The world didn’t end yesterday as the eBible Fellowship group said. Based in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania (yes, really), the tiny congregation gained international attention for predicting the world would be annihilated by fire on Wednesday according to how they read the Bible.
Church founder Chris McCann said, “According to what the Bible is presenting it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of: in which, the world will pass away.”
“It’ll be gone forever. Annihilated,” he said.
Oops. Just like every other apocalyptic prediction ever, it was wrong. Now, the church is explaining.They have posted a response to being incorrect. They still hold that the world is in its death throes and that it will end SOON since we are all very wicked. So, they didn’t LIE.
It should be noted that the world “not” being destroyed on the 7th is in no way some sort of divine justification of the world. According to the Word of God the sentence upon the world has been passed (it is guilty) and the world will certainly pass away as detailed in numerous places in the Bible. E Bible Fellowship was incorrect regarding the specific day of its end, but we were not incorrect concerning the fact that it will one day soon come to an end.
They were pretty certain the Bible spelled it out clearly and are sticking to their creed. As a Plan B, they will do what they have always done, study the Bible. Maybe next time they will get the interpretation right. Or not. But as with most who live through what they thought would be the end, their belief isn’t diminished, it could even be STRENGTHENED. Yep, cognitive dissonance at work. Or, they end up very confused and lost for a while, wondering what happened.
They didn’t miss the mocking that most of us did about the prediction. It’s hard not to adopt a mocking tone for an exceedingly outrageous claim like this, those who yell it at everyone are the epitome of self-righteous. McCann had believed the prediction of Harold Camping. We all know how that worked out. It’s just not reasonable to call for ends of the world over and over again. Mr. McCann is a very wishful thinker (if the rapture is your wish…) but he’s gullible.
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