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A few things about Camping’s #Rapture

21 May
Harold Camping in 2008

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As I write it is May 21, 2011, about 11:40a.m. This time I have a really good reason to start the post this way. If you are reading this post that means that you either stayed and the #rapture didn’t take you, or maybe the #rapture only happened in Oakland, California, where Harold Camping‘s Family Radio is based on.

Oh.. hold on. I’m sorry. I just read that apparently, it is only supposed to happen at 6p.m. (in every country). I have been trying to get into Family Radio’s website, but I guess they’ve had an early #rapture experience. Nonetheless, 6p.m. has come and gone in the Pacific nations, and nothing has occurred. What then can we conclude about all this havoc?

Well let us return to Matthew 24:36

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father

I think Jesus made it very clear that no one, not even Him, would know the day when He would return. If not even Jesus, who is God‘s son, knows the day, why then would Harold Camping, a self-proclaimed Bible-scholar, who hasn’t even been in a church for the past 23 years, would know the date?

I seriously cannot judge the man. Yesterday on Twitter I said this:

Apparently the world will end tomorrow. #whatdoyouthink ? I think he’s a crook using the name of GOD to become a millionaire.

Looking at it again, I see that I really shouldn’t have said so. I don’t know his reasons to make such a prediction. I don’t know if he really is a crook who used his mathematical and Biblical “skills” to fool people into buying into this lie. I don’t know if he actually believed what he was saying, and was certain that the end was near (although – just between us – he is 89, so maybe he really isn’t lying that much). All I know is that he was wrong. If Camping is such an expert of the Bible he would’ve known he was wrong.

I am not going to go into the details of the #Rapture, the real one, but here is a quick pick of what really will happen.

  • The saved ones will be taken. Yes, that part of the Rapture if true. Those who did not believe will stay for a second chance.
  • After that, there will be three and a half years of peace, followed by three and a half years of tribulation. This total seven years, which the Anti-Christ will rule the earth.
  • Then there are a thousand more years when Jesus will rule the Earth.

This is roughly written. There are way more fascinating details to the whole process, so I found a timeline that can explain way more than I can.

Anyway, I am on the expectations for tomorrow. I want to see how Mr. Camping is going to explain himself in this matter. Meanwhile I am praying for…

Poof!

The Shack inside of us

28 Apr
Cover of "The Shack"

Cover of The Shack

It is currently 12:14AM, and here I am writing in this blog. I have committed myself to write as much as I can, and while there is a story being produce in my mind, I have come to write about what is becoming one of my favorite books of all times. Few books cause the impact on me as The Shack has so done. I promise not to give the book away, but if there has ever been doubt about God‘s goodness in your heart, I advice you to read it.

As I write now, I am convicted that God had a specific purpose for my reading of this book. Although controversial in nature (the portrayal of the Trinity is one of the most interesting one’s I have ever seen), the book is also pure, simple, to the point and full of what the principles of God really are.

Forget church and forget institutions. What God wants is a relationship; a life where we completely depend on Him. William P. Young has astounded me with his works. I’d give everything to have such a beautiful experience with God.

Read it. It will give you new eyes for what Unconditional Love really means. Meanwhile here’s the opening line for the next short story

“the world itself was orange”

That’s it. All you get. I’m sure it makes no sense… but it will in time.

‘Till then, I bid you farewell. May God bless you immensely.

The Reason of Beauty

2 Jul

Have you thought about life today? Have you thought about beauty? There is so much beauty in the world, yet we condemn our lives to see so little of it. We forget to feel, to touch, to wonder… we seem to try to redeem ourselves by doing useless things, trying to find some kind of joy in pointless activities. Ask yourself, have I looked at the sun today? Have I emancipated someone of pain? Pain… yes pain. We do seem to feel that one a lot, so why not find the beauty of pain? It alarms you when something went amiss. Now how many would kill to have something that alarmed them all the time? Yet, we fear pain, as we fear too much sun, fear water, air, fire, love.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not better. I still take a pill or two when in pain, I still wear sunscreen when the sun is too hot, I’m careful with water, I don’t play with fire, and I’m scared of love – not of loving, but of not being loved. I’m a fool, a desperate being with nothing but words. How beautiful are words? What about sentences? Paragraphs, texts, chapters, books… They’re all there, all the time. But we – or most of us – don’t pay attention. We are too busy fearing, or maybe just complaining.

I looked at the moon today, but there was none. Am I too late to notice that beauty, or did I just ignore every other opportunity to do it? But I did think about life, and life itself is beautiful. Not only beautiful, but life is also perfect. As perfect as the girl I dream about. When I think of beauty, I think of what I have, and of what I wish, and of all the things that I had not wished before, but should have. I ask myself if I have seen enough. Truth be told no answer ever came to me, and sincerely, I don’t need one. No, let’s leave beauty to its mysteries, and life to its perfections. Let me just wonder, feel or touch anything life may think is necessary. What about you? Have you thought about beauty now?