Reading about the End of the World

Reading various responses to the May 21, 2011 believers is quite amusing.

The most common objection from other Christians goes something like:

“It won’t be May 21, 2011, because Jesus said that nobody knows the day or the hour except the Father. If you think you know, you’re wrong.”

Leaving aside that the believers have worked out an elaborate theology to work around this verse, I do find this kind of proof-texting amusing. Because Jesus “says” this, right after saying that the end will come before “this generation will … pass away”. So clearly he was wrong.

Oh, right, sorry, I forgot that the bible can’t be wrong. If it appears to be wrong, we just have to interpret it differently until we can make it right. So in your interpretation of the passage, Jesus didn’t literally mean that bit, but did literally mean the bit about not knowing; whereas the interpretation where Jesus didn’t literally mean either is wrong. Gotya. Thanks.



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6 responses to “Reading about the End of the World

  1. Ian, I am a little worried about you.
    This is you second post on this issue.
    Is the religious part of your brain that had you in Christianity and still going to church getting loud in your head as you hear these prophecies?

    On a “serious” note,
    I see not problem with the text there.
    (1) Jesus meant the end would come in that generation but no one knows the exact time of day.

    And generation (if you know the Greek – wink), really means “in this new dispensation since my birth”. Come on Ian, it ain’t hard. šŸ™‚

  2. Ian

    Exactly. That’s the normal escape route. Unfortunately it is complete rubbish.

  3. Hey,
    Did you hear about the prediction of the Earthquake that was suppose to level Rome on the 11th, but it failed! Yeah, but neighbor Spain got hit.

  4. rob

    Hi – I’m back.

    Doesn’t this chapter simply show how important it is to ask one question at a time? The disciples asked two questions at once and got two answers all mixed up together . . .

  5. Ian

    Welcome back! Although I confess I’ve not been around much either.

    That escape (the mixed question idea) does fit in nicely with Mark’s portrayal of Jesus as someone who is quite deliberately obtuse and who seeks to find ways to make sure lots of his audience doesn’t understand him. So they might “hear but never understand… otherwise they might turn and be forgiven.”

  6. rob

    Sorry, I didn’t realise you’d replied.

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