I couldn't resist this:
I was scanning through Bob Ford's blog today. He mentioned this website that I thought I would share with you. The website is www.youvebeenleftbehind.com. This website provides the service that when the rapture happens (that's when Jesus comes back to take all the Christians to heaven and leaves the rest of us here to suffer God's holy wrath), you can have an e-mail sent to loved ones to explain where you've gone and to encourage them to accept Christ.
So, out of curiousity, I checked out the website and then proceeded to laugh my ass off. The website really is offering this service, and for the low price of $40 a year. Apparently, they already have over 1000 people taking them up on their offer.
So, being the weird person that I am, I did some math on this. If a person decides to become a Christian at age 20 and right away they discover this service and start paying for it. Now, Let's say they live to the age of eighty and the rapture doesn't happen in their lifetime (big surprise) they shelled out $2400 for nothing. That's a lot of money for an e-mail that may very well get deleted before it's even read.
Not to mention, even amongst Christians the rapture is a contraversial subject that is continually being debated. Some believe in it, some don't. I have heard valid biblical arguments for either side (assuming any argument coming from the bible can be considered valid).
So, I am bothered by this for two reasons:
1) The stupidity of the people who are actually buying into this scam; and
2) The fact that this whole system is based on the assumption everyone involved will go to heaven. This means that, the whole system is set up that several people in different areas must log in on a daily basis. If someone fails to log in for 3 days, a message is sent to everyone else telling them to log in. If they don't within 3 days, all the e-mails are sent to the designated recipients informing them that the rapture has occured and they've been left behind and if they don't accept Christ as their personal saviour now, they are fucked.
Let's pretend that the rapture actually does happen (as if!!!). Now, let's pretend that one of the people involved in this project isn't really a Christian (it's plausible, I know lots of people who pretend to be Christians). Now, let's say this guy is a real asshole and decides to keep logging in every day. None of the emails. will get sent out.
Yes, this is a long shot, but it could happen.
So, let me just say if anybody reading this thinks that I need to be sent one of these e-mails, I will warn you right now. Save your money because I will delete it without reading it, and your e-mail will get left behind. I'd rather go to hell than spend eternity in heaven with you losers.
Writing updates: My short story "The Demon Inside Her" has been sent off to a book publisher for possible inclusion in an anthology (fingers crossed). I'm still trying to edit "Terror Eyes." I just can't get it the way I want it. And I am currently working on the first draft of "She," another short story. I hope to get back to work on "Hatred" very soon.
BTW, just read "The Long Last Call" by John Skipp. I highly recommend it. Fantastic book, and if you buy the Leisure edition, it comes with a bonus novella "Conscience" which is another great read.
That's it for now.
MARY SANGIOVANNI MARATHON
1 day ago