I think it's really interesting how many pastors and Christians got upset when Rob Bell wrote a book called 'Love Wins,' but nobody is making a big deal about this nut case who is using the Bible to claim that the rapture will take place on May 21 at 6:00 pm.
Rob was gracious, never claimed to know everything, and humbly offered thoughts, questions, and his interpretations of the Bible.
This Harold fellow is arrogant, condescending, and claims to have infallible knowledge of the end-times simply by taking Genesis 7:4 and 2 Peter 3:8 massively out of context.
Rob argues in favor of a loving, kind, forgiving, and mysterious God.
Harold believes that God is easily understood by humans (especially by Harold, the former civil engineer), and that God's timing can be predicted if we are just smart enough.
Rob has been called a heretic, a false teacher, and 'dangerous' - by Christians. By people who read the same Bible and sing the same songs and supposedly worship the same Jesus as him.
Nobody calls Harold dangerous, although he's making national headlines and utterly embarassing Christians around the world. He's causing mass panic among his mindless followers, he's giving Christians a terrible reputation, and while his misunderstandings of the end-times may not be 'dangerous,' they're certainly not helpful to anyone.
To non Christians, Rob comes across as an accepting, loving, intelligent man who accepts them as they are, and wants to tell them about the love of Jesus.
To non Christians, Harold looks like a complete wack-a-doo. He makes Jesus followers look like kool-aid drinking freaks. He is a complete embarassament to me. He makes me ashamed to call myself a Christian.
You tell me who's a false teacher.
Maybe people ought to get their priorities straight, and stop criticizing intelligent pastors who are writing some pretty amazing books, and focus their energies on these fruitcake prophets who are making the Christian community look like a nest of cuckoo birds. I'm just saying.