I am re-posting this old post from my previous blog – I was reminded of it looking at the last two posts. From the sublime to the mundane. Alvin Plantinga is a premier philosopher, the flip side is Darren Daulton. To follow up on stupid things heard on the radio and the definition of a prophet this post will also include those wacky predictions of the end of the world/rapture.
Darren Daulton was a former Major League Baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies who is now waxing poetic on the end of the world and “metaphysics.” Here are some quotes from Mr. Daulton:
“That will be the end of this dispensation. I really don’t know how to explain it. I don’t know what words to use so people won’t think I’m goofy. But by Dec. 21, 2012 [the last day recorded on the Mayan calendar], people will have a pretty good idea. It’s all about consciousness and love. We have the ability to create whatever we want. We’re all made of energy.”
“There is no good or bad,” he says, explicating the Dutch Theory of Being. “We’re all the same, but we’re all different. The higher we ascend, the more the same we are.” (Daulton was known as “Dutch” during his playing days).
When I share my thoughts and experiences with them, I tell them there’s absolutely no way their minds can comprehend what I’m trying to relate,” he says. “My friends are limited to the five senses.”
Darren claims to be dealing with the area of “Metaphysics” which is a branch philosophical studies that strives to explain the nature of being, or reality. It really is a legitimate study, but as with all arenas of life, there are fringe elements and extremists.
Of all the things he says in the article, most interesting to me (today) was his claim regarding the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar.
Good to see that date setting loonies are not just of the Christian variety. Here is a hall of fame of recent Christian date setters:
- Emil Gaverluk of the Southwest Radio Church (still on the air in the LA area, it is out of Oklahoma) predicted that the rapture would occur by 1981
- Edgar Whisenant wrote a book: “88 Reasons the Rapture is in 1988.” Estimates of his book sales range from 4-6 million copies. He actually set September 9-11 as the actual dates.
- Paul and Jan Crouch (Trinity Broadcasting Network) were so enamored of Whisenant’s theory that they cancelled all live broadcasting of their program and aired tapes of programs having to do with the rapture, in case unbelievers might tune in to “understand” what happened.
- In 1989 Whisenant wrote a follow up explaining why he was a year off
- Hal Lindsey (he denies that this qualifies as date setting) wrote:
“When the Jewish people, after nearly 2,000 years of exile, under relentless persecution, became a nation again on 14 May, 1948 the “fig tree” put forth its first leaves. Jesus said that this would indicate that He was “at the door,” ready to return. Then He said, “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” (Matthew 24:34 NASB). Obviously, in the generation that would see the signs — chief among them the rebirth of Israel. A generation in the Bible is something like forty years. If this is a correct deduction, then within forty years or so of 1948, all these things could take place. Many scholars who studied Bible prophecy all their lives believe that this is so. (The Late Great Planet Earth, pp. 53-54).
- Charles Taylor wrote in the Bible Prophecy News that Jesus would return in 1992 writing:
“What you are starting to read probably is my final issue of Bible Prophecy News, for Bible prophecy fulfillments indicate that Jesus Christ our Lord will most likely return for us at the rapture of the Church before the Fall 1992 issue can be printed.”
- Grant Jeffrey wrote that A.D 2000 is the “probable termination date for the last days.”
- Lester Sumrall also chose 2000,
- Harold Camping published a book entitled 1994,
- Jack Van Impe has generalized dates like the late 80’s or the 90’s look good. Recently he is claiming 2011 as the rapture, with the return of Christ in 2018.
- Chuck Smith told a 1981 New Year’s Eve audience “If we’re here next year at this time, I will be very surprised.” This was after publishing 1981 as a date he was convinced was the time of the rapture.
Kooky. Is that a word?? People believe weird things.