Weekly Religion News with items on the day of Rapture, May 21, “Have a Little Faith: A True Story” by Mitch Albom and more.
Harold Camping, president and broadcaster for the nonprofit evangelical Christian group called Family Radio, which is based in Oakland, Calif., has been warning of “the Rapture,” which he believes is on May 21, 2011.
Camping, 89, predicts the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will occur Saturday, and those who have accepted Christ as their savior will ascend into heaven. Camping says those left behind will experience the wrath of God until the world is completely destroyed by fire on Oct. 21, 2011.
"Many people in today's culture are fascinated by the end of the world," said Miguel De La Torre, professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology. "If you give enough leeway and imagination and you provide enough Scripture, you can predict almost anything. Whether or not it will happen on a particular day is a different story."
According to ReligiousTolerance.org, Camping once predicted the end of the world would occur on Sept. 6, 1994. After the world did not end, Camping said he miscalculated, and he said this time his calculations, based on the numbers five, 10 and 17, are correct.
"In this case, individuals have determined that May 21 (2011) is 7,000 years after the flood in the story of Noah's ark. It's pure speculation, since there is no way to determine exactly when the flood mentioned in the Bible (occurred) ..." said De La Torre. "It doesn't take a lot to look at dates and times to construct these types of scenarios. It's been going on before there was a Jesus."
According to the Canadian Press, Family Radio has erected 20,000 billboards around the world to spread the word of the Rapture. Some believers have abandoned their possessions or sold them off in order to have enough money for advertising to warn others.
Week in Religion
- May 18, 1814, in Philadelphia, the General Missionary Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States of America for Foreign Missions was established.
- May 19, 1662, England's King Charles II approved a bill requiring all ministers to assent publicly to the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.
- May 20, 1937, Following a lifelong call to establish a worldwide evangelistic ministry to children, missions pioneer Jesse Overholtzer, 59, founded Child Evangelism Fellowship in Chicago.
-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
According to the Pew Research Center, 68 percent of Palestinian Muslims say suicide attacks in defense of Islam can often or sometimes be justified.
“Have a Little Faith: A True Story” by Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom was catapulted into the literary limelight with the 1997 memoir, "Tuesdays with Morrie." While this is a book about faith, the author can make no claim to being a religion expert, nor is this a how-to guide for any particular belief. Rather, it is written in hope that all faiths can find something universal in the story. The cover was inspired by Albert Lewis's old prayer book, held together by rubber bands. Per the tradition of tithing, 10 percent of the author's profits on every book sold will be donated to charity, including the church, synagogue and homeless shelters in this story.
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Quote of the week
“God’s friendship is a beigger comfort thant hat of the whole world.” – Martin Luther
Watch Night: A New Year’s Eve worship service popular in African-American churches. It dates back to 1864, when tradition holds that slaves waited all night long to hear word of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Hungary (2001 census)
Roman Catholic: 51.9 percent
Calvinist: 15.9 percent
Lutheran: 3 percent
Greek Catholic: 2.6 percent
Other Christian: 1 percent
Other or unspecified: 11.1 percent
Unaffiliated: 14.5 percent
- CIA Factbook
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