The End of the World as We Know It

I have plans for Saturday so I hope Harold Camping is off on his prediction. But then I’m also a Christian so if he happens to be right I guess it won’t really make any difference.

In case you’ve been living in a cave sans all media, Mr. Camping is predicting that Judgement Day – Christ’s return – will arrive tomorrow, May 21, 2011, around 6 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time.

Mr. Camping, who’s 89, first predicated that the end of the world as we know it would happen in 1994. Obviously, he missed the mark.

I’m generally not one to make fun of anyone’s religious beliefs but Mr. Camping’s doomsday forecast seems to lack validity. I based my skepticism on Matthew 24:36. Look it up.

Predictions such as Camping’s often invite ridicule and, granted, it is easy to make fun of Mr. Camping and his claim to know what “. . . no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” (Matthew 24:36).

I don’t find Judgement Day or similar doomsday predictions particularly amusing. Not because I believe them. But because for those of us who can remember Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, any religious-tinged, headline grabbing claims should always be viewed with a critical eye.