Going from bad to worse…

Harold camping who runs Family Radio Worldwide

Well I wasn’t going to blog about Harold Camping again. But then he comes out with another load of rubbish

The evangelical broadcaster who left followers crestfallen by his failed prediction that last Saturday would be Judgement Day says he miscalculated.

Harold Camping said it had “dawned” on him that God would spare humanity “hell on Earth for five months” and the apocalypse would happen on 21 October.

Well I would never have thought that he would have said that! Well maybe I did:

But others got it even more right than I did. A poll for International Business Times said

The majority, 54 percent, believe that Camping will unrepentantly claim a calculation error and form a new Doomsday date.

Still, not even those closest to him believed him. According to the Guardian seven out of his eight children didn’t believe him.

So when he comes out with the date of the 21st October all we can be sure of is that it won’t be the end of the world. My earlier post still stands – his calculations are rubbish.

John Rentoul of the Independent wrote on Sunday of how cult like groups work in situations like this:

What is interesting about wrong predictions, though, is what happens next. If you are reading this article, Camping’s prediction will have turned out to be a dud. But will this discourage him and his followers? Yes, for a short time, and some of them for ever; but no is the main answer. Ian Leslie, in his fascinating book Born Liars, published this week, tells the stories of previous doomsday cults. In one case, in 1954, the followers assembled in the cult leader’s house to await the hour – midnight, unoriginally enough – when The Guardians would arrive in a flying saucer to save the believers from the flood that would cover the Earth. They “sat in silence, coats in laps”, watching the clock. When nothing happened, the group leaders exhorted them to keep faith “as they tried out and discarded explanation after explanation for what had just failed to happen”. Eventually, at 4.45am, the group received a message, in the form of a high-density vibration that guided the pen held by one of its leaders: “The little group, sitting alone all night long, had spread so much light that God had saved the world from Destruction.”

So when the Rapture fails, again, on the 21st October be prepared for more excuses. Oh, and if you are thinking of giving all your savings to his organisation do remember:

Asked if he had any advice to offer those who had given away their material wealth in the belief the world was about to end, Mr Camping said they would cope.

“We just had a great recession. There’s lots of people who lost their jobs, lots of people who lost their houses… and somehow they all survived,” he said.

“We’re not in the business of giving any financial advice,” he added.

Well I would add he shouldn’t be in the business of giving religious advice either. Too many people have been hurt by listening to him.

So is the rapture going to occur on October 21st 2011 – well this is no. 11 in my occasional series Theological Questions To Which The Answer Is No (TQTWAIN).


5 comments on “Going from bad to worse…

  1. Geoff C
    May 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    What can I say?!!
    If there was ever anyone to build on a disbelievers position it’s him. Here’s the man to discredit the true believers, and to lead the vulnerable astray.
    He is actually having the opposite effect of what a good Christian leader should have – Yeah we heard about that before – it came to nothing last time and the time before… – HEY we already know that we can’t know the date or time, so why is he banging on about it.
    I don’t know if this can be put right easily – anyone who stands up and makes a public statement is going to be viewed with great suspision, so even if someone tries to put the record straight it might not work. (not that I am sure what ‘straight’ might consist of these days!!) 😉

    • Simon
      May 25, 2011 at 10:26 am #

      Geoff, you are correct, this guy is doing a lot of harm. Why must he expend so much energy trying to figure out this date? How can he put so much trust in calculations based on the Bible when he doesn’t believe what it says in Matthew 24:36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

      Is he trying to be greater than the Son?

      All of this infuriates me. Have to remember “If God is for us, who can be against us?” We have to use this as an opportunity to talk to people. It’s not often you get a theological opening into a conversation initiated by non-Christians, lets use it!

      • Will Cookson
        May 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

        Geoff & Simon,

        I agree that he is doing a lot of damage. Amongst the huge mess that he is causing he is also being very disingenuous by saying that any decisions that people make about their money is theirs to make and that he’s just a bible teacher teaching the bible.

        Then compare with his website “you can know” and his radio stations broadcast around the world.

        Simon, as you say, you just need to take the opportunity to share that actually God isn’t here to take advantage of you and manipulate you.

  2. Esther Somerson
    May 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    To a baptised in the Holy Spirit Christian who has been through a great deal of sadness, joy and loss including the loss of a baby, it is evident that some of those people are deceiving themselves into thinking they know Our Lord – they are just not listening to Him – they are listening and acting upon a human being’s rantings and what he professes to stand for, using the Lord’s Word to corrupt and twist the Truth – a very, very dangerous and corrupt powerful individual. He is not the first. he will not be the last. Evil is not being prayed enough against both in and outside of the church. It’s not about FAQs. It is about the ripple effect of hate and hurt and damage. It accumulates from tiny streams in villages to super powers anywhere. Can I please remind Christians of Micah 3:8 if clergy are getting so irritated, what hope for lay people PRAY AGAINST HIS EVIL – FOR IT IS EVIL.

    Alternatively, Will – you just want to know if I’ll blog you when I am taken up into the rapture again in October don’t you, and tell you all about it – no chance – it’s a secret… mind you I have to say there wasn’t the sniff of a Bishop up there the other week, ha,ha,

    Oh & I have just read a Tweet there – the Catalans – haven’t a clue who they are but will look them up and it’s great to have joined them.. including standing up to the Esmerelda’s of this world. Just had some training and asked minister about everybody at God’s right hand and why in Bible..oh dear a stir was caused.. and I have it all sussed now…that’s evil too… translation…. oh my goodness…discriminated against left handed people – of course I have ‘arrived’ God is a one armed man..end of!


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