Doomsday ‘Prophet’ Harold Camping Dies
A couple of years ago we had a good time here at Ye Olde Scotteriology deconstructing the claims and making fun of Harold Camping, the end-times ‘prophet’ who three times incorrectly predicted the date of Jesus’ return, and somehow managed to raise tens of millions of dollars.
Well it appears Camping died on Sunday:
On Saturday, November 30th, Mr. Camping sustained a fall in his home, and he was not able to recover from his injuries. He passed away peacefully in his home, with his family at his side.
When Paul Crouch died last month the question went around: how do you respond to such a death. On the one hand, there will be family members that miss him and grieve, but on the other hand, he was evil.
In Camping’s case I do not believe he was intentionally evil like Paul Crouch, but he was just an incredibly misinformed and ignorant dilettante who had no business interpreting the Bible anywhere for anyone. However, he still bilked people out of tens of millions of dollars! And the stories of persons and families spending their life savings or selling all they had so they could take out May 21, 2011 Rapture Billboards are horrifying. You can see the many posts on Harold Camping at Scotteriology HERE.
Jim shared a documentary that debuted at SBL: Apocalypse Later: Harold Camping vs The End of the World. You can watch it below.
Hemant also added,
If there’s anything positive I can say about Camping, it’s that he didn’t appear to be a con artist, making up a Rapture date that he knew was untrue in order to dupe people into giving money to his ministry (for reasons that would make no sense if the Rapture actually occurred on that date…). He seemed to be sincere. He really thought Jesus was coming back on that day. He was genuinely heartbroken to learn he was wrong.
But sincerity won’t be his legacy. We’ll forever remember him as the guy who was convinced Jesus was coming back on a certain day… only to learn in the most public way possible that his beliefs weren’t based in reality.