Author Topic: Still at it.  (Read 1048 times)

Still at it.
« on: April 25, 2018, 09:13:20 AM »
Another prediction:
A self-declared Bible “researcher” and conspiracy theorist who has predicted a number of failed doomsday dates is trying a new tack. Instead of giving a date, he’s giving a range.

David Meade, whose views fall well outside mainstream Christianity, told the Guardian that the biblical “rapture” will take place at some point between May and December of this year. When that happens, the world won’t end but rather the faithful will be plucked off the Earth, leaving the rest behind for seven years of tribulation. Then, he said, there will be 1,000 years of peace and prosperity before the world actually ends, which would occur by the year 3025, give or take.

“So the world isn’t ending anytime soon – in our lifetimes, anyway,” Meade assured the Guardian.

Meade previously predicted the world would end on Sept. 23, 2017. At the time, he didn’t offer a specific form of apocalypse. In the past, however, Meade has used “numerical codes” found in the Bible and claimed that a secret planet called Nibiru was on a collision course with Earth.

Zero astronomers believed Meade’s theory.

“There is no factual basis for these claims,” NASA said in a statement when doomsday predictions involving Nibiru made headlines in 2012.   

Mainstream Christians have also distanced themselves from Meade.

“Whenever someone tells you they have found a secret number code in the Bible, end the conversation,” Ed Stetzer, director of Wheaton College’s Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, wrote last year in Christianity Today. “Everything else he or she says can be discounted.”

It is amazing to me that failed predictions for these christians do not mean he/she is never listened to again.  They seem to gather an audience each time they make these silly things.  And the sheeple pay attention. 
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent,
Is he able but not willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able or willing?
Then why call him god?

Offline SGOS

Re: Still at it.
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2018, 09:30:23 AM »
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the world won’t end but rather the faithful will be plucked off the Earth, leaving the rest behind for seven years of tribulation. Then, he said, there will be 1,000 years of peace and prosperity before the world actually ends,
Sounds OK to me.  Get rid of all the idiots, experience a few years of tribulation, and then just enjoy life for 1000 years.  What Meade doesn't tell you is that after the plucking, God gives the rest of us credit for the years we have already tribulated having to listen to the idiots.  So there's like 5 minutes of getting a serious "talking to" from God, and then we're good to go.

Re: Still at it.
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2018, 11:56:36 AM »
So we get 1000 years of peace after all of the Christians are gone? Sounds about right.
"Oh, wearisome condition of humanity,
Born under one law, to another bound;
Vainly begot, and yet forbidden vanity,
Created sick, commanded to be sound."
--Fulke Greville

Re: Still at it.
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2018, 02:12:40 PM »
So, anyone still around after December can just assume they were "left behind"? Won't all those Christians be disappointed when they find themselves not raptured? They'll rupture! Well, they can, as the man in black said to Inigo, "Get used to disappointment."

Only seven years of Tribulation!? That's nothing - after the nukes all go off, there'll be maybe thousands of years of tribulation. Maybe the extinction of humanity altogether. Then the world can heal itself and try again in a few tens of millions of years to make another life form that can get us out into the galaxy, where we belong.

I wonder how these people keep finding followers to fleece? They should make a reality show about it.
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Offline GSOgymrat

Re: Still at it.
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2018, 02:28:43 PM »
So by December we won't have to worry about Trump or Pence. After all, they were endorsed by America's most devout Christian leaders.
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Re: Still at it.
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2018, 04:33:23 PM »
And doesn't their Big Book of Fairy Tales explicitly say no one can know when it's going to happen anyway?  Yeah, Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32.  So predicting the biblical end of the world is explicitly non-biblical and anyone who does so is in defiance of their invisible friend's so-called infallible word...
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Sir Terry Pratchett, on being told about the theory that the universe is a computer simulation: "If we all get out and in again, would it start to work properly this time?"

Re: Still at it.
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2018, 04:35:27 PM »
Yeah, try to tell them that, though! :tongue:
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I'm waiting for Trump to say: "We could easily stop all the wildfires from happening just by removing all the oxygen from the atmosphere."

Re: Still at it.
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2018, 05:31:05 PM »
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And doesn't their Big Book of Fairy Tales explicitly say no one can know when it's going to happen anyway?  Yeah, Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32.  So predicting the biblical end of the world is explicitly non-biblical and anyone who does so is in defiance of their invisible friend's so-called infallible word...
Isn't the rapture in the same league??
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent,
Is he able but not willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able or willing?
Then why call him god?

Re: Still at it.
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2018, 06:08:11 PM »
Boss Lady and I have made emergency plans in case the rapture does happen. She'll go through the purses and I'll clean out the wallets "left behind".
We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
PZ Myers

Re: Still at it.
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2018, 06:11:52 PM »
"Left behind" is usually the pocket you'll find the wallets in...
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I'm waiting for Trump to say: "We could easily stop all the wildfires from happening just by removing all the oxygen from the atmosphere."

Offline Baruch

Re: Still at it.
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2018, 07:25:23 PM »
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So, anyone still around after December can just assume they were "left behind"? Won't all those Christians be disappointed when they find themselves not raptured? They'll rupture! Well, they can, as the man in black said to Inigo, "Get used to disappointment."

Only seven years of Tribulation!? That's nothing - after the nukes all go off, there'll be maybe thousands of years of tribulation. Maybe the extinction of humanity altogether. Then the world can heal itself and try again in a few tens of millions of years to make another life form that can get us out into the galaxy, where we belong.

I wonder how these people keep finding followers to fleece? They should make a reality show about it.

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Offline Baruch

Re: Still at it.
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2018, 07:30:03 PM »
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Isn't the rapture in the same league??

Christian fundamentalism, starting in Britain in the late 19th century, and spreading to the US in the early 20th century ...
where it was promoted by a oil tycoon from California ...

Why Christianity Must Change Or Die by Bishop Spong

Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity by Bruce Bawer

We have seen this before, during the Protestant Reformation 1500-1700 ... and periodically since.
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Re: Still at it.
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2018, 02:30:02 AM »
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So there's like 5 minutes of getting a serious "talking to" from God, and then we're good to go.

He's not angry, just disappointed.
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