From Jacksonville to Tampa, Florida (CNN) -- If you thought you had less than three perfectly healthy months to live, what would you do? Would you travel? Spend time with loved ones? Appreciate the joy life has given you?
Or would you ditch your kids and grandkids, join strangers in a caravan of RVs and travel the country warning people about the end of the world?
If you're Sheila Jonas, that's exactly what you'd do.
"This is so serious, I can't believe I'm here," says Jonas, who's been on the road since fall. Like her cohorts, she's "in it 'til the end," which she believes is coming in May.
She won't talk about her past because, "There is no other story. ... We are to warn the people. Nothing else matters."
They walked away from work, families and communities in places as far-flung as California, Kansas, Utah and New Jersey. Among them are an electrician, a TV satellite dish installer, a former chef, an international IT consultant and a man who had worked with the developmentally disabled.
They gave away cars, pets, music collections and more to relatives, friends and neighbors. Some items they kicked to the curb. In homes that weren't emptied, clothes are still hanging in closets, and dishes, books and furniture -- including one man's antique collection -- are gathering dust. Unless, of course, they've been claimed by others. If you believe it's all going to be over soon, why would it matter if you close the front door, much less lock it, when you walk away?
It's a mid-winter morning in Jacksonville, Florida, when CNN joins this faithful caravan. The "ambassadors," as they call themselves, are easy to spot. They are the 10 people milling about in an RV park drawing stares, eye rolls, under-the-breath mutters and, at times, words of support.
They're wearing sweatshirts and other clothing announcing the "Awesome News," that Judgment Day is coming on May 21. On that day, people who will be saved will be raptured up to heaven. The rest will endure exactly 153 days of death and horror before the world ends on October 21. That message is splashed across their five sleek, vinyl-wrapped RVs, bearing this promise: "The Bible guarantees it!"
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There may be ONE GOOD THING about this whole magilla ... when May 21 comes ... and Nothing Happens. I suppose it's just possible that MAYBE some people (not all of 'em, no chance there) will actually wake up and say, "I've been believing in a load of crap."
Hey, an atheist can hope, eh?
Yeah, which reminds me of the old saw about, "If a priest is a shepherd, what are his congregation?"
Yup, just like you said ... Sheep.
Soylent Green is people!
And yeah, actually, I am vegetarian.
When I was a Christian I never really liked being called a sheep or the bride of Christ. The reason most Christians like being called sheep, is that Christ was the "Lamb of God" and since they are to be more like him they are sheep. Of course the whole Biblical sheep motif is completely centered around slaughter and burnt offerings.
One of these days someone will make that connection and a group of nut jobs like this will light themselves on fire.
When I was a Christian I never really liked being called a sheep or the bride of Christ.
You'd prefer 'Christ's bitch'? :-D
How many other "ends of the world" have there been?
I'm sure they'll just say the Lord spared them and come up with another end of the world.