How Much Time Do You Think We Have? by Merwin
More... of Too Much Evidence
It is hard to happen upon a source for information that can speak to everybody. I believe that Michael Rupert is one such source.
Mr. Rupert, at the time of recording of the "Collapse" DVD, did not seem like a Christian. He actually stated that he prayed to Mother Earth and Father sky. This "non-christian faith" posture allows his information to reach more people that might normally turn off the "Christian" conspiracy theorist and move to something else.
You know, I really don't go looking for this stuff... I don't know that much about the Alex Jones phenomenon that a Humanist friend of mine speaks of. Nearly all of my information that has "happened" upon me in my thirty + years of being a Jesus Freak, I really wasn't searching for. So I get a little more animated when the "Doomsday Prophecies" are coming from a place of secular serenity as opposed to overly spiritual sensationalism.
Don't get me wrong there are plenty of spiritual prophetic sources that are beyond credible and well worth a person's time, but a non-believer will seldom tap into these sources.
With Rupert you have an extremely well informed, credible, "non-prophetic" secular Prophet, that conveys an entirely new perspective of doom that has virtually nothing to do with religion.
Christians are too easily dismissed by non-Christians, and what Rupert is stating will only have a Biblical application to a Christian. We as Christians can see where, and how these fresh perspectives are applied, but to a non-Christian the apocalyptic information that Rupert shares, may not appear to have a religious application at all.
I know, I know, "doom" is not anything that anyone runs to find out about, it is not "happy" entertainment. Here, though, you have this man that lays out everything in a non believer bundle. None of what he says is even remotely tied into anything Biblical, and yet it points very clearly to things that contribute to end time events in ways that are compelling. We may then, when it becomes useful, point to a source that the humanist might consider "one of their own" as a recommendation.
I have been repeatedly recommended this work by Rupert on my Facebook status and here at Hubpages and even recently borrowed portions of info from "Collapse" for a reference.
(DVD and books) available at Amazon.com
Here are those bits of info that I got from Rupert's DVD that I posted on one of my other Hubs, "Answer to Chasuk's "Zealotry Kills" by Merwin" in the comment section these are the last two comments his then mine, as of this posting. I will embolden the info that I borrowed from Rupert...
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Chasuk 35 hours ago
@CoauthorU: I don't disagree with most of what you wrote above, but I do disagree with this:
"And to rid the world of faith in God or gods, that is exactly what the non-believer would have to do is murder the faith-full."
All beliefs evolve. The Christian faith is evolving -- finally -- into something to which Jesus would happily attach his name. The niches of Christianity which are devolving will one day be subsumed.
My understanding of Islam is sketchy and conflicted, which is why I am ignoring them in this comment. However, I am hopeful that Islam is likewise evolving.
The largest portion of humankind is emerging from superstition. At an atavistic level, it will probably always swaddle us, as a degree of religious belief seems hardwired.
Yes, zealotry will probably continue to inspire murder for the next several centuries. We might descend into darkness a few more times before our ancestors awake in a new dawn, but I believe the dawn is coming.
When that new dawn arrives, we won't have rid the world of faith, but faith will have transformed into a better, harmless -- maybe even helpful -- thing.
CoauthorU 26 hours ago
I really doubt that murderous mankind has what he needs to be able to wait that out.
The global population thingy is beyond anyone's ability to curb. World population was one billion up until the industrial revolution, it tripled in less than one hundred fifty years, and that more than doubled in our lifetime... since you and I were born.
What, 6.5 - 6.8 billion now? And that is likely to double in the next 20 years.
I don't believe that mankind's history or nature points to any bloodless detours. The warm and fuzzy choices are impossible to implement and the murderous models have immediate results.
This, coupled with fossil fuel reserves that are past their peak, showcase levels of governance desperation that all but eliminate benign alternatives.
With "plenty of oil", at our present level of use efficiency it takes about 10 calories of energy to produce 1 calorie of fuel. As oil becomes harder to find... Saudi Arabia has gone to off shore searches (indicating past peak) the ratio of caloric use to produce calories will become even more lop sided.
Oil is used for nearly everything pesticides, fertilizers, plastics... 4 gallons of oil in the average size car tire.
The population continues to explode and demand for more energy increases.
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Rupert's information is NOT Christian but can definitely be referred to by Christians. The little that I have used so far is the tip of the iceberg. I can not recommend this book enough. Yes, Christians, Rupert's DVD has a little potty mouth in it, but I suggest we get up and get over it for the sake of the truth it conveys.
Rupert's emphasis in Collapse, seems to be a global financial catastrophic meltdown that could begin any moment. The DVD (and book) clearly portrays for us that we haven't seen anything near the worst of what will happen, and happen soon, it is even at our door.
Please, Please, Please, buy it, rent it, borrow it, BUT definitely watch it... and more than once.
I don't know "How much time you think we have", I hope we have enough to prepare at the very least, our hearts.