creativity?‘
Matt 24:26 and Mark 13:32 tend to be two particularly favoured scriptures (amongst others) that Christian fanatics generally fall back on when their doomsday prophecies fail to show up. Oops! No humble admission nor apology for false prophets and their prophecies, just quotes thrown at us mere heathens in retaliation.
There’s a dark and insidiously evil purpose to these human-inspired and created scriptures: to keep the innocent and gullible among us imprisoned in fear and uncertainty for the rest of their lives. It’s an age-old, religious, control mechanism and has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus. In fact, I dare to go so far as to say that Jesus did not utter these words to mean what religion has twisted them to mean, if he even uttered them at all:
Matt 24:26: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (King James Version, Cambridge Ed.)
Mark 13:32: “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” (King James Version, Cambridge Ed.)
Even the JW’s like to use them to cover their asses. Remember their failed prediction dates of 1914, 1925 and 1975? It’s like saying, “Ok, so we got the dates wrong, but it’s going to happen and you’re still going to be murdered by our all-loving and all-merciful god, so just you remember that, ok?”
Let’s also not forget their originally predicted “rapture”, which was supposed to occur in 1878, followed the by the ‘end of the world’ in 1914 – although JW’s vehemently disassociate themselves from the actual word ‘Rapture’ these days, but not back in 1878. Isn’t it funny how religious whims change at the drop of a hat, even while they claim their god is consistent and cannot lie? Then they resort to the ‘blame game’ and certainly in the case of the JW’s, I recall them blaming their printing department over the failure of their 1975 ‘end of world’ prophecy. What? No one actually proofreads what comes out of their printing department before publication? Rather unfair and pathetic, don’t you think?
Lest they deny any of their past prophecies to you, dear reader, one need only refer to their Watch Tower publication of July, 1906. Let no JW attempt to convince you that their organization hasn’t ever printed false prophecies.
It’s like a continuous loop of insanity. Not just with the JW’s, but all forms of fatalistic fanaticism. And now the New Age ascension crowd fall into this same category as we see them quickly back-peddling in light of no such ‘ascension’ having taken place 5 days ago. Now we see them desperately attempting to recover some semblance of ‘respect’ and ‘believability’ by explaining that they ‘didn’t mean the ascension was literal or physical, just spiritual’. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in all my life.
Also bear in mind that the New Testament is a (relatively) modern publication compared to the Old, and although my next comment has no basis in fact whatsoever, I feel the NT bears absolutely no relation or resemblance whatsoever to the OT. To me, it’s clearly flavoured with human attitudes, human mentality, human opinion, and human bias, with the Apostle Paul fervently leading the charge in the promotion of misogyny and its every implication. Not that I’m promoting the OT, either.
And what a very long way humanity has come since those dark and evil days. We still have a long way to go, and it saddens me to see so many so willing to cling to the beliefs of those dark days of denial, repression, control and cruelty.
I personally think that if Christians ever stopped to consider what Jesus must think of their carry-ons, fanaticisms and delusions in his name, they’d feel so very ashamed.
And now, for “those with an ear to hear”, I’d like to point you in the direction of a very dear friend of mine, Jennifer Shepherd, who does – quite literally and frequently – speak with Jesus. I’d also like to point out that Jennifer has a reputation for her honesty, lack of delusions, and the down-to-earth truth told in no uncertain terms, so if you’re easily offended, it won’t be for you. Her narrative can be found in three parts and begins here: http://www.lipstickmystic.com/so-heres-what-jesus-told-me-part-one/