This might well be the last blog I ever post on here. Tomorrow is Saturday the 21st May, the day that some people (ok, mad American Christian evangelists) are saying will be the day of the Rapture – aka Judgement Day, aka the end of the world.
The first time I saw someone mention The Rapture on the internet my initial reaction was “oh, is that band who did House Of Jealous Lovers making a comeback?” It was only as I read further that I realised that they were referring to an event mentioned in the Bible where all the righteous people in the world are sent up to heaven. As you can tell, I am not a particularly religious person. You can also tell that I’m not really a believer in God, but neither am I an all out atheist. As an agnostic, my stance on the issue is very much “don’t know, don’t care”.
What does get on my nerves though, is how otherwise normal people fall for the old “the end of the world is nigh” crap. If it wasn’t the Millennium Bug that destroyed us all, it’s going to be 2012. Oh wait, this rapture thing is actually happening in 2011, isn’t it? And if you go off what others say it’s a precursor to the actual apocalypse which they say will happen in five months time (that’s if you’re that gullible). The Jehovah’s Witnesses have said Armageddon was imminent at various points since they first started knocking on people’s doors nearly every week. And that bloke who you’ve seen on the street corner holding up that infamous sign for years is surely fed up of standing there by now.
Truth is, people have been predicting and been fearful of the world ending pretty much since the first Homo sapiens walked the Earth. Even in Roman times, people were scared that the sky was going to fall on their heads one day – well, that was what the Asterix books taught me, anyway. What’s funny is that most of the fears and beliefs that many of our ancestors had would be laughed off as ridiculous and irrational in this modern age, yet many are still scared shitless by the very thought of an Apocalypse. What’s even funnier is that the very Christians who are declaring that the moment is here are being accused of blasphemy by other Christians who say that only God can know when it’s happening. It’s enough to make you want to whack them both over the head with a Richard Dawkins book.
Seriously, the way that some people are so frightened of the prospect of the world ending saddens me. Life is short enough as it is without worrying that you and everyone else is going to be wiped off the face of the earth soon. We all die at some point, we don’t know when our time is up but there’s no point in sitting around, getting ever more anxious and scared of facing the world in case we get hit. Life is for living, so go and live it. It’s what God would want you to do, should he exist.
Incidentally if this rapture thing really does happen and the man upstairs starts hoovering people up to the heavens above is it possible He could wait until Britain’s Got Talent is over before he sucks me up?