Best News & Current Affairs Blog (2011 & 2012) and Jamaican Blogger of the Year (2011) at The Jamaica Blog Awards.

The World Is Ending…Again


For whatever reason, human beings have always been preoccupied with the final judgement, doomsday, end of time, world’s end; whatever you wish to call it, we’ve always occupied ourselves with that moment. Now apparently, that long awaited moment is at hand. The date has been set (May 21, 2011) and the countdown is underway. The world is ending.

Or is it?

The last serious judgement day was January 1st, 2000. We should all remember the crazed rush to be in a place of worship. By all accounts, computers would crash, time would stop and that great trumpet would have sounded and we would have seen the Christ coming on the clouds of heaven, in all His glory. Needless to say that didn’t happen. And many of us now regret spending our New Year’s Eve in church that night.

Eleven years later, we are confronted with yet another day of final judgement, and if the Mayans are to be taken seriously, there is yet still another judgement on December 21 (?) 2012. We have far less information about this judgement than we did the last time. At least then we knew what was going to trigger it, the new millennium. This time it’s all hush hush. Top secret stuff. Very little details have been released by the “planning committee”, if you will.

Say what you want about Him, but Christ sure knows how to throw a homecoming. He just relishes that grand entrance.

Seriously though, these prophetic mishaps have contributed to the gross cynicism that christianity and it’s denominations face. Secular individuals and indeed atheists relish the miscalculations and missteps by those who propose, or rather, presume to know the mind of God. What scientific or mathematical equation was used to come to the exact date of God’s coming? Will He be here at midnight? Late morning? Noon? 11:11pm? Do we stay up and wait for the coming? Should we even sleep at all?

This is little more than another failed human attempt to understand God.

I often wonder why God would tell some people and not others. I also vaguely remember that God’s direct communication with man ended many centuries ago, so what is the truth? And why is it that some denominations are preaching this judgement day message and others aren’t? Christian denominations must come to the realization that the division which exists between them is not helping the quest to preach the gospel. In fact, it turns so many people away.

The cynics will always say religion is hypocritical and biased. Can we really blame them? What happens if we live to see May 22nd? How does it reflect on those who have so rigorously tried to instill the fear of God, if you will, in us? It makes a mockery of christianity. It really does.

I have a theory on why these dooms day prophecies are so important.

You see, unfortunately all this mass hysteria often leads to mass baptisms. Those who propose the end of the world surely feel accomplished when they gain “followers for Christ”. Yes, I believe this is just another attempt to gain followers through fear and manipulation.

And yes, I think that is fundamentally wrong, even contrary to the essence of what salvation should be.

Salvation should never be forced on people through fear and manipulation. Otherwise, we are baptizing for the sake of baptism and that can’t be enough. Surely a decision to accept Christ must be personal and meaningful. Otherwise, we’re believing not because we want to, but because we’ve been forced to. Then again, aren’t most “true christians” forced? Socialized to accept Christ? What would happen if we were born in the Middle East? Praise Allah perhaps? Perhaps.

Finally, I have a word of advice for all those who have been “behaving” in anticipation for the coming. Cut it out. I think you need to genuinely mean it for it to matter. And no, Yendi Phillipps will not be “hosting” judgement day nor will Oprah. I just hope there’s shade. I really don’t want to have to stand in the sun while the Chinese are being judged. Do you see the population over there? Not to mention the Indians. Saturday is gonna be a looooooooooooooooong day.

Or is it?

We’ll wait and see.

“But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” – Matthew 24:36

Read Part 2 Here.

Advertisements

24 responses

  1. Christina

    Mi like how u quote the bible at the end Mr. Editor. I think all these predictions are just here to distract people. If ur a true believer of Christ and know the Bible, you wont believe this rubbish. God seh him a cum like a thief inna d nite so no one knows the day of reckoning. I refuse to acknowledge these predictions. I wonder if dem people weh a predict even know the Bible…. Kmt dem and dem false prophecy.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

  2. Mali

    WELL SAID. Though I’ll be basking in tanning oil in the sun 🙂 #POW

    May 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    • Hahaha. The place is already so hot. I really can’t deal with the judgement heat. LOL!

      May 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm

  3. Nella

    Like it is written in the bible “Like a thief in the night he shall appear” or something like that…………if we all knew when the world was gonna end dont you think we all would be doing good deeds so we can go heaven. Nobody knows when he is coming and it bun me fi di ppl dem weh waste dem time put up di sign inna portmore. 1 question i wanna ask…if the world ending the 21st why party being promoted for dates in july why movies being advertise to be release in november and me dun a plan me big bday bash inna june a putt n play kmt dem ppl ya nah ntn better fi do enuh………. anyways me still wah ask the masturbation question but me ago wait till me get inna heaven and me space secure me ask

    May 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    • LMAO! Nella, you’re going straight to hell. Whether it be December 21st or May 21st. Hahaha. Jk.

      May 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

  4. TinyDivaNas

    But u naa no behavya, Ricardo? Mek u nuh lowe d Chinese? They likely get a free pass for having helped build crucial parts of Heaven. Lord, forgive me for this joke.

    May 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    • LMFAO! Nas? Go to hell, go straight to hell. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. So much for #TeamHeaven.

      May 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm

  5. KristinaNeil

    So i love this article…because im completely beset with anger at likkle idiot ppl dem weh spend how much in money to put that sign up on red hills rd..sigh..kmt..that same scripture that u quoted is the same one i keep telling people..nuhbady nuh know when God a come…a how dem one suh privileged fi siddung and hold big big reasoning wid God…wat a way dem fortunate…me wah talk to God too…kmt…

    May 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    • Haha. Thankss. I think we’re all hoping to get a chance to talk to Him…or her :-/ kidding.

      May 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm

  6. Pingback: Cinnamon Coffee » Blog Archive » Just Jammin’ with Jamaican Bloggers

  7. Its always impressed me that the human race has no attention span whatsoever. It may actually be our greatest trait. I hope the world doesn’t end before I get to eat my plantain tart.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    • Hahaha. I advise you to eat it before midnight Saturday, otherwise it’s anybody’s bet if you’ll get the chance to eat. The judgement is at hand I’m afraid. Sigh.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

  8. Pingback: May 21, 2011 : The Religious HardTalk Edition « Veritas

  9. Well said and duely noted….. i have been in the gym and i learned how to fly and omit fear preparing for this day. i will now camp out at tinson pen airport and await the slightest of news. for if a man even fart too hard i shall take flight and go to africa and commence my survival. all sadistic jokes aside. these people may be a hoax but the people of Noah’s time thought that of noah as well. if it is falshood i shaal comment on this post on may 22nd. if it proves to be real well then if u hurry now ill save u a seat on da plane

    May 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm

  10. Well said and duely noted….. i have been in the gym and i learned how to fly and omit fear preparing for this day. i will now camp out at tinson pen airport and await the slightest of news. for if a man even fart too hard i shall take flight and go to africa and commence my survival. all sadistic jokes aside. these people may be a hoax but the people of Noah’s time thought that of noah as well. if it is falsehood i shall comment on this post on may 22nd. if it proves to be real well then if u hurry now ill save u a seat on da plane

    May 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm

  11. Heather

    What exactly is happening on May 21st 2011?

    May 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    • It’s alleged that the world will end. Judgement Day.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

  12. Pingback: Thank You ! : 10,000 Hits « Veritas

  13. @BallaBbz

    I must quote a few lines from this blog post:
    ‘I just hope there’s shade. I really don’t want to have to stand in the sun while the Chinese are being judged. Do you see the population over there? Not to mention the Indians. Saturday is gonna be a looooooooooooooooong day’ u r truly jamaican to be making light of doomsday!
    Must say tho…. I LOVED IT! Keep it up!

    November 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    • Hahahaha.

      I’m really glad you liked it 🙂

      Thanks and keep reading, subscribe if you like..lol..:)

      November 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s