Yep. Everyone is still here, no one was "raptured" or taken to heaven to be with "THE LORD" or any other nonsense like that.
In a way, I feel sorry for Camping and his followers. They got their hopes up and the let down must be terrible. On the flip side, I don't feel sorry for them because the whole idea of the Xtian rapture is based on a "loving" god being a totally sadistic S.O.B. Talk about out of character. Yikes.
Now, if I come across as insensitive or judgemental in my blog posts or replies to you, my dear readers, I do apologise. I do try to be open minded. At the same time, if someone posts on here and they are rude, judgemental, or bigoted then I'm not going to be nice to them. I will pull them up on it and I will briskly point out their mistakes and correct them on it. I've learned during my 30 odd years of life that you can't be nice to bullies and holier-than-thou's because if you are, they will walk all over you.
But enough of that! Back to the (lack of) rapture. I believe Bruce Garrett of TruthWinsOut said it best, so I'll just quote him here:
"I have a scenario: Instead of rapturing the one or two percent of the world’s right wing christianist nutcases, suppose God really does rapture His Own on that day and hour no man knows, not even the Angels. Suppose He takes all the good people away. No…the Good people. The Really Good people. The ones who gave a damn about this good earth, and their neighbors…all the ones who cared enough to struggle, give their lives even, to make this world a better place for all of us…all the ones who couldn’t let an injustice go past without raising their voices…all the ones who never let a friend down, even if it meant taking some personal risk…all the ones who were trustworthy, who wouldn’t cheat a stranger, let alone a friend…all the lovers…all the dreamers of a better tomorrow. Whether they were Christian or Muslim or Jewish or Buddhist or Atheist. All the good people…which would be a pretty large portion of the human population, but alas not hardly all of it. Suppose in one sudden instant God snatched them all away. What would be left behind?
Why…all the assholes.
And there’s your Tribulation right there. Never mind the seven seals and judgement day….every day is judgement day. The antichrist isn’t a person, it’s a mindset. It’s living for what you hate instead of what you love. It’s cheating someone weaker then you just because you can and assuring yourself that the weak deserve it. It’s bullying your way though life and then whining that you don’t get the respect you deserve. It’s scapegoating your neighbor instead of taking responsibility. It’s looking at life with zero-sum glasses that are always telling you that whenever someone else is happy it’s because they’re taking something away from you. It’s resenting human joy so much you just have to strangle it wherever you see it in the eyes of others. Suppose the world was suddenly left with nothing in it but people like that.
Seven years of tribulation? Oh, no…my guess is less then one or two months before they’ve all managed to slit each others’ throats. Judgement. The joy we bring into the world, or the pain and suffering we inflict upon others, is our judgement upon the world, and ourselves, and this good earth, and some people hate everything so much they pray for the world to end soon, and some of us wish it never would. Some live in rapture, and some in tribulation and every day is judgement day.
To paraphrase Jesus of Nazareth, the jerks will always be with you…try your best to deal with it."