It’s often said in authoritarian religious circles that “God is NOT mocked!”, “God CANNOT be mocked!,” or “God WILL NOT be mocked!”. As an empirical matter, the God character and His supposed standards are actually mocked on a regular basis. In the first decade of the 21st Century, two religious leaders predicted that such mockery would surely result in ruin. Have those predictions come to pass?
The Cohen Prediction of Doom
In October 2005, Israeli Rabbi Rafael Cohen condemned the pop singer Madonna for singing a song that contained the name “Yitzhak Luria:”
Jewish law forbids the use of the name of the holy rabbi [Luria] for profit. Her act is just simply unacceptable and I can only sympathize for her because of the punishment that she is going to receive from the heavens.
How’s that punishment working out? Thirty years after she broke out on the music scene, Madonna is playing to sellout crowds and making tens of millions of dollars a year.
Whoopsie. In the meantime, Rabbi Cohen has moved on, predicting that the souls of the people of Tiberias, Israel are in peril because of shop mannequins dressed in swimsuits: “mannequins that are really revolting, mannequins in bathing suits that damage our souls.”
Soul damage isn’t directly manageable. But if God has a hand in all events, He seems to have looked favorably on the town of Tiberias, granting it in His holy wisdom an increase in hotel visitation by 22%. There is a fish virus in the Sea of Galilee, though. Maybe God delivers His judgment through fish viruses.
The Corapi Prediction of Doom
In October of 2008, Catholic priest Father John Corapi used his position as a religious radio personality to issue a proclamation, predicting that:
“If we do not soon stop the genocide of abortion in the United States, we shall run the course of all those that prove by their actions that they are enemies of God — total collapse, economic, social, and national.”
It’s been nearly four years since Father Corapi made his prediction of doom. “Soon” left the station some time ago, and abortion has not been stopped in the United States. Has the United States suffered total economic collapse? No. Has the United States suffered total social collapse? No. Has the United States suffered total national collapse in any reasonable empirical sense? No.
Just about the only collapse that’s happened in the meantime is the collapse of John Corapi’s religious career. Father Corapi was kicked out of his religious order, the Society of our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), after an investigation by SOLT concluded that Corapi had been sleeping with a prostitute and other women, abusing alcohol and drugs, and accumulating more than a million dollars of personal wealth, all while under vows of chastity and poverty, all while chastising the rest of the country for not being prudish enough.