A large emphasis on supposedly – according to the USGS, there hasn’t been a single earthquake of note in New Zealand or Australia today. 😉
And as the news reports, these so-called predictions have encouraged a large Internet-age backlash; many people are jokingly claiming that they will take part in post-Rapture looting. Even believers have, because frankly? I’m under the understanding that the Bible clearly states that no man will know the hour of the coming of the Son of Man, so this is just a load of hooey worthy of derision.
That isn’t to say that true believers of any faith are worthy of derision. People are entitled to their faith, and frankly, I wish people were kinder to each other when it came to these matters. As someone raised in the southern part of the United States, I’ve seen how virulently nasty people of even the same supposed denomination can be to each other. These so-called Christians insist that their physical church building holds the only keys to the Kingdom, or their own denomination only (Southern Baptists are apparently very very very sincere in that belief). You, and most other religions, are worshipping the same damned thing, just with different names – a higher power in which you/we place our faith. Call him the Flying Spaghetti Monster, call him God or Allah – it all works out the same.
*dodges flaming brands*
As for those that would disdain upon the mockers that are ruling the day today (and hopefully, not ruing the day!) – did you stop to think why? It’s defiance – the best way to fight fear is with laughter. And while there are very few who truly believe that today is the day, it doesn’t stop people from worrying that maybe, just maybe, it is – better to laugh and try to get on than to be fearful and frozen. For me, I admit that the supposed end of the Mayan calender gives me the heebie-jeebies – I will be very relieved to see 2013! And until then, I will do my best to stay in a good humor, keep my faith or lack of faith intact (I know which it is – you don’t have a need to know. ;D), and do my best to continue being a good, caring person. Since we can’t truly know if there is a God or when he or she might claim their supposed chosen, it’s the best we can do!
Anyways, that’s about all on that for now – have yourselves a lovely weekend, rapture or not. I know I’m going to do my best to do just that, as I always do.