The Fine Line Between Faith and Crazy

crazyThe Associated Press is featuring an article about Marie Exley. Marie seems normal enough, she's a 32-year-old Army veteran from Colorado Springs, except for one thing... She believes the end of the world will begin May 21, 2011.

To get the word out, they're using billboards and bus stop benches, traveling caravans of RVs and volunteers passing out pamphlets on street corners. Cities from Bridgeport, Conn., to Little Rock, Ark., now have billboards with the ominous message, and mission groups are traveling through Latin America and Africa to spread the news outside the U.S.

"A lot of people might think, 'The end's coming, let's go party,'" said Exley, a veteran of two deployments in Iraq. "But we're commanded by God to warn people. I wish I could just be like everybody else, but it's so much better to know that when the end comes, you'll be safe."

In August, Exley left her home in Colorado Springs, Colo., to work with Oakland, Calif.-based Family Radio Worldwide, the independent Christian ministry whose leader, Harold Camping, has calculated the May 21 date based on his reading of the Bible.

This entry isn't to bash religion or to promote atheism, it's simply to point out the fine line between faith and crazy. A large group of people believe on May 21 they'll be taken up to heaven, while everyone else will remain on earth for a period of torment, concluding with the end of time. If you heard that from a homeless guy downtown, you'd label him crazy. I don't see the difference between the homeless guy downtown and folks like Marie Exley.

She's crazy. And when May 21 comes and goes and Harold Camping's cult is still with us, they'll make up a different date.

People will believe and do some crazy shit in the name of God.


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Pat

Well, HER world may end on that date. Stupid cultists. Lead on like cattle.


And, obviously mid/late May is too early for a Leafs Cup .....

January 3, 2011 @ 5:54 PM

God

I try, but not everything works out. Hey I even make people believe in the Leafs! Would you call all Leaf fans crazy?

January 3, 2011 @ 6:47 PM

James Edgar

Yes God Leaf fans are Crazy. I know that first hand.

January 3, 2011 @ 7:45 PM

Pat MaGroin

At least the hyped-up World Juniors will be over by then...

January 3, 2011 @ 8:20 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Pat MaGroin

I'm absolutely loving this Canada ~ USA semi-final. Great hockey, great atmosphere and bragging rights on the line.

January 3, 2011 @ 8:27 PM

andrew

I'm at the HSBC Arena right now - absolute bedlam, and that's outside the arena!!

Cheers!
Andrew

January 3, 2011 @ 9:26 PM

Ryan G

great hockey by some young players trying to get noticed. that's what Canadian hockey is all about. the importance of this sport to our national fabric is bred into these guys each and every year, and i think that's what propels our teams. we absolutely dominated on US soil tonight - 80 to 90 percent of the fans there were Canadian. the US players weren't in this game from the start, and the atmosphere created by the Canadian fans completely took their mojo from them.

anything less than gold will be a complete and utter disappointment.

go Canada.

January 3, 2011 @ 10:40 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

Yeah yeah yeah, go ahead celebrate, we won last year you guys came back and did it this year but you guys still have another game to play.
As far as the religious nuts can they extend the deadline a lil I want to see who wins the Stanley Cup can we postpone things until June 21st? Honestly though what is the difference between these christian whackos and muslim extremists? They are all crazy

January 3, 2011 @ 11:20 PM

LEW

There is also a fine line between fishing and just standing on shore like an idiot - Steven Wright

January 4, 2011 @ 3:09 PM

NotCrazy

The scriptures which were sealed in Daniel 12 became unsealed at the time described in Revelation 5--an event which only happens during the Great Tribulation at the end of time.
The knowledge gained from these scriptures indicates, among other things, that May 21, 2011 is exactly 7000 years from the first destruction of the world in Noah's day--a fact that has been known since the publication of the booklet "Adam When?" by Family Radio in the 1970s. When this knowledge is combined with the truth that "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years" (2 Peter 3:8) and that Noah was given 7 days to get inside the ark--a portrait of Jesus Christ--then 7000 years becomes extremely significant. There are several extremely significant finds of this nature from the Bible. Websites such as WeCanKnow.com provide references to free publications on other sites. Several YouTube videos have been created to explain this teaching too, such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SVrlm4BXFM.

January 4, 2011 @ 7:24 PM

Argie

Mike,

Yeah they sound crazy but at least they're not blowing up innocent people (including those attending a religious mass) on a daily basis like your muslim friends.

But of course, you think its all the same (crazy Christians and crazy muslims). When you think about, yes these Christian wackos are nuts but you're just plain stupid - as you cant see there is a difference.

January 4, 2011 @ 8:01 PM

Pat

I will not taunt Argie....I will not taunt Argie....I will not taunt Argie....

January 4, 2011 @ 9:51 PM

Ian Paisley

Argie - I said the Catholics were the AntiChrist, these people are just savages...

January 5, 2011 @ 9:51 AM

Ajax Mike

Damn, two days before my birthday too. Then again, no matter which direction I end up going, I'll bet they have good parties...

January 5, 2011 @ 8:18 PM

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