Richard Carrier’s speech from Rapture Day in Witchita .
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Don’t let the Memorial Day weekend make you forget, the world is coming to and end (again) this Sunday (5/27/2012).
Here we go again, folks. On May 27, 2012 the world is fated to end in flames, but it’s not the Mayan calendar that’s predicting it, nor has last year’s failed prophet Harold Camping redone his calculations. No, this time the prediction comes from the divinely-inspired revelations of Ronald Weinland, prophet and leader of the Church of God-PKG(Preparing for the Kingdom of God).
Weinland, who is predicting that “the United States will collapse” and that there will be a nuclear war before May 27th, claims he “is the pastor of God’s Church on earth, has also been appointed by the God of Abraham to be His end-time prophet and one of the two end-time witnesses (and spokesman of both), preceding the return of Jesus Christ on May 27, 2012.”
So, add it to your calendar. There may be no need to make any more potato salad than you can eat before then.
According to Religions News Service, the Vatican has all it can take with all the “bogus” Virgin Mary sightings, and is creating a set of rules and guild-lines to authenticate future visions.
The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the authenticity of the dozens of apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported each year.
The rules also require an evaluation of the “personal qualities” of the alleged seer, including his or her “psychological equilibrium,” “rectitude of moral life” and “docility towards Ecclesiastical Authority.” The contents of the “revelation” must be “immune” from theological error, and the apparition must bear “abundant… spiritual fruit,” such as conversions.
The authenticity of the vision should be rejected if, among other factors, the alleged seer shows “psychological disorder” or “evidence of a search for profit.”
Ah, come on. If you’re going to rule out people with psychological disorders and those seeking profit, who’s going to be left? That’ll wipe out pretty much all of them.
In March, a Jesus statue in front of the Church of Our Lady of Velankanni in Mumbai started dripping water. The church, unable to imagine a source of water other than god, quickly hailed the wet statue as a miracle. Until, that is, famed Indian Skeptic Sanal Edamaruku showed up to investigate and quickly discovered the water source to be … a water pipe. He is now being threatened with Article 295 of the Indian Criminal Procedure Code (blasphemy).
Story on Rational International
Story on Boing Boing
Well, Poe’s Law is proving itself right. It is getting harder and harder to tell if these End of Days prophets are serious, or just bad parodies.
Ronald Weinland, who considers himself a prophet of God, continues to warn that Jesus Christ is returning on May 27, 2012.
For those who do not believe him and mock his message, Weinland claims that they will die from cancer.
Gee, you would think that eternal damnation would be enough. Why the cancer death? Laying it on a little think, perhaps? Why doesn’t he just say they’ll be run over by a stray 4th of July parade float? Or bitten by an angry pony?
“The truth is ridiculed, ignored, slandered and mocked,” he warns.
Yeah, you know what else is ridiculed and mocked? Stupidity.
His doomsday prophecy is based on all the old standards: Daniel, Revelations, the little apocalypse in Mark. Same old stuff that the 5th Monarchists thought was predicting a recent end of the world in the 17th century, and it’ll be the same stuff that Christians a hundred years from now use. If only the guys that wrote those works knew how seriously people two thousand years later would take their stuff.
It’s a miracle! A consecrated host/cracker fell into some water, and it there was, like, some red. You know, like blood. Praise be his name!
A consecrated host that fell to the floor at a South St. Paul church and turned a blood red color is not a miracle, according to Twin Cities archdiocese officials, who said Wednesday the discoloration was instead caused by a fungus
Well, that was a let down. It was just damn nature.
A theology professor once told me that no Catholic has ever thought that the host actually turns into the meat bag body of Jesus Christ. Well, that’s the difference between theology and the beliefs of the masses, I suppose. Catholicism does indeed teach that the host literally turns to the body of Christ. However, they do not teach that it physically turns into the body of Christ. It’s purely a spiritual transformation (the essence vs the accident, blah blah blah. Go read your Aristotle). So, no blood, no red stains, no tough meaty texture is to be expected. I have heard many lay Catholics claim that it does, in fact, turn into flesh. But, it’s not like a life time of going church is going to teach anybody anything.
Cons through out the ages have been perpetrated (see the Eucharist Miracle of Lanciano entry). Some may have been pious frauds, some may have been done to have a a bit of a laugh. All amuse me.
It all makes so much sense now.
Two employees at a North Miami Beach police station (an officer and a secretary) were fired after attempting to cast a spell on the city manager by sprinkling birdseed in his office:
“Ultimately, the city manager really doesn’t have anything to worry about, because in Santeria, you can’t just spread bird seed and make the supernatural do what you want it to do,” said Michelle Maldonado, a professor of Religious Studies at the University of Miami.
Well, that’s good to know. I’m sure he’ll be sleeping better now with that knowledge.
I wonder, if they were Christians and had recited a prayer against Bonner if they would have been fired for their actions? Or perhaps it was just the mess that did it.
Now that “Harold Camping’s Half Assed Apocalypse” prediction officially failed (yeah, we were all so worried there for awhile) we’re one “End of the World” down, with two more to go. At least two more in the not to distant future. Apocalypse predictions are like Doritos, they’ll always make more.
- Oct. 212011, Harold Camping pulls date out of ass (check)
- 12/21/12, Mayans ran out of room on their calendar, we’re going to die!
- December 2012, Nibiru (a non-existent planet) collides with Earth (this was originally going to happen in 1999, but has been updated to coincide with the Mayan thing).
So far, it’s not quite as eventful as I would have thought. Maybe it’s got a slow build.