COMMENTARY | What will I be doing for the rapture Saturday? I will be participating in a Wii bowling tournament to raise money for Relay for Life. I am not doing this as a last-ditch effort to save my soul before the rapture comes; it is actually something that has been on my calendar for awhile. The truth is, I am not doing anything differently despite the warnings that the world may be heading for disaster this weekend.
Harold Camping of Family Radio is convinced that the proof of the rapture’s date is in the Bible, even though he was wrong when he predicted that the world would end in 1994. How does he explain that away? With punctuation, of course. He stated in a recent interview with New York Magazine that he put a question mark at the end of the title of his book because he wasn’t exactly sure. I get it; so we weren’t sure before, but we looked at our math and re-figured God’s word to mean that the world would end May 21.
OK, so if I were to believe that God’s wrath will strike all those who are not righteous on Saturday, how would I know who gets to ascend into the kingdom of heaven? Anyone who is Jewish can’t get in unless they accept Jesus Christ as their lord and savior. The same is true for everyone; no one can get in unless they believe in Christ.
Apparently the rapture, though “predicted” in the Bible, is occurring now because of gay pride and gay marriage, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. One more thing to worry about is that everyone who has ever lived is eligible to get drawn up into the heavens while the rest of us seek refuge from an angry Jesus. Essentially, the rapturists believe that all of the graves in all of the cemeteries will open up, allowing the righteous to ascend to heaven, while even the long-dead are made to suffer God’s wrath.
I feel like there is something extremely arrogant about a group of people who preach they are more righteous, more deserving, and more “Christian” than everyone else. I was raised to believe that if you live your life treating others as you would have them treat you (as dictated by the Bible) and you try to help those who cannot help themselves (as preached by Jesus), eternal salvation can be yours. Apparently I was wrong.
The only way that I can think to sum up how I feel about people insisting that they have the “golden ticket” to heaven is to leave you with a list of people we are supposed to believe are doomed to an eternity of hellfire and brimstone:
Albert Einstein- Non-theist/Jewish
Jonas Saulk- Jewish
Lance Armstrong- Atheist
Walt Whitman- Gay
John Lennon- Atheist
Mark Twain- Non-theist
Carl Sagan- Atheist
Bruce Lee- Buddhist
William Shatner- Jewish
Langston Hughes- Gay
Tennessee Williams- Gay
Rahm Emanuel- Jewish
Milton Hershey- Jewish
Dave Chappelle- Muslim
Steven Spielberg- Jewish
Benjamin Franklin- Non-theist
Leonardo Da Vinci- Gay
The list goes on and on, and if these are the people I will meet in hell, it might not be all that bad. Have a happy rapture, and I will see everyone on Sunday!