Thursday, April 21, 2011

Why the UN Reminds Me of the Jehovah's Witnesses

Here is a snippet from Wikipedia about the latest in a series of revisions the Jehovah's Witnesses have had to make to their date-setting for the beginning of the Millennium:
From 1966, Witness publications and convention talks built anticipation of the possibility that Christ's thousand-year reign might begin in late 1975[64][65][66] or shortly thereafter.[67][68][69][70] The number of baptisms increased significantly, from about 59,000 in 1966 to more than 297,000 in 1974, but membership declined after expectations for the year were proved wrong.[71][72][73][74] Watch Tower Society literature did not state dogmatically that 1975 would definitely mark the end,[75] but in 1980 the Watch Tower Society admitted its responsibility in building up hope regarding that year.[76]
(I don't normally quote Wikipedia, but this info is available easily on the web from many independent sources.)

The Jehovah's Witnesses' have had a long problem with date-setting for the Millennium. The Founder, Charles Taze Russell started it by claiming that the Millennium would start in 1914. Instead we got World War I. Oops!

But they have been slow learners and, as you can see, were still at it a century later.

They are not the only goalpost movers and they are not the only slow learners. There is another apocalyptic cult operating today and it has far more money, far more adherents and far more potential to ruin your economic outlook than the poor old Jehovah's Witnesses. I refer, of course, to the First International Church of Climate Change (formerly the First International Church of Global Warming). The headquarters is in the UN's International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and it is now old enough that the old problem of date-setting is now beginning to cause PR problems.

Greg Halvorson explains:
They predicted 50 million "refugees" by 2010, but not only have they failed to materialize, those areas that were supposed to be submerged by rising seas or made desert have increased in population.

The U.N.'s response? Move the goalpost!

Indeed, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Cristina Tirado, an environmental researcher, warned - again! - of 50 million climate refugees, thinking perhaps that no one would notice the absurdity. At any rate, the new target year for climate victims to again start wandering the wastes of Africa is 2020.
Well, that should solve the problem for another 8 or 9 years. Maybe the IPCC and the JW's have the same PR company.


christian peper said...

A big problem with the climate change cultists is they do not make a distinction between small business and large corporations. Small businesses should not be restricted by environmental regulations because it is global corporations and the Militaries of the world that are the true polluters. The trading in Europe of carbon-emission permits is a farce that allows the big corporations with deep pockets to actually pay to pollute. Again, leave small businesses alone if you truly care about the environment.

Ronald said...

Charles Taze Russell was never associated with the Jehovah's Witnesses; Russell did not believe in such an organization, nor did he start such an organization.

Russell never said anything about expecting the millennium to begin in 1914. In 1876, Russell accepted that the millennium had begun in 1874, and he held to that belief until he died in 1916.

Between 1904 up to 1914, Russell was expecting (he never prophesied) that the time of trouble was to begin in 1914, with, among other things, warfare. Russell died in 1916 still believing that the time of trouble had indeed begun in 1914 with the outbreak of the "Great War."

Focus on Charles Taze Russell