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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!!"

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Levi Justus

    Harold Camping in Bible: It would be better to throw Harrold Camping into the sea with a millstone hung around his neck as told in Luke 17:2

    May 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  2. Marlan

    The followers of such a predicator are surely beleivers in creationism. Hence, they can't consider the man does not come from or has any related evolution with monkeys.

    So why do they act like a bunch of monkeys??

    May 22, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  3. Dave

    i pity the needy fools who get caught up in this nonsense.

    May 22, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  4. AmyLynn

    No True Christian would follow this man. He is an arrogant Old fool who believes his own Bible translations.

    His followers are the worst, they trust “HAROLD CAMPING IS THEIR GOD!

    Harold Camping is a horrible Bible teacher

    SEE HOW HE MADE 38 MILLION IN 1 YEAR!

    SEE HERE http://haroldcamping-21.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-harold-camping-pulled-off-biggest.html

    May 22, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • The Bobinator

      Why wouldn't any Christian follow this man? The bible is known to contain forgeries and additions at later dates (snake handling being one of them). How do you know other teachings are not made up?

      I'd strongly suggest that Matt 27:52-53 is a forgery or an outright falsehood because it says that holy men rose from their graves and were seen by many upon Jesus's return. No historian wrote about this event, even in passing. Is it possible they missed this "zombie rising"?

      The lesson here is that when anyone or anything claims to represent God, you should doubt it. That's the only sane and rational conclusion. The reason why Christians become flustered is because I think they realize this and need to say "Oh, he's not like us, he's totally different." Wrong. He's exactly like you. He believes in a concept without evidence and so do you.

      May 22, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • LT. Dan

      Aren't all Christians following someone elses interpretation of the bible. I don't understand why Christians bash each other. You are all equally as delusional as Mr. Camping. The rest of the world laughs at christians as they argue over who is less nutty. It is funny stuff.

      May 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Lt. Dan

      Don't all Christians follow someone else's interpretation of the bible. I think it is funny when Christians put down other Christians. You guys all believe in the basically the same thing. Anyone can read anything into the bible. So why are the westborow baptists, and the Family Radio fundees singled out. To the outside world it all seems just as equally ridicoulous. I think it is great when Christians argue over who is the least crazy. LOL

      May 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  5. Anon

    "2000 years of any day now." I'm an atheist, it's sad that the bible has been proven wrong so many times and yet people still choose to believe it as fact. If what the bible said is true, god will kill billions of people in the day of rapture, that doesn't sound like a benevalent god to me. If the angels come down from heaven to kill me, I will fight them like Bayonetta (well, maybe not that stylishly).

    May 22, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • RightturnClyde

      There have always been atheists. There have always been those who worship pagan gods and false teachings. There have always been people who take cheap shots and make light of others. Today there are many (perhaps millions) who go to fortune tellers (to learn about their future) and who believe in Edgar Cayce or Nostradamus or Rasputin or Astrology. There are millions who have "good luck charms" and rabbit's feet and burn candles for Princess Diana or some other personage. There are thousands (maybe millions) who believe in witches, vampires, werewolves, Loch Ness, Big Foot, Chupa cabra, snake charming, UFO's, E.T. (from the movies). Some atheist here has a moniker from Star Wars (which is an abstract reality to that poster). Christians lump atheists among all of those other practice_oners. We simply don't care if you are an atheist or a Buf_falo Dancer or a drum beater or if you worship your chair or your table or your co-atheist club. It does not change what Christians believe (or why they believe it).

      May 22, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Peace2All

      @RightturnClyde

      Hey there -Right Turn...

      You Said: "There have always been atheists. There have always been those who worship pagan gods and (false teachings). There have always been people who take 'cheap shots' and (make light of others)."

      Unfortunately, -Clyde... your whole posting, including the piece I marked out above reeks of the 'very thing' you are accusing others of. Your unquestioning (belief) in 'your' version of christianity, smacks of 'arrogance' in your postings overtly, and by inference.

      In other words -Clyde, your postings seem to smack of 'assumptions' which lead you to come across sometimes with a bit of...arrorgance.

      Respectfully,

      Peace...

      May 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Well, as long as there has been Abrahamic scripture, there for sure have been those who follow false teachings.

      May 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • RightturnClyde

      Everyone has their own perspective on things. I AM Christians and hence see atheism as wrong (false) and foolish. Nothing stops you atheists from call everyone else fools (your atheist tones are always condescending and intolerant). That does not persuade anyone to your notion of existence. But you are definitely arrogant. I know it is blessed to be meek and I will work on that. But I am not about to change what I believe because of posts on a CNN board. At the same time the "beliefs" of other (non-atheists) are all over the place. There are "card readers" on every block, big foot stories abound, police psychics, astrologers and astrology in every newspaper, Chinese fortune cookies, tarot readers, UFO watchers, pictures of alien reptiles, witches covens (Wicca), vampire reports, werewolf reports, crop circles, Mayan dooms days, buffalo dances (on TV), tea cup readers .. all kinds of pagan practices (somebody must believe that .. not you atheists of course .. you don't believe anything right? You are entirely neutral on everything .. that's what you preach.). So you actually believe in nothing. Well OK but there are lots of people believing lots of things .. it is not a case of atheists vs Christians (although atheists like to make is seem so). Nor are all Christians the same (they vary too). So perhaps I am arrogant although I do not think so ..I am "old" and I have experiences many of you have not had. .. which shape my beliefs (Gestalt)

      May 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • RightturnClyde

      It's a good thing (actually) but most of the people who post on this CNN Belief Blog are relatively young and literate and have a computer .. so they are the privileged elite of the world (and to some extent of the U.S> as well). They have free time (not devoted to wage earning) and electronics and probably at least some higher level education ($$$) .. they have never known hunger (where there just is not any food OR it is rationed and you cannot buy it anyway). They have never had NO GASOLINE (horses only), or been forced to make their own food (and can their own produce). Most of the posters believe that every country has a bill of rights (lie the hikers from UC Berkeley who got arrested in Iran). Most of them have no experience with polio epidemics, typhoid, TB, diptheria, malnutrishun. Most think they are never more than 10 minutes away from prepared food and warm shelter. Most would not even imagine military service. It just is not a reality for them. So no matter what your notion about God might be .. they would be considerably different than mine. If you are under 30 then we do not live in the same world and never have.

      May 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @RightturnClyde

      Again, my point being simply put... You tell how others beliefs are foolish or ridiculous, and accuse others of making fun of christianity, while... you are most often in your posts doing the exact same things that you are accusing others of.

      I call that a hypocrite.

      I don't mind if you say... I *believe* that what I think is true. But, you don't say that typically, you act as if what you *believe* =fact. When in fact it is pure unverified speculation.

      I am willing to acknowledge that you 'may' be right, but I have never seen you do the same for others that don't believe exactly as you do.

      Peace...

      May 23, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  6. Damian

    People are so blind, most of the comments are referring to what someone said that might be right or wrong, but have you all stand up in front of a mirror and ask yourself what I have done with my life? this is what you shall be asking to yourself instead of judging someone else belive, there is a God whatching us no matter if you belive or not, for him you do exist, but people don't want to see the truth rather living in a ilussion and fantasy, but one day everything will get to an end and then they will remember all those days that someone told them, there is a God that loves u and is looking for you to change and be a better person.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Damian

      Hey -Damian...

      While I agree that from time-to-time questioning 'what am I doing with my life' as a way to reach my goals, love others, be of service, etc...

      The rest of your posting you go into 'pure speculation' about God...what he wants, etc...

      Yes, you could be right, and... in my 'opinion' you were on a better track when you first started about relevancy of thought.

      Respectfully,

      Peace...

      May 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • John Richardson

      How much illusion and fantasy and arrogance and self-absorption and believing what you want to believe have we seen from Christians and followers of similar religions?

      May 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Damian wrote: "People are so blind"

      Yes... they let snake-oil salesmen lead them into running their lives in accordance with some ancient fairy tales...

      Aside from the bible, where else did you come to the conclusion that there's a "god" ??

      May 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  7. The Bobinator

    What isn't surprising is that Christians are missing the salient point. Just because someone comes to you claiming to speak for God, or a book makes the same claim it doesn't mean he/she or it is right.

    May 22, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • Nonimus

      That about sums it up. Well said!

      May 22, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  8. Obi Wan Kanobi

    Camping was wrong by trying to predicate the future with the bible. He even guaranteed it because It's in the bible. When archeological evidence suggests that unicorns and giants existed, humans could live over 900 years or that fish actually one time swam every inch of the world because a flood carpeted the earth maybe I'll start believing the bible

    May 22, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  9. Carey

    It's not that the Bible was proven wrong- only Harold Camping was! Christ will come back and all will stand before him, small and great. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who will take his power to himself and reign over the world. His rule is characterized by love of righteousness and hatred of iniquity (Hebrews 1:8-9). But many who read this love something he calls evil and/or hate something he calls good. Your conscience and the word of God bear witness to that truth. Now there is still a chance to change your mind, turn from your sin to follow Jesus on the narrow way that leads to life, and find mercy. Who will be honest and say that they would not have been ready if Jesus had come back? Who will be wise and do something about it and prepare for eternity? What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the world and lose his soul? There will be no mercy at the judgment- but now you can end your rebellion and call on the Lord Jesus to save you. To hold back and wait for another day is to refuse him. Get ready now while you still can!

    "Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." (Acts 3:26); "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness" (1 Peter 2:24a); "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7); "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27)

    May 22, 2011 at 6:02 am |
    • Bucky Ball

      If JC is the Lord, why did he never refer to himself as such, unless he was trying to trick us ?
      Actually posts like this convince me more and more that what this is about is that the evangelizers are trying to convince themselves of what they are spouting. There is not a shred of evidence for it, and they have to keep retalking themselves into buying this stuff, and so the posts get longer and longer and longer.

      May 22, 2011 at 8:38 am |
    • sbp

      You point out the basic flaw in the the Christian conception of god: "Believe in me, worship me, or suffer for eternity!" That's the pronouncement of an emotionally needy, insecure, mean-spirited tyrant. This is what a Ghadafi would say if he ruled the world.

      Why would a real god have any interest in whether people believed in him or not, or worshipped him or not? If there was an all powerful "being," who was not simply a nasty extraterrestrial with behavioral issues, his only interest in our world would be that we behaved well towards one another and the planet.

      This Christian idea that someone who follows all the ethical commands of the Bible, spends his life in the service of others, but does not believe in God or Jesus will be damned is inconsistent with the concept of a "supreme" being. This is how a petty egotistical dictator would behave.

      May 22, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  10. Survivor

    It is surprising that there isn't any law that authorize to prosecute these people who spread such fake messages to all over the world, and create panic among the people.

    May 22, 2011 at 3:27 am |
    • Harold Campaign

      buy a t-shirt to celebrate my failed prediction http://www.zazzle.com/doomsday_didnt_happen_tshirt-235004228451153990?rf=238081451788694703

      May 22, 2011 at 3:32 am |
    • LJ

      AGREEDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      How would such a law determine what actions, statements or prophecies are legitimate and what should be punished under this law? Seems to me it would be very difficult to say some practices or actions should be ruled unlawful without running afoul of the separation of church and state provisions.

      May 23, 2011 at 3:51 am |
  11. ram124

    Is that all? Just one volcano in Iceland. This is what happend when you don't do any magic for 2000 years, you lose your touch. You used to open the sea, kill innocent first borns in egypt, flood the whole earth killing all people, blow up the cities. Now only a volcano and not any volcano, a volcano under a glacier and not in a middle of a town. What is up with you? Got old?

    May 22, 2011 at 2:52 am |
  12. Elise

    I Survived The Rapture T-Shirts !

    http://www.zazzle.com/i_survived_the_rapture_tshirt-235437368070483096

    May 22, 2011 at 2:06 am |
  13. Quine

    Check out the video that TheThinkingAtheist just put up on YouTube. TheThinkingAtheist does a good production job on his videos and there are several that I like. At the same time this whole End of World (EoW) episode bothers me on the big picture level. I am very sorry for the people who got scammed. I am sorry about the bad things that unstable people have done because of this, and are likely to do in the next few days when it completely sinks in. But what I am really sorry about is the way societies all over the world give nonsense a pass so things like this will keep happening.

    Is this a teaching moment? Is it time to get people all around to look at the origins of religious texts and come to understand that they are just what normally happens when the old oral traditions of long gone tribes get written down, and then changed through generations of copying and translating? These old stories may have some moral value to some people, but are not sources of future prediction.

    So, does science v. religion in the classroom matter? Look at this case. The EoW prediction was worked out from the date of Noah. Even if you take the crazy "worked out" on faith, science shows that the story of Noah and The Flood could not have actually happened. This is not in the same epistemological class as trying to prove that someone's pet deity does not exist, this is about on the ground (and in the ground) facts and evidence. If you are properly educated about the science, you automatically know that someone coming along with a prediction based on what is demonstrably not true, is almost certainly working a big scam.

    What can we do? We can publisize the known tendency for EoW scams to keep popping up and try to get people to remember it can be as bad as Jonestown. We can publicize where the religious texts come from and show the flaws in claims of divine guidance. Don't give Bible or Koran quotes a pass, make the user produce evidence. How can we stop from being fooled again? TheThinkingAtheist would surely agree: we get people to THINK!

    May 22, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • RightturnClyde

      [We can publicize a tendency for EoW scams] my own opinion is that the EOW is need and someone fills it. They want to kno "how the book ends" and pay bucks for it. Millions of everyday people .. like to believe "the end is near," big foot, Area 51, UFO's, aliens, form*tions over Phoenix, abd*ctions, chupee-cabra ... vam-p-ires, werewol-ves, vo*odo*o, gurus, mystics, oracles, fortune tel-lers, seance holders. It is not as_sociated with any faith. .. and someone gives them what they want (for $). The DaVinci Code, the Buf-falo Dance, Mayan Calendar .. Atlantis, soon-a-mee .. Jurasic park

      May 22, 2011 at 2:31 am |
  14. RightturnClyde

    I see that you are all still here and none the less for wear. Well old preachie Joe must have got it wrong. (How about that?) Well you never know maybe Nostradamus has a quatrain about that; or Edgar Cayce has an insight ..there is a lady over in the neighborhoods who reads cards (for $25 .. it ain't free .. she can do a better job for $50 ,, and really get the nitty gritty for $100) It's not easy reading cards. Now Weegee is also available and .. astrological charts .. [does anybody red crystal any more?] .. what about Marie Lavouis and reading some bones. Well there is more than one way to look into the future (thank ... god?) and there is more than $25 to be made doing it.

    May 22, 2011 at 1:12 am |
  15. Jeremy

    You cannot say that atheists are the winners here. Bible-believing Christians did not fall for this. Camping thinks the Bible is a "code" that reveals hidden messages. It is not so. The Bible is black and white and has never failed. Matt 24:36– Jesus wins

    May 22, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • God is Short of Cash Again

      While the atheists may not be the "winners," once again the religious zealots have proven themselves total losers.

      May 22, 2011 at 12:48 am |
    • RightturnClyde

      No .. it is not about religious .. it is about super_sti_shun and mist_ic and hoak_us poe kuss

      May 22, 2011 at 2:34 am |
    • God is Short on Cash Again

      By definition, religion IS mystic supersti-tious hokum-pokum.

      May 22, 2011 at 6:19 am |
    • The Bobinator

      > You cannot say that atheists are the winners here.

      You're right. This is a win for the world. The lesson here is that when someone says to you that they are from God, you should doubt them. When something says "God is going to do this" you should doubt it. Because it could be wrong, just like now.

      The bible contains errors. Genesis did not occur. Neither did Noah's ark. Exodus has no proof for existing. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers had 6 authours each of which made edits to these books at different times. There is no proof of Jesus' resurrection, the accounts by the four are all different and the events.

      There is no contemporary account of Jesus. Jesus acts selfishly in the bible (woman from Bethany), Zombies rise when he's resurrected and he makes a claim for the rapture being in the current generation.

      This is easily available with even a slight amount of research. When will we throw this nonsense away?

      May 22, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  16. Jesus Abandons Religion and Learns the Banjo

    http://www.atheistcartoons.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/rollup.jpg

    May 22, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  17. ????

    Bless the souls that trusted a demon.

    May 22, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  18. Brandon T

    exclusive PHOTO STORY on harold camping and family radio. Check it: http://brandontauszik.com/prayformercy

    May 22, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  19. Colin

    Atheists – 1 God Nuts – 0

    May 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • ????

      Kind of inappropriate despite the magnitude of loss the followers of this demon are experiencing right now???
      Why be selfish??

      May 22, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • The Bobinator

      > Kind of inappropriate despite the magnitude of loss the followers of this demon are experiencing right now???
      Why be selfish??

      Why? They'll probably still believe. Just like how Christians still believe in Jesus despite him saying that the rapture would occur and didn't.

      Mark 13:30 says "Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place."

      Faith allows you to put blinders on and ignore what common sense tells you. I know the responses "You have to read it in context!" the faithful will say. My question is this... "How is this context deteremined? And why is this context always in benefit of the bible? Seems to me that this is excuse mongering."

      The reality is that the truth has nothing to fear from fact checking, logic and reason. Why doesn't religion use these elements if they hold "the truth".

      May 22, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • Frogist

      How about we not refer to another human being as a demon? Camping is a man and he did exactly what so many Christians do. He interpreted the Bible to his own perception. Dehumanizing people is an arrogance used by people to protect themselves. It not only leads to a lack of compassion, but also a lack of learning and understanding. It is a dangerous thing that gives us the capacity to be more inhumane than we ever could be.

      May 25, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  20. Dan

    Looks like Camping is headed into the sunset with $72 million and a wave goodbye to all the suckers. This proves that anything is possible with a bunch of idiots listening to his broadcasts. WWJD? I don't think about it, it's irrelevant.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
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