With the May 21st rapture prediction failing miserably by both atheist and Christian standards, what next? Mainstream Christians claim, per The Bible, we cannot know the day or hour so there is no way to predict the zapping up of the sheep, though they always think it’s right around the corner. This is beneficial to the rapture market or, again, what I call “Rapture Porn.” Rapture predictions, fiction and other paraphernalia about the end times is addictive. Ministries specialize in it and make a living off of speculation on what the latest news means. Writers like Tim LaHaye popularized the rapture more than ever with The Left Behind book series, and the Left Behind movie series (with a remake in the works). Video games? Are there rapture video games? Yes, there is Left Behind: Eternal Forces and I’m sure more like it.
So with the big disappointment of May 21st, will anyone else dare to put a date on the rapture again? Yes, I’m pretty sure they will. This has been going on for quite some time. I’m just wondering what cult or fringe element is next? I know we have 2012 but that’s not the rapture.
Maybe it would be appropriate due to this lesson in embarrassment for Harold Camping that all rapture porn cease and desist. If it happens it happens. Preach the gospel, sure, but stop marketing the end times…nah, that’s no fun. I look forward to the next round of nuttiness.
SIDENOTE: So is Harold Camping giving back the donations–which in some cases were the life savings of people who now have to go on living? Not likely if you read his responses on the question. I don’t care that this is belief based on faith, I think his followers should be able to sue him. He made a clear prediction with undeniable evidence that he did it. If his prediction fell flat, he has to give the money back. His ministry should be bankrupted. Hell, he should have been bankrupted back in 1994 from the first prediction. In a way, what Harold Camping did was like a “Going out of Business” sale in order to generate large amounts of revenue in a relatively quick period. It’s a gimmick we’ve seen before. A business says they’ve gone bust and then appears again in a month or two. It’s hard to understand why people fall for it and unfortunately why they may make excuses for Camping now that the hype is all over.