Okay, so there I am, getting into my car after work and wondering if I should tune in to the local Family Radio station. It's time for Harold Camping's Open Forum show, and I wonder if he's going to start explaining himself or whether they're just going to run an old show in the time slot. To my surprise, it was a news conference, with Camping answering questions from reporters. I really should have seen his answer coming. Camping was never going to admit he was completely wrong. What he's done is use the old trick of past religious groups that have failed to deliver on their prophetic pronouncements, and "spiritualize" the prophecies when the actual prophesied events didn't take place.
Camping is declaring that Judgment Day did indeed arrive on May 21, 2011, but that it was invisible and spiritual but that the world is now under judgment and the world will end suddenly on October 21, 2011, instead of suffering through five months of hell on earth between May 21 and Oct. 21 (his previous view). Camping didn't get the date wrong, you see, he just "misinterpreted" it.
Interestingly, Camping says they won't be putting up billboards or doing the kind of campaigns that they were for the May 21 date. No doubt the rest of the Family Radio staff, board or whatever they have, didn't want the same kind of emphasis put on any new date (or the waste of money publicizing an event that doesn't take place).
Camping's PR aide, Tom Evans, told the L.A. Times that the group is "disappointed" that 200 million true believers weren't lifted up to heaven on Saturday while everyone else suffered and eventually died as a series of earthquakes and famine destroyed the Earth. "You can imagine we're pretty disappointed, but the word of God is still true," Evans said. "We obviously went too far, and that's something we need to learn from." The group posted 2,000 billboards around the country warning of the rapture, while Camping--an uncertified fundamentalist minister--spread the word on his radio show-Doomsday prophet, followers ‘flabbergasted’ world didn’t end
I listened to the show live, but here's a blow-by-blow from the HuffPost (sample below with link to the whole report):
What About People Who Depleted Life Savings to Promote Camping's Message?
Camping declines to offer them help.
He says the country experienced a recession. "Lots of people lost their homes" and jobs. But he says "they survived."
"People cope. People cope," says Camping.
He says job, housing and investment loses during the recent economic decline are far worse than what "the average Family Radio listener" has experienced.
On Saturday, Family Radio spokesman Tom Evans had vaguely indicated the station might give aid to donors who are now without jobs and money.
Jesus will still be comings then? I feel all better all ready, he is coming this years!ReplyDelete
I don't understand. So many comments but so little diving into God's Word. God clearly stated that no man will know the time, day, month or year. Why do we try to make our God a liar?ReplyDelete
It is clearly stated in MATTHEW 24:36ReplyDelete
-But of that day and hour knoweth NO MAN, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
And it is impossible for God to lie!
-That by two immutable things, in which it was IMPOSSIBLE for GOD to LIE, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.
Camping needs to humble himself and admit his mistake and maybe even senility and retire. He needs to do whatever it takes to reimburse all these people that emptied their bank accounts to help spread the word that was his mistake. He then could put someone in charge who works for him but knows the Bible well enough that he didn't believe his 'rapture thesis',(after all, 80 percent of his employees didn't even believe it), and let that person lead these people in the way they SHOULD GO.ReplyDelete
what is all this 'god clearly stated this' and 'jesus said that' this is all just bunkum... the character called God in the bible and his sidekick tonto...(sorry Jesus) said these things...ReplyDelete
There is nothing about God 'clearly' stating anything... fictional characters don't get a say!
Darth Vader also said the force was strong in the pilot of the 'red five' x wing fighter.... However that does not make Darth Vader either a real entity...or correct about the level of 'force' in Luke Skywalker.
The main thing we can take from this Harold Camping thing...and moreover the Bible itself since it contains more fantastical claims than Camping has uttered.... is that religion is likely to make you poor if you are dumb enough to take it seriously.