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The Second Dumbing

January 3, 2011

Perhaps some of you remember Harold Camping?

Former civil engineer Harold Camping of Oakland, who runs Family Radio

Camping is the “scholar” who likes to let out a hearty chuckle when he considers the people who believe the world will end in 2012. “That date has not one stitch of biblical authority,” Camping says from the Oakland office where he runs Family Radio, an evangelical station that reaches listeners around the world. “It’s like a fairy tale.” The real date for the end of times, he says, is in 2011.

Yes… the “real” date is May 21… if by “real” you really mean “made-up and false” then I agree!

If you want a brief review of Camping’s biblical ‘study’ and ‘research’ on this ‘real’ date you can go HERE. However, even sadder than his tendentious, fallacious, and dilettantish abuse of logic, reason, and some ancient texts is that his stupid appears to be contagious. Of course with those that fundamentally misunderstand terms like prophecy, genre, and context it should come as no surprise that this is not the first time Camping has predicted the end of the world according to “biblical authority.”

On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping’s believers gathered inside Alameda’s Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven. But the world did not end. Camping allowed that he may have made a mathematical error. Gee, you think?

Maddeningly and depressingly his errors, lack of training, and smugness towards his ‘prediction’ have not alerted his followers that he’s probably wrong and a campaign has started–of course funded by Camping’s ‘ministry’–called We Can Know.

Enraptured by The Second Coming

By Josh Shaffer
Washington Post

From her Subaru, a car painted as white as the fourth horse of Revelation, Allison Warden proclaims that Jesus shall return May 21.

By her reckoning, His return will fall on a springtime Saturday…

But to Warden and hundreds of like-minded Christians, Judgment Day can be calculated precisely by tracing biblical genealogy or by following history forward 7,000 years from the day Noah shut the door to his ark.

So if May 22 rolls around and you’re still here, wailing and gnashing your teeth, don’t say nobody warned you.

“It’s a very jarring thing to be told you have five months on Earth,” Warden, 29, said. “That may interrupt any earthly plan.”

HT: Jesus Needs New PR

From the We Can Know website (seriously, where do they get the money for this?)

I say someone raises some funds and makes a super-interesting documentary by following around Camping and his followers the week leading up to May 21, 2011, and then more importantly, when Jesus does not return on that day, follow them around for a few weeks as they experience cognitive dissonance, and have a camera rolling when the ‘explanations’ start coming.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon H permalink
    January 3, 2011 10:42 am

    Amusing that they posted a billboard under one featuring the “Can You Hear Me Now?” guy.

  2. January 3, 2011 11:10 am

    On a more enterprising note, I think I’d like to get ahold of these people and see if they’ll give full legal control of all their assets, effective May 22.

  3. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:06 am

    Somebody ought to invite YouTube’s Third Eagle of the Apocalypse (i.e. the It’s Prophesied Guy) to perform at one of Camping’s events. Make an interesting doubleheader (now all we need is two more heads and four more wings…).

    It’s Prophesied,
    It’s Prophesied,
    What happens when your brains are fried…

  4. Everett permalink
    January 14, 2011 10:26 pm

    Stamping Out Harold Camping

    Is Second Coming date-setter Harold Camping worthy of death? He already has a zero batting average after his September 1994 prediction fizzle and, according to the Bible, is a false prophet.
    Nevertheless that California shaman, who should be ashamed, claims he’s found out that Christ’s return will be on May 21, 2011 even though Matt. 24:36 says that no one knows the “day” or “hour” of it!
    A Google article (“Obama Fulfilling the Bible”) points out that “Deut. 18:20-22 in the Old Testament requires the death penalty for false prophets.”
    The same article reveals that “Christians are commanded to ask God to send severe judgment on persons who commit and support the worst forms of evil (see I Cor. 5 and note ‘taken away’).”
    Theologically radioactive Harold Camping and his ga-ga groupies (with their billboards featuring “May 21, 2011”) should worry about being “stamped out” if many persons decide to follow the I Cor. 5 command.
    The above article concludes: “False prophets in the OT were stoned to death. Today they are just stoned!”
    PS – For many years Camping was not known as a pretrib rapture teacher. But now, for $ome my$teriou$ rea$on, he seeks support from those who believe in and teach an imminent, pretrib rapture which supposedly will occur SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE the traditional SECOND COMING to earth! For a behind-the-scenes, documented look at the 181-year-old pretrib rapture belief (which was never a part of any official theology or organized church before 1830!), Google “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards” and “Pretrib Rapture – Hidden Facts.”

  5. Gabriel Nepenthe permalink
    April 18, 2011 12:02 pm

    Huh. Well as far as ‘how do they get the money for this’, it’s a heck of a lot easier to spend large sums of money when you don’t think you’re gonna be around when it’s time to pay your debts. What a rude awakening this will be for those folks. 😦

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