Swanwick Special: Christadelphian Superstition (with new cartoons)

By Joseph Strong

Tonight's total lunar eclipse (which is not visible from Israel) has sadly brought home to me just how willingly ignorant my former brethren and sisters really are; allowing a leadership to gain prominence that is justly described as superstitious.

A leadership bent on pulling its members back not to the "true" 1st Century Gospel, but thousands of years back  into the pre-science ignorance of savages.

Writing last week on www.space.com , Geoff Gaherty in a piece explaining lunar eclipses in words that even the most dim-witted Christadelphian could understand, made the following comment:

"So while a tetrad of total lunar eclipses is somewhat rare, it is not extraordinarily so, and probably nothing to make a fuss about. After all, the only thing that happens during a lunar eclipse is that the moon spends a couple of hours passing through the Earth's shadow, hardly something to be concerned about.Unfortunately, there are still many superstitious people in the world. Such is the case in the book "Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change" (Worthy Publishing, 2013) by John Hagee, which suggests a link between the new total lunar eclipse tetrad and biblical prophecy about the end times.When the mechanisms behind eclipses were less well understood, they were thought to be omens of bad tidings, just as comets were. Now people know that these are just normal events in the clockwork of the solar system, things which have occurred regularly for thousands of years and which will occur for thousands of years into the future.

Associations between "disastrous" events and normal astronomical events are all fabrications of the human mind, as people attempt to find explanations for why disasters affect them. Because of the Internet and cable news channels, people now hear reports of disasters from around the world, including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, which they never would have been aware of in the past. It's almost inevitable that something bad will happen right after an eclipse or a visit from a comet.As an ardent skywatcher who derives much pleasure from beautiful events like lunar eclipses, it saddens me that there are "prophets of doom" in the world who view these life-enriching events as portents of disaster."

Once again, Christadelphians have taken from the world rather than add to it or try to understand it.

I cheered  when yesterday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake off the Solomon Islands did not result in a Tsunami, so that the inevitable tragic loss of life that would have resulted could not be used by finger-wagging Christadelphians to "prove" themselves right.

I lost my respect for the Christadelphians long ago, but the sun has  finally set for me. I now agree with John, that these ignorant fools deserve no respect at all. I think that even John Thomas himself would be laughing at them, turning themselves into primitive savages, scared of natural, harmless astronomical events, and teaching children to be like that too.

They should be ashamed of themselves.

The sun has set on Joseph's
faith in the Christadelphians

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