End of the World, part 3

(Hey, why not push this point?  If the rest of the world can have fun with this, why can’t the church?  Who knows?  Maybe we can learn something about ourselves in the process.)

Well, it turns out that Harold Camping admits his calculations were incorrect… again.  Do ya think???  The fact that we’re all still here is a bit of a giveaway.  But Mr. Camping is still hedging his bets. It turns out that May 21 was in fact judgment day, but it was spiritual rather than physical.  Physical judgment day is October 21.

Huh?

I’m tempted to cast stones at this clown.  He is clearly a deluded buffoon passing himself of as one who has special access to God’s ear.  Before I do, however (though I think I just did), I need to consider Jesus’s advice, “let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”  Oops.

As far as I have been able to determine, the only use of seeing sin in another’s life is to use that information to root sin out of my own life.  What exactly did this guy do?  He justified an absurd lifestyle choice by twisting God’s word to his own ends.  When that failed, he simply twisted it a couple more notches to explain the previous error away.

Who among us has not used God’s word to excuse our errant behavior?  Then we find another interpretation to explain away any failure of the previous one.  And so on.

It’s called eisegesis: “the interpretation of a text (as of the Bible) by reading into it one’s own ideas”.  In other words, it’s coming to Scripture not to seek the truth but to explain what we’ve already decided or to justify oneself.  It happens all the time.  It appears to be the favorite pastime of the evangelical church.  And of me.  How else can we explain the complete disregard of direct commands like “we ought to lay down our lives for each other”, “deny yourself and take up your cross daily”, or “love your enemies”?  And what about that casting the first stone thing?

So, Mr. Camping and I have more in common than I’m comfortable admitting.  At least I’m not doing it on national TV.

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