Time to vanquish fear-mongering

The archaic Bible myth of an end-times “rapture” is not a joking matter, nor are any of the other imaginary, ghoulish tales of this literary disaster which astonishingly still imparts fear into the lives of otherwise rational adults.

Throughout its existence, the Bible has been nothing more than a retooled collection of myths proclaimed by “god-men” intent on instilling the hope of heaven, and more importantly, the fear of hell should their unschooled minions decide not to worship them with constant praise and offerings in this world.

Today even schoolchildren possess more knowledge of the basic earth sciences than all the authors of the Bible or god-men ever imagined. A fifth grader knows that the universe, our world and mankind did not materialize in six days beginning in a garden with Adam and Eve, who decided to wander off for a casual chat with a seductive snake offering fruit. It is incredibly poignant that the very first book of the Bible commands one to fear knowledge as the forbidden fruit or “…thou shalt surely die.”

A serious learning “experience” from this latest round of rapture revival should be to fear ignorance and embrace knowledge or “… thou shalt surely never live.”

Patrick Sebald

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