May 21, 2011, To Mark the End of the World?

Julie Ryan Evans
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May 21, 2011Get ready world, Judgment Day is approaching. On May 21, 2011, the world as we know it will come to an end, or so say Family Radio Worldwide and its followers who have embarked on Project Caravan to tell everyone the good news about The Rapture. Yes, they say it's good news, "awesome news," in fact, and they've taken to RVs to roam the country and spread it. 

Actually the world won't END on that day, but those who are "saved" will be taken up to heaven -- that's the awesome part ... for them at least. The sinners will be subjected to 153 days of death and horror before the world actually ends October 21. The dates were determined by none other than Family Radio's Harold Camping and his creative mathematical formula. According to the station's website:

JUDGMENT DAY is feared by the world and is the day that God will destroy the world because of the sins of mankind. The world is correct in believing that Judgment Day will come. The Bible gives us the correct and accurate information about that Day.

Scary stuff, but boy do the station's followers believe it. According to a CNN story, they've given away all their possessions, abandoned their homes, and quit jobs, because who needs it if you're not going to be around anyway. They started their journey October 27, 2010, and have been traveling the world freaking people out ever since.

Most  of us will just dismiss them as another wacko group predicting the end of the world that's been predicted ad nauseam over the years. No one has been right so far, so it's not likely that it will end this time either.

But I also have a tiny bit of admiration for these people. I know, I know, but hear me out. They have to truly believe this prophecy, as crazy as it seems, to do what they're doing. And given that, then they're doing some admirable work in trying to warn the rest of us. I can't say I'd do the same thing. If I thought the world was going to end, I think I'd just start eating. Grab all my family, drain our savings, fly to Europe and keep eating until my days were done ... or something like that. So I guess kudos to them for doing what they think is right ... as wrong as it may be.

Mostly, I feel sorry for these people and angry at Family Radio for preying on these confused, lonely, lost souls who are searching for something in their lives. To puppeteer them into giving their lives away to up ratings for the station is beyond irresponsible.

I wonder what's going to happen to these people on May 22, 2011, when the world presumably doesn't end. They'll have no homes, no jobs, no possessions, and likely, no faith left. I wonder if Family Radio is going to step in then and help save them from that fate.

Do you fear the end of the world? What would you do if you thought it was near?


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