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Can’t Recycle, Gotta Pray

November 25, 2008

A popular sentiment among Christians today is that the Rapture is going to occur soon. The Rapture, for those few of you who might not know is basically the return of the undead Christ and his war with the fallen Angel Lucifer and the humans who have “sided” with him. During the Rapture, all the True Christians™ will be bodily lifted to Heaven to meet all their dead goldfish and grandparents.

Because many Christians believe Christ is coming within their lifetime, a “slash and burn” mentality has taken root. “Why waste time trying to preserve the environment? Christ is coming soon, he’ll fix it!” I’ve heard many Christians make statements similar to that. Why do they think Yeshua will be making his second (third if you ask Mormons) appearance soon?

“I believe that we have arrived at the “two-minute warning” on God’s clock. Unlike the players in a professional football game, we do not know how much time we have left. What we do with the time remaining will make all the difference in the world…and in eternity. It is vital we live every day for Him.”

That was John Hagee, one of the most prominent talking heads of evangelical Christianity of our time. People like him are why gun sales are sky rocketing over the election of President-elect Obama. They purport to have special knowledge straight from Yahweh that his son (actually himself) will be returning to Earth soon, to kick-off this super-war with Lucifer.

But this isn’t the first time Christians have thought the Second Coming was eminent. There was also 1745, 1844, 1914, 1930, 1975 and 1999 just to name a few dates. Even Isaac Newton threw his hat in the Armageddon ring when he “deduced” that Yeshua would return in 2060. Apart from Prof. Newton’s prediction, all of these other dates have come to pass and no Armageddon to be found. Your prophets suck at prophecy.

Maybe Christians should worry less about the return date of their god and actually try to keep this planet in working condition. Renewable resources, recycling, replanting logged areas, not coaxing Arab nations into wars with Israel, any of that stuff sound familiar? If Hagee is wrong, and you’ve strip mined the Earth, your children will be left to pick up your mess. It might be too late by then.

I had a conversation with a fundie coworker about the bee population drop-off. He said he puts his trust in the “big guy upstairs” to take care of everything for him.

Your own bible states that we are the stewards of the Earth. In that line of thought, if we fuck it up, Yahweh will let you deal with your own mess, he’s not making the bees come back.

  1. November 25, 2008 2:12 pm

    I have to agree with the majority of what you are saying, and as a Christian, I have to point out to the people who declare to know when the rapture will happen, that Jesus himself said: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the Father……….therefore keep watch because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” Matthew 24, 36-42.

    And yes, we are stewards of the Earth and everything in it and on judgement day we will have to give account of how we looked after the things, money and people that God entrusted to us. So each person must be responsible for their own choices.


  2. November 25, 2008 2:42 pm

    Actually, he said that he’d come back for a return tour within the life time of his own disciples and followers of that time.
    That didn’t happen either.

    The Jesus bus: 2000 years late and still not making any progress.

  3. alfaarooq1 permalink
    November 26, 2008 6:56 am

    The end of the World always a topic well yes it is tuly near I know it for a fact and it is true but the current saying that is will be in 2011 or 2012 is a slight truth because it is not the end of the world as yet but the end of false religion come 2011 or 2012 this is the mark of the fall of christianity.

    Brother / Sister in Faith,

    The Almighty is much misunderstood by many, some claim to believe and yet believe not.
    I’ve touched on the Topic “Who is The Almighty Allah” See:

    I’ve also touched on Topics such as “The True Religion” I will soon be posting a new article taking from the Blessed Holy Bible…
    It will be called “Islaam in the Bible” giving reference and very indepth answers.
    All over the world Priests, Missionaries, Rabbis are reverting to Islaam…
    Some may Question but why are all our religious scholars becoming Muslim.
    The Answers might just be in my blog posts.
    Find out More from Former Christian Priests, Missionaries, Rabbis etc…
    Search for the names listed from my blog posts and you’ll get their details should you have any questions.
    With love to all for the pleasure of Allah.

  4. 1minionsopinion permalink
    November 26, 2008 7:38 am

    A Newsweek article published this week reports on a study done in 2006 that showed “a third of white evangelicals believe the world will end in their lifetimes. These mostly conservative Christians believe a great battle is imminent. After years of tribulation—natural disasters, other cataclysms (such as the collapse of financial markets)—God’s armies will vanquish armies led by the Antichrist himself.” And now that Obama’s been elected, they think he’ll be doing just that and the apocalypse is gonna happen any day now.

    I bet these are fun people to be around. I’d rather work on saving the only place there is to live, myself.

  5. November 26, 2008 8:52 am

    Al-Farooq, I care not what the Bible has to say about Islam, nor what Islam has to say about anything. You’ll have to prove to me that Allah exists and that he is worth worshipping before I convert. As long as Allah demands the oppression of women and supports conversion by the sword and jihad I’m disinclined to acquiesce to his request.

    From what I hear from my friends who have been deployed to the Middle East, Muslims are some of the biggest hypocrites ever. I’ve consistently heard the phrase “Man-sex Thursdays”. I don’t have any issues with gay Muslims but they might as well accept who they are.

  6. November 30, 2008 1:11 pm


    Not all Christians believe in the rapture. Some of us just think that Jesus will come back a second time and then he’ll usher in the end of the world, as we know it.

    But Sisyphus, I hope you don’t lump all of us Christians together. I don’t want you to think that I have a slash and burn mentality. I love the environment and want to take care of it. I love people and believe that everyone matters because everyone is made in God’s image and likeness. Sorry for fundies who cause you to have bad perceptions of Christians. There’s nothing I can do to change that, but I hope you’ll look at Christians who are culturally aware, kind, compassionate, and want to practice what they preach.

    Thanks for the post. I laughed…more than once.


  7. The Christian Recycler permalink
    January 23, 2009 12:01 pm


    “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
    Ezekiel 36: 26, 27
    King James Version

    One of the definitions in Webster’s Dictionary that I found for the word “recycle” is “to adapt to a new use”. That is exactly what our precious Savior does with our hearts. He removes our old hearts that are full of sin, bitterness, resentment, jealousy, judgment, un-forgiveness, criticism, hatred and sarcasm and He gives us new hearts. Our Saviour applies His precious atoning and redeeming blood to our cold hearts and He gives us hearts of unconditional love for others.
    In His image….God so loved the world he created you from it!!
    After all God made us from dust!
    So I guess its hard when you meet a christian who is somewhere in left field whom probally never attends a true service of Our Saviour.
    Try finding a confessional Church, One that believes in infant baptisim, Closed (not close ) communion, perhaps.
    Otherwise take care, and remember we are all stewards of our Earthly home.
    Sorry for your sad encounter.

  8. January 23, 2009 12:52 pm

    Oh wow, TCR, I’ve never heard a Bible quote before.. It’s so beautiful! Surely this book must have been written by a god or something! I’m totally a Christian now, a Catholic at that! Good job!

    Wait a minute.. there’s nothing about praying to a Pope in this Bible.. I guess I’ll just go join this Westboro Baptist Church; they seem to have everything figured out..

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