Funny how using a question mark, coincidence, and an anonymous “friend” make crazy talk acceptable. Gordon Howie reads Luke 21: 25–26—
25 There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken [Luke 21:25–26, NIV via Bible Gateway].
—then plays with numbers to say Jesus is coming:
It would be hard to make an argument that this scripture doesn’t describe our word today. A friend pointed out an interesting bit of information. On the 21st of September, we saw the eclipse. On the 25th, the Hurricane hit the Texas coast. On the 26th, flooding began in Houston.
Luke 21: 25-26, coincidence? You be the judge, but it certainly should make us think [Gordon Howie, “Jesus… Coming Soon???” The Right Side, 2017.09.10].
This kind of shameless flim-flammery makes Christians, conservatives, and bloggers look bad. Along with typing the wrong month, Howie posts nutty words, then hides from ownership of them with weasel words—”you be the judge… should make us think”—and the well-known bloggers’ question marks in the title, saying, I want to make people think Jesus is coming, but when he doesn’t, don’t blame me, because I only asked a question. Other people must have jumped to conclusions.
I won’t hide behind coy phrasing or question marks. I’ll say it clearly:
The August eclipse, this year’s hurricanes, last week’s earthquake in Mexico, and the sunny weather here in Aberdeen today are all natural phenomena, entirely explanable by science and not foretold by any word or playtime recoding of words in the Bible. The dates on which they occurred on the modern Gregorian calendar have nothing to do with the Roman calendar in use when Luke and friends wrote his gospel or with the chapter and verse numbers added centuries later by various human scribes not inspired by God. Several fellows named Jesús may be coming to America looking for work this week, but no carpenter-turned-teacher from Nazareth who was executed twenty centuries ago by the Roman governor of Judea in Jerusalem will return to clean up after Hurricane Irma, pass a federal budget, or declare a better kingdom any time “soon.”
I’m no expert on Christianity, but I know Christianity is about speaking the truth, not playing number games. Quit making the faith look nutty, Gordon.