Saving Up For a Rainy Apocalypse?
Not only are a lot of people going to feel foolish on May 22, the day after the Christian mythological event known as The Rapture is predicted to occur, but a few people will be financially damaged by the belief in the legend.
A 60-year-old New York City man is so sure the world will end on May 21, he has spent his retirement savings to warn people about it.
According to a report from the New York Daily News, Robert Fitzpatrick spent $140,000 for an ad campaign for signs on subway cars and bus shelters around the city reading “Global Earthquake! The Greatest Ever – Judgment Day: May 21.”
“I’m trying to warn people about what’s coming,” Fitzpatrick. “People who have an understanding [of end times] have an obligation to warn everyone.”
Of course, even assuming Christian mythology to be real, spending your money on signs to “warn’ people is completely useless. What are people supposed to do, stick there head between their legs? Grab a towel? In the Christian myth, the world is controlled by an eternal, all knowing, all powerful being. Running around and cramming in the last couple of weeks will make no difference. There is one line about giving everything you have to the poor, but building signs hardly counts as charity.
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Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
-Mark 10:21 NIV