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"More than a third of Americans see recent extreme weather as a sign that the world is in biblical β€œend times,” "

Thirty-six percent of Americans say that the severity of recent natural disasters indicate that we are at the precipice of Jesus’ second coming and the end of the world, according to the survey, released by Public Religion Research Institute. Thesurvey found that 15% of Americans believe the world will end, as predicated in the book of Revelation, in their lifetime.

(more of article at link below)

Article goes on to cover the split between thinking storms are caused by either global warming or end times which correletes to denoms - Protestants and Catholics lean global warming, Evangelicals are where most of the end times answers come from.

It could be because I grew up in an area that was mostly Catholic with a handful of mainline Protestants sprinkled in, but never once did we hear growing up from anyone that the blizzard of 79 or Mount Saint Helens erupting were signs of end times.  Was that normal in other areas, or is this a recent phenomenon?

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Asked by NotPanicking at 9:03 AM on Dec. 19, 2012 in Religious Debate

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  • As far as I know, almost every time in history has people fearing that certain happenings are part of the end. It is scary. I'd rather not think that it is the end because I like the way my life is right now, but there's nothing we can do about it if it is.

    Answer by Bmat at 9:10 AM on Dec. 19, 2012

  • You'd hope that now that we are educated in geology, meteorology,etc that these crazy ideas would disappear.
    Ancient people saw every bad thing as angry gods. Apparently those ignorant people still exist.

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 9:13 AM on Dec. 19, 2012

  • I have been hearing that we are in our "end" times for the past 20-25 yrs.... when is it actually going to happen?? I think it is just people who are already crazy in the head that thinks stuff like that. I am not saying that the world isn't going to end. Yes, one day it probably will. In my lifetime, I don't know. Nobody knows when it will happen. Seems like they want mass hysteria to break out . I don't know if that makes any sense, but good grief... When are people going to wake up and realize that if it is the end.... what can they do? NADA!! JMO :0)

    Answer by goofygalno1 at 9:14 AM on Dec. 19, 2012

  • More than a third of Americans would benefit from more science classes, and less time listening to nuts like Pat Robertson.


    Answer by jsbenkert at 9:15 AM on Dec. 19, 2012

  • I see it as global warming.  What will happen because of global warming is hard to know.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 9:17 AM on Dec. 19, 2012

  • tnm786

    Answer by tnm786 at 9:20 AM on Dec. 19, 2012

  • I heard about the "end times" and the "mark of the beast" and all that good stuff growing up!
    My grandmother bought into all of it and my mom as well-maybe not AS hardcore as grandma though- also others in that family beleive such things, so...

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 9:23 AM on Dec. 19, 2012

  • I recall California was supposed to break off the US some years back, along with the whole Y2K predictions. Lots of people seem to be looking forward to our demise.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 9:26 AM on Dec. 19, 2012

  • These people probably still believe the world is flat as well!!! LOL

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 9:29 AM on Dec. 19, 2012

  • These people probably still believe the world is flat as well!!! LOL

    Nope, that's a whole different demographic.

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 9:31 AM on Dec. 19, 2012

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