Some things just annoy me.
A Raleigh, NC based web-site called WeCanKnow plans to place 50 billboards in the metro Atlanta area.
Now, I’m rather fond of the first amendment, and I support freedom of speech to the MAX, and I’ll defend the rights of stupid people all day long.
But somethings are just annoying.
The billboards claim that Jesus is coming back on May 21, 2011.
I don’t usually post about controversial things, and this could be the “blogtroversy” I’ve been hoping for avoiding for 13 months, but here goes.
The WeCanKnow people claim that they KNOW the date from reading the Bible.
Last time I checked, the Bible, which they are supposed to believe is the inerrant Word of God, says in John 7:27 -“Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.”
I find many contradictions in organized religion, but none that can’t be explained in the Bible.
Allison Warden states that the ‘proclaiming’ the rapture and Jesus’ imminent return, can be based on analysis of Scripture and biblical genealogy.
No, no it can’t. See above!
“The Bible teaches that Christ is returning on May 21 and we want to encourage people to go to Scripture and investigate for themselves,” stated Warden, who insists the Holiday timed campaign is not a gimmick. “All information in the Bible points to this date. God is going to be saving people right up until the last moment.”
I’ll agree that God saves people everyday, and that people should investigate, but Allison, no, the Bible is very clear about the date thing. Again, see John 7:27. And while you’re at it, look at Matthew 25:13 – “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” Or, check out Luke 12:40, “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” Both verses, actually all three were written AFTER Jesus died on Calvary’s Cross.
I think they’re pretty clear.
Like myself, a vast majority of American Christians believe that Christ will return one day; over 79% say they do. And over 20% believe it will happen in “their life-time”.
I frankly don’t know when, I believe it will happen, but as to the date, just not sure. Even for a know-it-all like me, I’m quite sure it’s wrong to predict it.
And quite honestly, the billboards are confusing. The Second Coming of Christ is not what they are talking about. They are referring to the Biblical Doctine of the Rapture. Or when Christ comes back in the AIR with the people already in Heaven and calls the deceased believers home first and whisks the rest of the saved away a few seconds later.
The billboard doesn’t mention the following havoc know as the Great Tribulation, you know, that’s when President Palin and Vice President Pelosi rule the USA for seven terrible years and THEN the second coming.
Ok, the Palin-Pelosi thing isn’t all that clear in the Scriptures, but if they can guess, so can I!
The billboard cost is anyone’s guess too, JUST LIKE THE DATE OF THE RETURN OF CHRIST! Allison wouldn’t give UP the dollar figure. Some billboards have been paid for by private donors. And since all of WeCanKnow’s cash comes from donations, consequently, all of them are paid for by private donors.
Now, how someone spends their money is really not my choice. It does concern me however that there are starving people everywhere in the world, homelessness, undernourished babies in America and even one in three families struggle to keep their children in diapers.
So, like the cash wasted by the American Athiests on their “Myth” campaign, and countered by the Catholic League with theirs, and on the Giant Plastic Dashboard Jesus in Mason, Ohio, I know that WeCanKnow can put the cash to better use.
And honestly, you’re going to be just like the folks sitting on the side of the mountain years ago waiting for Jesus to come that day.
Ah, what’s the word I’m looking for?
Go cook a meal, feed someone, clothe someone, do some real good.
And by the way, you don’t know, we don’t know, and we won’t know until it happens!
It annoys me that folks like you paint every Christian with the same brush, but have a Merry Christmas anyway.