Saturday is supposed to be “Judgment Day”. This, according to Harold Camping, the 89 year old leader of the ministry, Family Radio Worldwide.
Camping is an uncredentialed evangelical minister in California, whose radio show is broadcast on 66 stations across the country. He took out an ad in Reader’s Digest magazine proclaiming, “The Bible guarantees the end of the world will begin with Judgment Day May 21, 2011.” He’s also plastered the message on 2,200 billboards around the country.
Camping previously predicted the end of days as September 6th, 1994. When that day came and went without fanfare, Camping went back to the drawing board and now says his calculations for tomorrow’s apocalypse are correct.
I don’t know about you, but didn’t Jesus say that there’s no timetable on judgment day?
In speaking with his disciples, Jesus spoke about the destruction of the temple and signs of the end times, and in Matthew 24:42-44 (New International Version), Jesus said,
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
From what this uncredentialed, evangelical minister proclaimed in his teachings, Camping has managed to manipulate the bible and the masses for his own benefit. The sad part is that there are people who put their life savings into believing the teachings of this “huckster”.
Which is why for me, my faith in people has deteriorated. Because no one knows when the end of days is going to happen. What it does do is give Christianity a bad name and alienates those who follow it.
I’ll never lose my faith in Jesus Christ. Because when it comes down to it, his word is the one that matters the most. But its those who take his word and use it for manipulative purposes. The only thing I can do is to follow Jesus’ word and “…treat those the way I want to be treated.” (Matthew 7:12).
Jesus also warns of people like Harold Camping in Matthew 7:15.
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves…”
Let’s just hope and pray that those who followed Mr. Camping’s word don’t become disappointed to the point of actually killing themselves.
That would be a human tragedy!