Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Dang - Guess I Missed the Rapture

From Catholic World News:
A doomsday cult in Kenya, the House of Yahweh, is refusing government orders to demolish bunkers that the group built in expectation of a global nuclear war the cult leaders had predicted for September 12.

In what threatens to be a major face-off between the sect and the government, the cult's leader Moshe Sang has said they would not demolish the bunkers because they are were places of worship. He says that the structures are therefore protected under Kenya's constitution, which guarantees freedom of worship.

Cult members had gone into the bunkers on September 12, carrying with them dried food and water awaiting the end of world civilization. They had constructed some equipment which, they said, would stop radioactive participles from penetrating their bunkers.

Government officials announced on September 18 that the House of Yahweh would be given 7 days to demolish the bunkers or face prosecution. Officials said that the structures are unsafe, likely to collapse, and not fit for human habitation.

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” (Mat 24:36, RSV)

Obviously, they misread the Divine calendar. I used to believe that people who set the date for the Apocalypse were just loonies who never learned. I don’t think so anymore, however. I think it’s a deliberate attempt to manipulate people for current gain – money, power, or both – and, by the time the date passes uneventfully, you’ll have gotten what you wanted.

I have to ask the question. If the world were actually ending, where would you rather have Jesus find you? Hunkered down in a bunker? Or going about your business, tending to your responsibilities, and living like He told us to?