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).