I hope all of you are ready, because as of Saturday at 6:00pm, life as we know it is about to change...The world is going to end! What you don’t believe me? Just ask Harold Camping, President of Family Radio, in California--he has it all figured out.
Apparently, this Civil Engineer from California has figured out a way using numbers and clues from the Bible to calculate an exact day when the apocalypse will begin...it’s all very scientific you know. Of course it isn’t the first time. He also used his prediction method to foretell the same event on September 6th, 1994 but had to admit the next morning on September 7th, that he may have been wrong...Good Call, Harold? Ya think? Did you check your work using perhaps a casting 9’s method of checking? Nine IS a magical number you know, it would have shown you the error.
Hearing about this, got me thinking...What if he’s right this time? What if he really is a genius and the great tribulation that our parents threatened us with is not only true, but about to begin...
What if this wacko beat the odds and actually came up with a way to unlock the mysteries of one
of the oldest ciphers on earth. And what about the impending 5 months after until the destruction of earth...couldn’t he have at least waited until after my birthday on the 25th? Then I shook my head popping the thought bubble above it. Realizing where the information came from I returned to the analytical skeptic that greets me in the mirror each morning and gave a sigh of relief. He didn’t suck me into his heresy (this time)!
Besides, First of all, his whole basis on religion cannot be proven. Even if the numbers he is using were from a proven scientific source, there are just too many variables. Basing his findings on even the Mayan Haab (Solar Calendar) would still leave room for error.
“Using a calendar with 365 days every year would result in a loss of 0.2422 days, or almost six hours per year. After 100 years, this calendar would be more than 24 days ahead of the season (tropical year), which is not desirable or accurate. It is desirable to align the calendar with the seasons and to make any difference as insignificant as possible. By adding a leap year approximately every fourth year, the difference between the calendar and the seasons can be reduced significantly, and the calendar will align with the seasons much more accurately.” (http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leapyear.html) If each calendar year loses .2422 days, and we only figure in the .24, then what of the other .0022 days? It would seem to me that these over the course of millennia would add up pretty substantially. Although, he does base his calculations on the death of Christ, a documented historical figure, but even at that? Can we really depend on the accuracy of historical documentation that specifically...right down to the day and hour?
So instead of hiding in fear of my impending doom...I think I will just wait it out with a bottle of really good wine and when the hour approaches, I will blast REM’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It” laughing maniacally to myself at the fact that after this time around...It really will be the end of the world as Mr. Camping knows it, because who’s going to believe his absurdity a third time (although, I am sure there are plenty of sheep who will)? You don’t believe this wackjob do you? Seriously? Harold Camping, I mean (obviously not Yours Truly).