However, what makes your apocalyptic story any different? (I use "your" in a collective sense of humanity, not any one person in particular that may be reading this.) As I mentioned a couple years ago:
My issue is not really religion but irrational thought and belief without evidence. Religion is just the most evident, and for some reason respected, irrational belief system on the planet. If you really analyze religion, it's all about accepting the unprovable and non-existent as a matter of course. You would readily scoff at someone who worshiped a giant flying space pickle, so why is your particularly strange deity immune from that rational examination? Have you examined homeopathy, power balance bracelets, new age, alchemy, astrology, tarot card reading, ghosts, UFOs, paranormal, mind-reading, tea leaf reading, remote viewing, spirit guides, bigfoot, etc. and made conclusions about those things? Why not examine the rest of things you "know" in the same way?So let's check out apocalypse. No matter what christians may proclaim, their religion is a death cult. Just read the drug induced last chapter of their holy book. It's bat-shit insane doomsday prophesies. And for some reason, we're supposed to take that crap seriously? Even considering the fact that they have been harping on about their doomsday for centuries, and have been wrong on every single one of their predictions. Seriously, they should be embarrassed at this point, yet they still cling to their very own apocalypse. Which is what I find so fascinating about it. So many christians scoffed at the 2012 nuttery. They even scoff at the flavours of christianity that don't match up with their interpretation (or what their clergy tells them is their flavour). Yet, they still think there is some truth in their book of fables, even though it contains one of the most disturbing and downright silly apocalypse predictions ever.
Is it any wonder that I really can't respect the intellectual integrity of someone who is religious. Sure, they are compartmentalizing, and all those other lame excuses people put forth when you see someone who would normally be considered intelligent embrace a philosophy based on bronze aged myths, and believes in a totally unsupportable and indefensible position. Why do we cut them so much slack?