The world was supposed to end yesterday.
A man named Harold Camping told the world judgement day was coming on May 21st 2011, that all Christians would be raptured up to heaven, leaving everyone else behind for five months until the world finally ended in October.
I thought this letter was a wonderful response to Harold Camping’s failed predictions. But in a rather less eloquent manner, here are my own thoughts.
The fact that we’re all still here was not a massive surprise for a couple of reasons:
1. I don’t believe that the world’s going to end with Christians being raptured and everyone else getting left behind.
2. The Bible makes it clear that nobody knows the day the Jesus will come back, except for God.
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Matthew 24:36
But despite not thinking it was true, and being sad about the fact that the people who were so very convinced that it was are probably feeling rather lost and confused today. I think it also leaves me feeling a bit challenged.
Those people were so convinced that it was true that they gave up jobs, sold possessions and used all their savings – all to try and warn the world.
I have the best news in the world – Jesus Christ died to save us.
I know that he is the way, the truth and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through him.
And I know that one day he will be coming back, and since that day is known only to the Father, maybe that day is next year, or next month, or next week, or tomorrow.
And if that’s all true, why aren’t I being a little bit more urgent in telling people.
I don’t want to be like those people: following a deluded or deliberately false teacher.
But I do want to be fervently, urgently reaching out to those I love, and the strangers I meet every day, to share the good news with them, and to plead with them to turn to Jesus.
In summary: glad to have more time to tell people, and praying that I’ll be a little braver.