Mailbag: It's impossible to predict the Rapture

Beware the wolves. The world is burdened with problems, disasters, woes, wars and weary hearts burdened by anxieties and fears, and it is only waxing worse. So it is no wonder people en masse are starting to ask, "When is the end of the world?"

I can assure you that the Bible is clear in teaching that no man knows the year, month, day or the hour. Yet throughout the generations, many foolish people have followed after false prophets who claim to have heard from God, who has revealed to them a specific date of his return or the end of the world. These false prophets will be judged by God for leading people astray.

The most recent doomsayer is Harold Camping and his May 21, 2011, end of the world prediction.

Many other church leaders charm and persuade their congregants to believe that they have a special hotline to God which puts them above everyone else. My friends, God himself will reveal all things to you personally if you personally seek him.

Do not follow after men, or deprived men, for all men are sinners. Follow after Jesus Christ, and you will not fall or be dismayed. And let not your heart be troubled.

Believe and trust in the Lord. Take the time to read the Bible, and you will know the truth.

Russ Niewiarowski

Newport Beach


Wonderful front-page photo in Pilot

Tracey Roman's cover photo May 18 of the ducks crossing the Balboa Island Bridge is priceless! For those of us who happen to live on Balboa Island, this explains exactly what makes this place so charming!

Carolyn Clark

Newport Beach


Honor Chavez; try going vegetarian

The National Park Service is conducting a survey of sites in California that were significant to the life of labor leader Cesar Chavez and will make recommendations about protecting appropriate sites later this year.

Although he is best known as the founder of the first successful farm workers' union in America, Chavez' passion for justice did not stop with humans. Chavez believed that "kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. … racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are cut from the same fabric: violence."

Like Mohandas Gandhi before him, Chavez believed that nonviolence begins with what we eat, and he stopped eating meat in 1968. In his own words, he became a vegetarian "after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry, and unhappy like we do." He credited his beloved dog, Boycott, with leading him "to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings."

You can help keep Chavez' compassion for animals alive by trying a vegetarian diet.

Paula Moore

The PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Va.

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