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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. Zoltan Grossman

    Just like crying wolf. Wouldn't it be hilarious if now the world really did come to an end?

    October 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Trystan

      That would be great. Then we could get rid of all the idiot believers and have the world to ourselves to live in peace.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      lord please help grossman, forgive him for he does not know what he speaketh

      October 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  2. Lasher

    Fab Five Freddie told me everybody's fly
    DJ's spinning I said my, my
    Oops sorry wrong rapture

    October 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Jake

      I see what you did there.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  3. CommonSense

    Come on already!!!!! How obvious can it be that they are making up foolish stories. There is NO Lord. You don't need a Lord or a savior, nor do you have one. And stop quoting the Bible as if it has ANY meaning whatsoever, because it doesn't.
    Grow up America, time to grow up and look around you.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Tyler Durden

      I see two walls, a pile of junk and one lazy dog. I'm sorry, was there a point to this exercise? Heck, believing in God doesn't seem like its going to hurt anything around here. Let' them have their dreams you thought Nazi!

      October 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  4. Christian

    It was just a really mellow judgement day.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  5. Bravo

    Humanity has the capacity to contemplate our existence but not the competence to comprehend it.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      bravo, I am going to switch to your channel from now on. as you are the only one that makes sense over these morons.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • newsreel

      Agreed, we don't have the competence.....YET. It's only a matter of time. It is still better to try in a orderly and intelligent fashion than not trying at all and just shut it off by believing without any proof....

      October 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Tyler Durden

      Yeah and sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Or in this case, there's nothing to comprehend. They call it the mystery of life but it doesn't mean that we don't have the answer, it's just that there is none. I bet if you could walk up to God, tap him on the shoulder and ask why are we here... he would say something like... "uh, I dunno! It was just one of those days see, I had a few too many depth charges the night before... mix in a little benadryl and ambien... and there you have it. I can't hardly even remember that day. Sorry"

      October 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Bravo

      We spend so much time contemplating the end of life that we never truly live it.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  6. Tyler Durden

    I still say the guy was right, it's just that nobody was approved for rapture. Maybe like one guy in India who has lived in a cave for the last thirty years made it to Heaven. Everyone else was an epic fail

    October 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      tyler my brother....

      October 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • chalmus

      and what of all the children, are all the innocents left here to suffer due to the consequences of their parents

      October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Tyler Durden

      fifty fokkers? hmmm, what could be better?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Tyler Durden

      The children are fubar. And let me tell you, speaking as a dad, kids aren't all that innocent, even in utero

      October 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  7. bruce lee

    you are only welcome to my kingdom if you know kung fu [or use a shampu]

    October 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      is using head and shoulders ok with you mylord?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  8. alboze

    These guys may sound a bit crackpot but we must not lose sight of the fact that we are currently using up the earth's resources faster than they are being replenished. So, in a way the end of the earth is happening as far as humans go.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Trystan

      Which is a great thing. It means that all these believers will be dead much sooner than we all hoped for.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  9. Bob

    Maybe they WERE right - the rapture came and went, but when it did, God took a brief look at us all and said "meh" ...

    October 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • John K

      Not all of us. I heard he raptured 2 people in Ohio.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      as per john k, 2 people experienced rupture in Ohio, along with the teacher from lebanon, who likes them young...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  10. Michael S

    You people are a pathetic joke! Grow a backbone & make it through life on your own will. When religion ruled it was called the DARK AGES! WAKE UP all you simple-minded sheeple....

    October 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  11. Biscotti

    Why do these morons insist on naming a date when the Bible itself states "no man shall no when the end time is coming"? I'm not saying I personally believe any of it, but if I lived by the Bible like they claim to, I'd take it at its word. I guess they consider themselves above ordinary man, and think they can outsmart God.

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

      What god? hahahaha

      Your kind keep tossing out that scripture about no one knowing the day or hour, but what about where jesus said he knew and made absurd claims? You ever read those scriptures?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Mortimer Bartesque

      I bet the bible said "know", and not "no".

      October 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  12. gaylord fokker jr.

    apparently god writes in addition to creating stuff...these humans have understood his language he writes in simple lingo so that all can be spared..

    October 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  13. Rob

    I was kind of hoping the zealots would suddenly vanish so the rest of us could lead a far more peaceful and ironically a more "christian" lifestyle 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  14. Michael S

    DEFINITION......chri​stianity n., The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree........Makes PERFECT sense. LMAO, I stopped believing in FAIRY TALES when I was 5.

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

      Your post reminded me to read Psalms 14:1

      The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.

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

      Nice one. Let me guess, your fairy tale regarding black holes, cosmic strings and evolution is 'better'? At least you can have a modicom of respect for what other people CHOOSE to believe in. Sarcasm and disrespect only earn you points with your clan. At some point, your clan needs to interact with the rest of the world. And then, how will you behave?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • mags

      why so angry, michael s?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Trystan

      Prove that this cosmic zombie exists. Anyone? Oh that's right.... they CHOOSE to believe in this lunacy as truth. Why would you make the choice to be stupid and ignorant?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • noname

      Michael, you certainly have the right to believe or not believe whatever you want. You also have the right to believe that your comical definition of christianity is the correct definition. It's interesting that you don't just state the traditional definition of christianity and then say that THAT's what you reject.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Mortimer Bartesque

      Angry ? He just sounds rational. Is anyone who disagrees with you, angry ? Ant BTW MK, OF COURSE the bable says that. Did you think it was going to say something else ?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Madtown

      MK
      Your post reminded me to read Psalms 14:1
      The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.
      -----–
      LOL! Using scripture as evidence of the very idea that the scripture promotes. We can all just as easily use the television favorite "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" as evidence for Santa Claus.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Apathy4u

      I thought Jesus was a vampire, not a zombie...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • quesomal

      Hey DK, I say that in his heart the fool that is so weak to believe the writings of ancient peoples that didn't understand the world around them and so they made up stuff, has a buttload o' stupid.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Bitter Buffalo

      Vapor...Really? How do christian's, on the whole, interact with 'the rest of the world?' They try to impose their view on them. As to your labeling black holes, etc., as 'fairy tales,' that is fine. You can continue to believe in a story that has no empirical evidence to support it, that does not apply a method for genuinely testing the theory, or allowing critical input to shape its nature. Sherlock Holmes says: "it is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." That goes for theists and scientists alike. Unfortunately for your point of view, scientists actually HAVE data. Do they have the whole picture? Nope. But I will continue to pay attention to those with inquisitive minds and observable data rather than people who take it all 'on faith.'

      October 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  15. Ken

    Do you know the truth .. the rapture came and went and no one noticed as there is no one without sin. They are all to impure to be allowed into the greatness of heaven. And we will all burn for enternity togehter! Well, it's either this OR Camping is a crackpot and you've been following a lunatic for years, wasting your time, money, and life. Pick the one that fits best and go with it.

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

      Scriptures tell us to compare notes on his truth. I'm sure other preachers contacted Camping to discuss said scriptures where he was blinded.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Madtown

      Scriptures tell us to compare notes on his truth
      ----–
      Scripture was written by men. Men who are interested in you believing the concepts they are promoting in scripture. They have succeeded.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • newsreel

      It is proven they failed (said the untruth) about this event. What about other events or sayings they still babble about ? Should we believe them without proof, or should we just blindly accept ? hmmm...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  16. Carrie

    Perhaps removing the predictions is a sign that the world is coming to and end and therefore there is nothing more to predict?

    The bible says no one KNOWS the date; that does not mean we can't make a good guess and be correct.

    The signs sure seem to point to the end of the world, but there have been so many times in history where we could have said that – for the same reasons.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      welcome to the pearly gates carrie, sorry had to replace them with cast iron, bad economy to blame...

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

      The signs certainly point to the end of SOMETHING, even if that something is not the entire world.

      Scripture wasn't predicting the end of the world. It was "predicting" (scare quotes because it was written after the fact) the end of an AGE. Revelation wasn't written to answer "what's going to happen?" but rather to answer "what just happened?"

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

      wow, really?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Primewonk

      There have benn literally thousands of "end times" prophecies. Each and every one has been an epic fail.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  17. gregg

    Humans are such sheep! After all these years/ centuries, we are no better than those before us who ran around in loin cloths worshiping volcanoes, the sun or Tiki trees. Humans want “desperately” to believe in something, anything.

    We are pitiful animals who have the beautiful ability to wonder and question but the minute the answer is not available we "create" an answer and call it the truth or fact.
    It is not my job to "prove" the absence of some invisible deity; it "is" however the job of whoever believes in the "invisible" object or being to "prove" it exists.

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

      not really, gregg. i woke up this morning believing in god, and i'll go to sleep the same way. doesn't rock my world one way or the other if you or anyone else wants to believe. religion and reason are FRIENDS; not everyone is a fundamentalist, not everyone is on a crusade, and some aspects of belief simply resonate with certain people more than others. no need to lump everyone together.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  18. chuck56

    Matthew 24:36 (NIV)
    "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

    Any questions?

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

      Strange how many people actually believe that Camping somehow missed or ignored those verses, when in fact they were the centerpiece of his ridiculous assertions...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      chuck is your last name norris?

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

      I agree with the point you are making. The question I have is, why anyone would take a book written by other humans, assume it's the living word of God, and offer it up as evidence of anything in particular?

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

      By that logic, starting today and each day forth I am predicting the world will end tomorrow... so that it never does. Otherwise the passage will be wrong, and I will have in fact predicted the end.

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

      I have a question for you Chuck. Why bother with the NIV? It's known to be corrupted. Stick with the KJV so that you can check back with the manuscripts for accuracy.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Madtown

      I have a question for you Chuck. Why bother with the NIV? It's known to be corrupted. Stick with the KJV so that you can check back with the manuscripts for accuracy.
      ----–
      Ah, yes. "My version" of the perfect, infallible word of God, is better than "your version" of the perfect, infallible word of God. Comedy!

      October 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  19. Werewolf of London

    God is great, beer is good, and you are all crazy! Just please explain the beauty of this world and everything in it, from the trees to the leaves to the bugs to the scugs and everything inbetween. You think science can really explain this? Everybody has a choice and that is there natural right and I encourage all to think for themselves!

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

      Science has done an incredible job explaining the world around us and has improved your quality of life immensely. Before you dismiss something recognized how it has improved your life.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • john

      Yes, we can. But you lack the intellect to understand the explanations. Best you just go and say a prayer and pop another beer.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Answer

      @werewolf

      Explain your own shadow first. Test yourself.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    The religious zealots just don't get it. They really are on their own. No one looks out for you, but YOU!

    October 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Bruce

      Well, in fact my parents looked out for me for several years. I look out for my wife and son. My wife looks out for me. My sisters look out for me.

      Hmmm... actually a lot of people look out for me, beyond just myself.

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

      Their wishy-washy stance on this story just tells it all: their belief system is fake, not founded on anything concrete, thus they change their minds like they do clothes. Then try to spin their new stance into something meaningful. They deceiving themselves.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
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