New-to-me bizarre belief of a "Christian"
I have a new neighbor who is trying to bring me "the good news". It was okay for a time, then got old. I eventually renounced the holy spirit, the "unforgivable sin", and pointed out in her bible that even Jesus says he cannot "save" me now. But, evidently, she has more such abilities than Jesus.
She's something of a fundamentalist. Yet, at the same time, uses some JW beliefs, like Jesus is the Archangel Mighael (and doesn't even seem to care that it's a retread of the old Arian Heresy that's been around since the 4th century). I can deal with either one of those, or both together. The real kicker is that she's absolutely SURE that Jesus is in a spaceship and is coming back for her and all of the "faithful" in 2012! We all know about the 2012 nonsense and hysteria, mostly from New Age types.
I've run into the 2012 end-of-the-world stuff from New Agers, and some of their beliefs that a spaceship will come and beam them up just before we are destroyed. Nevermind why it is that any extraterrestrial race should even care about a lifeform who has not developed interstellar space travel - unless it is to wipe us out and take our resources. Like Stephen Hawking, I believe that any race who has evolved that far could well be a threat to human life - not have some desire to "teach" or "help" us. I've encountered the notion of the Hale-Bopp crowd and their ludicrous notions. But... Jesus returning in a SPACE SHIP?
To watch these people "dance" is funny if it weren't so sad. I asked her how she knew that Jesus was returning in a space ship - where in the Bible was that predicted? As she is a fundamentalist, she should have picked up on that. No such luck. "I know what I know".
Has anyone else run into this particular delusional notion? If so, who came up with it and when?
This person is in many ways intelligent and can learn very well. She's got a college degree. Just in this one area, there seem to be blinders. If nothing else, I'll wait about 22 months and on January 1, 2013, ask why the world hasn't ended, and if Jesus' spaceship got lost.
If you can't give me any information on this or make any suggestions, just shake your head like I am. This certainly falls under "Irrational Precepts"! This one even had me shaking my head with "IRRATIONAL", and I thought I'd heard them all.
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