Hello readers. Happy Memorial Day weekend! Hope you’re all having a good time. This Soulful Sunday post will focus on the notorious Harold Camping and his failed dooms day prediction. Enjoy.
It’s been about 8 days since Harold Camping’s prediction of a 5 month
period of doom and gloom failed to come true. A lot has happened since then and many are calling for action to be taken against Camping.
A group called The Seattle Atheists has asked for a congressional investigation to be launched. The group claims that Camping guaranteed his followers and others that Judgement Day would be on May 21, 2011 and couldn’t follow through on his guarantee. Because of this guarantee, many people sold their possessions and abandoned their families to spread the word. A teenage girl in Russia (and probably others elsewhere) committed suicide because she was afraid she was going to be “left below”. A mother tried to kill herself and her children after hearing of Camping’s predictions as well. The destruction caused by Camping’s failure must have devastated several more lives and the group feels he must pay.
The Seattle Atheists aren’t the only ones calling for action to be taken against Camping. Richard Myers of abibleanswer.org wants Harold Camping to be removed from the Family Radio. Taking matters into his own hands, Myers offered Camping 1 million dollars for Family Radio. Of course Camping refuses to sell. Myers also has a page on his website that calls for Camping’s removal from Family Radio.
Despite his failures, Camping is still persisting that the end is near. After his last failed attempt, Camping was smarter and created a five month window. People would be raptured on May 21, 2011 and those left below would suffer on Earth until October 21, 2011 when it would all be over. Camping explained to the media and others on May 23 that he was slightly mistaken. Although judgment didn’t come physically on May 21, it did come “spiritually.” He went on to explain that because God is so loving He wouldn’t let people suffer through the end of times for 5 months and that no one would survive the events that are to take place no longer than a few days. (To read more about Camping and his reaction to his failed prediction check out this article: http://www.christianpost.com/news/fearful-teen-commits-suicide-due-to-harold-campings-judgment-day-prediction-50542/)
Although ultimately everyone is responsible for their own decisions and actions, I feel that Camping should be held responsible for damaging the lives of several people. If it were not for Camping’s false prophecy of doom, many people would not have sold their homes or left their families. The mother who tried to kill herself and her children wouldn’t have done that if she didn’t fear for her life and the lives of her children. That teenage girl in Russia would still be alive if Camping didn’t spread his false prophecies around the world.
If Camping’s prophecy is true, why does he refuse to sell his company? If Camping is only trying to teach people’s God word through the Bible, why doesn’t he teach them about the stories of love and miracles, not death and destruction? Why doesn’t he even feel a little responsible for damaging the lives of others with his lies?
I do believe the world is going to end sometime, but I don’t believe that Harold Camping or any other man on this Earth knows.
What do you guys think? Sound off in a comment.