"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority ... the Constitution was made to guard against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." - Noah Webster

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-- Robert A. Heinlein

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Never Enough Time

I truly wish I had been able to post my full essay on why Harold Camping and his doomsday prophecy was wrong on Sunday, May 22, 2011.  However, the Ben-David Farm doesn't just stop needing attention because false prophets raise their ugly heads.

I'm still reading Mr. Fitzpatrick's book, The Doomsday Code, because I do believe it is important to be fair in my analysis.  In case you didn't know, as I didn't know at first, Mr. Fitzpatrick simply penned the book, but the ideas are all from Harold Camping.  I got to hear a former staff member for the Christian Research Institute on someone else's internet radio program, who founded her own ministry called Apostasy Alert. Jackie Alnor has been documenting false teachers in Christendom for many years now, but unfortunately, she herself claims to be in the pre-tribulation rapture camp, so her understanding of Biblical hermeneutics needs some serious work as well.  Therein lies the danger of focusing too much on examining heresy and not enough on studying the truth.

That aside, Alnor has been familiar with Camping's nonsense for years, including his false prediction about Jesus coming back in 1994.  You would have thought that such an event would have diminished Camping's heretical ministry to obscurity, but unfortunately, people are especially gullible when it comes to religious issues.  This is because so much of what makes up the religious world is all about feelings and has little to nothing to do with facts, history, reason, or logic, making it fair game for skeptics to sit back and laugh at those who claim any belief in any god; the real one or any number of false ones.

So, I'm working on the post.  I want to do a good, thorough job, but also not go down a bunch of odd rabbit trails.  My time is limited and dictated by the needs of the farm.  I also have to wade through a lot of information to focus on just the relevant parts of Camping's thought processes.  Most of the first half of Fitzpatrick's book is apparently about getting non-believers to accept the Bible and speaks of history and prophecy in general and has some other bad doctrine mixed in there as well.  When I distill out the issues of eschatology and have a complete, coherent argument on the issue, I will post it.

Please be patient with me.

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