I try hard to keep an open mind and I can at least imagine how people can come to various bogus conclusions thru first having some delusion or another. The entire god belief, while not being most logical conclusion to have arrived at, is at least nderstandable as we are hyper patern seeking animals with a rather strong tendency to believe authority figures and such.
And I was taught, as a theist, that we should believe (in a general/nonspecific kind of way) Christ would be returning soon.
This "the world will end on such and such date" delusion is utterly beyond me tho. How in the world do any of these believers get past how every previous time this has been ''prophesied" it has not occurred and ended up as nothing more than a disappointing false alarm? How do any of them think for a second that this is any different than any of the previous times?
There was a rash of this in the early 1800s. And even that is fathomable at least. One can imagine those believers being ignorant and unaware of the previous false alarms as there was not any CNN nor much mass media yet. No one presently can be unaware of all the times believers were wrong on this. Can they? Or alternatively how can they think that this time is different somehow?
As I say, this is just totally beyond me, and I'd appreciate any attempt at elucidation.