NOW THAT’S FUNNY
You may have seen the signs. No, I don’t mean locusts or plagues, I mean actual signs – billboards, placards, etc., on bus kiosks and subway cars through New York that advertise May 21 as the end of the world and Judgment Day.
Robert Fitzpatrick, a 60-year-old Staten Island man, has spent his life savings of $140,000, to put up these signs. He has written and self-published a book “The Doomsday Code”, which details how the Bible is letting us know the world is going to end and why. The book is available on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Doomsday-Code-Robert-Fitzpatrick/dp/1609571215/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305373334&sr=1-1) for $15.74 new, less for a used copy. It is eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping, however, depending upon when you order, you might not receive the book until May 22.
Which could be OK; because a closer look at his prophecy reveals that the world is not going to come to an immediate end on that day. It will begin to end, with the final breath drawn on October 21, 2011.
As proof of this end, the book details predictions in the Bible of catastrophes such as earthquakes, floods, terrible deeds, etc. In other words, stuff that happens all the time.
A small but devoted band of followers has subscribed to the May 21 date. A major voice in this crowd is Harold Camping, founder of Family Radio Worldwide. He’s that elderly gentlemen who does a TV show in his basement. He sits in a chair, with some 1970s paneling on the wall, holding a big Bible and talking in a low, monotone voice. I keep expecting his wife to shout from upstairs “Harold! Are you still doing that show? I need you to go to the store for me!”
Camping predicted the May 21 date, although he had also predicted a previous end in 1994. I’m pretty sure there were earthquakes, floods and terrible deeds going on at that time, too. Obviously, that end did not occur and Camping acknowledges now that he had a mathematical error. I can hear his wife now, “Harold! Are you still doing that show? I need my calculator back!”
The doomsday believers have outfitted RVs with their message and have been traveling around the country to preach the end. They have spent their savings, sold valuables, and left their houses and families to devote themselves to this belief.
I can see the appeal of this. No worries about paying the mortgage or getting a job, no worries about heart disease or high blood pressure. With ten days left, you’re free to live in the moment. You can let go of your attachments, your worries, your burdens.