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Got a call from an old acquaintance last night who evidently felt compelled to call me at a late hour (after 10PM to inform me i needed to seek a safe place as the end of the world as foretold in the Bible was taking place.  He was of course referring to the signs of disasters such as Harvey, Irma, Maria and the Mexican earthquake. . End times seems to have made the news lately from some Christian fundamentalist groups even predicting again dates and future catastrophes. Obviously there are people out there who believe it. What do you tell them? I just listened to the 10 minute rant and and when he was out of steam without any disagreement from me he politely said his goodbye. Anybody else still know somebody like that?

Joseph

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The apostles were convinced they end was near, and apocalypticism has not decreased since then.

Most of us have only a few decades at most until our personal apocalypse, and that is an undeniable fact.  Be prepared.

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I was just reading about this yesterday as apparently Saturday was meant to be the end of the world (again).  I guess there is still a few hours of Saturday left somewhere in the world, but I'm quietly confident that we are going to be okay.

I have several Christian friends and family that genuinely expect the 2nd coming to happen during their lifetime, as 'all the signs are there' they believe.  Like Burl says, this is a belief that has been floating around forever.  The bible even reports Jesus believing God was going to establish His Kingdom during Jesus' generation and return Israel to prominence.

A couple of years ago I was getting rid of a few old guns but a Christian friend was very adamant that I needed to keep them for protection during the period of anarchy that was to follow the 2nd coming.  

It may seem relatively harmless but it can be scary to know that there are people who think and believe these things.  Remember the Heaven's gate mob - about 40 of them committed suicide believing a spacecraft was tailing Haley's Comet as it passed the earth.  

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A friend came into my office one day to show me a videotape from a cult that was trying to recruit him.  He just kept trolling them and they sent him several tapes before the cult gave up on him.  They were lectures by Do from Heaven's Gate.  Obviously mentally ll.  Then several years later the mass suicide.  

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My son was "warned" at his place of employment that the end was nigh. I've lived long enough to see this kind of thing come around and around every few years. In fact, when I was very young, the film "A Thief in the Night" (about the rapture) scared the dickens out of me, so much so that I questioned my salvation and rightness with God for quite a while. As PaulS pointed out, even Jesus taught that he would return in his generation to establish the kingdom of God on earth. So far, he is still a "no show". ;) Personally, I have no need or use for fear-based religion and, perhaps like you, Joseph, I would simply wait for the steam to run out. To me, there is no sense in arguing with those caught up in end-of-the-world scenarios or fear-based faith. Fear is seldom rational.

To me, if/when the end does come, it will be due to our own short-sightedness as human beings or due to the natural course of nature (our sun becoming a red giant). I no longer fear or expect God's intervention.

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Bill,

I remember watching that film in our church when I was about 10.  I still vividly remember the scenes of the electric razor buzzing by itself on the edge of the bathroom basin and a lawnmower idling unattended.  I was traumatised for years and a couple of times I'd come home and find nobody there and would immediately panic that I had missed the rapture!  

The joys of indoctrinating our youth!

Cheers

Paul

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