Sunday, May 22, 2011

This end is nigh...wait, no it isn't!

I was eating a sandwich at six this evening...this is how much I cared. Posh! (In other news, post-apocalyptic roast beef tastes just as good as pre-apocalyptic roast beef. Funny, I was half-expecting it to turn into Tasty Wheat.)

Beyond the fact that abuse of Scripture is more than a pet peeve, it never ceases to amuse me how Godless and unbelieving idiots can wonder, "Well maybe the world really IS going to end on [fill in the blank date]!" You don't believe the Bible, but you think some wacko or other who's abusing the Word has good ideas? Beats me how you came to that conclusion.

What amuses me even more is this whole 2012 thing. I love to tell people, "I'll see you January 1st, 2013." Or, for even more fun, I like this routine. You should try it!

*subject makes some statement about the "possibility" of the world ending in 2012*
"Do you know who came up with that idea?"
"Uhm...the Mayans?"
"Right. Do you know any Mayans?"
"No...."
"Neither does anyone else. They disappeared, they're extinct. Archaeologists, scholars, scientists and experts still have no idea what happened to them. So, why are you listening to them again?"

OK, so perhaps it isn't 100% kosher, but the overall theory works well. I love messing with dumb people. I think, from here on out, I'll call it "fizzling" with imbeciles. Yes, that sounds good. It's from this time when a guy I know begged me to continue telling another person about comets, because he "want[ed] to see her brain fizzle out!"

Oh, I am just not being nice today, am I? :-)

Spencer

17 comments:

Lizzy said...

'fizzling' Hahahahaha!!! Love it.

guitargirl said...

I was working at 9:00 last night (the time when the world was supposed to end on the east coast.) Me and a bunch of my co-workers were standing around an egg timer just to be like "*Gasp!* We're still alive!" when it turned 9:01. Haha. I work with a lot of non-Christians, so I heard the usual "Those Christian idiots!" To which I responded that while I am a Christian, I actually *read* my Bible.

Mathew 24:36

:)

Happy post-rapture!! :D

Nathan said...

It is quite unfortunate that scripture was so abused and that so many believed, and those responsible will be held accountable, though I don't necessarily think terms like "dumb" or "idiot" apply 100% here--"deceived" fits more appropriately, in my opinion. Granted, deception works on ignorance, and those who were deceived would have benefited from questioning what they were hearing and doing their own research--especially actually reading the Bible. Obviously if you haven't read it, you can't truly know it, and oftentimes those who have read it just don't understand it. Their "Doomsday Date" interpretation of scripture was proven wrong, and now they have the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson and make appropriate changes to their lives. I truly hope that at least one of them comes out of this and decides to start reading the scriptures more intently; think of the possibilities for outreach! When a sinner repents, the heavens rejoice. :D

If nothing else, this whole thing at least brought the subject of End Times to the front of the public mind for a little while. There was a lot of mockery (I admit that I participated in at least a joke or two about it--I'm not proud of my actions in that regard), but there were also times when I thought, "Hmm, speaking of which, how am I doing?" Regardless of when Christ returns, preparation for that day is an everyday, ongoing thing; and this prediction, however false, could have been useful as a reminder for some folks that life as we know it is only temporary, and that there are greater things ahead. We all respond differently to different things, and I wouldn't be surprised if this was the kind of reminder at least one person needed to regain their focus and get back on track.

That said, we're still here. God's given us another day, so let's take advantage of it. :D

The Warrior said...

Lizzy: Hehe, it cracked me up, too. The girl was insisting that all comets were made up of ice, and what's more she said her geology teacher had said thus. I was telling her that either she had misunderstood him, or he was dead wrong. Yes, some comets have ice but they usually have other material in them ("dirty" comets). I was trying to tell her that I could go and BUY her a piece of a meteorite when...well, that's when the "fizzling" part happened. Good times. :-D

GG: Haha, I was working too, but was at lunch...I completely forgot to even notice what time it was. :-)

Nathan: Of course you are right, and I apologize. If you noticed, seeing my comment on my last of the three posts, it was late, I was tired, and should have chosen better words. But just to be clear, rereading it I see I used the word "idiot" not to refer to those who believed in the May 21st thing, but rather the ignorant masses who refuse to believe in the Bible but then get nervous when they hear about the end of the world. Still, I agree..."Very poor choice of words!"

;-P

The Warrior said...

Although in light of what Mr. Cunningham rightfully said, I should note that the comet-girl was not someone I considered an "imbecile", for the record, k guys?

Nathan said...

Haha, No worries, Spence--I know it was late. Happens to me when I get tired, too. :) I'm glad to see we're in agreement, though. Of course we weren't really saying different things--just saying them different ways, haha. ;-D

The Warrior said...

LOL exactly...but it just goes to show, don't write anything anyone else is going to read when you're a zombie.

olde.fashioned said...

Fizzling, LOLOL!!

Lizzy--Spencer routinely endeavors to "fizzle" my brain in the same way as he did that other girl. Jus' sayin'. ;P

Nathan, not to disagree with you or Spencer here, but the term "idiot" can be used to describe certain behaviours that, IMO at least, warrant the epithet. Dictionary.com defines the noun as an utterly foolish or senseless person; surely there are people in this world who you have encountered and deserve the title?

Or perhaps I'm just the meanest one here. ;)

Jonas said...

I think the best part about this whole Mayan prophecy thing is that they didn't even predict the world ending in 2012, it's just that they didn't bother making their calendar longer than that...

The Warrior said...

OF: Oh, how I do love fizzling... :-P

Jonas: Exactly! While I'm unfamiliar with the details you seem to be (care to share? :-P), at other times I will use the approach "Why are you listening to people who couldn't figure out how to count past 12?"

Spencer

Nathan said...

Nathan, not to disagree with you or Spencer here, but the term "idiot" can be used to describe certain behaviours that, IMO at least, warrant the epithet. Dictionary.com defines the noun as an utterly foolish or senseless person; surely there are people in this world who you have encountered and deserve the title?

Yes, that is true, and I certainly have encountered people who would be worthy of the title. But a person's behavior doesn't always reflect who they are; and before applying a noun that defines who a person is, it might be worth gathering more information about that person, if you only know one detail yet. The act by some of Camping's followers of, say, spending all their money and giving away their stuff so nothing would be left after the 21st, is what I would call an idiotic behavior. It's very stupid. But I don't know the people, nor was I "inside" their situation with them. It can be easier to see the big picture from the outside looking in; and those of us observing from the outside might say, "Don't they see what's going on?! Why are they doing this?" But for those who dug themselves inside, it might have been difficult to see out--much like us, who don't see the end from the beginning, so will make choices only to realize later that we messed up. Sometimes we can become so involved in something--so close to a proverbial wall--that all we see is that wall. As for myself, I don't have enough information about these people to place a label on them. All I know is what they did in one situation; to me, that's hardly enough to say I know who they are, because I know what it's like to be labeled for something I did in only one moment that wasn't something I'd normally do (first impressions can really suck sometimes, haha). Will these people see the natural consequences of their choices? Absolutely--you can't pick up one end of a stick without picking up the other end. But time will tell who the real idiots are; there will be those who learn from this experience and alter their course. The best thing we can do is reach out and love them so they have a chance to get back on track.

Jonas said...

Actually I'm not that knowledgeable about this (or Mayans at all) either. So I'm afraid I told you about all I knew in my last comment :P

The Warrior said...

What did I get started...?

olde.fashioned said...

Whoa Nathan...you wrote a book!! LOL!

Please take all of the following in the spirit which it is spoken...sometimes I play the devil's advocate just for the sake of exploring the other side.

While I generally disapprove of "labeling" people, I must also admit that such labels exist for a reason, and, if brought about by something the person themselves willing did, might even be deserved. (Note that I'm not endorsing bullying or other cruel name calling.)

If a person steals, that makes them a thief. If someone lies, that makes them a liar. If the former stole a loaf of bread to feed their family, does that make them a bad person? Certainly not. If the latter told a "white lie" about a friend's appearance or outfit in order to not hurt their feelings, does that make them a bad person? Of course not. But the fact remains that they have committed the deeds and have done something to warrant the "label".

In a nutshell, if you're going put on a uniform and run around acting like a police officer, don't be surprised if someone mistakes you for a cop. ;)

The Warrior said...

I gotta admit, with all this deep talking, all I know is, according to Nathan's criteria, there are some people I KNOW and still I insist they are idiots.

;-P

Nathan said...

@ OF:

I agree with you 100% on that point. I'm less likely to trust someone with a reputation for lying, and would keep both eyes on my stuff should I associate with a thief. Certain labels serve to protect us when used responsibly, and no matter who it is, there is no avoiding the natural consequence of one's actions.

My case in a nutshell was simply that it's not always black and white, and that more important than any label is how we ourselves choose to respond. In the case of Camping's followers, if we love them for the right reasons, and truly show that love, more will be willing to listen and respond to truth.

olde.fashioned said...

Of course things are not always black and white. I've argued this with Spencer for years--while God is black and white, and IDEALLY things would be, sadly this world is so messed up that sometimes it's hard to see through the muck.