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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. God

    The earth will meet a fiery end about 5 billion years from now when the lifecycle of your sun reaches the "red giant" stage... Till then – enjoy yourselves – your life is what you make it! xoxo...

    October 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      yo god, you are too good. accept my blessings...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      At least that's one theory.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Ryan

      more like 1.5 billion years when the Sun warms the Earth to a temperature that can't support life. A couple billion years later it may or may not engulf the planet. In theory.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      Please heed the message of Ryan, for he knows the truth, everyone headed south, there is a traffic jam reported, but south it is...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • wilson

      Actually, it's not a theory, it's a mathematical certainty. It's going to take a "miracle" to stop it from happening. But don't worry, you'll all be long gone and forgotten. You won't feel a thing. I promise.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Trystan

      Thanks for the truth god. Unfortunately, none of the moron believers will accept it because their book says otherwise. Yes, THAT book. The one that is completely skewed and false.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • God

      Yes Trystan – I would rather each follow one's own heart rather than what's written in any texts... Look at how beautifully individual my snowflakes are – it is the same with you and everyone else. Fear not, you are free to be the beautiful individual that you are – I am mesmerized by your actions, not judgmental. – xoxo...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  2. Bruce

    While we are all celebrating what didn't end on May 21, 2011 and what didn't end on October 21, 2011, we seem to not mourn what it is that actually is coming to an end as we celebrate...

    October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      bruce is your last name lee?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  3. Palustris

    Judgement Day did happen. Those who got raptured on the 21st. are gone now. Those who remain of Campings followers and got left behind are now doomed.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • ChaosNmotion

      The real Big questions is should they be listening to a man who "IF" rapture did occur.. was obviously not a true believer and was left behind... God didn't want him... that speaks volumes to me 😉

      October 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • GetReal

      It is interesting to note that Harold Camping is still around and did not get "raptured". Apparently, he did not lead a good enough life and having a direct line to HIM is no guarantee of going North.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  4. liones7777

    Why anyone would believe this Man is beyond me, when the Bible clearly say that No One Knows The Time or The Hour! It is so sad there is a sucker born every minute. Never follow men he will always guide you wrong. Todays Church is all Plastic and has no Heart.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • ChaosNmotion

      Amen and say it again. Any one man who claims to have this knowledge is a liar and therefore not of "God".

      October 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Lesieie

      Today's church is all Plastic"??? (The capital P is Puzzling too.) Don't know where you attend. Maybe you don't attend, in which case you have no standing to critcize. If you do attend, you need to get involved. If your church has no heart, you are responsible.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • wilson

      I agree! Anyone who believes what they read in the bible has got to be a sucker.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • JT

      That anyone would take the writings of bronze age sheep herders and live their life around it is beyond me.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  5. bozo-the-clown

    please heed my advise and prevent yourself from going south on I-1. Repent.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  6. GOD

    if i ever find out who is behind the Rapture wikileaks i am going to sling a lightning bolt all up in your angel a$$

    October 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      And then they shall experience true rupture...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  7. Timothy

    The Irony would be if he is right, and no almost no one qualified, and the Biblical number of 144,000 was, in fact, accurate.

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

      I think the world did end. We are now all in hell. We just don't realize it. So, it can't get any worse. Go for it! Hedonism rules!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      you go gal...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  8. james bond

    beware of the date 07-07-0007, all you headed south...

    October 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  9. aceeboy

    To all who question where God came from or who created God I have a question for you...where did the elements of the big bang THEORY which lead to the creation of the universe/life come from? Astrophysicist weren't around during creation/big bang. I can appreciate their intelligence and scientific work but their theories have and always will change based on new findings. Why stop your thinking at just "where did God come from"...you all like to call believers stupid idiots because proof is the only thing you recognize but where does anything come from, including subatomic particles. Guess if "man" ever definitely find the Higgs boson you may have an argument. But for me, it will only be getting closer to God.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Dave Harris

      Just because you don't know anything about science is no reason to make up gods. Why don't you read a few textbooks first, then decide if your god is really so indispensable. Lots of other people have done it.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • What IF

      aceeboy - Which "God"? The one of the Judeo/Christian Bible? The Quran? The Hindu Vedas? The Egyptian hieroglyphs? The Greek/Roman pantheon? The tens of thousands of others dreamed up by people over the centuries?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Lesieie

      The Big Bang theory is easily consistent with the creation story in the Book of Genesis.

      For those who insist that the world was created in 7 24-hour days, you might look at your Bible again, and see exactly when the sun and the moon were created.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Steven

      you're retarded

      October 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • BerzerkOtto

      Quite the contrary. Non-believers don't need to know exactly how the big bang happened, or where all the matter originated. We (at least I) can accept that some things are inexplicable. I have no need to make up facts or reasons to fill in the blanks. The answers will come when they come, and if they don't, that's OK too.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Steve

      Who says the Universe needed a creator? The explanations that physicists, biologists and chemists give are good enough for me, and if their theories need changing, I'll accept it. May faith lies in the scientific process, not a book filled with metaphors written many centuries before. The scientific process is self-correcting, but not in the way Religion is. Religion conforms to the masses' wills. Scientists with radical ideas that prove to be true get recognized – that is, by thinking outside the box, and evidence-based.
      Your statement 'It will only get me closer to God' makes you fixed on a supposition that may or may not be supported by evidence. Take God out of the equation, and we can have a scientific discussion, else it is a philosophical one, and should be treated as such. If you 'need' God for guidance, fine, but don't try to tear down the scientific process.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • BrainWashed

      Moron

      October 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Camping out for a better world

      Who made god? Where did she come from? Refrain from talking about "proof" when you really have none to that seminal question.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Camping out for a better world

      Oh, a side note: scientists may not have the ultimate answers to the beginning of life on earth. (neither do believers)
      But they sure don't use their -incomplete- theories to tell all of us how to live our lives, when to pray, to whom to pray, who to marry, why god is angry, why god loves us, why our prayers are (not) granted, why god lets genocide happen, why god allows earthquakes n tornadoes, and many more such un-answerable questions.
      Scientists focus on what Can be answered without having to interject the Great Spagetti God Monster.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  10. Libertyman13

    Since when is there something called an "explainer"? I believe the correct word is an "explanation," CNN.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  11. Dave Harris

    They should cheer up. Maybe their god will crash a big meteor into the earth or make a supervolcano erupt. Sooner or later he's going to murder all of us non-believers and prove that you're better than us. So put a smile on that face!

    October 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  12. Dallas, TX

    There may or may not be an all powerful force that created the universe but when will the people of this planet move beyond all these laughable story books that they use to justify looking down their noses at other people and feeling superior? Most of the religious books were written by people over centuries with no knowledge of any actual events that may or may not have taken place and no knowledge of scientific facts we have today (and always a lot of alterior motives). The modern religious books were written by known con-men and washed out sci-fi authors, and yet still people believe them as fact. Just read any of the religious books and try not to laugh at the details. People, are you that deperate to not have death be the end of it all? Is that why you say you believe this nonsense?

    October 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  13. Ezra

    According to Fred Store, a longtime Family Radio listener, the general belief is "Judgment Day did in fact occur on May 21."
    -------------
    It did ? Not much of an event considering that the guy created the Universe.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Bruce

      Not much of an event by what measure? The fact that you are unimpressed is not necessarily indicative of the stature of the event. Who do you think you are?

      October 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  14. IronRider

    The truth is the church today doesn't know who God is. All to often it is sending the wrong message to people. The fact is the church was never ment to be a religeon as religeon is the root of all evil and responsible for most wars on this planet. God doesn't want people to force their religious views and opions on people. This is one of the leading causes for people to turn away from faith. What you have between you and God is between you and God alone. If you want to spread the message of God in this world help the weak and less fortunate with good deeds and acts of kindness. Learn how to truly forgive and show compassion. In these things you will find the nature of God. Preaching to the world that they are doomed is not the message of Christ.

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

      religion does not kill people. people kill people. you can't blame religion just some religious idiots.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  15. wilson

    They need to do a follow up story about all those people who gave up their jobs and abandoned their families to travel across country spreading the news of the coming end times. I'm guessing that would have been embarrassing to go back home with your tail between your legs. "Hey, good news! The world didn't end after-all.... and I'm home looking for a job." lol

    October 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Bruce

      But see now they can just blame the economy... and of course OBAMASCARE!

      October 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  16. oceanblue1

    If Rick Perry is elected President, this will be the beginning of the End times.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Jim

      True, but don't worry. He has no chance.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  17. Sark

    First let me say I do not follow any religion, I don’t believe in aliens (at least not that they visit us), no ghosts, no sprit nothing but science and the laws the govern it. Now that said for all of you who are saying we need to abolish religion and it’s the cause of all wars, take into consideration that the USSR was an atheist nation that prosecuted religions beliefs. During these atheist times there were several bloody wars that were fought, several genocides took places including the Armenian genocide. It is not religion that makes us do these things, it is us. It’s in our human nature to fight and destroy, as well as to help and build. If not for a religious belief, then for another reason. By removing religion you would not be removing our need to fight and destroy one another, that is in our nature. It’s been happening since man first walked this planet, and it will be happening at the final days of man.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Bruce

      Well, the Soviet Union ended in 1991. So, if ending the atheist evil made the world a better place, then perhaps it's time to address the religious evil?

      Or perhaps we should just let it die on its own. It doesn't take a theologian to see what might come to an end in the next several years, even if the "world" persists in some fashion.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Sark

      That argument is SOOOOO tired.

      Communisim as practiced by both the early Chinese and the Soviets, merely replaced God by elevating a human into his role.

      Humans who worship ANYTHING or ANYONE are cattle, and religion is the most virulent form of irrational worship ever concieved of.

      When we humans turn off our natural bu###hit detectors, the worls marches into darkness.

      Communisim has been rejected because of its lies, it is NOW time to do the same to religion.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • wilson

      Yeah... but, removing any reason to kill each other is a step in the right direction. But anyway, for you to say that religion is not the cause of wars and need to destroy each other is a bit far-fetched when you look at history. Your straw-man argument is not working. Wars have been fought over other things that have had nothing to do with religion. That doesn't make religion any less responsible for the wars/death/destruction/persecution that it has caused throughout history.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • IBIJ

      Sark – I respect the post you made and about one year ago I would have completely 100% agreed with your comment. You have the natural reasoning and logic to see truth behind the mask of this world. Think of everything that has ever happened in the world as part of the plan of the creator who made everything...and come up with different reasons behind why things are how they are (both the good and the bad and how you need each both too distinguish one another and to learn and grow and mature) and you may find your mind is renewed in a way you never would have expected. Happened to me and now as weird as it is to say, I"m a Christian. Sorry to push this on you, just saw your post and thought you think and see things similarly to me and the change that happened to me lifted alot of weight off my shoulders in a way that is hard to describe

      October 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Trystan

      Oh jesus. THIS argument again. Atheists don't kill in the name of anything.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Sark

      I know religion causes wars, I’m not disputing that. What I am saying is that even without religion, man will find reasons to fight because it’s in out nature to do so. You will not have fewer wars because you remove religion, just different wars for different reasons. And besides, you can’t remove religion, it too is part of our nature. Religion exists every where, it does not have to be taught and passed down, it will simply be created where it does not exist. Even tribes living on an island who are completely disconnected from the rest of the world practice some kind of religion. It’s in our nature to do so, if you remove it, it will come back with time.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Sark

      As does murder and all other evils, yet it is our obligation to aspire to better.

      As Captain Kirk said "Yes I am a killer, but I shall not kill today"

      If people realize that religion is EVIL, then we stand a better chance of keeping it in check

      October 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Sark

      There is good and evil mixed in all groups, including religious groups. You can’t just ignore the good that comes from religious beliefs. That’s just as silly as saying that religion is always good and never bad.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @Sark: "I know religion causes wars, I’m not disputing that. What I am saying is that even without religion, man will find reasons to fight because it’s in out nature to do so."

      So we keep the silliness around because getting rid of it doesn't solve the entire problem?

      The way I see it we should get rid of religion, thereby removing one more irrational excuse to kill each other.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  18. Wo0F

    Don't worry religous right. Keep voting Republican and you will get your armagedon.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  19. RayJacksonMS

    Oh good, we've finally proved that the evil violent demon of the christians, muslims and jews doesn't exist. World peace should be right around the corner.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  20. Grant

    YOU BUNCH OF IGNORANT MAROONS! The world did indeed end on 10/21. Fortunately, the world orbited Beta Aquila.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Jim

      I don't understand. If we are all here, how did the world end on Oct 21? Are we all in some type of after-life?

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

      Grant – what the hell are you talking about?!

      October 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Grant

      It wasn't OUR world that got destroyed, but the exoplanet orbiting Beta Aquila. Doesn't anybody view Hubble?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Ed

      Well I couldn't find anything in Google, but even if you're right and some world in some star system was destroyed...it's just a coincidence and nothing more. The universe is a place whose scale is almost beyond comprehension. I don't think it's a far stretch to say that hundreds, if not thousands or even millions of planets are destroyed daily. That doesn't validate the ramblings of some delusional old man.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Grant

      Ed, my original post was supposed to be a joke. I totally agree with you. With all the stars, planets, & dimensions that can exist in this universe, i am constantly mystified that some people can believe that earth is so special. Pretty sure that if a g_d exists, she/he/it has better (and more fun) things to do than messing with human minds. Although.....

      October 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Ed

      Got it. Sarcasm can be so hard to pick up on sometimes! Especially when you're a message board that involves religion. Hard to tell who's trolling us and who actually beleive the stuff they spew

      October 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
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