I understand the gist of the Rapture to be that all the wonderful, pure, true, righteous Christian's living on this planet are going to be taken to heaven. Basically, right?
Well, then I must ask this simple question.
Was the prediction of Camping actually wrong?
Or, is it possible, that there simply were not any wonderful, pure, true, righteous Christian's living on the planet?
In all objective honesty, couldn't it be said that BOTH statements are true
Of course, people, in general, have a very hard time admitting or accepting the possibility that they themselves are not special in any way.
I know and can accept, that when all is said and done, I am not that special of a human being. Now, I truly believe in the potential good of human beings. I, almost always, try to help a fellow human being in any way that I can. I don’t do this because I am seeking; recognition, reward or even thanks, though any of those three things make helping someone more fulfilling. I do it because I would hope someone would do it for me. I also do it, and primarily do it, because I hope and believe that the person I have helped will be more willing to help some other person whose path they cross in the future. Do any of these things make me special? Not in the least.
Aside for that, or any other positive effect my life has on the world around me and those that inhabit it, there is also the bitter reality of my existence which far outweighs any positive impacts my life has. The same can easily be said for practically every single human living today, especially those that live in a “developed” country.
I am directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of animals every year I am alive. My presence on this planet will require the carcasses of thousands of trees; many who were “born” long before I or my parents arrived on this planet. I will inevitably be directly responsible for the disposal of hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds of substances and chemicals which are not found in or native to the environments within which I live. The majority of these chemicals and substances will impose some form of a negative impact on the world I occupy.
Let us not even go into the impact I will have on the various environments of this planet due to my “need” to drive an automobile from point A to point B. I say various environments because the impact of this decision is indeed one with global consequences. Don’t believe that? Consider the fact that the parts of your automobile will originate from points all over the globe, as will the fuel, oil and other chemicals required to keep this agglomeration running. I am not even getting into the “discussion” about climate change.
Sadly, the biggest reason I will have such a negative impact on the planet I live on is simply because I have been sold this concept of a “standard of living”. I have been alive for 33 years and if I were to have the strength, courage and ability to completely change my way of life and cease the actions that result in these various impacts, much of the damage has already been done and the “cost” of offsetting all of those impacts is probably far higher than I would be willing or able to bare. Does that mean it could not be done? Or course not. Of course it could be done, but alas, I am probably not special enough to see it through.
So, while many people would read this and just scoff it off as the ramblings of some depressed person, I would retort with the challenge to prove to yourself that the above statements, conditions, situations and impacts are not a part of your life or the life of your immediate family.
With that, we move into a few other aspects of the supposition about there being no wonderful, pure, true or righteous Christian's living on this planet.
First, there is the aspect of judgment. It is quite probable that many people who would read this article up to this point would be inclined to pass some form of judgment on me, the writer, based solely on my above statements. Hence, we witness a certain failure to adhere to the pure and true aspects of a good Christian person due to the willingness to pass judgment on ones fellow man.
Secondly, more likely than not, many people who would read this article would not be willing to consider it with an open and objective mind. I am not saying people have to believe any, or all of what I have said above. What I am saying though is that a failure to objectively consider the above stated possibilities and how they apply to ones live does indeed negate that person’s defined righteousness.
It is now that we can move forward and make the following statement. In regard to the above two determinations, we actually, and actively, witness the utter and absolute failure of many, (if not most or all), of modern Christian persons adherence to the values and principles of their faith.
It is weekly, if not daily, that a news story surfaces of some person or group of persons, usually of a religious affiliation, making statements, determinations or decisions about the way other people live their lives. You all know exactly what I am talking about here.
Dare I say it?
- “God Forbid” homosexual persons are allowed to get married, let alone live their lives in peace.
- “God Forbid” women are allowed to exercise the Free Will the God you believe in bequeathed to them and decide their own future, as well as the future of their unborn children.
- “God Forbid” people be allowed to make up their own minds and exercise their spirituality how they see fit.
- “God Forbid” science, logic and reason provide information that contradicts the information contained within the sets of texts written almost 2000 years ago by an epoch of human beings unequipped with the tools and knowledge needed to make sense of the world around them.
- “God Forbid” any of the above four judgments be honestly considered as possibilities.
So, with that, I come back to my original question.
Was the prediction of Camping wrong? Obviously there were no massive earthquakes occurring at the man-made definition of 6PM (or suppertime) and rolling around the globe in sequence. So yes, of course he was wrong. He is a human, and an old one at that. Not to mention the fact that he is also a person who has publicly failed in his predictive nature before.
But further, all things considered, I argue that one should stop and honestly consider the possibility that there really are no true, pure, righteous Christians alive today. In fact, it could probably be argued that there never were any to begin with. The tale of your savior Jesus Christ is probably the only example of a person who actually adhered to this moral code and actually upheld it. However, as with all tales, facts tend to get lost through retelling, translation and history.
If this offends you, then I would say I am sorry. However, the reason it offends you is because to some varying degree, it is probably true about you.
In the end, “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you”.