The following are three popular predictions of the past decade (or so). Their cost to society is something to consider:
- 2011: Harold Camping claimed May 21, 2011, as end of the world. Cost of advertising: $80,000,000. That’s millions.
- 2000: World chaos was predicted by the crash of the world’s computer systems. Cost to prepare: $500,000,000,000. That’s billions.
- 2016: Al Gore predicted scorching heat that will debilitate the planet by 2016. Cost of re-engineering the world’s economies: $45,000,000,000,000. That’s trillions.
It’s disturbing to witness a cult pour their life savings into false prophets, but try to keep this in perspective. More disturbing to me is watching the news try to associate all Christ followers to these false prophets.
Some are quick to associate Christians to Harold Camping, a hasty generalization at its best. Camping was from a small sect of narrow-minded religious folks who obviously had twisted views of what it means to follow Christ. If anything, I will throw Harold Camping onto the pile of predictions that come and go, predictions based on fear. Their religion has little to do with their dysfunction.
From Love Another Child:
“Every decade seems to go through its own scary, doom-and-gloom scenarios. In the 90’s, the tropical rain forests were on a course for destruction, and the entire West was degenerating into a desert wasteland. Today the jungles of Brazil are just as thick as ever. Remember the evils of Y2K? … For the past several years, every bird flu outbreak has a predicted course of wiping out one-fifth of the world’s population. It never does.
“Parents should push against any theory, idea or even apparent scientific finding that flaunts its arrogance by posing as a fearmonger. Because the element consistent with all these doomsday scenarios is fear. Fear and change, that is. And usually change that involves money to invest, lives to change and freedom to surrender. Fear is a tool to control the masses, and it is precisely what is evidenced in the environmental movement.”