Camping is a false prophet, not just mistaken ...
I guess I'm missing the clear distinction between "false prophet," "honestly wrong," and "just plain crazy," or at least the way we, from the outside, can distinguish which one it is.
Teh interwebs are teeming with people who believe "the clocked started" with the establishment of the modern State of Israel, and that everything from today's weather to the 13-year cicadas to the cat digging up my bean patch "proves" that the End is Nigh. Camping just has a radio network, while most don't.
posted on 05/22/2011 6:33:04 AM PDT
(Just what this family needs: more smugness.)
"teeming with people"
I had a recently retired co-worker who every year for many years would predict the end of the world. He was always seeing signs of the impending catastrophe in current events in conjunction with the bible. Every year came and went without the final destruction. He never stopped making his predictions. Failure didn't stop him. That none of his predictions came true didn't deter him in the slightest.
That is good question. I don't know much about Camping. Just what I have read recently in the news. However, I haven't gotten an indication that people around him think he is senile or crazy. Regarding Camping being simply “honestly wrong”, it seems to me that there are many points of doctrine that faithful Christians disagree on. Depending on ones perspective, one could take one view or another without being classified as a heretic. However, Camping didn't just express a debatable viewpoint. He presumed to know an answer to a question which even the Son of God didn't know. Camping claimed that the Bible, which Christians believe is the Word of God, guaranteed his claims. That is sheer hubris. Camping has much to apologize for.
posted on 05/22/2011 6:55:21 AM PDT
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