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Is May 21, 2011 the end of the world?

Summary: NO!

Longer(ish) summary: Family Radio evangelist Harold Camping (the man responsible for #iftheworldendsonsaturday and #judgementday trending on Twitter) does not believe that the world is ending tomorrow. Camping believes that the rapture — the day Christians, dead and alive meet Jesus in the sky, will take place tomorrow.

Post: The first time I walked through the NYC subway tunnel between Port Authority and Times Square Station, I noticed a depressing series of plaques affixed to the steel beams that held the ceiling up:

So tired…

Why bother?

Just go home…

Whaaa?!

Those were a few of the messages I could read because each sign is placed on every tenth roof-beam or so and it’s hard to read as the tunnel is usually packed with people.

A few months ago when my friends came to visit me from London, I managed to read each sign as we walked through the tunnel. The poem (I noticed it rhymed) was definitely as depressing as I had guessed it to be:

OVERSLEPT, SO TIRED. IF LATE, GET FIRED.WHY BOTHER? WHY THE PAIN? JUST GO HOME, DO IT AGAIN.

After reading the poem and coming to the end of the tunnel, I saw a few tables with Christian leaflets and CD’s on them, placed by people wearing t-shirts with bible passages on them. Ahhh, could this be the purpose of the signs — No hope without God? Maybe.

I admired the people out there daily to evangelize. I wouldn’t do it but I thought, God bless them — they are doing what they believe they are called to do.

My opinion of these people has drastically changed.

Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Not so long after walking thorough the tunnel with my friends from home, I noticed a change in the Christian’s uniform. The date of Jesus’ return! Oh boooooy.

It’s so annoying when the crazy Christians get under the spotlight. Due to their failure to understand the bible, all Christians alike look crazy. Now I’m seeing comments on Facebook, Twitter and all over the gaff about; Christians are so this and so that — usually attached to “LOL” in some way or the other. So I’m going to share what the bible says about the rapture that I’m sure more Christians than the Christians waiting for the rapture tomorrow believe/know about.

If more people read Matthew 24, all this end of world baloney would be attached to the crazies instead of all Christians. Some of us Christians actually study our faith! Here are some key verses taken from the Matthew 24:

3And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8All these are the beginning of sorrows.

11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

50The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of

Case closed? Well, not entirely.

I have to admit that it is possible that, while the chapter indicates that no one at that time could know the timing of Jesus’ return, there’s room to believe God could reveal the timing in the future.

Personally, I don’t believe God has revealed the date to anyone. Camping has manipulated scripture to calculate the date of the rapture despite the fact that no scripture in the bible encourages anyone to try to determine the date. Rather, we are to “keep watch, because we do not know on which day our Lord will come.”

The dude isn’t even credible! He previously predicted that Jesus would come back in 1994. Obviously, he was wrong.

I just spoke to my mum on the phone about this whole saga and she told me she hopes no one will kill themselves when the rapture doesn’t happen. I told her I’m putting my money on the May 21st folk hiding because they want to trick us or because they’re embarrassed!

I’m tired of hearing about May 21st and I’ll be glad when I wake up the next day (God willing)! On Sunday, May 22nd, I shall be going to church and then to a cool organic food place my roomie told me about. What will you be doing?

What happened to Bishop Eddie Long?

Eddie Long is pastor of the 25,000-member New Birth Missionary Church in Lithonia, Ga.

*Update: Thursday May 26 2001* — The lawsuit involving Eddie Long has been resolved.

Around the same time “Pastor” Terry Jones was threatening to burn Quran’s, news broke that two men had accused Bishop Eddie Long of coercing them into a sexual relationship with him when they were in their teens. Great, I thought, Christianity is headline news now because of an ill-versed crazy man determined to corrupt the bible’s teachings and an alleged pervert who abused his position in his church.

After a six-hour trial — put together by Mr. Jones — featuring a Christian convert from Islam as a prosecuting attorney and an imam as a defense lawyer, a jury made up of 12 church members and volunteers reached a verdict – guilty. Stupidity prevailed. Although this man’s 15 minutes of fame is over Eddie Long’s presence in the mainstream media appears to be also. I found myself wondering:

What happened to Eddie Long?

I knew that four sexual coercion lawsuits were filed against Long who denied the allegations but I wasn’t sure if the suits had been settled out of court. I found out today that the lawsuit had not been resolved and a judge is preparing to hear the case in court this fall — TGFG, (thank God for Google)!

I do not know if Long is guilty but I do believe in being innocent until proven guilty. I read a lot of comments by readers on stories to do with Long that said that there was no way that these allegations were true. Long seems to have the support of most of his church. Watch the video below of Long addressing his church last year, five days after the first of four lawsuits was filed against him:

I’ve read many comments by people angry with much of Long’s sermon, especially when he compared himself to David in the bible:

“I feel like David against Goliath, but I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet.”

Long’s ministry has been damaged by these lawsuits and the damage is likely to be permanent,  whether or not the allegations are true. It’s unlikely he will ever be able to command the same level of fame he had before, even if he is proven innocent. The world is full of skeptical people and I’ll admit to being one of them. However, I read in an article posted on ThyBlackMan.com that Long had:

“…forfeited any chance at returning to the top when he opted for a private settlement instead of public vindication.” 

I can completely understand where the writer is coming from but as a Christian, I couldn’t disagree any more. In the bible, Matthew 5:25 says:

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

According to this scripture, Long kept with biblical teaching regarding disputes but not everyone agrees with the bible’s teachings. So perhaps I should retract my statement – Long probably wont return to “the top” because he tried to settle in court but anyone that applies biblical principles to their life should not hold this against him as many do.  I just thought of Michael Jackson! Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse and settled out of court for a reported $22 million but he didn’t die a pariah….I definitely don’t hear about Long as much I used to prior to the suits but time will tell where his fame will eventually be.

If Long is guilty, he should go to jail. Politicians, Pastors and CEO’s and the like, rarely receive punishment for their crimes but, if you do the crime, serve the time.

Who knows if Jackson or Long or even Dominique Strauss-Kahn are guilty of their alleged crimes… we’ll have to wait and see what the jury decides.