What I find very interesting is the notion that anyone thinks they know what the authors of the bible meant when those men wrote the book hundreds of years ago. All christians, (and other monotheist religions that use the bible), could quite easily all be wrong about everything.
There is argument over who is a 'real christian', whose interpretation of some old book is correct, what specific meanings are the original ones. All ideas that no-one can prove one way or another. So what is left is a lot of bickering factions of the same religion.
From what I can see, there are those that know that the whole idea of christianity, or any religion for that matter, is wrong, but will quite happilly use the means of religion, and religious belief, as a tool to engineer their own agenda. It has worked for thousands of years, and continues to work with humans today. I think those people that control the religious agenda, are laughing at all the humans running around arguing over whether there is going to be a rapture, whether or not the bible is meant to be taken literally or not, whether the world is going to end in 2012, all the people willing to kill for the sake of beliefs, and not only kill others, but destroy their societies and kill themselves.
What a great joke on human beings religion is. Give the people a fairy story, make sure they are indoctrinated as children, (this often ensures lifelong adherence), and set them loose to build on this fairy tale, cause pain and suffering to others that don't believe the same, and waste their lives praying and worshiping some imaginary god. At the same time making sure they are giving money and labour to the churches, (religious businesses).
Religious beliefs are the mind viruses that you contract from your parents.