I listened to Camping again last night on his Open Forum show on the radio. A caller asked him if he would refund the $140,000 of personal savings that a man has spent on his own to warn people of the coming end of the world, if May 21 comes and goes without the rapture taking place. Camping brushed the question off, saying first that he and Family Radio don't tell anyone what to do with their money (absolving himself of any responsibility in the matter), but Camping is being more than a little disingenuous in his answers. None of Camping's followers or listeners would be preparing for the end and spending every last penny of their life savings if not for his prediction of the end and his assurances that it is "guaranteed". Now, strictly speaking, people are responsible for their own actions, but that does not absolve Camping for sharing in the responsibility when he tells them there's no doubt about his date setting for the return of Jesus. Of course, Camping then went on to basically say they don't entertain such questions because the end will be on May 21 and he would be doubting God if he allowed himself to think otherwise.
Here are some of the lives being damaged by Harold Camping:
A retired MTA employee has pumped his $140,000 life savings into an ad campaign warning that the world will end on May 21.
Robert Fitzpatrick, a follower of the notorious California Evangalist Harold Camping, has posted his Doomsday message on 1,000 subway car placards and at bus shelters throughout New York city.
The foreboding advert reads: 'Global Earthquake! The Greatest Ever - Judgement Day: May 21,' above a night time Jerusalem skyline and a clock ticking towards midnight.
Speaking to the New York Daily News, 60-year-old Mr Fitzpatrick said:'I'm trying to warn people about what's coming.
'People who have an understanding [of end times] have an obligation to warn everyone.'-Ex subway worker sinks $140,000 life savings into campaign advertising the end of the world...
"Knowing the date of the end of the world changes all your future plans," says 27-year-old Adrienne Martinez.
She thought she'd go to medical school, until she began tuning in to Family Radio. She and her husband, Joel, lived and worked in New York City. But a year ago, they decided they wanted to spend their remaining time on Earth with their infant daughter.
"My mentality was, why are we going to work for more money? It just seemed kind of greedy to me. And unnecessary," she says.
And so, her husband adds, "God just made it possible — he opened doors. He allowed us to quit our jobs, and we just moved, and here we are."
Now they are in Orlando, in a rented house, passing out tracts and reading the Bible. Their daughter is 2 years old, and their second child is due in June. Joel says they're spending the last of their savings. They don't see a need for one more dollar.
"You know, you think about retirement and stuff like that," he says. "What's the point of having some money just sitting there?"
"We budgeted everything so that, on May 21, we won't have anything left," Adrienne adds.-Is The End Nigh? We'll Know Soon Enough
“I’m a Yankee fan,” said Michael Finaldi, 63, owner of a telecommunications company and resident of Florham Park. But he acknowledged that the scores don’t seem as important now that he doesn’t expect the World Series to be held. “Nothing ultimately matters.”-The end of the world is near again - Saturday
h/t to Dead-Logic