A few months ago I wrote a post called Today is NOT Judgement Day. https://laurensheil.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/today-is-not-judgement-day/
Now apparently some biblical scholars have concluded that May 21 2011 IS. If you see in on the internet it must be true right? Check it out; http://www.may21-2011.com/
This is scary stuff. Scary because it is so well written and presented that many seemingly intelligent people will be taken in. The biblical exegesis that went into this site is impressive, clearly it took the authors several hours to dig through the scriptures to find sound bites that support their claims but make no mistake, that’s all these scriptures are – sound bites – taken out of context and warped in amazingly creative ways to say something completely different from the original intent of their authors.
Let me be perfectly clear, I don’t hate the authors of this site; I don’t think they are bad or evil people. I think that this site, and many others like it are examples of how the enemy uses the good gifts of human intellect and creativity to deceive us, infiltrate our churches and set us up to fail. Humans are “created creative” [Genesis 1:27] so it’s inevitable that some creatively intelligent people would come up with something like this but wisdom and discernment are gifts too and we have to ask for them and work at it [James 1:5].
In reading through the huge volume of documentation on this site I find at least three gross errors that I simply cannot ignore. There are many more, but for the sake of time (we only have two weeks remember) I’ll just focus on these.
1) The Authors are Hypocrites
The authors begin their 77 page paper “Nothing is More Important” with the following disclaimer.
We cannot approach the Bible with preconceived ideas. We should not filter what we read in the Bible against our previous beliefs. We need to let God speak to us and reveal His truth to us. [Nothing is More Important pg3]
Presumably WE is only referring to you and me and not them. As I read through the rest of the paper it is clear that their entire thesis is based on the idea that Jesus is going to return on May 21. Every attempt they make to prove their thesis is really just an attempt at providing evidence for this single preconceived idea. It is flat wrong, backwards mathematics, junk science and I dare say, evil!
2) The Math is WRONG!
Okay well maybe not, it’s not like they are saying 2+2 is 5 but the starting point is completely ridiculous.
If any of the dates in the calendar of history are off by a year, or in some cases by a day, then the relationships between the dates would not be associated with spiritual numbers. [Nothing is More Important – pg32]
On pages 24-26 the authors lay out their completely fictional “Timeline of History” starting with the laughably arbitrary “year of creation”, 11,013 BC. To be fair most anthropologists agree that the human civilization as we know it began approximately 13,000 years ago but not even the most arrogant researcher will ever attempt to narrow it down to more than a few centuries, what gives these guys the audacity to put an exact year on it? Leaving aside the fossil record and the fact that the Genesis story is a poetic image that was never intended to be science or even history, I’ll let this go, they don’t attempt to build any of their calculations on it anyway.
The entire mathematical argument is based on another arbitrarily determined date. According to our “scholars” Noah’s great Flood began on May 15, 4990 BC. May 15 because Genesis says Noah closed the door to the arc on the 17th day of the 2nd month, which in the Hebrew Calendar is our May 15. Fair enough; but they give no reason for the year presumably concluding it was 4990 BC because “if any dates in the calendar are off by a year” the whole thing falls apart. They told us from the start that we can’t approach the bible with any preconceived ideas remember but apparently it’s okay to approach math this way.
Building on this arbitrary year we learn that Jesus was born on October 2, 7 BC (don’t tell the Pope or any Children waiting for Santa Claus, oh wait he isn’t real, or is he?), was baptised by John the Baptist on September 25th, 29 AD, and Crucified on April 1, 33 AD. Based on more “research” Judgement Day will therefore fall on May 21, 2011 and all creation will be destroyed on October 21, 2011.
Wait, I skipped a step.
Apparently God told Noah that the Flood was just a precursor to the final day of judgement that was going to occur in exactly 7000 years. Assuming no year 0 -4990 + 7000 = 2011. But did God actually say it would be 7000 years?
The authors pin their 7000 year calculation on a sound bite from 2 Peter and point it back to the flood account in Genesis 7.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.[2 Peter 3:8]
Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.” [Genesis 7:4]
Apparently God was referring to two different floods in Genesis, one that that started on May 15, 4990 BC and since a day is as thousand years, a second flood that would start on May 21, 2011. If that’s the case then every time a day is mentioned in the scriptures should we adjust everything to really mean 1000 years? But it’s also important to note that the so called mathematical formula in that verse cancels itself out. Peter goes on to say that a thousand years is as a day. Will this second flood last for 40,000 years or 57 minutes? Did it take 6000 years to create the heavens and the earth or 8 minutes? When does God mean a day and when does he mean millennia? Noah was 600 years old when he went into the ark, that’s hard enough to believe, was he really 219,000? But wait that would mean Noah is OLDER THAN ALL CREATION by 206,000 years, or maybe he was just a toddler, who knows? Bottom line, 2 Peter 3:8 is not a mathematical formula so much as it is a poetic reference to how God exists outside of time.
And what about that arbitrary starting point of 4990 BC? Oh right – IT’S ARBITRARY!!!! You only land on 4990 BC if you assume that 2011 is the correct answer to that equation. The authors give no explanation for how they got there. Instead they use an age old psychological advertising trick known as The Power of The List. They give 2 full pages of dates and events that somehow back up their claim and hope that we’ll be so impressed by their “research” that we won’t notice that the whole thing is a lie!
3) Fear Mongering is Sin
The Authors of this site are using bad exegesis, questionable mathematics and fear to drive their point home.
2 Peter chapter 3 goes on to state that “the Lord’s Patience means salvation.” [2 Peter 3:15] God is not a vengeful God bent on human destruction, he is a patient and loving God who wants nothing more than to have a relationship with all of his creation. Starting on page 40 the authors lay out a very exclusive and downright offensive version of salvation built on fear of what might happen if we reject God while at the same time making it impossible for anyone to save themselves from certain destruction in just two week’s time.
Mankind is desperately wicked and rejects God. We cannot come to Him on our own; rather, God draws those whom He had chosen before the creation of the world to Himself. [Nothing is More Important pg 42]
It’s as if the authors are saying “You know what? None of this really matters because God has already decided who will be saved and who won’t.”
That is not a God of love. The entire paper is nothing more than a 77 page fear bomb. Do this or you will die! But wait, you can’t do this unless you are “chosen”. Huh?!
John 3:16 says;
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
And 1 John 4 15-18 says;
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Nothing about chosen people and certainly nothing about being scared into salvation; whoever believes will be saved. With love we can have confidence on the day of judgement. This is not a message based on fear; this is perfect love, hope and kindness. Anyone who uses fear to advance the kingdom of God is a sinner, a false profit and a tool of the devil, period!
The final nail in the coffin comes toward the end of the paper where the authors reveal the lie in their own argument.
Any instruction we receive, including what is presented in this paper, must harmonize with the entire Bible. Focus on the Bible, it is the Word of God, it is the only way God is speaking to us.[Nothing is More Important pg69]
I would submit to the authors to follow their own advice. There are some very compelling reasons as to why the paper “Nothing is More Important” and the web site www.may21-2011.com do not harmonize with even a little bit of the Bible. I hope I’ve been able to outline just a few here.
Jesus is probably not returning on May 21 but if he is the way to prepare is not by spreading fear throughout creation. Jesus return is not something to be feared but celebrated. It will not be met with violence or destruction. It will be a time of great rejoicing, peace and love.
I do agree with the title of their paper however; indeed nothing is more important.
Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. [1 Thessalonians 5:1-2]