Starting 2,000 years ago, Christians picked up the Jewish tradition of predicting the coming Kingdom of God / judgement / end of the world / etc. In fact according to the Bible, Jesus himself is depicted as predicting its imminent arrival!
“…there shall be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
- Matthew 16:28
We have records of hundreds of such predictions made by Christians since that time, and there were undoubtedly many, many more predictions made. Many if not all of these people seem to be very sure about their predictions. In fact the most recently famous prediction by Harold Camping came with billboards claiming that “The Bible Guarantees it”.
The truth is that it is possible to find numbers, patterns, coincidences and all kinds of things on which to base a prediction or other belief. When this is combined with a belief system like Christianity which teaches people to expect – even look forward to – the end of the world, you get one doomsday prediction after another, ad infinitum.
I will make one small prediction though, and I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here:
Anyone who predicts a date for the end of the world based entirely on the Christian Bible or other Christian teachings will be wrong.
Harold Camping, I am proud to induct you into the Hall of Fail for your incorrect prediction.
You could have looked at the long trail of failures behind you and decided not to needlessly embarrass yourself, but damn it, that numerology and bizarre Bible Math was just so convincing that you couldn’t hold your tongue.
I noticed that to cover your ass you claimed that this event was an invisible judgement that actually happened, and that the real end of the world is actually coming on October 21st, 2011. The second time around it gets even more difficult to weasel out of your failure, so I’m assuming you don’t plan to be around for that…?
Well, Godspeed ya crazy old bastard. Your senile ramblings will not soon be forgotten!