Its a little difficult to tell, but the end maybe nearer than you think. Crack religious nuts or should that be religious nuts on crack are telling us that the Rapture is coming this May. Apparently they’ve read the Bible (don’t they all say that) and they are certain that May 21st, 2011 is Judgement Day.
Now why would the world end on a Saturday? Why not a Monday? I don’t know why they are so excited about this. Its not like they actually read what Jesus did? They like to go around quoting the Old Testament all the time, while forgetting the cool things Jesus did like hang out with a prostitutes and provide free health care (curing lepers, bringing Larazus back from the dead– not demanding a copay or complaining about preexisting conditions). Just who are they going boss around and act superior to in Heaven? That’s assuming that they even get past St. Peter.
These people are the latest in a string of knuckleheads who want to scare others into thinking that God’s ready to pull the plug on his ant farm called Planet Earth. Since hucksters have been making end of the world predictions since the first century A.D., I think we’re OK to make plans for June. It’ll be fun to hear the spin on why we’re still here on May 22nd.
However, Holly Comesoftly, points out that the discovery of 70 Christian relics in Jordan might actually be the canary in the coal mine for the Apocalypse. She convincingly argues that we know ancient text are dangerous and messing with religious objects from that area of the world can lead to melted faces– see Raiders of the Last Ark when they crack open the Ark of Covenant.
The BBC picks up the story:
The director of the Jordan’s Department of Antiquities, Ziad al-Saad, says the books might have been made by followers of Jesus in the few decades immediately following his crucifixion.
“They will really match, and perhaps be more significant than, the Dead Sea Scrolls,” says Mr Saad.
One of the few people to see the collection is David Elkington, a scholar of ancient religious archaeology who is heading a British team trying to get the lead books safely into a Jordanian museum.
He says they could be “the major discovery of Christian history”, adding: “It’s a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church.”
Never has there been a discovery of relics on this scale from the early Christian movement, in its homeland and so early in its history.