Paradoxical emotions regarding the rapture

By Abraham Piper

A man sits in New York with a sign warning people that Judgment day will happen on May 21, 2011.

Do I believe that a rapture will take place tomorrow (or any time, really)?

No. Not even a little bit.

Am I scared that a rapture will take place tomorrow?

Yeah, as a matter of fact I am a wee bit apprehensive. Can’t help myself. I mean, stranger things have happened, right?

(Oh wait. — No they haven’t.)

Does it make sense to be nervous about what I know isn’t going to happen?


But irrational fear (or, in this case, irrational mild uneasiness) isn’t that uncommon, so I can’t be the only one feeling this way. At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself.

What about you? A little bit nervous?

A man on the street in New York with a pamphlet warning of judgment day in his hat.

(Images via The New York Times)