OP acknowledges that his beliefs were wrong, and apologizes to everyone in this thread:
Originally posted by Phantomfire707
I am sorry and deeply apologize to every single person on this thread.
I had a set of beliefs and it looks like they were wrong.
I am especially sorry to any of you that took the time to understand my reasoning and were fair with me in your comments.
I hope God Blesses every one of you.
I will need to make adjustments to my priorities from now on.
Thank you for your time.
He acknowledges that he made the wrong choices:
My apologies were/are about this: 1) For having succumbed in my mind to the wrong choice. and 2) For the consequences of my choices and actions.
Sometimes the right action begets bad consequences.
He offers an individual apology to someone saying that they have been negatively affected by this topic, while reiterating his public apology:
Angelmass, I am sincerely and completely sorry to you personally for giving you any grief and potentially wasting your time and Holy Weekend.
Here already is my public apology:
He says his intent was not to knowingly deceive anyone:
The definition of a hoax requires intention to deceive.
I have not given a single reason for anyone to honestly believe such a notion.
While discussing the original beliefs and motivations that led him to post this prediction in the first place, when asked to debate the facts
pertaining to those facets of his belief structure, he acknowledges that those other beliefs of his which fed into his perception of himself and his
need to make this prediction may also have not been true:
No thank you, on the debate on Fatima. I probably need to expunge that stuff from my head as fast as possible. I was just making my
He acknowledges he was unwise to put his faith in dreams, explaining why he did in this case while agreeing that it was probably not a good idea:
Dreams. I concur it's unwise to believe in dreams. But that one dream I prayed for hours in advance, my subconscious was happy to oblige.
He says that “prophets” will likely end up being wrong like he was:
There is no point in naming mysterious alleged prophets that will probably follow my lead into wrongdom.
(Previous three quotes all from: www.abovetopsecret.com...
He acknowledges that god did not give him the impetus to post this prediction, further acknowledging his mistake:
If God was so interested in my promotional efforts I believe I would have been prevented from being encouraged in November 2010 into promoting this
"777-day period" prediction.
He says he wishes he could go back in time and avoid every prediction of doom he’s ever made, but can’t:
I would go back in time and stop myself from posting about any of these doomsday things if I could. Too late for that.
(Last two quotes both from: www.abovetopsecret.com...
So we have here a person who made a mistake, has apologized for it, has attempted to explain his former
reasoning - on which he based his
preceived need to post the prediction - and who now openly acknowledges that his previous beliefs and interpretations of reality as he knew it were
wrong. He has expressed the desire to go back in time and erase all of this, were it possible, and laments the fact that it is not.
So, does he basically have to feel bad about this mistake and continue to be chided on ATS forever more now? Is there no way to simply acknowledge his
mea culpas and move on? He does still have the right to his personal religious beliefs, but he has even demonstrated acknowledgment of his need to
reassess them in order to prevent such mistakes from happening again. Is that not sufficient? What more can he do or say to satisfy people?
I do agree with the suggestion that he would be better served reflecting his faith in his actions by volunteering, feeding the poor, etc. But I think
everyone could be better served by doing that, personally, regardless of religion (I'm an agnostic skeptic, and I think I need to do more to help
others.) And this is a topic about something very specific and clearly defined, with a well defined topical area in my opinion. It has proved to be
wrong. He has apologized. He has had to reassess long held beliefs as a result, and he has said so. As it pertains to this very specific and clearly
defined topic here on ATS, in my opinion at least, he has done what is necessary. Anything beyond
that reaches into his personal life, his
personal thoughts, and his person. There is a difference between, “I was wrong, I acted on incorrect interpretations based on incorrect beliefs, I'm
sorry, and I will reassess my beliefs now going forward,” all of which he has said now, and the more extreme, “I’m going to reorganize my whole
life and utterly change or abandon my religious beliefs.”
Just my two cents, and as always this is only my personal opinion and no offense or disrespect to anyone is intended.
edit on 4/25/2011 by
AceWombat04 because: Typos