Tom Bartlett conducted interviews with Christians who believed they were going to be raptured last May. He interviewed them before and after the big day, and then again at different points in the last year. He talks about how otherwise smart people were seduced by their abilities to find intricate patterns amidst so much Scriptural noise. The whole article is interesting but this portion gets to the heart of the limitations and the dangers of memory:
I was struck by how some believers edited the past in order to avoid acknowledging that they had been mistaken. The engineer in his mid-twenties, the one who told me this was a prophecy rather than a prediction, maintained that he had never claimed to be certain about May 21. When I read him the transcript of our previous interview, he seemed genuinely surprised that those words had come out of his mouth. It was as if we were discussing a dream he couldn’t quite remember.
My favorite part of this is that I posted this story on Facebook and a Christian friend went on and on mocking the deluded Camping cult for being stupid enough to make a falsifiable prediction. Where’d they go to cult school? It’s cult 101 that you don’t get pinned down to specific dates! Stuff to that effect. This came from a conservative, Bible-believing Christian. One who apparently momentarily forgot Matthew 16:28 where Jesus got cocky and broke the first rule of cult club:
I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” (NIV)
Hahaha! Jesus failed cult school too!
Oh, you silly deluded believer, following a hack cult-school drop out, totally amateur cult leader who made easily falsifiable (and already falsified!) claims. Would you like to hear the transcript again?