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Christianity &Politics &Rationals Johnson on 15 Jan 2009 12:09 am

The Societal Effects of Widespread Delusion

Let’s imagine for a moment that the United States discarded religion and became a nation of rational people. If a nation of rational people heard a statement like this…

“The world will end on 12/21/2012 because some centuries-old Mayan calendar says it will.”

…what would happen? Nothing. Rational people would laugh, understand that the Mayan calendar is ridiculous hocum, and move to the next story.

But we do not hive in a rational nation. Instead we have a nation filled with delusional people who believe in an invisible man in the sky, who believe in the superstition of prayer, etc. They REALLY believe in this stuff. So when they hear…

“The world will end on 12/21/2012 because some centuries-old Mayan calendar says it will.”

…they say to themselves, “wow, really? I should spend time worrying about this!” And so we have this article:

The Mystery of 2012?

With the subtitle: “Not surprisingly, the Mayan-inspired mania surrounded 12/21/12 is more money-grubbing than actual science.” People will make money off of this just like Benny Hinn makes rivers of money off of faith healing. Here is the opening sentence from the article:

If the hundreds of millions of Google searches related to “2012” are any indication, the apocalyptic predictions and mystery surrounding the date December 21, 2012 have captured public interest and created a legitimate culture of fear.

A culture of fear??? But it is true. Millions of people are latching onto this idea, somehow intertwining it to reinforce their delusion that Jesus will return. There are many books, and now a $200 million movie:

Now Roland Emmerich, the brains behind doomsday blockbusters like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, is working on a new film titled 2012, a $200 million project based on—you guessed it—the end of the world. Set to open in July, this latest eco-disaster flick will underscore the increasing presence of 12/21/12, the supposed “end date” of the Mayan calendar, in contemporary media. In the midst of all the cataclysmic depictions in books and films, one is left feeling an anxious uncertainty. What is fact and what is fiction? Where did this latest end-of-the-world date come from? What is the B.F.D. about a date just three years away?

All of this is made possible by the deluison of Christianity. “One is left feeling an anxious uncertainty” only if one is delusional.

If you would like to heal your delusion, try this:


PS – if you are curious, here is a quick description of the prediction:


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