May 21st, 2011
07:23 PM ET

It's NOT the end of the world as we know it

(CNN) - This just in: Doomsday is doomed. And the world is still here.

After months of warnings and fear, the Day of Rapture, as predicted by apocalyptic Christian broadcaster Harold Camping, passed without apparent calamity. Judgment Day was to have started at 6 p.m., but as darkness fell on many parts of the world, it appeared that heaven could wait.

At this writing, there have been no reports of people soaring upward to the skies, but plenty of folks are talking about it.

Jim Brenneman, a cartoonist and CNN iReporter in Marcellus, New York, said he expects to remain on Earth, but you never know.

"Although I assume that I've lived a sinful life and will probably be here on Sunday, there is a small chance that maybe I was better than I thought and might get sucked up into the heavens on Saturday with all the other self-righteous wing nuts," he said. "If that happens, feel free to have my stuff. But probably not! Let the Looting Begin! HAPPY APOCALYPSE EVERYONE!!"

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  3. KingdomWork

    I agree with "HereIAm"

    Just a question to ponder...Could it be that Jesus Christ is returning differently than we expect Him to? Everyone is expecting Him to return with the rapture... The word "rapture" isn't in the bible. Did you know that?

    In the New Testament, the religious people of the day crucified Jesus because they didn't recognize who Jesus was; as well as, His new Kingdom teachings. (Era of Grace) The Pharisees couldn't accept Him or His new teachings. They wanted to continue under the old era of Old Testament Law; thus, they had Him killed because they thought He was a false teacher.

    Maybe Christ is returning in the form of His Holy Spirit? Living through His believers? Our bodies are His temple, where He can live through us? Jesus was coming to baptize us with fire/or the Spirit, and He said, “Oh how I wish it was already kindled..”- I believe Jesus said that because He wanted us to live righteously, yet without His Spirit within us, it’s impossible to keep growing in grace.
    Have you ever looked at what He taught? He taught The Kingdom of God/Heaven. The kingdom is supposed to already be here now! Interesting, right?
    Could it be that no one knows the time or hour of His return because we receive His spirit/return at different times? Just a thought?!?!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  4. Carl Williams

    One thing the pastor and everyone else that believes what he says, forget is this: The bible says: NO MAN knoweth the hour which the son of man cometh!!! No body knows, especially him. No one but god himself knows the time this will happen, quit trying to put a date on it, live your life the best you possibly can, and live with the results

    May 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • HereIAM

      Coming??? Jesus??? I guess it’s no surprise that these people keep turning out to be wrong. Try this. Christ is already present and he isn't a man named Jesus. The Temple has already been rebuilt just not as expected. As far as the end of the world. Well that is still in preparation. The interesting thing about that is every living person on the planet is going to know that day intrinsically. The occurrence and outcome will be unmistakable. I guess the children haven't notice the serpent that has been given to them. It must just be too close to tell its true nature. Enjoy your just rewards everyone. You deserve them

      May 24, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  5. Free

    With millions all predicting that the world wasn't going to end on Saturday wouldn't you consider that overwhelming proof that Camping has far less than even an average ability as a prophet? Yet, as also predicted by many, he has gone ahead with announcing another date for the rapture which reminds me of Homer Simpson in the episode "Thank God, It’s Doomsday":

    Homer: “The Book of Revelation has 404 verses. Add the number of people at the Last Supper. Multiply by whatever complex mathematical formulas you can find. Minus the number of Filipinos in the Bible, and you get–”

    Marge: “Three million, one hundred and–”

    Homer: “No! You get 3[insert colon]15,05[insert slash]18…3:15 p.m on May 18! That’s when the Rapture will begin!”

    Marge: “May 18? That’s one week from today!”

    Homer: “A week? Uh, that’s [scribble, scribble, calculate]…seven days from now!!”

    I guess Camping forgot that Jesus was at the Last Supper too.

    May 24, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  6. Elite

    This was the highlight of our rapture lol

    May 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  7. Robert

    Of course, since the reality in which we all reside is in a constant state of change, every single day is the "end of the world as we know it...."

    May 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  8. Madtown

    "I too was hopeful that Jesus would return on May 21, 2011, as the scripture was pretty clear to me..."

    Interesting. The scripture was "clear"? Ask 10 people to read the same verse of scripture, and you'll get 10 different interpretations.

    May 23, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Artist

      But it is the word of god..pure..there is no confusion. *rolling eyes*

      May 23, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  9. HeavenSent

    Chris, how convenient to assume Christians hate. Put the blame where it truly belongs. You hate Jesus and refuse to read His letter He wrote to all of us (the Bible) to learn how He wants us to be the best that He wants us to be.


    May 23, 2011 at 8:18 am |
    • Madtown

      "...You hate Jesus and refuse to read His letter He wrote to all of us (the Bible)..."

      But, Jesus didn't write the bible. So, ???

      May 23, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Artist

      His letter? You do realize he did not write squat. lol

      May 23, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Free

      Paul hated Christians too, right, and then he took the movement away from the Jews and rendered it for gentiles. Couldn't this just as easily be seen as a continuance of his original plan to destroy what Jesus started?

      I mean, it's right up there with L. Ron Hubbard openly saying "You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion" and then his starting one a decade later. Still, you'll never hear any Scientologist question Hubbard's sincerity, would you?

      May 24, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  10. chuckyhyena

    Too bad it didn't happen. This would be a MUCH better world without them.

    May 23, 2011 at 3:03 am |
    • STBV

      Don't worry you're wish will come true soon enough- and you'll see what the world will be like without Christians. Trust me- you won't like it.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:55 am |
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    May 23, 2011 at 1:05 am |
  12. W N Bader

    Trying to determine the date of the end of the world will always result in a myth-calculation.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  13. timmyt30

    http://scotthought.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/rapturebenefits/ Hopefully some good comes out of all this

    May 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  14. Damian


    10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by
    other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

    9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people
    evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical
    claim that we were created from dirt.

    8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

    7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah,
    but you don`t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered
    all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic
    groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!

    6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods
    sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit
    impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back
    to life and then ascended into the sky.

    5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically
    established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing
    dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that
    Earth is a few generations old.

    4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those
    who share your beliefs - though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity
    in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant"
    and "loving."

    3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to
    convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues"
    may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.

    2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers.
    You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the
    remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.

    1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the
    Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

    May 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Good stuff!

      May 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Britney Spears loses a Debate with a Chicken

      That's a winner. Ten out of ten bulls-eyes.

      May 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • bob

      Actually, the Trinity is not a true Christian teaching. It was a pagan concept that infiltrated a great many so-called Christian religions. It is not found in the Bible nor is the concept.

      May 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • RightturnClyde

      Not necessarily but since you are a bigot you stereotype and categorize about whatever you imagine is true and other like you concur) So you are bigots together. I think you are young and have very little experience in life, often single and self gratifying, self focused and not really capable (yet) of complex familial relationships. (my opinion only) Most have a very shallow perception of the world around them (not much experience with "the world" at large)(which is why they seem young - and elite - living on fathers resources) But I could be wrong. I don't think so though.

      May 23, 2011 at 12:07 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Another mindless non-believer wanting to point His finger at Jesus' truth about life and the hereafer so that he will never have to face the fact that he's sinning in life. Not only facing the fact of his sinful nature but telling society that he will always refuse to stop sinning. Therefore, you are a dime of dozen anti-social personalities out in the world.


      May 23, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • SeanNJ

      @RightturnClyde: You believe in god, so I'd say you're a lot wrong about a lot of stuff.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • PAULA

      I too was hopeful that Jesus would return on May 21, 2011, as the scripture was pretty clear to me as well even though I am a sinner just as we all are, I am still looking to God in his word for an answer.
      Camping said not to trust him but to trust the Bible, he is correct in saying that, he is honest and for all Gods elect you know this is true, he led no one astray, we all had our Bibles isn't our job to trust God and God only? so what do we do now? we go to God through THE WORD, THE SAME WORD THAT CREATED THIS UNIVERSE!
      2ND PETER
      The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance
      I found comfort through his word as that is where we find it, isn't it? go there

      embeddedworks.com signs of the end 1] The Lord tarries at the end
      look up the verses and stop pouting
      comfort ye one another especially as you see the day approaching
      to God be the GLORY

      May 23, 2011 at 8:43 am |
    • STBV

      oh man you guys are so funny, misled, and confused- that's exactly how sin blinds people and causes them to make sbsurd remarks like yours because you fear the truth. For your own good check out http://www.jamesbouvier.com. Science – please. Your most intelligent thought you've ever had is pure childishness compared to God- he created you- do you really think you can do better with your little small minded theories about thing you know nothing about? Get the facts befoe it's too late.

      May 23, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • RightturnClyde

      @SeanNJ well you can say I am wrong and I can believe I am right. That's our right as Americans. But some of you would give away our rights (and that IS disturbing). Others of you only want to take away Christians right (and think they can have it both ways) .. but you cannot take away the rights of one without taking away the rights of all. Unfortunately MUCH of the 1st Amendment and the Second are gone. The Bill of Rights is a once-time thing. Only the U.S has a Bill of Rights and now 1/5th is gone. Perhaps as much as 1/2 of it is gone. It will never be granted again. The current administration hates the Bill of Rights. The Islamics hate it. There is no Bill of Rights in all of Asia or Russia or Europe. How unique and yet nobody (today) values it.

      May 23, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • Stevie7

      Sometimes, the truth hurts.

      May 23, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Artist

      Pretty spot on. lol

      May 23, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • David Johnson

      You said: "I too was hopeful that Jesus would return on May 21, 2011, as the scripture was pretty clear to me as well even though I am a sinner just as we all are, I am still looking to God in his word for an answer."

      You and your group's salty tears are sweet to me. You and the other doomsdayers crapped your pants for believers everywhere. Your only sin was picking a day for your humiliation. The other Christians believe just as you do. They just know that once they select a date...it is a deal breaker. Much better just to allude to how soon Christ's coming is.

      Your group did a service for fence sitters everywhere. Now when the idiot Christians post comments as if they "know", we can remind them of May 22nd, and how sure your group was.

      It really doesn't matter if it was the 21st,or 10,000 years from now. The outcome would be the same. Christians will be left in the pumpkin patch staring up at the sky, having soiled themselves once again, wondering where their Great Pumpkin is.

      So when the idiots preach, remind them of the day after. LOL

      There is no god. Not even a small one. This is as much a fact as the Great Pumpkin.


      May 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Wellllllll

      @David Johnson–Not all christians believed that the rapture would happen on May 21at,, actually on a very small percentage. The bible clearly states that no man knows the hour or the day of the coming of Christ. Not even Jesus knows, only the father knows when in will happen. Lumping all christians together is very inmature. Jesus will return and all knees will bough and every tongue will confess that he is Lord. Yes David even you will do this. God bless you

      May 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Free

      A three year old can tell you for certain that they believe in God, but I somewhat doubt that you would hold their immaturity against them in this, right?

      May 24, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • Free

      So, you believe that it will happen, but it will be a surprise, yes? Ask yourself how surprised you and the vast majority of Christians would have been if Camping had been right, eh?

      May 24, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Frogist

      LOL! Hilarious list, Damian!

      May 25, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • SeanNJ

      @RightturnClyde: You are a loon.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:12 am |
  15. Reality

    As with Camping, Jesus was also a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospels being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about rapture and bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European, white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices.

    May 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  16. Nicholas

    I hope CNN does a report on how those followers of Camping who gave up EVERYTHING are now coping with the fact that they have not been raptured and judgment day has not come.

    May 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Artist

      They can call it, "What it is like to be a loser"

      May 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  17. tylerdurdun

    Bible says a lot things that aren't true, that are morally puzzling, and that are downright contradictory. I really can't blame Mr. Camping for making a bad prediction because i could pretty much justify any action within the moral spectrum from the bible. How do you go about deciding which verses to really take seriously? I'm guessing that you emphasize the ones that align best with your personal ambitions and the ones that give you heartwarming feelings. You present day christians don't spend much time in the Old Testament nor do you take time to even read the entire book. Christians, if you don't treat your book with any more respect than an edition of home and garden magazine, how do you think this looks to people outside of the faith. How i wish you feeble minded and delusional people would grow up. It's time to stop pretending like you have the answers to questions that no one could presently have answers to. You view your faith as harmless and beneficial to humanity, yet to me, I see you as an annoying relic that has hindered and still hinders humanities progress. Stop pretending and start questioning.

    May 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • RightturnClyde

      The Bible is not a fact book or a history book. (I doubt that you have read the Bible .. or any portion of it). It cannot read "literally" (e.g., "pluck out your eye") and part of the problem today is people cannot understand what they read. This is a failing of the schools. Many cannot even read (illiterate) but so many others cannot understand what they read. So they really are handicapped. This fellow Camping apparently has that problem. If you read Shakespeare's Henry V and believe that is history (many do) you are going to be wrong. Oh yes there was a battle at Agincourt and Henry V was king but any correlation ends there. Shakespeare was making light of Henry V and not trying to record Agincourt. The Bible is not a fact book or a science book or a history book. Too many preachers do not understand that (like you) and read the Bible incorrectly. And too many people DO follow like sheep.and believe falsely. Too bad.

      May 23, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • David Johnson

      You said: " part of the problem today is people cannot understand what they read. This is a failing of the schools. Many cannot even read (illiterate) but so many others cannot understand what they read. So they really are handicapped."

      The failing is due to our dying world, teaching evolution rather than creationism in our schools. Well, that and we vitally need state sponsored prayer. Our reading skills will never improve until god is placated.

      God is coming soon. Perhaps by lunch. LOL


      May 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
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