Harold Camping was marginalized, marginalized himself actually, decades ago. The “end times obsessed crowd” as you put it understands that no man knows, not even the Son knows, only the Father. This knowledge comes from actually reading the Bible and what it has to say upon the matter.
That the news media have seized upon this and have had such a field day, for such an already discredited fringe figure, is more a symptom of their disdain for all Christians than for anything specific that one Christian might be compelled by pride to use to try to embarass another.
I’ll freely and frequently say Camping was wrong, is wrong and will continue to be wrong so long as he pretends to have some special, hidden knowledge that the Bible itself directly contradicts the possibility of his having. I know this because I know my Bible. Anyone else who knows their Bible knows this as well.
The individuals who have been drawn in by this, on the other hand, do not know their Bible and would rather believe and follow a man, a man who has been wrong on this very subject in the past.
Correct. Unfortunately Camping and his people are not the only ones.
We've got plenty of people obsessed with trying to figure out the dates/hours right here on FR.
I heard the Family Radio website had 3 million hits last month - April. Doesn’t sound marginal to me.
The sad thing about this is that it will give another “black eye” to Christians, when this is the time to witness to others for the good news of the Gospel of the Lord.