Thursday, May 19, 2011

Are You Prepared for the End of the World (Scheduled for this Saturday)?

If you have no idea what I am talking about, check out this link, which will explain the latest twist on this not uncommon religious prediction.
The answer to the question in the title, at least from my point of view, is a resounding NO. For these three reasons:
#1--I have been around long enough to have heard that "the world is ending on ___ date" numerous times. The fact that I am still here typing away on this blog proves that they were ALL wrong.
#2--If the prediction is correct, it doesn't sound like there is a lot to prepare for. You will either be "saved" and sent to heaven or sent to Hell. Doesn't sound like a lot of options there.
#3--Most importantly, especially if you have been reading this blog for a while, there should be no point in running around like a crazy person trying to prepare for the end of the world which will take place on a certain date. You should already be prepared! Emergency fund? Check. Year's worth of food stored? Check. Multiple sources of water/heat/shelter/sanitation/etc already prepared? Double check. Evacuation plan, personal protection plan, plenty of barterable goods? Yep, those too.

The bottom line is that you should ALWAYS be prepared. Of course you want to keep abreast of what is going on in the world but you have to use your logic and common sense to sift through news of things that could impact you and news being spread for propaganda/attention/"I'm a crazy religious zealot" purposes. As far as the world ending in a couple of days, I would lay odds that it won't happen. As far as being prepared for any sort of disaster that could happen today, tomorrow, the next day, or next year, of course you should be prepared--that's just our way of life!


  1. So far these "End Times Prophets" have a 100% failure rate.

    I am a Christian, but I don't believe the rapture theology. It's not in the Bible.

    Never mind that Jesus, a pretty big dude in the Christian religion that Mr. Camping is supposedly a part of, said nobody can know when the end will come.

    So like you said. Always be prepared/preparing instead of running feverishly after the "date du jour."

  2. How about reason #4:

    No fewer than two separate gospels quote Jesus as saying that no one -- not even Jesus Himself -- know the day and time of the Apocalypse other that God Himself. Thinking otherwise requires deliberate misinterpretation of the Bible.

    Read the F***ing Manual, people.

    That said, the doomsday hoo-hah is a good reminder to do certain things like rotate your magazines, make sure batteries are fresh and electronics are charged, etc.

  3. I'm so sick of this "the world's gonna get the Almighty Finger on ______" bullshit.
    Harold Camping and his Biblically illiterate following need to get a life!
    I'm willing to bet that come 22MAY, he'll be awaiting the Lord's Return in a mansion in the Caymans or somewhere else tropical, bought & maintained with fat jack from suckers who sold all they had and gave it to him to spread his doomsday prediction message.

  4. You know, preppers hope for the best and plan for the worst. As I recently posted over on my site: the most likely scenario is that of a job loss or the loss of a loved one. The likelihood of a major catastrophe is much smaller.

    Yeah, unfortunately predictions like this one make the rest of us look like kooks.

  5. I beat you! LOL

    I saw a very funny piece on it yesterday and linked to it.

    Erin, Life should be so easy. What you say is true, but the various apocalyptic prophets did give coded time lines. Unless you are a literalist, it is fairly clear that Paul and company thought the new kingdom was coming any day. The writings that come later, after the initial Christians had died out (in other words: all the gospels) tend to do some back peddling on the immediacy of the event.

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