May 21, 2011 is Judgment Day….at least that is what Harold Camping wants us to believe. Today’s blog explores Judgment Day from a different perspective.
May 21 is Judgement Day
For several years, a former civil engineer based in California, Harold Camping, has proclaimed that the world will face “Judgment Day” on May 21, 2011. He has convinced thousands of followers that a “worldwide earthquake” will occur on this day, beginning a hellish period that will culminate with God Himself destroying the planet five months later. Mr. Camping claims that these ideas are all found in the Bible. According to his website: “On May 21, 2011 two events will occur. These events could not be more opposite in nature, the one more wonderful than can be imagined; the other more horrific than can be imagined. A great earthquake will occur…This earthquake will be so powerful it will throw open all graves. The remains of all the believers…will be…glorified…the bodies of all unsaved people will be thrown out upon the ground to be shamed.” (this paragraph compliments of The Real Truth Magazine)
I, for one, find myself skeptical of Mr. Camping’s prophecies, though my skepticism is nothing personal. My skepticism is due to the fact that people have been predicting the end of the world since the beginning of time and we are still here. Mr. Camping is just another in a long line of end-time predicters. With all these voices crying out in the wilderness….who are we to believe? And in the end (literally), who cares? If any of these predictions prove to be true, then where does that leave us? DEAD! If that giant meteor that is on a collision course with the earth hits her mark….then there will no one left to tell about it. We will just be dead, gone, kaput. And ultimately, we have no control over any of it anyway.
Now Mr. Camper’s prophecy carries an interesting twist. May 21 isn’t the total end of the world (we have to wait for October 21 for that). Instead, there will be a cataclysmic earthquake (supposedly) and God will come down to impart God’s judgment upon us. May 21 is not end of the world day, it is judgment day. Now I’m going to get a little dogmatic here…and for this I offer apologies ahead of time. If I were to believe this part of the prophecy, I would have to believe in a judgmental God….which I do not. Now, here comes the dogmatic part…..
My God is an Awesome God
Through my own meditation and prayer, specifically on Jesus’ teachings and the teachings of other great spiritual leaders, I have come to know a God that is loving, compassionate and merciful. This God is so loving, in fact, that I find that I cannot even use the word forgiving in regards to God because from the perspective of the God that I know, there is nothing to forgive. (See the story of the Prodigal Son from Luke’s gospel). God is love, plain and simple and not only does God simply hold us in that love, we are an expression of the very love that God is. God loves us into being and loves us into the natural unfolding of ourselves. Through this love, God lives in and through us and tenderly calls us into the recollection of our original nature as One with God in contentment, love and joy. That’s it…no judgment, no condemnation, no wrathful vengence. God simply loves.
Who is the Judge Here?
God loves, God does not judge. We are the ones that judge and condemn. Living in the false perception of separation from God, from our truest nature, from each other, from creation, we judge. We decide what is good and bad, right and wrong, of God, not of God. But this judgment only exists within the framework of separation. What if we really believed (as Jesus taught) that we are all One….One with God….One within ourselves….One with each other and all of creation? If we really believed this and lived this truth….there would be no judgment….ONLY LOVE.
So, as we approach Judgment Day on May 21, 2011, I offer this invitation. What if we used this day to observe our own tendency to judge – to judge others, ourselves, the world? What if we used this day to step back from our judgment and instead, offer compassion? What if we offered ourselves compassion for our own behaviors that we judge as “bad” and instead recognize them as indicators of an unhealed wound within us? What if instead of condemning ourselves and others, we asked God for healing…healing of the places within where we feel separate from God, from our highest truth, from others, from creation? What if instead of awaiting or imposing judgment, we turned the world to love? This is my plan for May 21, and I invite you to do the same as together we celebrate May 21, 2011 as LOVEMENT DAY!
Where are you tempted to believe in a judgmental, wrathful, vengeful God?
Where are you still suffering from the wound of separation?
How can you ask God for healing of this wound so that you can remember the truth of Oneness?
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