Harold Camping, Repented… forgiven

After numerous failed doomsday predictions, Family Radio founder Harold Camping announced this month that he has no plans to predict ever again the day of God’s Judgment. He also issued an apology to listeners, admitting that he was wrong.

“We have learned the very painful lesson that all of creation is in God’s hands and He will end time in His time, not ours!” a statement on Family Radio’s website reads. “We humbly recognize that God may not tell His people the date when Christ will return, any more than He tells anyone the date they will die physically.”

“But we now realize that those people who were calling our attention to the Bible’s statement that ‘of that day and hour knoweth no man’ (Matthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32), were right in their understanding of those verses and Family Radio was wrong. Whether God will ever give us any indication of the date of His return is hidden in God’s divine plan.”

“We tremble before God as we humbly ask Him for forgiveness for making that sinful statement. We are so thankful that God is so loving that He will forgive even this sin.” (here)

I know that it is going to be difficult for many, but Camping has repented. He admitted that he was wrong. He asked for forgiveness and said that he would not do it again.

I believe this to be sincere, but I am not to judge the hearts of the penitent. May he be sincere, and may be others forgive him as he has asked.

(ht)

Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons: Chapters 1-4

Click to OrderReading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons by Russell Pregeant

The Bibe can be hazardous to one’s health if it is read with faulty expectations. (Back cover)

These fault expectations, according to Pregeant, lead to being used as a means to abuse others who do not hold to similar beliefs.  It all begins with interpretation.

How many times have we heard, “We don’t interpret the Bible, we read it.” or “The Bible interprets the Bible.” or something along those lines?  I hear statements like this all the time.  The more I think about these statements, the more I want to say, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!”  As Pregeant states, “To understand any sort of communication, we have to interpret it, which means using our imagination to construe it in some particular way.” (3)

More than a Fortune Cookie: The Testimonies of Two Communities

The Bible is more than a book that provides “remedies to all personal problems.” (10)  According to Pregeant, this is a common misunderstanding to Biblical interpretation and misses the overarching story of redemption.  While not a form of Bible abuse, Pregeant includes it because of its inadequacy.

Neither Fact Book nor Catechism: Rethinking Biblical Authority

This chapter deals with the doctrine of inerrancy and how this doctrine is not biblical.  Pregeant writes, “[T]he irony of the doctrine of inerrancy is that, despite all the emphasis it places of biblical authority, it is actually an imposition upon the Bible from a point of view that is not itself biblically grounded in any significant sense.” (29)

Neither Science nor Anti-Science: Genesis, Geology, the Big Bang, and Darwin

Here’s a chapter dealing with creation.  Here, Pregeant notes that science and theology answer different questions. and those who hold to creationism actually distort the scientific method by beginning with a hypothesis and then looks for the evidence to fit their theory.

Neither Crystal Ball nor Horror Show: Understanding Biblical Prophecy

This chapter is all about the Rapture and the role of biblical prophecy (hint: it’s not about the distant future).  Prophecy in the Bible was about the near future and/or dealing with issues of judgment and injustice.

In my next post, I’ll take a look at chapters 5-7 and the Epilogue of this book.

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Harold Camping – Looking for a “Man-quake”

This is why the Church must teach eschatology – because people like Harold Camping will do their level best to take advantage of anyone who will listen.

In a message on his Web site, Camping declared that today, “at this point, looks like it will be the final end of everything.”

But if doomsday doesn’t come today, Camping might explain it away just as he did his May prediction mistake. In another post on his site, Camping wrote that May 21 was the “spiritual” end of the world.

As for the earthquakes he predicted, he says they came in the form of “man-quakes,” since mankind shook with fear from the Rapture and the book of Genesis describes man as made from dirt. (here)

Oh, and there was an earthquake in California today, with no reported injuries, proving that God does have a sense of humor. It was felt in Oakland, where his Family Radio company is based. How much you want to bet that when Harold felt it, he got just a little excited?

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Oh dear – Here we go again – Harold says now that it is October 21st 2011

Harold Camping in 2008

Image via Wikipedia

Let’s hold our breathe for that one… you can follow the live blog here as Camping speaks out.

Some of this statements, thus far:

  • “If we found that we make a mistake, immediately we will correct that, of course,” says Camping, but he says he was not incorrect his in math, just his interpretation about how May 21 would play out. He calls the day “an invisible Judgment.”
  • “The timing, the structures, the proofs, none of that has changed at all,”
  • “All I am is a humble teacher. I search the Bible. I search the Bible,” he says.
  • “It won’t be a five-month terrible difficulty…that we have learned,” said Camping. Instead, he says, the world will end quickly on Oct. 21 without any build up.
  • “On May 21 this last weekend…God again brought Judgment on the world…We didn’t feel any difference,” he says, “but we know that God brought Judgment” on the world. “The whole world is under Judgment.”
  • “We don’t always hit the nail on the head the first time,” Camping says. He seems to be repeating the same points over again. He believes Judgment Day happened May 21 and was “spiritual,” not physical.

Who cares anymore? Why won’t people realize that the man is a loon? A false prophet? A greedy, glutton of a man?

There is no rapture and there will be no rapture. Period.

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Harold Camping Speaks – “I’ve Got to Live with It”

“Give me a day, no interviews at all today. Sorry. You know this is a big deal, big deal, and I’ve got to live with it and I’ve got to think it out. So no interview,” said Camping, who looked tired and dazed. (here)

Ht – Eddie via twitter

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Harold Camping’s Missing, I’m Sick and it’s my wife’s fault

Harold Camping, the California preacher who became omnipresent in the publicity blitz over his prediction of the end of the world, today was nowhere to be found after it became clear that the Rapture wasn’t happening. (here)

Duh… wouldn’t you go hiding too when you know that lots of people will now turn around and either sue you or try to take matter in to their own hands?

Keith Bauer, a tractor-trailer driver and Camping follower, said “I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth.”

He said “I had some skepticism but I was trying to push the skepticism away because I believe in God,” reported MSNBC.

Robert Fitzpatrick of Staten Island, New York, famously spent his life-savings to finance a massive ad campaign for the ‘Doomsday ‘message.

As the clock ticked towards 6 p.m. local time on May 21st 2011 – which Camping predicted to be the beginning of ‘Doomsday’ – Fitzpatrick waited expectantly at Time Square, New York City.  While he waited, he was surrounded by revelers and mockers.

When ‘Doomsday’ failed to materialize, Fitzpatrick was stunned.

“I don’t understand why nothing is happening.  It’s not a mistake. I did what I had to do. I did what the Bible said,” he said, reported New York Post. (here)

No, Keith, you don’t believe in God. You believed in Harold Camping. But this is what we will hear from many of them… they will blame God.

I’m sick, most likely a superflu. This is the second time in under a week that I’ve been ill. This time, it is much worse.

I blame my wife, who had to sleep with the window open. That’s how they were able to inject me with the experimental superbug aerosol . Actually, I don’t mean to say ‘they.’ Do doubt, it was Jim West.

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Choo Thomas on Choo Thomas

A Choo Thomas failed prophecy:

I was certain the rapture would happen in 2009 but it did not and I was very, very disappointed. During the first week of 2010 the Lord explained to me that the rapture was supposed to have happened in 2009 but He had delayed it for only a twinkling of an eye. Since the beginning of 2010 the Lord has talked about the rapture with urgency now more than ever before. http://www.choothomas.com/urgentmessage.html

But Choo has on her website …

Whoever judges “Heaven is so Real” and other prophetic books should read Matthew 7:1-6, repent and stay ready for the rapture before it’s too late. Christians should never judge other Christian’s work of God. Remember any kind of message from God that doesn’t bear fruit is not from God. http://www.choothomas.com/

So I gather Choo is admitting that every failed message she claims is from God is not from God. What an inadvertent admission!

Watch the Rapture Live!

Refresh the page until the live stream starts… This is the livestream of Harold Camping’s Rapture Wave (TM) which is to hit the East Coast of the United States at any moment (6pm). Many have given up hope. Will you?

This is now a video of the live stream…. Joel has left, among the millions, hundreds of millions, of people raptured – minion.

Daily Proof-text, Deuteronomy 13:1-5

“Suppose there are prophets among you or those who dream dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’– gods you have not known before– do not listen to them. The LORD your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. The false prophets or visionaries who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the LORD your God, who redeemed you from slavery and brought you out of the land of Egypt. Since they try to lead you astray from the way the LORD your God commanded you to live, you must put them to death. In this way you will purge the evil from among you. (Deu 13:1-5 NLT)

I say proof-text because this was about a political rebellion against God, because you know, Deuteronomy was a vassalage treaty with YHWH. Worshiping other gods amounted to treason.

Yet, what is Harold doing? Harold is leading people away from God. When they, who have invested so much into their worldview, and it comes crashing down around them…. guess what…

Family Radio’s Chief admits Rapture may be a Bust

Evans and his colleagues with the California-based network seem to be clinging to shreds of hope that their Judgment Day prophecy will materialize, even though their proclaimed 6 p.m. local time deadline has come and gone for New Zealand, Australia and other nations in that region of the globe — with no earthquakes, no raptures reported.

“We’re waiting patiently for the day to be completed and see what happens,” he said from his home in California.

But Evans added that once we reach midnight local time in the holy city of Jerusalem — about four hours away as I type this, unless like Family Radio I’ve miscalculated — he will be ready to concede that today’s rapture is a bust.

via Family Radio gives final May 21 rapture deadline of midnight in Jerusalem | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs.

Um…. duh.

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Post-Rapture Predictions Meme

John Loftus started it, and of the ones which he has predicted, I think this one is the most plausible:

6) Whether it happened or not it was a good thing in the end, because many people got saved (utilitarianism at its best).

via here.

I tend to think that Camping may claim a miscalculation.

But, I also worry that with Camping having invested so much into this, that he may not make it through the evening. It does happen, you know. If this happens, his followers will claim that he sacrificed himself or some such nonsense.

But one thing can be assured – Camping will not be honest.

What do you think will be the excuse…. if the rapture (which is non-biblical to start with) doesn’t happen this evening?

Oh, and yeah, tag. You are all it.