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The End Is Nigh!:

 1 Forzare, Tue, 10th May '11 3:35:01 PM from Hinamizawa
Reason and Madness
Apparently the world is going to end on May 21.

I think this is my favorite part of the article.
But religious scholars point out that while Camping and his group might be amusing — even interesting — their message has no factual basis. Thomas Groome, a professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, said Camping's math doesn't make sense.

"In the Gospel of Matthew, it says we know not the day or hour; only God knows the End time, " he said. "Camping's calculations are totally contrived. He kind of says a thousand years must be equal to a day and multiply that by the number of floods. ... It's all so bizarre. If God doesn't tell the angels, he certainly doesn't tell Harold Camping."

Why are people so determined to find the exact date of the end of the world? What makes them so convinced that the arbitrary code that they've just made up to find a date is more valid than the other arbitrary codes people have "found" in the Bible?
Well, see, people don't want to think about the world outlasting them.

Because you see, they're just that important.

 
 3 nightwyrm zero, Tue, 10th May '11 4:02:30 PM Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
Well, that solves my whole problem of finding a job after graduation.

 4 Neo Crimson, Tue, 10th May '11 4:07:40 PM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
Well, this just means that I have to wait 11 days before I can laugh my ass off at this guy.
Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
 5 Major Tom, Tue, 10th May '11 4:30:38 PM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
Place your bets folks! $5 buy in for the pot to predict what will happen in 11 days! House odds currently rate as 20:1 that nothing will happen that day.

edited 10th May '11 4:30:58 PM by MajorTom

"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
 6 Aondeug, Tue, 10th May '11 4:33:52 PM from  Our Dreams
Oh My
It's ending the day after my RP character's birthday? I knew she was special!
If someone wants to accuse us of eating coconut shells, then that's their business. We know what we're doing. - Achaan Chah
 7 Deboss, Tue, 10th May '11 4:51:20 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
House odds currently rate as 20:1 that nothing will happen that day.

I put fifty dollars on nuclear decay occurring!
I put one million dollars* on the sun rising in the East.

 
 9 Rainbow, Tue, 10th May '11 5:09:48 PM Relationship Status: Puppy love
Sailor Moon Fan
Amusingly, that's the day I'm going to Anime Central (a Chicago anime con).

To answer the question about why people like to set a date on the apocalypse, two ideas I've had. These are both just guesses:

1. Some people don't like that death is so uncertain and unpredictable so they want to be able to definitely set a date for their death without outright committing suicide.

2. In the case of Judgement Day, from what I know of the idea (which is likely to have some holes in it), it would be the ultimate wish fulfillment to go to heaven while still alive because so far as I know, are people who are taken to heaven on Judgement Day supposed to go there without having to die first? Christians, please correct me if I've messed up on that.

And in some other cases, it may be part of the fire-and-brimstone fear tactic of converting people like telling them that there's now a specific date before which they need to repent or be tortured forever.
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 10 Game Chainsaw, Tue, 10th May '11 5:14:15 PM from sunshine and rainbows!
The Shadows Devour You.
Well I guess this means if I fail my exams, I can pray the apocalypse renders them irrelevant.

...and then pray to survive the apocalypse. tongue
Huh. So that's what all the people with "[X] days" signs are going on about.

Camping and his followers point to three specific harbingers of their interpretation of the End: When Israel became a nation in 1948, when churches stopped following a strict interpretation of the Bible and the profound increase in "immorality and lawlessness" in our world (specifically homosexuality, they believe).

Oh come on, of all the nasty immoral things out there you pick THAT?

edited 10th May '11 5:22:29 PM by melloncollie

PARTY HARD!!!!
How should we celebrate on the 21st?

Also, look what I made: http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcounter.html?month=05&day=21&year=2011&hour=&min=&sec=&p0=0
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! ~ GOD
Actually, Camping's May 21st theory is the Rapture and the actual end of the world is at a later date.

Just thought I'd point it out.

I had also made another thread about it, but its off the first page of the forums.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13010789360A35884800&page=1

edited 10th May '11 6:09:57 PM by tclittle

Added something to my sig. Sad, I know...

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 14 Jewel Maiden, Tue, 10th May '11 7:12:49 PM from Wherever the tea is.
D'AWWW.
The end of the world is due to happen on the day before my birthday. That's just terrible.

What I like the most about these predictions, though, is that they rule out the actual end of the world on the day they're predicted. Now I know I'll still be alive on my birthday * .

so far as I know, are people who are taken to heaven on Judgement Day supposed to go there without having to die first? Christians, please correct me if I've messed up on that.

That's true as far as my knowledge of theology goes. Though I don't know why anyone would prefer seeing Judgement Day to dying first — the Second Coming is going to be scary. I'm guessing it's even going to be scary for Christians at first.

...however, I would prefer anything over the Zombie Apocalypse.

edited 10th May '11 7:13:21 PM by JewelMaiden

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 15 Wolf 1066, Tue, 10th May '11 7:21:48 PM from New Zealand Relationship Status: In my bunk
Wolf1066
Too lazy to read the actual link, what time of the day is it due to happen and in what time zone? We here in NZ get to 21 May before most of you...

Depending on what time it's scheduled for, I may think I've dodged the bullet only to find it happens some time on the 22nd...

It can't possibly be the Rapture, tho' - that already happened, so there's only us damned pagans, the atheists and a bunch of False Prophets left, all the true Christians ascended ages ago - I personally said good-bye to both of them. evil grin
Dangerously Genre Savvy since ages ago...
 16 rmctagg09, Tue, 10th May '11 7:27:17 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
Probably just another fool trying to predict the end.
Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

It's typed rmctagg09.
 17 Wolf 1066, Tue, 10th May '11 7:31:39 PM from New Zealand Relationship Status: In my bunk
Wolf1066
Gotta love the contextual advertising - the advert across the top of a thread about the end of the world is "Escape to a bank that's already yours".

Dunno about you, but I rather doubt the bank would have any useful means of escaping TEOTWAWKI...

BTW, the 21st is my eldest son's birthday. If they decide to have the Rapture then, I wonder how many guests won't be making it.

And our party games could include "Laughing at those who turned up". Nothing takes the edge off your own doom quite like maliciously giving shit to some other poor sap who is just as screwed.
Dangerously Genre Savvy since ages ago...
 18 Tzetze, Tue, 10th May '11 7:31:40 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
Ugh, you couldn't wait another nineteen months?
 19 Wolf 1066, Tue, 10th May '11 7:32:26 PM from New Zealand Relationship Status: In my bunk
Wolf1066
[up]Why that long, exactly?

Any way, I'm off. The world's about to end and I don't want to die a virgin.

At least, that's what I'll be telling the lasses down at the pub...

edited 10th May '11 7:33:44 PM by Wolf1066

Dangerously Genre Savvy since ages ago...
 20 Barkey, Tue, 10th May '11 7:33:37 PM from Bunker 051 Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War Profiteer
If the world ends 10 days before my birthday, I'll be pissed.
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.
 21 Wolf 1066, Tue, 10th May '11 7:34:47 PM from New Zealand Relationship Status: In my bunk
Wolf1066
If it's only the Rapture, you should still be here to celebrate your birthday with the rest of us. tongue
Dangerously Genre Savvy since ages ago...
 22 Barkey, Tue, 10th May '11 7:37:53 PM from Bunker 051 Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War Profiteer
Oh my.. THAT'S THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT I COULD HAVE EVER ASKED FOR!
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.
 23 Tzetze, Tue, 10th May '11 7:42:10 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
Why that long, exactly?

Haven't you heard? It's the coming of the age of Aquarius! It was all predicted in the Long Count.
 24 Wolf 1066, Tue, 10th May '11 7:45:32 PM from New Zealand Relationship Status: In my bunk
Wolf1066
OK. I thought the Age of Aquarius had already come - or at least dawned. I'm pretty sure they made quite a song and dance about it. Well, a song, at least.

Damned Christianity, you just can't rely on it to properly synchronise its end of the world with important things from other cosmologies. tongue
Dangerously Genre Savvy since ages ago...
 25 Tzetze, Tue, 10th May '11 7:51:54 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
According to the Wikipedia article it's been dated to just about every year within 1000 of now; anyway, nineteen months from May 21 is December 21, 2012, as far as I'm concerned.
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