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Atheist Tuesday: My End of the World Prediction

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Yes. Everyone’s laughing at the false teacher who predicted that the end of the world was last Saturday at 6pm; the heartiest laughs reserved for 6:01.

I laughed too.

Though Jesus clearly stated that “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father,” (Mat. 24:36), people have been predicting the end of the world since Christ left this earth 2,000 years ago. One web site has even documented over 200 erroneous end-of-the-world predictions!

Following in such a grand tradition, I will now make my own end of the world prediction. Unlike all those other false prophesies I can guarantee with absolute certainty that my date will be correct. Am I a heretic also? I think not. Here’s my prediction:

One second from now. One minute hence. One hour beyond. Today. Tomorrow. And every day thereafter will be the end of this world for someone.

150,000 people die everyday and enter into eternity, Heaven or Hell. The vast majority will end up in Hell.  Good people, bad people, religious people, irreligious people, and certainly the atheist. Why do I say that? Because Jesus said it:

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14)

One man understood the significance of the narrowness of the kingdom gates when he asked, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”

And Jesus answered, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’

“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’

“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’

“But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’

“There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.” ( Luke 13:22-30)

Even now, as you read this atheist friend, you will probably scoff, laugh and mock me like all the other believers who care for your soul, like you laughed at Harold Camping.

Regardless, the time draws nigh where you will indeed face Judgment Day. Your conscience will testify against you that you have broken God’s Moral Law by lying, stealing, lusting and hating. You will be found wanting on the scale of good deeds because you must be perfect. You will understand on that terrible Day that God sees you as a lying thief, an adulterer-at-heart and a murderer. And you will end up in a very real Hell.

“…do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6: 9-10)

What can you do? How can you be saved from such a horrible fate when your world comes to an end? Repent of your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ who died on a Cross so you could go free. That’s how much God loves you. You broke God’s Law, but Jesus paid your fine. He was buried for three days then He rose from the grave. If you repent (turn away from all the things you know are wrong) and trust in Jesus Christ alone, God will forgive your sins and grant you everlasting life.

I know. It’s old news. You’ve heard it before, just like all those other end-of the-world predictions.

But maybe this time you’ll believe?

Or you can just hope to make it to 2012.

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14 Comments

  1. The only difference is Camping gave a date, but neither of you have any evidence for what you believe.

  2. 1: Honestly? I didn’t laugh. It hurts to see people so scared, self-deluded and self-destructive.
    2: Do you want to back up any of your assertions with facts or do you only have emotional appeals?
    3: Your claim is just as baseless as Camping’s.

  3. “My assertions come directly from the Bible, believe it or not.”

    And? I’m not questioning where your assertions come from. I’m stating that they are 1- unsupported and 2 – one of many interpretations.

    You can say all you want about what the Bible says about God, Hell, life-after-death, salvation, whatever. But because you cannot support those assertions – you cannot show that God is real, Hell is real, life after death is real – your assertions are no more credible than Campings.

    It’s kind of like that Julian Huxley quote. You can find many, many web sites that assert Huxley said that, but that doesn’t mean he did. There is absolutely no support for that assertion. No published document from Huxley, no transcript of the program it’s alleged that he said it on (Merv Griffin or NPR – the story changes). All we have is D. James Kennedy’s assertion that he heard it. Without support for that assertion, why should I assume Kennedy wasn’t mistaken?

  4. I often hear Mat 24:36 thrown out as refutation of Camping’s point, is it all the stands between his predictions and validity? Would you have accepted his logic if the Bible didn’t make prohibitions about it?

  5. What more can I say, perdita? That is the great chasm, isn’t it? I’m not concerned in the least that I cannot provide proof for you, evidence yes. And as you well know, you must believe first. That is, you must have faith first. Sorry, God provided no other way to come to him. His rules.

    So, you may as well eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you die. Sad.

    Paranthropus: Since there is a prohibition I don’t need to hypothesize.

  6. But why is faith without proof a good thing Steve? You make decisions every day based off of rational ways of thinking. We examine tangible evidence and use that as a basis for all our decision making. We don’t suddenly stop crossing the street because we believe a pink alligator will gobble up our legs if we do. Why would God instill us with these deductive reasoning skills that aide us in our survival and then demand we abandon them in favor of blind faith. Not only that but make blind faith the ONLY way to salvation? Would it not be easier for God to present itself in tangible ways that point to clear indicators of its nature and which faith is the correct faith to have?

  7. Good post Pastor Steve, Praise God!!!

    Paranthropus: the Matt 24:36 text is not the only text that declares that the day and hour of Judgment Day is unknown.

    1 Thess. 1:5; 2 Peter 3:10; Rev. 3:3; 16:15—All of these passages (and more) describe Jesus as like a thief coming on Judgment Day. No one knows the day and hour when this will occur.

    God bless!

  8. Steve wrote:

    I’m not concerned in the least that I cannot provide proof for you,

    Well, that puts you on the same level as UFO folks, psychic believers, and so on.

    Some would say it puts you on a lower level than Harold Camping.

    evidence yes.

    So, what is this evidence? The word “DESIGN” does not suffice, as you’d have to support the claim that it is intelligent design, and not the result of deterministic emergent properties.

    If you have evidence, I’m listening. But you have to explain HOW it’s evidence for your claim.

    And as you well know, you must believe first.

    So, for me to believe… I have to believe, first. Well, that makes no sense.

    That is, you must have faith first.

    But, as I’ve asked before, why should I have faith in YOUR God, and not in Allah? When we’ve fallen back to the “faith” position, why should I accept your beliefs instead of those of a Muslim?

    You’re both just as sincerely assured that you’re correct, and that the other is wrong.

    With only using faith, how can I chose between those two options (i.e., your God and Allah).

    So, you may as well eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you die.

    No. Tomorrow we may die. Or it might be the next tomorrow, or the one after that. But yes, we should enjoy the one life that we at least know that we have. If there are other lives, so be it, but I’ve been given no reason to believe in that.

    Sad.

    Sad that I don’t believe I’m going to Heaven, or sad that I don’t believe I’m going to Hell?

  9. Thomas, whilst the list of verses that don’t hypothetically exist might have to be expanded, the question still remains. If there wasn’t a direct prohibition against Camping’s prediction, would you have believed it?

  10. When are you going to have faith in the flying Spagetti Monster Steve?What more can I say, Steve? That is the great chasm, isn’t it? I’m not concerned in the least that I cannot provide proof for you, evidence yes. And as you well know, you must believe first. That is, you must have faith first. Sorry, the Flying Spagetti Monster provided no other way to come to him. His rules.

    So, you may as well eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you die. Sad.

  11. And let me expand on perdita’s point:

    And? I’m not questioning where your assertions come from. I’m stating that they are 1- unsupported and 2 – one of many interpretations.

    And there’s the thing. You quoted 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 (and incidentally, you used ESV – thought you were an NIV sort of guy). This is one of the verses used most commonly to beat up homosexuals, and it’s actually one of the two major mistranslations in the Bible used for that purpose. And it’s translated in multiple ways in every version out there. (‘Scuse me while I pull out my Lecturin’ Hat.) Let’s compare.

    neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality (ESV)

    Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men (NIV)

    neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind (KJV) (“with men” = ASV; “nor homosexuals” = NASB)

    Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom. (The Message)

    people who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts (The Word)

    no one who goes after the desires of the flesh, or gives worship to images, or is untrue when married, or is less than a man, or makes a wrong use of men (BBE)

    See the little differences? The primary problems are various versions of “effeminate” (which comes and goes) and “homosexuals.” And the word that is being translated as “homosexual” almost definitely isn’t.

    The standard Greek term at the time for sexual behavior between males was paiderasste. For some reason, Paul chose to use arsenokoitai, which he possibly created solely for that verse – there’s no record that it was ever used before.

    (Arsenokoitai is also used in 1 Timothy, but the Pastoral Epistles – Titus and the Timmy’s – were either written 10 years or so later, by Paul, or 50-100 years later, by somebody pretending to be Paul. Depending on who you ask.)

    The word stems from arsen (man) and koitai (bed). Since Paul didn’t say paiderasste, he probably didn’t actually mean “homosexual,” although that’s the standard translation. It’s possible he meant male prostitutes (possibly catamites, or even male temple prostitutes from one of the pagan religions), pedophiles, pimps, rapists, masturbators, or possibly some offense which hasn’t passed down through the centuries.

    Some translations use “homosexual offenders” (KJV likes “abusers of themselves with mankind). Suppose Paul had attacked “heterosexual offenders” or “heterosexual sexual offenders.” You wouldn’t interpret this as a general condemnation of heterosexuality. Maybe the appropriate interpretation is that it condemns only those homosexuals who engage in sexual offences (e.g. child sexual abuse, rape, unsafe sex, manipulative sex, coercive sex, etc).

    (Tried to keep that as clinical as possible, but there you are.)

  12. Sorry to be so late in answering Paranthropus. I understand what you are getting at in this situation but because the Bible is clear that only the Father knows the day and hour of Judgment Day I really can’t answer your question effectively. But again it is not a bad question and one that is worth pondering. God bless!

  13. That’s pretty much the same thing Richard Dawkins explains in his article
    There is no God. He also points out how so many “believers” seem to hope for the end of the world. What a grim and sad thought.

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