From what I’ve read, these are heady times for people whoÂ insert religious meanings into ordinary events.Â Â By ordinary events, IÂ mean earthquakes and the resulting tsunami.Â The nuclear meltdown is prettyÂ ordinary too in that it has happened a few times before.
The end-of-times preachers have been doing well.Â They’ve been predicting the end for a long time and nowÂ it’s send money if you want to learn howÂ not to be left behind.
Then, there are the ones who skipped right over theÂ end-of-times to getÂ toÂ naming and punishing sin.Â These are Glenn Beck, who said it might or mightÂ not be punishment, andÂ Tokyo Governor, Shintaro Ishihara, who said it was punishment but then apologized.
What this country needs is a national contest called, “This Event is IT.”Â Contestants would be graded on the most creative interpretation of scripture.Â They would need to find exact scripture and apply it precisely to the event that just happened.Â For example, since there was no nuclear reactors in the Bible, one wouldÂ need to find scripture that referred to it in some way other than naming it directly.
The contest would not be that simple to administer actually.Â That is because Christianity is not the only religion that has an end-of-times and punish those I don’t likeÂ message.Â In the spirit of equal opportunity,Â other faiths would have theÂ chance to provide their own interpretations of ordinary events.Â If their faith does not have the world ending in fire and calamity, theyÂ could enter whenever the sign was right.
The winner would get to start his/her own television ministry.