As it’s Sunday, I thought I’d take one of my periodical looks at religion.
I wrote here about the possible business opportunities associated with the Rapture.
Of course, missed deadlines for the Rapture are nothing new. Man has been predicting doom since the beginning of time. In 1844 for example there was The Great Disappointment which saw people giving away all their possessions and preparing for the Lord’s return.
And so it was yesterday. It is easy to scoff at these eejits but really, it’s just a demonstration of how easily led human beings can be. I mean Harold Camping isn’t the first man in his 80’s to be literally putting the fear of God into his flock:
A friend of mine on his (private) blog makes the point quite succinctly:
Camping and the Pope agree that Jesus will return – they only argue about the date.
They are agreed that the Bible is holy writ – they disagree on precise interpretation.
They are both agreed that God can and does intervene in human affairs, though neither can offer even a scintilla of objective evidence in support of that belief.
When asked to justify their preposterous beliefs they would both ultimately ascribe them to ‘faith’. In other words a fervent belief in something for which there is no proof whatsoever.
And those in much more powerful positions than Camping claim to have a hotline to Heaven
Ain’t there a universal truth here? It’s easy to make religious and political statements with no proof to back them up and which fly in the face of all the evidence, if you’re a persuasive talker.
That’s why, whether it’s Harold Camping, The Pope, Ian Paisley, Nick Clegg or Nick Griffin, George Bush or George Galloway, there will always be the sad and gullible who believe their rhetoric.
They will follow an idea, no matter how preposterous, to the extent that they are prepared to give away everything they own in its pursuit.