The danger of telling us that ‘the world will end on …’
It’s the latest claim that the world is about to end. We have heard it before and we have seen these ‘prophets’ quietly disappear into oblivion when their predictions do not come to pass.
Christian numerologists claim that the world will end on Sept. 23, 2017 as they believe a planet will collide with Earth.
According to Christian numerologist David Meade, verses in Luke 21: 25 to 26 is the sign that recent events, such as the recent solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey, are signs of the apocalypse.
My concern in all of this is the innocent bystanders that are affected. Some years ago there was a man in our church who believed that the world was going to end. He told the pastor – quietly – of the exact date, of which he was certain of. Sure enough as I am able to sit here and write this today, the world didn’t end.
Such was his embarrassment that he and his wife left the church. I didn’t really know him, but I got to know his wife a little. She was a beautiful lady, swept up in her husband’s theology. She was in a good church, was happy there, but in the space of a week had to pack up and move to another church.
Likewise all the other people out there who are certain of when the world will end. They are husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, and when their prediction doesn’t eventuate, while we all move on with the rest of our lives, they have family left to pick up the pieces.
The embarrassment must be immense. To be so certain that you’re happy to go on the record with your stance means there is a mighty long way to all if we are all here on Sep. 24.
To the prophets out there, maybe just think about who you’re hurting along the way. You’re not really affecting my life, or the others who are going to read this article. There’s some damage to Christianity in general when it goes wrong, but there must be family and friends who you then need to front when it doesn’t happen who now have to deal with the consequences of public embarrassment.
Matt Danswan is the CEO of Initiate Media, publishers of My Christian Daily.
Image courtesy Alexander Andrews, Freely Photos
- World Vision Denies Sex Abuse Allegations as Haiti Controversy Escalates
- Russian ‘Extremist’ identified after five women killed in church attack
- Boys play with trucks, girls play with dolls: why gender is biological
- UK humanists want LGBT issues taught in primary schools
- TV host defends calling US VP’s faith a ‘mental illness’
Does being a Vegan make you closer to God?
Let’s talk food, shall we? Well, ever since a tablecloth filled with animals descended from heaven before Peter in a vision, the kitchen doors...
Christian YouTuber’s Purity Message Goes Viral
A Christian YouTuber’s positive message about maintaining sexual purity until marriage has reached more than a million views online. Milena...
Have you given it your all?
I have grown up with a sporting background. As a young boy I wanted to be a pro surfer and so I spent all of my spare time in the water. This...
Movie set felt ‘like a church’ as cast ‘testified of God’s miracles’
An actress from the newly released Marvel film Black Panther has said the set felt ‘like a church’. Speaking about preparing to...
It took 1000 coffees, but you've ﬁnished your book...
So where to now?
That's where we come in.
We have a team of publishing professionals ready to help you bring your book from your laptop to the world.
We offer cover design, typeset, eBook conversion, and competitive print prices. Oh and you'll also be on Amazon and thousands of websites worldwide.
Let us help you take the next step.LEARN MORE