Doomsday ministry scrubs end of world predictions from website
Some of Harold Camping's followers believe that Doomsday did happen on May 21.
October 28th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

Doomsday ministry scrubs end of world predictions from website

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) - The Christian radio broadcasting network that touted Harold Camping's failed doomsday predictions may be getting out of the prophecy business, adopting what appears to be a vaguer vision of the end times.

"We are to live so that we are ready for the return of Christ, and even pray for it," according to a Family Radio statement obtained by The Christian Post. "But we also rejoice in every new day, that we've been given another day to occupy and serve our Lord."

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Family Radio, which Camping founded in 1958, had posted an explainer detailing why Camping's prediction that May 21 would be the beginning of the end didn't come to pass.

That explainer got yanked from the Family Radio website earlier this week.

Camping had originally said that those selected for salvation would be raptured up to heaven on May 21, and those left behind would face months of judgment amid destruction before the world's end on October 21.

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The Family Radio website tweaked the prediction after May 21, saying God had shown mercy by sparing people five months of suffering. But final judgment was still slated to come on October 21, when salvation and the world's destruction would happen at once.

But according to the Christian Post, Family Radio is now painting a more fluid picture of doomsday, a departure from the definite dates that Camping set earlier in the year.

"Thy command is still to occupy until he comes," the statement obtained by Christian Post said. "We are still to go teach and tell. Every day we, who are Christians, live in attention.

CNN's calls to Harold Camping and Family Radio went unanswered.

When the world didn't end last week, Camping followers who gathered for a regular Sunday fellowship meeting questioned if they had been left behind, according to Brandon Tauszik, a documentarian who began attending the meetings this year.

"Numbers were a bit down, for the first time I had ever seen, but people showed up much like they did after May 21," said Tauszik, who attends the Oakland, California fellowship meetings out of interest and who never believed the world would end. "People were coming together, speaking outside, asking where we went wrong."

The faith of Camping's most ardent followers was not swayed by the recent news.

According to Fred Store, a longtime Family Radio listener, the general belief is "Judgment Day did in fact occur on May 21."

CNN's Jessica Ravitz contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • End times

soundoff (1,318 Responses)
  1. Toosliq

    Silly humans...

    October 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  2. ARM

    Judgment day has come and it was accomplished in the Christ for all mankind. God had made His choice–and He chose all men. Relax and just love God–in what ever name you address Him...

    October 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • me

      Jesus didn't teach that... he said that he is the only way to the father.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  3. Liz

    If judgement day really did come May 21, and all these "faithful" followers were "left behind"...what does that say about the way they are living their lives? Obviously, they are not living in a way that would have had them raptured. these religious zealots need to take another look at the way they conduct themselves. Pointing fingers at others, judging others for how they live theri lives is not the way "God" intended: Judge not, lest ye be judged. I'm not religious, but i read the bible several times. The amount of mis-information spread around the world by these so-called christians is insane. It's all about the 15 minutes of fame.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  4. Scott

    Goes to show the difference between what the word theory means when applied by science and when it is used in its un-scientific definition that requires no burden of proof, testability or peer review. Follow the "theories" of theologians and this is the likely kind of connection to reality you'll be involved in. This guy just made the mistake of providing a testable hypothesis (twice), a big no-no for religious folks.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  5. Doug

    It was a money making scheme. Perpetrated by idiots against idiots.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  6. rex edie

    maybe they are just beginning to "see the light"...... if there was a god that was in control of anything..... it seems we would all be treating each other a little better.....too many humans cannot accept that if god created everything and is everything...then we are also part of god....and god is in and through us.....no ..... that would be too ego centric.... so we have to punish anyone who tries to strive to be more godly in their daily quest..... and im not talking about screaming through bull horns and telling people what to think.... just being more loving to one another.....

    October 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • lk

      hmm, part of creation is the freedom to choose right from wrong for each of us. It's a corner stone. If he controlled us to do right in the way you describe above, he would ultimately take that choice away. It would be a detrimental step, he can't do it. it would mess everything up. He does constantly hint it though, for those who want to know. The corrective laws are as strong as laws of physic (truth will always come out, fornicators lose their honor, that sort of thing)

      October 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  7. James

    The end of the world will come tonight (10/28/11) if the Rangers blow Game 7 against the Cardinals...ugh Game 6 was just terrible!

    October 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  8. 2bits

    the world ended when the virus called religion was unleashed on mankind

    October 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • cusendajoint

      The biggest mass delusion the world has ever seen.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  9. Tillman

    Yes, the majority of people are and have been incredibly stupid since... well, forever. Don't question anything or think for yourself. Just do what you're told and find the easiest way out. And there's always been others around to take advantage of that.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  10. deano

    "...asking where we went wrong." Should somebody tell them? eh... probably not.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  11. Doc Vestibule

    Posted Whenver There's a Raputre Story

    “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.”
    —1 John 2:18
    Christians have been waiting on tenterhooks for the Second Coming since the Bible itself was written.
    Many have prophesied the exact time of date of His return and ALL have been wrong.
    We're all still waiting.
    George Rapp said it would be September 15th, 1829.
    William Miller predicted October 22, 1844. Jesus’ failure to arrive is known as “The Great Disappointment”. Many of his disillusioned followers went on the found the 7th Day Adventist Church, who are still patiently awaiting His return.
    Charles Russell, 1st President of the Watchtower Society told his fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses that Jesus would be back in 1874.
    Rudolf Steiner maintained that from 1930 onwards, Jesus would grant certain people psychic powers to enable them to witness his presence in the “etheric plane”.
    Herbert Armstrong, Pastor General of the Worldwide Church of God said 1975.
    Bill Maupin managed to convince his followers to sell all of their worldly goods in preparation for Jesus’ return on June 28th, 1981.
    Benjamin Crème stated that on June 21st, 1982 Christ would make a worldwide television announcement.
    Mark Blitz, Pastor of El Shaddai Ministries says it would be September 30th, 2008
    Jerry Falwell said it’d happen between 1999 and 2009.
    Harold Camping has failed three times to predict the Rapture.
    We're all still waiting.
    Conversely, many believe He’s all ready come in the form of Sun Myung Moon, Emanuel Swedenborg, Baha u llah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, David Koresh, Hailie Selassie, John Thom, Arnold Potter, William Davies, George roux, Ernest Norman, Krishna Venta, Ahn Sahng-Hong, Jim Jones, Mashall Applewhite, Hulon Mitchell, Wayne Bent, Ariffin Mohammed, Mitsuo Matayoshi, Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, Inri Cristo, Thomas Provenzano, David Icke, Shoko Asahara, Hogan Fukinaga, Marina Tsvigun or Sergei Troop.
    We're all still waiting.
    It would appear that the much lauded Jewish carpenter has been thoroughly dead for 2000 years and will remain so.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  12. Don F.

    I think Jesus made it very clear that by Devine Intent, we are not to and will not know ahead of time (as in a prediction) when the end is to occur. To claim that one is a Christian and one is defining when the end will occur is onymoronic and such persons treathed with extreme suspiscion by other Christians.

    I think it is a Christian position that we may know (recognize) the approach of the end by the increase (and there is the rub) of various signs/conditions that are not unique (also a rub). In the past people have thought the events as diverse as the Black Death and the rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany signaled the approaching end. The US and Soviet Russia were to fight the battle of Aragedon on the plane of Megedo in response to Isreali nationhood.

    I would seem to matter little as to when the "grand" end will occur as each of us is much more likely to reach our individual end through such mundane causes as heart disease, cancer, an auto accident, or the flu. And for us it will just as definite as finding ones end in the final moments of the current world. And the Biblical advice is that one live one's days as if each might one's last.

    Speculation may be fine but only as long as it is understood to be speculation in the midst of uncertainty.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  13. Johhn

    What a bunch of idiots...these people are almost as bad as PETA. Can't wait to see Shamu next weekend.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  14. Tomm

    The funny thing is, there's absolutely nothing you can do to make me change or drop my belief in God or scripture. NOTHING!
    And it's eating you alive.
    I love Jesus and my God and that will never change, nor will my feelings be hurt by any nasty, rude comments towards me you wish to make.
    I'm happy in my beliefs no matter how wrong you think they are. You simply will never change me. LOL!

    October 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      That's right.
      You don't need no stinking facts.
      You have faith – also known as the conscious, willing cessation of rational inquiry.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Thats ok, hoarders cant recognise they have an issue either even when its staring them in the face.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • HA215

      "It is much better to be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and prove it."

      October 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • cusendajoint

      Poor Tomm, letting fear guide his way through life. Who needs reason when you have ignorance? Too bad none of us will be able to see your disappointment when you pass.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      What arrogance...you sound like a little kid bragging. Time to grow up little one...god is a fictional character and you're too uneducated to figure it out for yourself!

      October 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  15. Jon

    Morons across the board, religious nutcase morons. I laugh at you silly stupid people who even pay attention to this garbage.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Tomm

      Who cares? Wow Gods really eating at you. Great!

      October 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Noj

      Kind of funny..since you must have been paying attention enough to write a comment.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Tomm: Why as.sume that god is getting to someone who obviously doesn't fall for the same delusions you do? You have no proof that god exists, nor will you ever have proof...until the point that you do, it is you that is afraid...afraid of living in a world where god doesn't do it all for you, afraid to live in a world where you have to take responsibility for your own actions...belief in a god only takes away from personal responsibility...it allows you to pass the buck so to speak without believing you were ever wrong b/c god will forgive you. What a sad life you live.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  16. G-D

    In the naming of ourself is a never to be,
    handed down emblems is the 'naming tree'.
    Of the seeds are we ever being born,
    from the womb we are built to be mourn.
    We are God's husbandry we are His buildings,
    ever to be the mix and the minglings.

    GOD as the allness is an ever growing need,
    HIS Gods are ever inside all manner of seed.
    We are as buildings and temples the kingdoms' galore,
    GOD takes from our pleasures to ever know our score.
    HE waits and ever HE will,
    GOD ever watches onward until.

    L0ve as one wants yet ever to know,
    All of your Life is that which you show.
    GOD sees and does watch all that one does,
    HIS Sons are the builders or eo is the buzz.
    L0ve Life in its' fullness ever mindful the wrath,
    Straight is the course and narrow the path.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  17. beth

    You have to love that "blind faith".

    When will people stop looking to invisible beings and start doing for themselves?

    October 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  18. Dana

    A man is not able to predict the Judgement Day, as Bible says. Wow, what awful sin of Pride these people committed. Repent, Doomsday circle.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      Speaking as an unrepentant former X-tian turned Pyrrhonian Skeptic (read Skeptical Agnostic if not outright Athiest), IAWTC.

      Not even the angels in heaven know...

      October 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  19. Bible Clown

    The world ended back in 1836. Didn't you get the memo?

    October 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  20. Gordon

    The worst part of this story is this line, "The faith of Camping's most ardent followers was not swayed by the recent news." How many idiots are still "ardent followers"?

    October 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • HiddenShadows

      They are just like the Obama diehards. Logic and proof will not sway them.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Kohon

      You clearly don't live in West Michigan.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Charles in Des Moines

      Proof that the blind can lead the blind. Sad really, with all the problems facing the world, their answer is to hide in a deep hole of denial and hope that it will magically be cured.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      @HiddenShadows: You mean supporters of GOP garden gnomes like Rick Perry, et al. You flaunt your own ignorance by using the occasion for some anti-liberal tirade.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
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