Friday, May 20, 2011

The Bible: A Love Letter


I had never heard of Harold Camping before walking into my dentist's office early this morning. The assistant and the receptionist walked in talking about this man and his doomsday predictions for tomorrow, May 21,2011. My first reaction was to laugh, but upon further thought, I was saddened for several reasons. First because there are so many who are falling for this man's "calculations" and these people are either in a state of panic or are throwing what have been called "rapture parties". This leads me to the other reason I am saddened; these people, along with Mr. Camping, clearly do not know what the Bible is, and what it is not. The Bible, Sacred Scripture is God's love letter to us, His children. He is present there and He speaks to us if we would but listen. The Bible is not a math book. Mr. Camping, an engineer by trade, has chosen to miss the beauty of this sacred text, and turn it into a sort of cipher which he thinks he has decoded.
Jesus told us that no one knows the hour of His return. Personally, I think that is a good thing. The end could be tomorrow, or years from now. What is more important, is our own individual end on this planet, and whether we are ready for that particular judgement.
So Mr. Camping, put down your calculator and open your heart~ see the beauty of the words and their message, not the coldness of numbers and codes.

For some sane commentary on this whole thing see Insight Scoop at Ignatius Press.

6 comments:

Mary333 said...

I've heard about this too, Karin. I can never figure out people's reasonings behind claims like this when the Bible clearly states that only God knows when the end will be. What's sad is that many people overturn their whole lives (and not in a good way) following people like this man. Then the day passes and they have to rebuild their lives again (hopefully on a truly solid base after).
As you say, the Bible is God's love letter to us not a math book!

Anne said...

Karinann, this is a beautiful, loving and sane post. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom. Thank you so much for all that you do to bring about the goodness of God into a cold and calculating world.

Karinann said...

Thanks for your comments Mary and Anne.
I don't know how this man has affected people in your areas, but in parts of NJ people are spending large amts. of money putting up billboards related to this man's predictions.
As Scripture says, Beware of false prophets.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Hi Karinann,

I didn't realise that the world ended yesterday either. We have on TV a quick summary of the news at 5:55pm. - and it said, according to the calculations, the world will end at 6:00pm - in five minutes time!

I quickly got up and switched off our gas oven. Wouldn't want to cause an explosion do we? The Insurance people would probably blame me for the end of the world.

God bless you.

Karinann said...

Yes, Victor we are all still here. Mr. Camping also failed to say what time zone he was referring to. At 6pm eastern time here in the US, I was at our 5:30 pm Mass. I can't think of any better place to be when the world ends :)
Thanks and glad you turned off that oven just in case :) God bless.

Colleen said...

Great post. Love your last line to Mr Camping. Amen.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.