Too Much Faith Will Make You Crazy: End of the World edition revisited.

Remember the entry I wrote back in January of this year about 88-year-old nutcase Harold Camping and his prediction that Jesus would return on May 21st of 2011? I mentioned that he had made an earlier prediction of the same sort for 1994 which, if you’ve been paying attention, didn’t come to pass. I also commented about how you’d think that this would cause him to lose his followers, but that he still had plenty of fellow crazy people willing to believe him.

One such crazy person has been doing her part to spread the word in Colorado:

Marie Exley of Colorado Springs is convinced that Armageddon, the end of the world as written of in the Bible, will come next year.

Her conviction is so strong that, though unemployed, she’s paid $1,200 to buy advertising space on 10 Springs bus benches through October to get the word out. The ad says, “Save the Date! Return of Christ: May 21, 2011,”

“I want to do all I can to get the message out,” Exley, 31, said.

Never let it be said that I’m not willing to help get the word out… about crazy people. Exley is, of course, a follower of Harold Camping and she has truly bought into his prediction:

Exley has bittersweet feelings about Camping’s prediction.

“There are things I felt I always wanted to do — get married, have a kid, travel more,” she said. “But it’s not about what I want out of life. It’s about what God wants.”

People are often ask us atheists what harm there is in believing in God even if he doesn’t really exist. Exley is a good example.

Here’s a 31-year-old woman who has not only spent $1,200 she should be using to live on while she’s unemployed to buy bus ads that are unlikely to convince anyone, but who has also put her life on hold on the expectation that the world will end next year.

She’s going to be awfully disappointed come May 22nd, 2011.

10 thoughts on “Too Much Faith Will Make You Crazy: End of the World edition revisited.

  1. It’s a funny thing about that question, what harm etc. I think for many people, there is absolutely no harm in them believing whatever they want to. And I think that is why so many ask us that question. I think that crazy people like this would be no less crazy if they didn’t believe in deities.

  2. Les- but maybe Jesus did come back in 1994, and is lying low in a hotel somewhere in North Dakota, ordering pizza in and drinking beer. Who knows?

  3. The bottom line is that at 12:01 AM on May 22, 2011, the world will still be here, in tact. The bottom line also includes a little disclaimer for everyone that does believe in Christ, including myself that speaks straight from REAL scripture (not the bulls*** Harold Camping pushes) that says, “You do not know the day nor the hour. Only my Father in Heaven knows.” End of discussion. Harold Camping is definitely a STUPID EVIL BASTARD!

  4. Bob, sorry to tell you this, but the reason no-one knows the day nor the hour is because it’s not going to happen. Ever.

  5. Mighty,

    How can you be so sure of that? Did you have a revelation? Can we start a new church and bring in mega-millions? Can we, Can we, Huh??? 😉

  6. Haha, Legaru,

    Do you want to be Pope first, or shall I? We’ll have to go for another title though… How about Pap? You can be the first Pap, and I’ll be the second. I imagine you being older than me. Mind you, it was my “vision”, so maybe i should…. no, wait, the vision told me you should be Pap first. Something about little children and priests…

  7. Judgement day may never happen, but he’s still right in that it could happen at any time. Maybe we can predict asteroids and comets, but gamma ray bursts can instantly wipe out our planet before we know it.
    I hope you don’t think the world will be around forever.

  8. By “it could happen”, I meant something could happen that may wipe us all out. Sorry for the mistake.

  9. Ironfist;

    I certainly don’t think the earth is going to be around forever, but I’m also pretty sure the Rapture isn’t going to happen.

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