That’s right, boys and girls—the world will end one month from today on October 21, 2011. There’s not much time left to finish those nagging last-minute chores!
Of course I’m referring to Harold Camping’s predicted Rapture on May 21 and the end of the world 153 days* later. Not a lot happened on the “Rapture” and, as Armageddons go, the one we’re in right now seems quite mild. Camping’s predictable backpedaling reframed May 21 as “an invisible judgment day.”
Camping’s Family Radio organization came out of this fiasco financially strong, but many of his followers spent their retirement savings to spread the word during the run-up to May 21. Camping has done nothing to correct the harm he’s caused, and some have called for a fraud investigation.
Camping hasn’t learned from his public humiliation and is holding fast to his date for the end of the world. He said, “It won’t be spiritual on October 21st. The world is going to be destroyed all together, but it will be very quick.”**
Many Christians, embarrassed that Camping spoke for their religion, quoted Matthew 24:36 to argue that Camping is unable to make a prediction about the end. In this verse, Jesus says:
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Christians also quote another verse: “The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.… Destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman” (1 Thessalonians 5:2–3). But Camping can quote the very next verse:
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
Aha—the true Christian like Camping apparently can know the end!
Or maybe the Bible is simply a sock puppet that can be made to say anything.
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