BEATS THE HELL OUT OF BLASPHEMY

From a non-Christian perspective, the prediction that the “Rapture” shall occur today is hilarious.  But from a Christian perspective, it is serious–not because it’s believable, but  because it’s blasphemous.  According to the Gospels, only God knows when the Rapture will take place.  Jesus states this most clearly in Mark 13 : 32.  He says, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” 

Christians have been predicting the Rapture since Christianity began.  And they’ve always been mistaken.  But worse,  they’ve been in contempt of Christianity itself.  Because when a Christian claims to know the hour of the Rapture, he/she is claiming to know what even Christ does not know.  He/she is second-guessing God (the “Father”), and to second-guess God is blasphemous.  According to Christian teachings, blasphemy is the worst sin one can commit.  So whoever started this rumor that the Rapture would occur today is guilty of the worst sin, according to Christian teachings.

If this were the day of the Rapture, however, and one felt the urge to commit one of the lesser sins, one last time–he/she might as well choose from one of the Seven Deadly Sins.  For those of you who haven’t seen the film, Seven, the Seven Deadly Sins are envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath.  I took one of those online quizzes once to see which of these I was most guilty of–and the answer surprised me.  According to the quiz results, I’m most guilty of sloth!

But I think I’m most guilty of lust today, particularly after seeing Vera Miles in an episode of The Alfred Hitchock Hour–and feel it most appropriate to celebrate this “sin” by posting a few photos of the superb actress and exquisitely beautiful woman, for my lustful pleasure (yours too, if applicable)!

Vera Miles

 

14 Responses to “BEATS THE HELL OUT OF BLASPHEMY”


  1. 1 toyfoto May 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Sloth would be mine, too. I have a hard time working up the energy for the other deadlies.

  2. 3 duncanr May 24, 2011 at 7:56 am

    We’re all entitled to our own beliefs, however nonsensical they may appear to others.

    What disturbs me most about Camping, however, is that so many gullible people have been swayed by his pronouncements to the extent of sacrificing possessions and money and will now find themselves in severe financial difficulty, struggling to make ends meet now that the world hasn’t ended and they haven’t been swept up into heaven.

    Camping should face some moral/legal responsibility for the position these people now find themselves in.

    [can’t help feel all the money Camping and his followers spent promoting the supposed ‘Rapture’ would have been better spent helping to alleviate some of the suffering of their fellow occupants of this planet less fortunate than themselves]

    • 4 solosocial May 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      I heartily agree, Duncan–Camping should be brought to justice for this. He’s really no different than Jim Jones or Marshall Applewhite.

  3. 5 Abby May 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Well, maybe the rapture did happen. It’s just that there were so few eligible to be “saved” that we hardly noticed.

    • 6 solosocial May 25, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      Very good point, Abby! If the Rapture were to occur, the most religious people would be left behind. In Matthew 5:3, Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” My mom once explained that “poor in spirit” meant knowing one’s need of God. If she’s correct, then in today’s English this reads, “Blessed are those who know their need of God: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” It would seem counterintuitive–but the the most religious people are those who don’t know their need of God–while the “sinners”, who admit their failings, and are humble before the Creator know their need of God. All through the Gospels, Jesus is criticized for hanging around “sinners” instead of “saints”. But he hangs around “sinners” because they listen, because they realize their frailties–unlike the religious leaders who think their place in Heaven is guaranteed. And Jesus’ harshest criticism is of these religiously arrogant, who think they have no more growing to do, in their spirituality.

  4. 7 Lynn May 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Scott, I enjoyed and agree with your post. Now, I’ve heard the name Vera Miles before but I’ll admit that I’d never seen her picture before today. That woman is stunning! i just love the Mandarin collar in the second photo. Thank you for introducing me to her and thanks for a nice read.

    • 8 solosocial May 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks, Lynn!

      Yes, Vera Miles is probably best known for her role in “Psycho”–and in Psycho II”. In the theatrical trailer for “Psycho”, when Hitchcock opens the shower curtain, it is actually Vera Miles screaming, not Janet Leigh. Also, Hitchcock wanted to cast Vera Miles as “Madeline” in “Vertigo”. But he chose Kim Novak because Vera Miles was pregnant, at the time (I’ve heard that Hitchcock was actually angry at Vera for being pregnant, albeit by her husband–which, if true, was quite ridiculous of him).

  5. 9 Pammy Girl May 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Envy and wrath, baby! I’m a jealous and vengeful.

  6. 11 theduffboy May 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    A classic beauty, Vera. Camping? I don’t know what his agenda is, but he deserves all the public ridicule coming his way.

  7. 13 willowwind August 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Don’t confuse the ‘2nd coming’ (Matt. 24) with the ‘rapture’ (1 Thess. 4:13-18); they’re different. Re: Vera Miles. Totally agree. Loved her in everything she made. I was more a fan of her ‘western’ appearances. TCM and AMC are the channels to find her. Thanks for posting the photos.

    • 14 solosocial August 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      That is a good point–it had never occurred to me that there was a difference. That said, I think Jesus’ words in the verse cited could apply to both events–since Jesus says nothing to the contrary (to my knowledge). In other words, only the Father knows the time of the Rapture, and of the Second Coming.

      Thank you for your comment.


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