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My Take: May 21st doomsday movement harms Christianity
Osvaldo Colon walks the streets of New York proselytizing with other believers that the world will end Saturday.
May 17th, 2011
03:27 PM ET

My Take: May 21st doomsday movement harms Christianity

Editor’s Note: Robert Jeffress is pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas and the author of 17 books, including the forthcoming "Forget Saving America!"

By Robert Jeffress, Special to CNN

In January 1961, a few days before John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as president, he invited Billy Graham to spend a day with him in Key Biscayne, Florida. After a round of golf, Kennedy and Graham were returning to their hotel when Kennedy stopped the white Lincoln convertible he was driving by the side of the road.

“Billy, do you believe that Jesus Christ is coming back to Earth one day?” Kennedy asked.

“Yes, Mr. President, I certainly do,” the evangelist responded.

“Then why do I hear so little about it?” Kennedy wondered.

Were Kennedy alive today, he probably wouldn't be asking the same question.

During Kennedy’s lifetime, few mainline Protestant churches discussed the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Fifty years later, however, televangelists, network television programs, movies and books like the "Left Behind" series — which has sold more than 60 million copies — have succeeded in placing the return of Jesus Christ in the public consciousness.

A 2004 Newsweek poll revealed that 55 percent of Americans believe in the Rapture, the snatching away of all Christians prior to the end of the world and the return of Jesus Christ.

As a pastor who preaches often about Bible prophecy, I am grateful for the general awareness people have of the promised return of Jesus Christ.

But our culture’s newfound interest in the end times has a downside. Bible prophecy inherently attracts fanatics. As a seminary professor of mine used to say to our class, “Remember, wherever there is light, there are bugs!”

One of those fanatics is Harold Camping, the founder of the Christian broadcasting ministry Family Radio in Oakland, California. Camping has predicted that the Rapture will occur at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, followed by the end of the world five months later on October 21, 2011.

Family Radio has plastered billboards across the nation with the warning “Judgment Day, May 21, The Bible Guarantees It!”

Road trip to the end of the world

Readers should note that Camping first predicted the world’s end in 1994. He says he was wrong due to a mathematical miscalculation.

Now I am going to make my own prediction which I’m (almost) willing to stake my life on: May 21 will come and go without any Rapture.

How can I be so certain of my prophecy? The Bible itself says that no one can know the date of the end of the world.

Predicting the apocalypse

In discussing His return to Earth, Jesus told His disciples, “... of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” (Matthew 24:36).

If God has not even revealed to his own son the date the world will end, I doubt he has revealed it to Harold Camping.

My hunch is that the date God ultimately has chosen is one that will not be plastered on billboards around the country.

What harm is there in an 89-year-old preacher making prognostications about the end of the world?

First, such predictions give non-Christians one more reason to discount the Bible.

For example, many secularists have dismissed the Bible because they assume that it teaches the world is only 6,000 years old. In reality, the Bible never makes such a claim about the Earth’s age. Instead, some well-intentioned Christians have misused the genealogies in the Bible to attempt to ascertain the date of creation.

Similarly, when next Saturday passes without a Rapture, some will say, “See, the Bible was wrong again,” when, in fact, it will have been Harold Camping who was wrong — again.

Second, predictions about the end of the world always lead some people to make foolish decisions. When a self-professed prophet named Edgar Whisenant predicted that the Rapture would occur in 1988, a couple I know responded by charging their Visa card to the limit with a trip to Disney World, believing the bank would be left with the bill once they had left the Magic Kingdom for God’s kingdom.

Obviously, things did not go as planned.

A look at the ways the world could end

Just as every teacher knows how unproductive and unfocused students are the week before school lets out, God knows how tempted we would be to neglect the responsibilities he has entrusted to us if we knew the date we would be raptured into heaven. That is why God refuses to show us his calendar and instead instructs us to focus on our assignment.

But the most harmful consequence of Camping’s false prediction is that it discourages people from making the necessary preparation for the real event when it actually occurs.

Remember the boy who cried wolf once too often? The villagers were so hardened to the boy’s false alarms that they were unprepared when the wolf finally arrived.

When May 21 passes and Camping’s prophecy is added to the ash heap of discredited prophecies, some will be tempted to join the chorus of cynics whom the Bible predicts will mockingly say, “Where is the promise of Christ’s coming?” (2 Peter 3:3-4).

Make no mistake about it. As Billy Graham affirmed to President Kennedy, Jesus is coming back some day. Over 1,800 verses in the Old Testament and 300 verses in the New Testament prophesy of the lord’s return.

Don’t allow the Harold Campings of the world keep you from making the necessary preparation for the end — whenever it may be.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • End times • Heaven • Opinion

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  1. GAW

    @ John Many Atheists have their views of a Utopian future just as much many Christians do. This is a human aspiration and humans will use whatever ideologies are at their disposal to exercise power over others to attain that goal. Religious or otherwise. But aside from this tangent religion on a global scale is not going away in your lifetime or at least not for the next few generations. It will change and adapt to the culture and maybe even be come more liberal. But that may not be enough for ya will it? I wonder if force will ever be an option down the road for you guys. After all we are human. All the logic and reason in the world can't change that fact.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Kaylin Thornton

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      May 18, 2011 at 2:04 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      @Kaylin Posting repeatedly "1Thessalonians 5:2-6" made your post appear rather foolish!
      It really didn't prove anything concerning the date-setting of this false prophet as well as others alike!
      But there is a Scripture that defines what to look for Before comming of that Day!

      "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
      Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 3-12

      The "man of sin" is NOT the "world system", as so many self proclaimed teachers teach erroneously.
      " He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way" is NOT the Holy Spirit through believers hindering him from comming till they be taken away in the "rapture"... It is The Holy Spirit Himself who is restraining satan from comming ahead of God's appointed time for him to come, because satan has done it thru many attempts in past history, even as his last of the attempt was through Hitler, desiring to establish his kingdom on earth. It is God who restrains Him, till HE moves His restraint away to allow him, to fulfill the Scriptures... That's where even so many mainstream Christians go wrong, thinking when God secretly raptures them , the Holy Spirit will leave the Earth with them , and then Antichrist will be able to come.....
      What foolishness!
      The Holy Spirit that 's in Christians now is not now hindering all kinds of ungodliness from rampaging the earth! Why do they think it's different about the comming of Antichrist?

      But that's waht happens when the sheep is eating just about anything that the shepherds of the flocks are feeding them! It has even become necessary to leave the present day church, and stay at home to worship God, in order to keep one's self from error that's infiltrated almost all churches, especially in this country!

      But what's happening with this group, it's embarrassing..... what will those people do on the day after May 21, when their hopes don't come to pass? It is really pathetic!

      May 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • JOregon

      @PRISM 1234
      The man of sin sits in the temple NOW.
      Churches today have set up a salvation system where they decide who is saved or not saved.
      You hear it all the time, if you say this prayer you will be saved , or if you are immersed you will be saved, or if you come forward during the invitation you will be saved........
      The churches today literally fit the prophecy:
      2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
      They have taken the sovereignty away from God.
      God is sovereign. All we can do is throw ourselves on his mercy like the publican.
      Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
      .
      That does not guarantee salvation, God chooses.
      Romans 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
      Romans 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
      .
      And God is Merciful

      May 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      JOregon, you are just simply WRONG!

      May 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  2. RichardSRussell

    Christians, believe the Bible. In it, Jesus said he would be returning DURING THE LIFETIME OF HIS DISCIPLES. When that didn't happen, they should all have drawn the obvious conclusion: that the guy was either lying, nuts, or (more charitably) deluded. In none of these instances should his word have been treated as "gospel", even by the people at the time, let alone 2000 years later.

    Face it, folx. He's dead. He's been dead for TWO THOUSAND YEARS. He ain't ever comin' back. Get over it already. Sheesh!

    May 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • Moola Man

      He did return before ascending. Know your Bible before you go riffin' on Jesus.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  3. danai306

    What Mr. Camping should have said is May 21 is the end of the Great Tribulation. He is correct in that. I have checked carefully throught the Bibble and from Daniel Chapter 8 the Bible states the interval between the great tribulations will be 1290 days (years). The last great Tribulation was when Nebuchadnezzars troops razed down Jerusalem and carried the Jews into exile. When everything is tabulated carefully, the end of the 3rd Great Tribulation falls on May 21 this year.

    If there is no stay of execution, then we are all in for it. Are you saved or not? Are you ready?

    May 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • GEZUS

      Please send me all of your cash. You will not need it on the 22nd. I will, it will help put my kids through college so they grow up with more common sense then you.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      danai306, I'll see you in the rapture capsule with the unicorns. Don't forget to wear your nose ring -the big steel one that I padlocked the chain onto when we were practicing for the uplifting.

      The great yanking is imminent.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  4. Chazman7

    OH, NO!! Not before my 60th birthday on the 25!!! What a way to go!

    May 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • gozer

      Happy 60th. You should check back May 25 and let everyone here know as you celebrate it.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • BOB

      Chazman7- You need to live it up on the 21st, then if you wake up on the 22nd you will still have 3 more days to party! Way to go on the 60th, if you are on the East coast I will buy you a beer!

      May 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Brian

    Christianity harms Christianity. Just go to church and you will see what I mean. "The last Christian died on the cross" – Friedrich Nietzsche.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  6. JAberg123

    I'm going to do the same thing that you would do if god turns out to be Marduk, or Baal, or Osiris or Apollo or Amon-Ra or Nebo or Thor or Cronos or Beltu ................................

    May 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • GEZUS

      Either use the "commas" or don't. Your sentence is very annoying.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  7. chase

    organized religion is the worst thing to happen to mankind

    May 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Moola Man

      says the atheist/agnostic. Biased much?

      May 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Ann

    Back in the year 33 C.E., Jesus had foretold catastrophe for the city of Jerusalem. “The days will come upon you,” he declared, “when your enemies will build around you a fortification with pointed stakes and will encircle you and distress you from every side, and they will dash you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave a stone upon a stone in you.” How mistaken were those who ridiculed that warning! In 70 C.E., the Roman armies besieged Jerusalem and destroyed the city, with widespread loss of life to its inhabitants. Why were the majority of the city’s inhabitants not prepared for this disaster? Because they had not discerned that God had inspected them through his Son, Jesus.Luke 19:43, 44.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • chase

      Really? Did he have any "catchy" qoutes for the people of darfur,holacaust?

      May 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  9. chase

    what you dont beileve in virgin births,noahs arc,parting of the seas,6,000 year old earth,talking snakes ?

    May 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  10. ihaveabridgetosellyou

    hopefully once the Christians disappear after the 21st, the world will be a better place. And while you're at it, take the other violent religions with you.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  11. Jr

    The most harmful thing to Christianity is the Bible.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • GEZUS

      The most harmful thing to Christianity is priests running after little boys!

      May 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Sharon

      GEZUS, tsunamis and cancers ain't helping Christianity much either. Maybe you could ask your dad to lighten up on those a bit.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    So Mister Jeffress thinks that the eschatological prediction of doomsday on May 21 is more damaging to Christianity than the prediction of “rapture” preached by Southern Baptists which will teleport born again Christians to heaven while God brings all forms of natural disasters, disease, suffering, and evil upon the rest of mankind. I guess it never occurs to these “saved” Christians that instead of spending their time in the Dallas shopping malls, that perhaps they should look around them and consider the social issues that Jesus would have been concerned about. It might shed new light on those directives to give all you have to the poor and follow him. I guess one can easily feel guiltless when they have had all sins washed away and have a one way ticket to heaven, while everyone else will suffer to the extent of chewing their tongues and gnashing their teeth. Who wouldn’t sign up to go shopping.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  13. Sone

    Jesus said that even He doesn't know when this day will be, so if He doesn't know because he is waiting for the hand of God, His father, to let Him know; how can man know. We will have people that will go around predicting when the last days will be and the only thing that God ask is that YOU are ready and that YOU watch and pray.

    These people are very religious people that claim that they have the spirit of God in them, but if they were wise and studied the Bible for revelation and just R E A D the word, they too would not be making such a claim.

    Pray for them!

    May 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • GEZUS

      Yea, I am not quite sure what dad said. It is going to happen at some point, but I was not paying attention.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • gozer

      The omniscient being doesn't know when this big event is going to happen. Uhh, maybe you should give that some more thought.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  14. Ann

    For YOU know this first, that in the last days there will come ridiculers with their ridicule, proceeding according to their own desires and saying: “Where is this promised presence of his? Why, from the day our forefathers fell asleep [in death], all things are continuing exactly as from creation’s beginning. (2Peter 3:4-5)

    May 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • gozer

      Not much of a prediction. People smart enough to see through the fables of Christianity have been ridiculing that religion for a very long time, so it could have been said to have been any point in history. At least free speech is more common these days, though, so it's easier and safer to be heard.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  15. Marty in MA

    jesus isn't coming, sorry.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • Jaz83+

      Why does life exist?
      Is it a random occurrence based a perfect set of happenstance?

      May 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      To reply to Jaz83, yeah, that's pretty much it. Why, is that so hard to believe?

      You should be aware that, for the vast, overwhelming majority of time and space, life DOESN'T exist. It's a fairly rare occurrence most places in the Universe, and, as far as we know, intelligent, self-aware life occurs only here on Earth. (Temper that thot with the rock-solid fact that there's an awful lot we DON'T know, and the Universe is gargantuan.)

      May 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  16. feide

    I find it interesting that a family who believes so strongly in Armageddon and the rapture and is apparently very holy, thinks that they will be among the raptured and ascend into heaven. They then decide the best course of action is to max out their credit cards and go to Disney thus sticking others with their debt. Sounds very Christian to me.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • Jaz83+

      You could prlly refer the the part about their Edgar Whisenant buy-in. They weren't smart to begin with.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • john

      haha ... yup ... thats typical stupid people, life is just one big fairy tale !!

      May 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • BOB

      Yea! how holy is that to run up your c.c. and stick it to the Mouse!

      May 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • MasterOfTheMoon

      Maybe it was their idea of getting rid of all their earthly possessions as Jesus commanded his followers to do. True to form, they did it wrong.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  17. 21k

    i think you need another, better god. this one wouldn't stop the Holocaust, even though he created the entire universe from nothing.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • Jaz83+

      You shoulda had a convo with Eve about not eating the no-no fruit.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • Daniel

      Maybe he just didn't want to...

      May 17, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • Daniel

      He also intelligently designed ectopic pregnancy. And cancer in children.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • Moola Man

      God doesn't operate around hate.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  18. Follower

    This doesn't harm christianity so much as it opens our eyes a little wider to it.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Moola Man

      how so?

      May 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  19. Charlie

    I remember growing up and having one parent live in eastern PA and one in western PA. On day when dad was scheduled to visit mother was held over for a second shift. An older brother took charge and insisted that the younger kids clean the house in preparation for dad when he got home. While he supervised, he helped himself to dad's beer and got drunk to the point where he threw up and passed out.

    Most of the kids then got angry with their older brother and proceeded to trash the place. Then they eagerly went to the front window and started to look and figure out which set of headlights belonged to dad's car. A couple of they youngest kids tried to clean up the mess their older siblings left.

    I ask you, with which children was dad angriest at when he finally walked through the door? Which ones got to go out the next day and have ice cream? The fundamentalists of the Muslim and the Christian faiths are like the middle aged children, republicans all, who are trashing the place with global warming, abusing their younger siblings, making them work to make their older siblings look good. They are often abusive and mean. Look at what the fundamentalist governor of Wisconsin is doing. Some things just never change. Then they look out the window and say, "I see this sign." "Those are his headlights for sure." "That is the sound of his car." This fits Revelations... to the tee.

    I, for one, am too busy trying to undo the damage of the fundamentalists and the republicans to have time to look for car headlights or to listen for the sound of dad's car.
    Matthew 24:45-51

    May 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Charlie, you must have a somewhat twisted view of Christianity since you fit followers of Christ with Republicans. You must have not met many real ones! And this is not a Democrat hear speaking, either! And I don't know what you call "fundamentalists". If Christians swayed with the wind of "popular culture", taiming to please man instead of God, and did not have doctrinal beliefs that are fundamental and unchangeable, they would be "like salt thrown into the streets to be trodden down under the feet of men... ". These are the words of Jesus.Can you opose them, and say they don't matter?

      May 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Jaz83+

    First!

    To all y'all NBs (nonbelievers), watchagonnado if you are wrong? Nothing, cause you will be in hell with osama.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Follower

      We won't do "nothing" we're gunna burn Burn BURN for all eternity!! Mwahahahaaaa

      May 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • GEZUS

      I am going to be doing this hot blonde that I just convinced that I was GEZUS and that she will not be here on Sun., so she better come aboard with me right now.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • Sharon

      Jaz83+, about your line "watchagonnado if you are wrong" , that's just Pascal's Wager fallacy. It just shows that you haven't thought about other possibilities than your particular god and doctrine. Sites like Rational Wiki rationalwiki.org and Fallacy Files http://fallacyfiles.org will have a lot more information on it, and you should consider reading them.

      Now why would a loving god punish mortals generally, even put them alongside a murderous terrorist, and torture them forever in a hell? Does that seem like something a loving god would do? Sure doesn't to me.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
    • Sharon

      and apparently, that is the punishment simply for not believing some really stale and questionable evidence. That's horrible and unfair.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      You know, you could have asked that same question any time during the last TWO THOUSAND YEARS, during each and every one of which someone somewhere was predicting that THIS would be the year Jesus finally put in his long-awaited reappearance. And getting a laff in your face would have been exactly the response you would have deserved then, and it's exactly the response you deserve today.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Moola Man

      To Sharon: God has given man countless opportunities to come to him for a peaceful eternity in the kingdom of Heaven. Don't get me wrong; I've got plenty of atheist friends. God sent Jesus to die, he loved us so much. We humans attempt to take God out of everything (the Pledge of Allegiance, Christmas, a christian holiday thnx very much, etc.) yet when he chooses to act and not save some, we call that unfair. The who stayed true will be saved (if this does happen, which I personally doubt), and the strays will get what the have chosen: an eternity without God.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • GEZUS

      Sharon- you sound cute, I might give you one more chance to believe in me. What's your number?

      May 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • Sharon

      Moola Man, again, the punishment of eternal torture is way off the charts for simple doubt. Think about it; your argument is utterly absurd if your god is truly loving as you claim. If your god is not loving, then you don't have a leg to stand on either.

      And GEZUS, nice try and nice beard, but I tend to avoid religious types. Although I suppose you aren't one of them, really.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • Anonymous

      Hell would be spending an eternity with evangelical Christians.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
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