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May 22nd, 2011
03:07 PM ET

Life goes on: Doomsday believers on the morning after

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

(CNN) – Theirs had been an unwavering belief, the sort that inspired some to quit jobs, leave their homes and walk away from family and friends to issue a doomsday warning.

Without question, they believed May 21 would be the day that Jesus Christ would return and rapture them - and a select 2 to 3 percent of the world’s population - up to heaven.  Everyone left behind would be on a crash course to final destruction, scheduled for October 21.

But now it’s May 22.

The sun rose, birds are singing and life as we know it continues. Those anticipated earthquakes that the May 21 doomsdayers said would ravage the earth on Saturday at 6 p.m. in each of the world's time zones never came.

And the faithful believers - who said the Bible guaranteed this day - are still here, trying to make sense of it all.

“Of course there’s disappointment. There’s no getting around that,” said Tom Evans, who’d left his northern California home to spend the weekend with family and friends. “When you as a person believe that God is coming back, and you believe the evidence is very clear that he’s coming back, that is something every child of God longs for. In a moment, we’d be changed and spend eternity with God. I’m not ashamed of that at all. I’m not ashamed of wanting and hoping for it.”

But Evans did reveal some regret.

“For us to say it was absolute, I think that’s where we went wrong. That’s where we strayed, and that I would gladly apologize for,” he said. “Whether I personally have done something dishonorable, I’m still mulling it over. I was trying to be faithful.”

Evans spoke to CNN as an individual, not as a spokesperson for Family Radio, the Oakland, California, Christian broadcasting network behind the May 21 movement. 

But Evans has been a paid spokesman for the network, a job he said he expects to resume - at least in the short term - after he and Family Radio's board of directors meet with Harold Camping, the network's 89-year-old founder.

“I have not spoken to Mr. Camping about the issue of what to do next,” Evans said. “But he and his wife are fine, and our response will come in the early part of next week.”

Camping, a degreed engineer (not a pastor) who claims to have made the Bible his “university” for more than 50 years, has experience with failed prophecies. He once claimed the world would end in September 1994, later chalking that snafu up to biblical miscalculations and the need for further study. This time around, he said earlier this year, he had no doubts.

Calls to Camping's Alameda, California, home, went unanswered.

CNN reached out Sunday morning to about a dozen doomsday believers, to see how they felt after waking up. Only Evans and one other responded.

"I'm fine Jessica, really!" Darryl Keitt, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, who spent about seven months touring the country in a caravan of RVs, sharing the doomsday warning, wrote in a text message. "Just need 2 process this."

Those who’ve studied end-of-the-world movements are analyzing what happened, or didn’t happen, and forecasting what will come next.

“In the end, it was a whimper, not a bang,” said Lorenzo DiTommaso, author of the forthcoming book “The Architecture of Apocalypticism” and an associate professor of religion at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. “The 21st of May came and went, and with it Harold Camping’s prediction of the coming of the Rapture and the day of doom.”

Based on past doomed doomsdays, much can be learned, said DiTommaso, who has studied apocalyptic worldviews for 12 years.

He shared what he meant in a written statement to CNN:

Historically, failed prophecies tend to result in disillusionment, with members deserting the group, or, more typically, a faith-saving (and face-saving) statement to the effect that while divine revelation remains infallible, human calculation is not. In short: The math was off, and it’s back to the drawing board. If the logic seems a bit self-serving, recall that in the apocalyptic mindset, faith precedes theory, and theory informs the evidence.

Not that any of this will preclude the appearance of future doomsday predictions. “Apocalypse,” Frank Kermode once observed, “can be disconfirmed without being discredited.” The massive 2012 phenomenon [based on the Mayan “Long Count” calendar] lurks just over the horizon. Even if the media and the public are over-saturated right now, the 2012 event promises to be as big as Y2K. After that, when the predicted events of the 21st of December 2012 fail to occur, a new generation of end-time prophecies will spring up. And that’s about the only sure prediction that one can make.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Culture wars • End times

soundoff (2,964 Responses)
  1. bluemax77

    NUTTERS...!!

    May 23, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  2. TheMovieFan

    These people are part of the GOP base...seems if the world will not end they will do what they can to vote for people to destroy this country.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  3. AsUsual

    Camping believed what he preached. He let his ego run wild again thinking he was the only man in the world privy to such "knowledge". This guy had maybe a couple hundred followers devoted enough to advertise his hogwash, yet atheists are once again going to opportunistically lump all Christians in with a few crazies. Believe or don't believe, that's your business. But to say that I and my family should be lumped in with groups like Campings or the Westboro Baptist Church as many atheist groups proclaim daily is as to say Democrats and Republicans are identical in political policy

    May 23, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  4. El Péhez

    "Vous ne savez ni le jour, ni l'heure" (You know neither the day, neither the hour ; No conoceis ni el dia, ni la hora)

    May 23, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  5. dpr69

    idiots

    May 23, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  6. Dr. Robert Meyer

    What do you expect from uneducated idiots who believe in imaginary constructs such as the "Easter Bunny??" Just goes to show you how stupid religion is and its waste of time to humanity, or lack thereof.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • duuh

      Just like all the liberal freaks that thought that obama was the savior!

      May 23, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  7. Eric Cartman

    God is probably laughing himself off thinking "what a bunch of retards!" haha

    May 23, 2011 at 8:08 am |
    • stevesilvers

      You can't use the word retards today??? So they must be "special"...

      May 23, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • Matthew

      Don't think God likes the word RETARD mr. downs syndrome South Parker.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  8. Reality

    "For us to say it was absolute, I think that’s where we went wrong." as per Tom Evans

    What Mr. Evans failed to mention:

    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 23, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • Edward

      Actually you are wrong, psychologist have reviewed Christ's words & actions and He would not be considered insane. Another line of error is stating what Jesus himself
      Claimed to do. For example he did not claim to turn water to wine. The eyewitness', who were not necessarily believers in who he was, said he turned water to wine

      May 23, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Stevie7

      Actually it was the authors of the gospels who wrote the events down decades after they actually happened and weren't there to witness it themselves who said jesus turned water into wine.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  9. wisdomseeker

    I hope that those who believed and were deceived by Harold Camping will open their minds and realize that Camping is nothing but a FALSE PROPHET Deut. 18:22 –
    "When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."

    A true prophet of God knows very well the pronouncement of Christ that no one knows the exact day and hour of His coming. Mat. 24:36 –
    "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

    May 23, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  10. stevesilvers

    I think now is the time for Harold Camping to make some kool aid, and have all his followers sit around and drink it?

    May 23, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • Ryan

      If they would just READ the bible and pay attention to it, they will see all the falsities and contradictions it is filled with. If the supposed infallible word of god contains just one inconsistency, how are we to believe the authority on anything else it says? Case and point, the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Matthew has 28 generations and Luke show 43 with only Joseph and David the only matching names on both lists. If these two can't agree on the very beginning of the history of Jesus, how can we believe anything else they tell us about him?

      May 23, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  11. Honey B.

    If they read the entire Bible they would have known that no man can predict the hour and we do not know what day the Lord is coming and just be prepared. Read Matthew 24...

    May 23, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • jaysunstar

      They aren't as naive as you think. They posted a thorough examination and counter to that specific verse on their website. It's not like they just didn't read it or ignore. Instead they twisted and re-interpretted it to mean something else.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Don

      I can't understand why CNN even prints anything like this. I don't care if CNN is a CAtholic or a non Catholic believer, or for any media outlet. As a Catholic, I believe and this is our faith that NO ONE KNOWS when Jesus is coming back.
      He is definitely coming back, but no one knows. What we Catholics believe and do is PREPARE for the second coming
      of Jesus. To print an absolute date when the world ends is just irresponsible journalism.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • UncelM

      Your belief in a second coming is no less deluded than Camping.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • Reality

      Mark 13:28-32 = Matt 24:32-36 = Luke 21:29-33

      The modern view:

      : As per Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 92,

      Mark 13: 30, "The saying reflects a delay over the events of the end. By contrast, Jesus expected the final arrival of the kingdom of god in the immediate future. So the saying is certainly inauthentic.

      [31], "The saying comes from the community and is inauthentic."

      [32], "The saying is inauthentic as it presupposes the divine sonship of Jesus."

      [34-36], Inauthentic based on redaction and tradition.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  12. homeagain

    I love how the cynics refuse to accept evidence that is right in front of their eyes. You truly "see without seeing" as the Bible says. You would deny all of those who have suffered unjustly ANY right or hope of justice, even in eternity. Even the earth is rocking with disgust at all the hate, injustice, and sin. The Lord will return- He is giving all of us, a chance, even at the end, to turn away from our bad mindsets and BELIEVE that He will make all things right. Salvation is not a country club, it's for EVERYONE. Forget prophecies and just believe.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:57 am |
    • David Johnson

      @homeagain

      You said: "I love how the cynics refuse to accept evidence that is right in front of their eyes."

      What evidence? Please be specific.

      Cheers!

      May 23, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • asrael

      Last time I checked, "belief" doesn't equal "evidence"...

      May 23, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • yea right

      Yes please show me the evidence.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  13. DIane

    Very sad that these bozos dragged children through the stress and anxiety of it.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • Kelly

      I agree Diane! That is what i am most upset about. The had their poor children believing that they were going to die, and that's a very scary thing for ANYONE, let alone a child to face.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  14. Gaunt

    What will harold Camping do now? Count his money and laugh at the morons who fell for his con... AGAIN! Lest you thin k for one second that Camping is a harmless preacher, his Family Radio has recieved upwards of $100 MILLION dollars in donations in the last decade, and more than $16 million in the last year alone. His increasingly widespread media empire is now worth $72 million, and according to the IRA (reported in the NY Times), Family Radio has over $23 million invested in long term stocks and bonds. Long Term. Think about that for a moment.

    Camping and his con-artist family knew the world wasnt going to end, but they saw an opportunity to part fools from their money, tens of millions of dollars worth, and while they were selling everything and ridding themselves of worldly posessions in preparation for the rapture, he was investing his 'donations' in long term investments.

    This man and his entire clan should be rotting in jail.

    We dont know what camping's reaction will be to being proven wrong, but I can guess what his reaction WONT be: he certainly wont be refunding the poor fools their donations.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  15. Alex from Norway

    Hey it may not have been the end of the world, but I give credit to Mr. Camping for pulling off a a pretty good publicity stunt (whether he beleived it was the end of the world or not). I mean essentially an 89 year old man from california states the world is going to end, pays for some billboard signs, and in the end the press goes wild and the whole world knows about it. I found this story even in the Norwegian newspapers (even though there is not much news in them anyways). Thus result is everybody googles and looks up this guys name, listens to his radioprograms, even creates facebook rapture parties which in some odd way seems to be giving the guy alot more aknowledgement then he deserves (whether you beleive it or not). More people have tuned into his radio program than ever, and I'm sure alot more people will keep listening just for the fun of it. Say what you want but an 89 year old man managed to make himself known and people even beleived him! So even if the Rebbeca blacks of the world sing songs about friday or start preaching the rapture, just goes to show how in todays world ordinary indviduals seem to have more influence and get more aknowledgement than usual.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  16. Prezto

    Why would you think that something real would come from a book of fiction? Ummm duh!!!

    May 23, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • Stevie7

      HA! won't you be laughing when Voldemort comes back and leaves the whole planet trembling in fear!

      May 23, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  17. bushgirl

    Hells teeth!!!if people read their bible it says that only God knows the date,time so whats up with these people, I mean come on, I am a christian and now the devil has won again cause people dont know there bibles, stamp him OUT!!!!!! God will come when its his time!!!!!

    May 23, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • jaysunstar

      They already posted a counter to that verse in the bible on their website.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:09 am |
    • asrael

      I wil add "hell's teeth" to my lexicon of previously un-encountered phrases, and thanks...

      May 23, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • David Johnson

      @bushgirl
      You said: "if people read their bible it says that only God knows the date,time so whats up with these people, I mean come on, I am a christian and now the devil has won again cause people dont know there bibles, stamp him OUT!!!!!! God will come when its his time!!!!!"

      There is no devil. No god. Jesus is not coming, 'cause He is dead, if He ever existed.

      Jesus Himself believed He would return in the 1st Century. Each generation since then, has believed their generation would be the last.

      It will never be "His time". Everyday, until the sun finally runs out of hydrogen, or we blow ourselves up, or an asteroid collides with us, or a pandemic eradicates us or... will not be "His time".

      Believers have found a safe haven in the bible saying no one knows the date and time. But could I not make the same claim for aliens landing? LOL

      Cheers!

      May 23, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  18. UnivPress

    I respect Christianity as much as Islam and even Judaism. However, let us face it. The truth is what it is. No one can deny it.

    We have too many English version of the Christian bible to choose from (we know there are many versions and many publications sources and many decried by many former kings “King George”, with varied number of chapters (40 to 76 books) even from the same source and publisher at different times. Even if we choose a bible in any of the 300+ languages, it is translated into. Despite the fact that we are talking about vast differences in the actual text of the Christian bible, printed by different sources and/or by the same sources at different times, we truly cannot set aside the fact that the current text of whichever bible we choose MIGHT NOT BE THE TRUE WORD OF GOD.

    Well think about it. How could it be? NONE OF THE CURRENT ACTIVE WORLD LANGUAGES THAT THESE BIBLES ARE TRANSLATED TODAY EXISTED 2011 YEARS AGO AT THE TIME JESUS WAS BORN.

    This is why the Moslems might have a leg up on Christians. Luckily for Moslems “Koran” (Islamic Holy Bible) was written only 631 years ago. Moslem never refer to any translation of Koran as a holly book.

    All of the 1.5 million Moslem insist (one fourth of the world’s population), regardless of where they live and what their mother tong is, ONLY THE 621 YEARS OLD ARABIC TEXT OF KORAN IS CALLED THE HOLY BOOK. If the old Arabic text accompanies a side-by-side translation to the local language, then Moslem are allowed to still call it the Holy Koran. Otherwise, even though Islam is only 621 years old (not 2011 years) all pure translations without the original text are only referred to as that “Translation”. The translation are never taken seriously and are never considered holy!!!

    What is more; there is only one version (the original 621 years old, old Arabic version) of Koran all over the entire world. All Moslems have to study Arabic and learn to read Koran as it is, in Arabic and all Islamic prayers are in the original old Arabic language version.

    That is the way Moslems are controlling the doomsday theories. Maybe the Christian world should take a lesson from the Moslem world.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:32 am |
    • Gs018

      *Muslim

      May 23, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • John Richardson

      Get your times right. The Koran is almost 1400 years old. It was written in the 7th century. You're using the approximate date of writing as the age. By that reasoning, the New Testament is between about 60 and 100 years old. You have to SUBTRACT the approximate date of writing from the current date to get the approximate age. Also, the Koran is in Arabic, but it is an Arabic no one speaks in day by day life, any more than speakers of Romance languages speak Latin. And for many Muslims, even modern Arabic is a foreign tongue. Finally, the issue isn't when something was written or in what language, but WHAT was written. If you spoke perfect classical Greek, Revelation would still be a jumble of wild metaphors open to various interpretations.

      May 23, 2011 at 7:42 am |
    • Darren

      islam is fake too

      May 23, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • UnivPress

      I respect Christianity as much as Islam and even Judaism. However, let us face it. The truth is what it is. No one can deny it.

      We have too many English version of the Christian bible to choose from (we know there are many versions and many publications sources and many decried by many former kings “King George”, with varied number of chapters (40 to 76 books) even from the same source and publisher at different times. Even if we choose a bible in any of the 300+ languages, it is translated into. Despite the fact that we are talking about vast differences in the actual text of the Christian bible, printed by different sources and/or by the same sources at different times, we truly cannot set aside the fact that the current text of whichever bible we choose MIGHT NOT BE THE TRUE WORD OF GOD.

      Well, let us think about it. How could it be? NONE OF THE CURRENT ACTIVE WORLD LANGUAGES THAT THESE BIBLES ARE TRANSLATED INTO AND USED TODAY, EXISTED 2011 YEARS AGO, AT THE BIRTH DATE OF CHRISTIANITY, THE TIME JESUS WAS BORN.

      THEN, HOW CAN WE BE SOUR OF TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE FROM THE ORIGINAL BUT NOW A DEAD-LANGUAGE TO A CURRENT LANGUAGE OF OURS TODAY?

      This is why the Moslem world might have a leg up on Christians. Luckily for Moslems “Koran” (Islamic Holy Bible) was written only 1400 years ago (the difference is 621 year). Moslem never refer to any translation of Koran as a holly book.

      All of the 1.5 Billion world Moslem population insist (nearly one fourth of the world’s population), regardless of where they live and what their mother tong is, ONLY THE 621 YEARS OLD ARABIC TEXT OF KORAN IS CALLED “THE HOLY BOOK”. If the old Arabic text accompanies a side-by-side translation to the local language, then Moslem are allowed to still call it the Holy Koran. Otherwise, even though Islam is only 1400+ years old (not 2011 years) all pure translations without the original old-Arabic text are considered nothing but a simple unverified “Translation”. The translation are never taken seriously and are never considered holy!!! A Moslem is required to always pay very high respect to the holy Koran, but can treat the translation as unholy and throw it into trash as garbage…

      What is more; there is only one version (the original 1400 years old, old Arabic version) of Koran all over the entire world. All Moslems have to study Arabic and learn to read Koran as it is, in Arabic and all Islamic prayers are in the original old Arabic language version. YES THIS IS THE OLD CLASSIC VERSION OF ARABIC NOT 100% CURRENT OR EQUIVALENT TO ANY OF THE 28 CURRENT ARABIC DIALECTS, BUT THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND IT 100%... Remember, it is like old English verses modern one. The differences are understandable by most people.

      That is the way Moslems are controlling the doomsday theories. Maybe the Christian world should take a lesson from the Moslem world.

      May 23, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • Rev. Rick

      @ UnivPress said, "...There is only one version (the original 621 years old, old Arabic version) of Koran all over the entire world. All Moslems have to study Arabic and learn to read Koran as it is, in Arabic and all Islamic prayers are in the original old Arabic language version. That is the way Moslems are controlling the doomsday theories. Maybe the Christian world should take a lesson from the Moslem world...."

      Yes, the Muslims claim a "single source" for the Quran, and try to use that as a talking point, but it still doesn't hold up. A single source for the Quran seems even less convincing that multiple corroborating sources (i.e. the Bible) , especially coming from a prophet (Muhammad) who could neither read nor write, but was dictated to by the angel Gabriel, and who then repeated the Quran back to someone who transcribed it in it's entirety, and did it totally without error.

      Now if your faith (Christian or Muslim) tells you that either the Bible or the Quran are without error, that's fine. Live your faith as best you can. Just don't try to inflict it on others who don't believe it, or try to pass it off as ultimate truth. I believe that God exists, but you will not find him in ancient books. You will find him already with you in your heart.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • UnivPress

      Again with all respect to all religions – The issue of DEAD LANGUAGE verses ACTIVE AND LIVING ONE, the issue of A SINGLE SOURCE LANGUAGE rather than HUNDREDS OF TRANSLATIONS, is a very important one.

      Just take the word; “SUN” as supposed to; “SON”. Is Jesus really “Sun of God” or “Son of God”? If God has a son, them should we not believe and expect that he must have a father, grandfather, great grandfather, Children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles etc…

      Then why are we lead to believe that there was only the trinity, no prior generation and no decedents?

      Moslem’s holy book Koran says that the one unifying God of all Jews, Christians and Moslem, sent to our earth 5 (five) Great Prophets in this exact order; Abraham, Nova, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad. They believe a respect Jesus Christ, but only as the fourth out of five prophets, and definitely not as son of God. Moslems believe when Islam came to earth all Christians (the Jews and the followers of all other previous regions that become obsolete) in the world should have converted into Islam, since Islam is the religion decreed by the God (Allah, Boog, Khoda, etc…) who earlier decreed Christianity.

      This means, to the Moslem world, although Judaism and Christianity used to be valid and holy religions, at their time, after birth of Islam, Christianity become obsolete as with the birth of Christianity Judaism should have become obsolete.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • Rev. Rick

      @ UnivPress said, "Moslem’s holy book Koran says that the one unifying God of all Jews, Christians and Moslem, sent to our earth 5 (five) Great Prophets in this exact order; Abraham, Nova, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad. They believe a respect Jesus Christ, but only as the fourth out of five prophets, and definitely not as son of God..."

      It appears that Muslims try to co-opt Judaism and Christianity to buy a litte credibility, by "respecting" past prophets of both religions. The problem is they also must concede that God got it wrong with these first two religions. How? By using humans has His intermediary to bring His message to us. There is no reason to believe that Islam is any better, or any more "true" that the previous religions. The fact that some Muslims are already interpreting Islam in the extreme means that Islam suffers from exactly the same problems as other religions. The Quran has already been translated into English, French, and several other languages, and will therefore suffer the same fate as all other "translated" holy texts. The problem with religion, any religion, is there are too many people invovled.

      May 23, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  19. ron brooks

    My oh my, I guess some of these people have to go back to their old jobs and claim stupidity for their actions. I bet the church leaders who pocketed the money from this believers are maybe out of country by now or maybe just readjusting their doomsday calendar.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:32 am |
    • chinapriest

      Why should these people feel 'stupid' as you put it. To have and show such faith takes courage. I am atheist by choice and I wonder if you or I could be as strong in our own beliefs if put to the test.

      May 23, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • Really?

      If someone believed in dragons to that extent they too would be stupid. These people deserve to lose their jobs and pay for their actions.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • David Johnson

      @ron brooks

      Yep. Can you imagine having to meet with the Human Resources person, to try and get your job back? LOL

      May 23, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Really?

      You said: "If someone believed in dragons to that extent they too would be stupid. These people deserve to lose their jobs and pay for their actions."

      Especially when you consider, they believed / delighted in? 97% of us would die horribly (our kids included) in the next 5 months.

      Of course this is the wet dream of all the Christians, and the result will be the same for them as it was for the doomsdayer group. Where is that damn Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown? LOL

      Cheers!

      I would find it hard to

      May 23, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  20. Jody

    JW's have been predicting the end of the world ever since their religion was founded. The Mayan calendar continues after 2012 in a new cycle. The Mayan's believe that in 2012 a new cycle will begin. If you go back and READ, you will find that according to the Mayan's there have been other cycles that changed the course of mankind. If you believe the Bible, there is a statement in the new testament that no one knows the day and hour of the end, not the angels or even Jesus, only God. These never ending belief statements about the end of the world are just entertainment for the sheeple.

    May 23, 2011 at 7:32 am |
    • Nightwyn

      Because there are no rock in space, and no enemies with bombs, the earth can continue to hold the ever increasing population and pollution....

      May 23, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • Chris

      you are incorrect JW's have been preaching that we live in the last days...and no one not even Jesus or the angels know the day nor time only the Father....get your facts straight or even better speak to one yourself and ask ....or better yet read the Holy Scriptures

      May 23, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • @Chris

      Thank you for clarifying. Jehovah's Witnesses have never claimed to know a dooms date. They are Christians too who live as best they can. There are so many misconceptions about them. Get the truth before listening to a lie.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:08 am |
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