How was the end of the world for you?

25 05 2011

I was rather disappointed in the end of the world that supposedly happened last Saturday (May 21, 2011).  Wasn’t there supposed to be the rapture of Christians to Heaven?  Wasn’t the Earth supposed to plunge into the great tribulation?  It was on the news, so it has to be true, right?  Sure seems like normal to me…  But what do I know about the apocalypse / doomsday?  (Actually, I have read the book of Revelation in the Bible, so I know a thing or two…)

Look at that — it says “The Bible guarantees it!”  There’s no such thing in the Bible, and obviously Harold Camping was wrong!  He is deceiving people and making God look bad.  God’s mercy is amazing that this guy is still around.  He predicted the same thing back in 1994, then when he was proven wrong he said it was due to mathematical miscalculations.  (Don’t you hate it when that happens?)  Then he said it would be in 1995, but obviously that didn’t happen.  An employee of his says he’s made at least 10 such predictions.  And as you can see above, his latest “prophecy” was for May 21, 2011, which has now passed.  How do you suppose he responded?  He’s saying that his dates were correct, that it was “an invisible judgment day” and “a spiritual coming” ushering in the final judgment and destruction over the next 5 months.  That is, he still believes the world will end on October 21, 2011.  As for the predicted earthquake that would make the one in Japan look mild by comparison, he said,

“When we study the Bible, we don’t know everything. The Bible is very complex… I challenge everybody, read every word and try to decide what is God saying. I don’t know if any of you have tried that… You’ll find that you’ll read verse after verse and you’ll wonder, ‘What is God talking about?’ We have to do it. We don’t always hit the nail on the head the first time. We’re a long way toward being right. But it’s not physically at this time, it is spiritual. We have not been wrong about that at all.”

To that, a reporter asked if he was saying we are not capable of understanding the Bible, and he said, “You are correct.”  Doesn’t that sound really ironic?

I heard that this time he advertised on 55 radio stations and 2000 billboards.  How much money was spent on that false advertising?  A reporter asked him that, and he said, “I don’t know.  I haven’t kept track of that.  I have been careful to watch that we’ve had enough money to pay our bills.”  An employee at his radio station estimates Camping spent around $100 million to advertise his prediction.

Some of his followers sold their possessions and spent all their money, and Camping basically said it’s not his fault: “Please understand we don’t advise anybody what to do.”  I suppose he has to say such things for legal reasons, but it is somewhat his fault, and he could at least apologize for misleading people.

This whole debacle seems bad for Christianity in my opinion, but I hope that somehow some people get saved from it.  Harold Camping looks to be a fraud and he teaches some other heretical doctrines (from what I’ve heard), but — God’s Word never returns void.

I read a quote by Harold Camping from 1995: “I’m like the boy who cried wolf again and again and the wolf didn’t come.  This doesn’t bother me in the slightest.”  You would think it would bother him to be wrong about one of the most important events in history, especially when he claims to be representing God and is telling lies that the Bible guarantees it.

There’s been a lot said about all this, but here’s my favorite response, and it’s only a picture with a few words, yet it sums it all up so well.

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25 05 2011
How was the end of the world for you? « Buffet o' Blog

[…] Did you know the world ended last Saturday?  I heard it was guaranteed.  Apparently God didn’t get the memo […]

27 05 2011
BeBop

from the looks of Camping, maybe he is predicting his own “rapture”.
Becuase there is money involved, I doubt there will be an end to this cult.

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