Like most people, I can’t really get my head around what’s happening in Japan. Whenever I think about it, I send healing and love energy to the people there.

And of course, I realize that different people will have different reactions. Today I found the following posted (or, more accurately, re-posted) on the Facebook status of a girl I went to school with (copied exactly, punctuation errors intact).

“TAKE THIS IN!!! Sept 11th- New York, January 11th- Haiti and March 11th- Japan. Luke 21:10-11 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes’, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. ‘Jesus says for behold I come quickly’ so ask yourself, are you ready? Many wont repost this”

There were two comments (also copied exactly): “The Lord is soon returning!” and “TELL ME HOW TO REPOST AND I WILL SO TURE”. (Side note… why can’t people figure out how to turn off their caps lock?!?)

*Sigh* I know I shouldn’t be bothered by this, but somehow I am. I don’t believe it was anything other than sheer coincidence that all three of these events happened on the 11th day of the month. I think it was a Snopes article (concerning Sept. 11) that said in the face of unexplainable tragedy, it is human nature to search for patterns to try to impose some meaning to the disaster. (Key word? Try.) Also, every generation (including early Christians) has had people who believe they are living in “the End Times.”


*cross-posted to LiveJournal*

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