As a evangelical Christian I think people like Harold Camping and his cult of followers give the bible a bad name. Jesus clearly stated that no one would know the time or the hour of his return and using numerology won’t help. I’m glad this guy went out on a limb and foolishly predicted an exact day for ‘the Rapture’ to occur so that God can show the world how wrong he is. However, his silly prediction simply gives unbelievers that might have been reached and saved ammunition to dispute the veracity of biblical scripture and laugh off real Christianity. Mr. Camping is a false teacher and will answer to God for his actions.
“There’s a sucker born every minute”
Some things never change
This guy is an idiot and the folks who follow him are real shmucks.
Years ago (back in the early 90’s or 80’s) I used to listen to Camping. Family Radio was a great station and Camping seemed to teach like a real scholar.
Gradually I realized he was making serious hermenuetical errors. (I recommend reading a good book; back before computer streaming I read Hermeneutics by Walter Martin. http://www.blueletterbible.org/audio_video/comm_topic.cfm?AuthorID=35&commInfo=62&GroupID=0 )
One night on Open Forum I heard him tell a distressed woman, whose husband was beating her regularly the bible told her to take it. When she started to cry and tell him she thought he was going to kill her, he told her he was very sorry for her but the bible gave her no recourse but to “turn the other cheek” and she had to stay with him or be in disobedience to God.
I never listened to him after that.
The concept of the Bible as direct communication from God only makes sense if each person uses it individually to determine their own path.
Listening to any man, robed or not, about how to interpret the Bible is very dangerous and unnecessary. Why would you insert a man in between yourself and your God? Why would God want or condone such a thing?
I feel sorry for those who were deceived by Camping. What a painful lesson for them. Hope they realize that they need to put their faith in God and Jesus, not in man. They put so much faith in this man and seemed to have forgotten the word of God, which states NO MAN KNOWETH when Jesus will come again.