The eBible Fellowship implements Plan B – to keep on keepin’ on

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 incorrectThey 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.

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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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  27 comments for “The eBible Fellowship implements Plan B – to keep on keepin’ on

  1. Anomalous
    October 8, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Our sun will eventually expand and annihilate the Earth. So they were only off by a few billion years. No big. We really need to thank them for the heads-up.

    P.S.: You should totally setup your official address/mailbox in Sharon Hill, PA just to mess with people’s heads. It’s only fair.

  2. October 8, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    I thought it was a “given” that Jesus died so the Christian god forgave everyone.

    I also thought that “dispensationalism” isn’t even “Biblical” according to Christian interpretation, it’s just something some preacher thought up not too very long ago.

    I don’t know why these folks don’t even know their own holy book, or their history, or their own theology or anything.

    But…Pennsylvania? Yup, that fits – small towns in PA are like Mayberry…on acid (you can quote me on that lol).

  3. RickD
    October 8, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Another way they were the same as the Camping camp: at no time before, during, or after the predicted date, did their web site cease accepting donations.

  4. Perry
    October 8, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    “…the mocking that most of us did about the prediction”

    This was my contribution; I first tweeted the following while it was still October 7th my time:

    https://twitter.com/ReligiousAbuse/status/651876363352195072

    I then received a direct message to that tweet from Australia where it was already October 8th. Much to my relief, the world had not ended, so I retweeted this:

    https://twitter.com/ReligiousAbuse/status/651889618715983872

  5. Steve
    October 8, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Why do they bother? If you’re wrong you look like a fool, and if you’re right, there is nobody left to tell “I told you so”.

    What’s really sad is people still listen to these charlatans after they’re wrong! I don’t understand that at all.

  6. Sean A. Elliott
    October 8, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Wait, the apocalypse didn’t happen? I did think the afterlife was suspiciously familiar.

  7. eddi
    October 9, 2015 at 2:10 AM

    Don’t they even read their own Bible?

    Matthew 25:13 (King James Bible)
    Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

    Matthew 7:15 (KJV)
    Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
    7:16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?…

  8. Stephen
    October 9, 2015 at 5:32 AM

    if there was an up vote button you would have got mine 🙂

    Then again I had a tooth extracted yesterday so it did kinda feel like the end of the world

  9. MrClean417
    October 9, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    The KC Royals didn’t win last night. If they don’t win the next game there will be many people in my hometown that will be easy to convince that the apocalypse did happen and we all are firmly entrenched in hell.
    Bunch of wanna he sports-towners.

  10. One Eyed Jack
    October 9, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Quit being such an optimistic Polly Anna. The Earth will die a core death long before the sun goes all red giant, on a Tuesday, around mid-morning. 😉

  11. SmOakley
    October 9, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    C’mon. So your prediction was wrong, no big deal. It’s not like it’s the end of the world.

  12. One Eyed Jack
    October 9, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    One a more serious note, the inclusion of the Book of Revelation in the Bible was and remains controversial. It is a sharp departure from the other books in the NT and raises more than a few contradictions.

    I find the evolution of the modern Bible interesting. In particular, I am amazed at the number of devout Christians that have no idea that the Bible was cobbled together from dozens of individual books, many of which were rejected and never included. Mention the apocrypha and a good number will have no idea what you’re talking about.

    The Book of Revelation was the last book to be added to the Bible and has remained controversial. It is one of 4 books that Martin Luther attempted to remove unsuccessfully from his followers’ Bibles.

    I wonder what modern day Christianity would be like without the Book of Revelation? Would groups like the eBible Fellowship exist? The only thing for certain is we probably wouldn’t be afflicted with mind numbing and patronizing “Left Behind” series. 😉

  13. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    October 9, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    If at first you don’t apocalyse, try, try again and again and again and again…….ad infinitum.

  14. One Eyed Jack
    October 9, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Oh, I do hate typos. Where did the edit function go?

  15. Perry
    October 9, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    The common fundamentalist response to Matthew 25:13 is that the year and month can still be known in advance. A favourite source for bible prognosticators is the book of Daniel. It contains many references to various lengths of time, from civilization epochs to years and months, which some interpret as pointing to specific times and events in whichever era that particular false prophet is living.

    As for those verses in Matthew 7 about false prophets, bible-based false prophets often use those scriptures to condemn all other false prophets. Ironically, Mt 7:3 condemns them for that:

    “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

    Or maybe that one about the blind leading the blind would be a better one.

  16. Rich
    October 9, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    The good people at Wikipedia have updated this page already, the EBible people coming in as a splendid 167th effort thus far.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events

    It’s quite interesting reading (although the number of mass suicides and/or murders that happen as a result of this errant thinking is grim to say the least.)

    I didn’t realise that Camping had made six predictions in all, although he did have a long think about it between 1995 and 2011, when he then got it wrong again. Twice.

  17. Tony
    October 9, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    When it comes to prophecy, I prefer Woody’s Allen’s:

    “The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won’t get much sleep.”

  18. Lee
    October 9, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Remember they only read a minute part of the bible and even then they misinterpret it. I do the same with “War and Peace”. It is much more interesting.

  19. Lee
    October 9, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    I believe they would be completely at a loss with no finality or horror to threaten each individual. Imagine a Christian religion with no threat of unending pain or suffering or in essence a reward for being good and watching all evil get what they deserve. There would be no leverage.

  20. Rook
    October 10, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Interesting that the biblical text based doomsday events almost always have the end of world scheduled to occur during the lifetime of the person or group of people making the prediction. Not a hundred years or a thousand years from now, but just around the corner!

    Imagine them busy at work, dissecting and cross-referencing biblical texts, calculating years… only to suddenly realize, “hey, that’s next month!”

  21. eddi
    October 10, 2015 at 2:07 AM

    I prefer Puck from Midsummer Night’s Dream “What fools these mortals be.”

  22. Jan Malcheski
    October 12, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    In their defense (?) The eBible Fellowship (what a name!) did have the good grace (?) to admit they were wrong, which is kind of ironic as has already been pointed out.

  23. the14thListener
    October 12, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    I read a flyer posted by a Camping supporter back in 2010 in the NYC subway which addressed this quote:
    “Matthew 25:13 (King James Bible) Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”

    The response was like, “yes the Bible is the holy and inerrant word of God. Now if you…[long ridiculous formulas of time countdowns from various Biblical quotes follow]….” and just ignored the quote.

  24. One Eyed Jack
    October 12, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    They didn’t really admit they were wrong. They just moved the goalpost.

  25. Richard
    October 13, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Indeed, in fact I’ve been dragged to fundamentalist “Bible Studies” — they don’t actually study the book or even read whole chapters: they find verses that support a particular point of view or some form of wish-fulfillment (they’re saved, the rest of us are not, God will show US!) and string the verses together out of context. Which means it’s easy to believe anything (one fundamentalist on the internet insists unicorns are real because the King James Bible translated a Hebrew word for a kind of antelope or gazelle as “unicorn.”)

  26. Mark
    October 19, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    I thought the Vogons were supposed destroy the Earth…?

  27. Carson
    October 31, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    To a Christian, it is a “given” that Jesus died so the Christian god would forgive everyone [who believes in him]. I don’t.

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