Christian Fundamentalists Making Road Trip To The End Of The World

Jessica Ravitz tries to find out why, for CNN:

If you thought you had less than three perfectly healthy months to live, what would you do? Would you travel? Spend time with loved ones? Appreciate the joy life has given you?

Or would you ditch your kids and grandkids, join strangers in a caravan of RVs and travel the country warning people about the end of the world?

If you’re Sheila Jonas, that’s exactly what you’d do.

“This is so serious, I can’t believe I’m here,” says Jonas, who’s been on the road since fall. Like her cohorts, she’s “in it ’til the end,” which she believes is coming in May.

She won’t talk about her past because, “There is no other story. … We are to warn the people. Nothing else matters.”

Such faith and concern drove her and nine others, all loyal listeners of the Christian broadcasting ministry Family Radio, to join the radio station’s first “Project Caravan” team.

They walked away from work, families and communities in places as far-flung as California, Kansas, Utah and New Jersey. Among them are an electrician, a TV satellite dish installer, a former chef, an international IT consultant and a man who had worked with the developmentally disabled.

They gave away cars, pets, music collections and more to relatives, friends and neighbors…

[continues at CNN]

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  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Can we encourage more people with crazy beliefs to give away their worldly goods? Ideally to charities, but the important thing is that the crazy people no longer have possessions holding them down.

    Boy, is her face going to be red when the world fails to end yet again.

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Can we encourage more people with crazy beliefs to give away their worldly goods? Ideally to charities, but the important thing is that the crazy people no longer have possessions holding them down.

    Boy, is her face going to be red when the world fails to end yet again.

    • DeepCough

      Like I said before–on May 21, 2011, I call Pat Robertson’s mansion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Siragusa/682282532 Mark Siragusa

        you call his mansion, i call his money

        • DeepCough

          You think all that money with the motto “In God We Trust” is gonna matter after the Rapture? I don’t think so.

          • Anarchy Pony

            What rapture? It isn’t in the scripture. Its a bunch of crap invented by theologians.

  • DeepCough

    Like I said before–on May 21, 2011, I call Pat Robertson’s mansion.

  • Anonymous

    I listened to an interview with one of the sect’s leader on George Noory’s show for March 1st. These fundamentalist people are howling mad. When Noory asked the guy how come previous Doomsday predictions have failed to materialize (e.g. the Jehovah Witnesses), the dude – Chris McCann – explained that if we always thought some things are impossible, the Wright brothers would never have tried to fly. Go and compare the end of the world to human flight! You have to marvel at the nonsense!

    Then Noory asked him, all right, supposing the end really is coming, what do we do? Live it up? Pray for salvation? And this McCann said that there isn’t much we can do, because, you see, repentance doesn’t lead to salvation. God has already decided whom to save and that’s it. There’s nothing you can do. I am not well versed into religious sects, but it turns out that McCann’s views stem from the principles of Calvinism. Read those at Wikipedia. This Calvinism looks even worse than Scientology. No wonder the Europeans slaughtered each other en masse during the Reformation, if they were dumb enough to believe drivel like Calvinism.
    I can understand the Peak Oil doomers. Even the 2012 theory about the magnetic flips makes some sense. But these pseudo-Christian morons are 100% nuts. Ah, what the hell. I hope at least they’re having a good time.

  • hucksawyer

    I listened to an interview with one of the sect’s leader on George Noory’s show for March 1st. These fundamentalist people are howling mad. When Noory asked the guy how come previous Doomsday predictions have failed to materialize (e.g. the Jehovah Witnesses), the dude – Chris McCann – explained that if we always thought some things are impossible, the Wright brothers would never have tried to fly. Go and compare the end of the world to human flight! You have to marvel at the nonsense!

    Then Noory asked him, all right, supposing the end really is coming, what do we do? Live it up? Pray for salvation? And this McCann said that there isn’t much we can do, because, you see, repentance doesn’t lead to salvation. God has already decided whom to save and that’s it. There’s nothing you can do. I am not well versed into religious sects, but it turns out that McCann’s views stem from the principles of Calvinism. Read those at Wikipedia. This Calvinism looks even worse than Scientology. No wonder the Europeans slaughtered each other en masse during the Reformation, if they were dumb enough to believe drivel like Calvinism.

    Now that I think about it, weren’t the famous Pilgrims Calvinist? Yes, they were! America, home of the brave bombers of Afghani weddings, home of the free negro slaves and the free white wage slaves, and home of a vast horde of insane 16th century sectarians. 40% of Americans believe the Bible is the actual word of God: http://www.pollingreport.com/religion2.htm . 83% think there is a God who answers prayers. I wonder what they prey for. “Please, Jesus, ask the oligarchs to spare me! I’m willing to be their slave, but please let them at least feed me properly! These food stamps are not enough! Please, Jesus!” Yeah…

    I can understand the Peak Oil doomers. Even the 2012 theory about the magnetic flips makes some sense. But these pseudo-Christian morons are 100% nuts. Ah, what the hell. Let’em have a good time.

    • mwdiers

      Mainline Calvinists would not agree that repentance does not lead to salvation. You need to know more about Calvinism than a quick skimming of a Wikipedia article. McCann takes Calvinist ideas and turns them into extremism – which can happen with any religion. McCann is not easy to label. He has a hodge-podge of positions that don’t really fit into any specific category.

      As for your caricature of American religion, it is nothing but that: a caricature, and a rather ignorant one at that. You do realize that some of us who believe that the Bible is the “actual word of God” are right in line, philosophically, with the material that appears on Disinformation?

      I would say the bulk of us who believe that the Bible is the actual word of God think that the nutters who are addicted to predicting the end of the world are indeed pseudo-Christian morons. So be careful with your guilt-by-association.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YN725Q4FZZ22AZEWPPIYFBRKBA foop d

        “I would say the bulk of us who believe that the Bible is the actual
        word of God think that the nutters who are addicted to predicting the
        end of the world are indeed pseudo-Christian morons”
        Yeah, you’re sane and they’re the crazy ones. If you do believe the bible is the ‘word of god’, then surely you believe in immaculate conception, and rebirth, and also probably that at some point there will even be a Judgement Day. (Along with many other irrational things I presume) These are all supported by zero real evidence, and are not really what most consider rational. From another point of view (mine), you are not much more rational than them.

  • mrtastycakes

    Hm. Guess they forgot to read Matthew 24.
    “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.”
    “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”
    And, my personal favorite, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” Which is a good point, because Christ (the Son) incorrectly predicted the end of age in the previous verse. Guess these weirdos know better than Jesus.

  • mrtastycakes

    Hm. Guess they forgot to read Matthew 24.
    “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.”
    “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”
    And, my personal favorite, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” Which is a good point, because Christ (the Son) incorrectly predicted the end of age in the previous verse. Guess these weirdos know better than Jesus.

  • Anonymous

    Dammit, now I won’t get to go to Balticon.

  • Nobilis

    Dammit, now I won’t get to go to Balticon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Siragusa/682282532 Mark Siragusa

    you call his mansion, i call his money

  • Anonymous

    Mainline Calvinists would not agree that repentance does not lead to salvation. You need to know more about Calvinism than a quick skimming of a Wikipedia article. McCann takes Calvinist ideas and turns them into extremism – which can happen with any religion.

  • DeepCough

    You think all that money with the motto “In God We Trust” is gonna matter after the Rapture? I don’t think so.

  • DeepCough

    You think all that money with the motto “In God We Trust” is gonna matter after the Rapture? I don’t think so.

  • Don’tLikeYou

    What rapture? It isn’t in the scripture. Its a bunch of crap invented by theologians.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Better hope so. Cause if the world doesn’t end, we are in for a long and bleak future.

  • Don’tLikeYou

    Better hope so. Cause if the world doesn’t end, we are in for a long and bleak future.

  • JH

    I guess the top of the pyramid earns quite a bit of money. As usual. :-) Nice bit of scamming I must say.

  • JH

    I guess the top of the pyramid earns quite a bit of money. As usual. :-) Nice bit of scamming I must say.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YN725Q4FZZ22AZEWPPIYFBRKBA foop d

    “I would say the bulk of us who believe that the Bible is the actual
    word of God think that the nutters who are addicted to predicting the
    end of the world are indeed pseudo-Christian morons”
    Yeah, you’re sane and they’re the crazy ones. If you do believe the bible is the ‘word of god’, then surely you believe in immaculate conception, and rebirth, and also probably that at some point there will even be a Judgement Day. (Along with many other irrational things I presume) These are all supported by zero real evidence, and are not really what most consider rational. From another point of view (mine), you are not much more rational than them.

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