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Some followers donated their life savings or simply gave away their worldly possessions as the day approached.
Perhaps, it'll teach them not to trust nutcases.
He said that when his prediction had failed to materialise he felt so terrible that he took refuge in a motel with his wife
He felt terrible that millions of people didn't die. Nice one.
As far as I am concered, the guy should be locked up in prison/mental institution. He put the lives of a lot of people at risk. On the other hand, perhaps, people got what they deserved for being so stupid.
The funny thing about his new date is that he previously predicted the world would end in 1994 and when he came up with the calculation for this past weekend he said he was absolutely certain of it. Now he says he made another miscalculation. Why the hell does anyone believe him at all? Even if you decided that the Bible did have a code that somehow told you when the end of the world would be wouldn't his being wrong twice now be enough to make you decide HE hasn't figured out that code? Surely there's some other delusional religious leader out there willing to make a prediction that at least hasn't yet been proved wrong?
"Be not deceived ... God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap."
I still admire the famous sermon (Google it)... Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Even though it was written in the mid-1700's, it's still a very sobering piece of writing, and very well done.
I cannot imagine any fate more awful than to have spent one's life cruelly deceiving innocent people in the name of any deity, proclaiming to be that deity's privileged spokesman while (obviously) acting in direct cross-purposes to the benevolent aims of that deity. "By their fruits shall ye know them." The human life, start to finish, is actually "cruelly brief." Thus, it might well be said that "retribution is swift and sure" even if you "live to a good old age."
So, "you do not have much time." Whatever (good) your hands find to do ... do it, while you still can.
And, whatever you do ... "do not cause your brother to stumble," no matter what and no matter why.
You are a blind man. The world is an elephant. The deity is the universe in which that elephant resides. (In other words, "you haven't got a clue, and you never will.") "The wisdom of man is the foolishness of God." "God, whatever or whoever He is, is not your Peer." "My thoughts are not your thoughts; My ways are not your ways." (Clear enuf?)
Deal with it...
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"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." ... "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come."
It ought to be transparently obvious that, if the deity is going to drop-in someday and blast the world as we know it completely to smithereens (and I shall leave it to your own decision whether such a notion is actually reasonable or not ...), there could be absolutely no other way to do it. Otherwise, "the presence of the experimenter utterly ruins the experiment." If Your purpose is to sneak up on someone, you can't exactly give them the date of your intended arrival, now can you? Duh.
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Fully half of these top scientists are religious.
Religious groups -- creationist movements in particular -- are not without blame here. Creationist attacks on evolution "have polarized the public opinion such that you're either religious or you're a scientist!" a devout physicist complains.
Originally Posted by H_TeXMeX_H
Or maybe because they cannot be understood, like religion, because they are wrong and don't make sense.