Had you been around on this date in 1844 and also a follower of a certain William Miller (depicted here), you would forever after know Oct. 22 as the date of the "Great Disappointment."
For it was this Miller fellow who gathered followers by predicting the Second Coming of Christ on this date that year. Well, he had first predicted it would be in 1843 or maybe 1844. Then on March 21, 1844. Then Oct. 22, 1844.
And when it didn't happen, lots of folks abandoned the Millerite movement and even left Christianity altogether. But others used Miller's date-setting errors to create, eventually, what today is known as Seventh Day Adventism.
The obvious lesson here, of course, is that the date-setters are always wrong. And one primary reason they are wrong is that the Bible, which they use to set their dates for the Second Coming or the end of the world, cannot be read in that literal way and still be sensible.
Over and over and over again, however, people have predicted the end is about to happen, and they've been wrong every time and will continue to be wrong. Yes, I know I made this same point when everyone was all wrapped up in the end of the Mayan calendar and the separate predictions by the fraud Harold Camping, but it's a point worth making again.
Heck, even Jesus said no one knows, including him, when the end of time will come, if ever.
That's good enough for me.
But if you do decide to get rid of all your possessions and go wait for the end of the world on a hillside somewhere, can I have your money?
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AT LEAST KIDS AREN'T BEING NAMED POPE
Thanks to the popularity of Pope Francis, Francesco now is the most popular name being given babies in Italy, it's reported. This way of naming babies is crazy, says my friend Elvis.