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Harold Camping, the senile “doomsday preacher” whose original prediction of the coming rapture on May 21, 2011 proved to be a dud, is back again with a new, equally insane “prophecy”.

His new claim is that his original interpretation was incorrect and that the world will end on October 21, 2011.

I am going to tell you now that he is once again mistaken. Hopefully you already knew that. Religious fundamentalists have been preaching doomsday sermons for eons,  the christians apparently forgetting to take into account the words of their own savior, Jesus Christ, who himself claimed not to know when he would be returning.

Here is an example of one of the earliest recorded doomsday predictions:

“About 30 CE: The Christian Scriptures (New Testament), when interpreted literally, appear to record many predictions by Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) that God’s Kingdom would arrive within a very short period, or was actually in the process of arriving. For example, Jesus is recorded as saying in Matthew 16:28:…there shall be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” In Matthew 24:34, Yeshua is recorded as saying: “…This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Since the life expectancy in those days was little over 30 years, Jesus appears to have predicted his second coming sometime during the 1st century CE. It didn’t happen.”

http://www.religioustolerance.org/end_wrl2.htm

For 2,000 years these people have been preaching doom and gloom, stalling any real cultural progress in the name of radical faith. We are now in the 21st century, and yet we continue to allow these absurd abominations of logic to take place on a large scale in our societies.

The time for a re-examination of ourselves is now. We need to realize that all these claims of rapture, the second coming, and faith based claims are a deadly  manifestation of irrational fear. A fear of death, of living a life that has no objective meaning, of suffering and pain. (The philosopher David Hume has some very intriguing thoughts on this  subject.)

It is up to us as individual human beings to choose what will have meaning for ourselves and our lives. And while that may come across as terrifying to some, it is ultimately more rewarding than living in fear of a god who does not exist, or following the claims of others who are equally as confused as the rest of us, but perhaps with the malicious intent of taking everybody down with them.

If a “rapture” or doomsday of any sort is ever to happen, it will ultimately be the result of a self fulfilling prophecy.  We as a society need to come to the realization that WE are the ones who choose how we will live our lives. So what will it be? Freedom from delusion, or a slow suicide in the name of a non-existent sky deity?

I already know what I’m fighting for.