It takes a big man to admit he’s wrong. Considering just how big Harold Camping’s wrongs were, then, the man must be a giant. Repeated attempts to predict the Rapture and the end of the world ended in big fat failures and ultimately ruined the financial futures of who knows how many people who gave away everything on the strength of his word.
Camping, 90, has made predictions about Judgment Day, Christ’s return and the end of the world for the past few decades – with the May 21, 2011, forecast receiving the most media attention. Each time the date passed, he did not admit to mistaking the timing but instead reasoned that the events happened “spiritually” rather than physically.
But once Oct. 21, 2011 – the day Camping said the world would be destroyed physically – came and went, the Christian broadcaster began to reevaluate his views about being able to calculate and know the exact date of the apocalypse.
“Even the most sincere and zealous of us can be mistaken,” Camping and Family Radio staff stated in their March letter. “We realize that many people are hoping they will know the date of Christ’s return. In fact for a time Family Radio fell into that kind of thinking.
I found this article via The Thinking Atheist who wrote on Facebook, “Mr. Camping. Also…please pay back the millions you received in contributions, along with a personal, written apology to the citizens of planet earth. (Individually signed letters, please.)”
Sadly, I think the world will end before that ever happens.