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. Santa Claus

    These people need to all be rounded up like the flock of SHEEP they are and sterilized so the cannot contaminate the gene pool anymore than they already have. Can I get a AMEN?

    October 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      Amen Santa from Banta

      October 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Colin

      50% Amen. Not all believers are stupid. Virtually all had religion taught to them when they were too young to question it and have been convinced it is "immoral' or "wrong" to question or doubt it ever since.

      Unfortunately, religion is quite powerful in causing the most ridiculous, implausible of beliefs in otherwise smart people.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • fred

      You are on my naughty list now for this christmas.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • fred

      Are you taking to Santa? Welcome to my 50% of the world.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  2. keith

    god knows everything that has happened and everything that is going to happen right? then this means it's preordained right? if it's preordained then how is it called "free choice? ......... uh huh thats what I thought.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Bruce

      Oh, wow–nobody has ever identified the apparent conflict between freedom of the will and predestination before this very moment. Congratulations!

      October 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  3. jdizzle1337

    I will create a GUI interface using VisualBasic to see if i can calculate the end of the world

    October 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Bruce

      Just use the RAND() function in Microsoft Excel. Much easier than VBA...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      folks we have a new creator in town, hail the messiah...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  4. Mary

    I reckon this church received a flurry of "last-minute" donations of time and money to spread the word before it was too late. I'll also hazard a guess that a *lot* of the money was not spent.

    I wonder if they'll issue refunds? More likely the leadership and money-handlers of the church will make a few upgrades to their lifestyle. (in the distance, I can hear the herd of sheep)

    October 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      the virgin mary is back followers...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  5. Reality

    Harold Camping is insane as was JC. JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

    Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694

    Actually, Jesus was 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 gospel 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 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. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher man would do or say?

    A list of mostly contemporary NT scholars:

    H.S. Reimarus
    R. Bultmann
    E. Kasemann
    Earl Doherty
    Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy
    Alvar Ellegård
    G. A. Wells
    Gregory Riley
    Robert Eisenman
    John Dominic Crossan
    Robert Funk
    Burton Mack
    Stephen J. Patterson
    Marcus Borg
    Stevan Davies
    Geza Vermes
    Richard Horsley
    Hyam Maccoby
    Gerd Theissen
    Bart Ehrman
    Paula Fredriksen
    Gerd Lüdemann
    John P. Meier
    E. P. Sanders
    Robert H. Stein
    Karen Armstrong
    Albert Schweitzer (The Quest for the Historical Jesus)
    Mahlon Smith
    Karen Pagels

    October 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      thanks for filling the page up you nutjob

      October 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • fred

      You care because almost every life including gaylord are still living in a world that reflects Jesus. It is more than history. You may also consider it a good thing that more people are comming to Christ every day. Once that stops the End of Days is triggered. So go out and hug a Christian today

      October 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • harold camping here

      you go fred, up and down the chimney, you go fred....

      October 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Mortimer Bartesque

      Isn't it Elaine Pagels ?

      October 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Reality

      Thank you MB!! Make that Elaine Pagels.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  6. Tiger

    Camping was predicting Steve Jobs' death .. which is of course, the end of the world as we know it – the great fruity prophet has gone.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      thanks for filling the page up you nutjob...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  7. Smart Potato

    Time to give it up and live in reality, you nut jobs. And please: STOP BREEDING. It's child abuse to keep stuffing children's heads with this garbage, who grow up to be just as messed up as you!

    October 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  8. solid ground

    Wow now I have to get a job. Cannot believe that people really thought the world was going to end. Is their an app for that?

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

      Steve jobs was buildn 1 but he died b4 da completn...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  9. mort

    As Bugs Bunny would say – What an Ultra-Maroon! these fools just don't get it. They believe in something that doesn't exist and they take it to an extreme. they were all wrong in thinking the world would end just because someone wrote it in some book of fiction.

    Uh, er, um, doh, I guess I was wrong. I must have figured my numbers wrong...The real date will be in October. Whats that you say, the world didn't end again when I said it would in October. Well I guess I just misintrepreted it...again.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  10. Tiffany

    It's so obvious...put the Myan proficy and Campings rantings together and you get the begining of the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012...5 months later is May 21, 2013.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      folks the tiffany store has opened finally...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  11. Mister Jones

    It didn't happen because I STOPPED it. TWICE. Mister Jones – 2, Universe – 0.

    I'd just like some credit, that's all.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Bruce

      Good job, Mr. Jones–you rawk!

      October 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  12. Peter

    Sigh... How much evidence or lack thereof will it take for people to finally understand that there is no more a God than there is Santa Clause. Grow up, get over it.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Tiger

      What the hell do you mean – no Santa????

      October 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • keith

      Maybe Santa didn't come to your house because you were bad.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • *

      * Claus

      October 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Bruce

      When I was growing up I received a ton of evidence that supported the existence of Santa Claus. Every year in December I got presents under the tree marked "From Santa".

      One year I stopped believing in Santa and the presents stopped coming. Now THERE'S a punishment for disbelief!

      October 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  13. SillyBean

    Darnit!!! I was so hoping rapture/end of world would happen so all the Christians would finally GO AWAY thus bringing on a new Age of Reason 🙁

    October 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • Peter


      October 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  14. Bruce

    The end of the world WAS going to happen on October 21, 2011, but at the last moment a child believed in Atreyu–believed with all his heart–and the world was saved for a time.

    It's a neverending story...

    October 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      Folks heed to Bruce Lee, he knows what he speaketh, he is the new messiah....god we need more messiah's, keep them coming, we all headed south

      October 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  15. Peter

    Anyone know how the Cardinals did?

    October 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  16. 1CalNative

    Sorry you missed it, He already came and decided that this world is so screwed he's leaving everyone behind and starting again on another planet.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  17. Colin

    The only difference between Camping and most Christians is that he set a date. All other supernatural elements of his belief – the actual existence of an immortal, all-powerful god invented in the Iron Age Middle East, the post mortum continued existence of Jesus and his magic powers (or "divine powers" if you see a difference) and the second coming are all straight out of mainstream Christianity.

    Predicting that the World will end, but you don't know when is easy, because you can't possibly be wrong. They despise Camping because he said something that could ultimately be tested,which is something any self-respecting believer knows to avoid at all costs.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  18. Big_D

    Don't worry, each and every one of us will have our "Judgment Day". Have some faith in God for a change.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      there is nothing to take away my child big_d, you just have to take it in

      October 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Mortimer Bartesque

      Are you saying we should lie to ourselves, and to god, and say we believe, when we don't ? That's REAL smart.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Jim

      "say we believe, when we don't" . . . that is Pascal.s Wager.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      "Have some faith in god for a change"? Okay, as soon as he climbs out of whatever drainage pipe he's hiding in and shows his face, I'll have faith. Until then, subject closed.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      Hey EnjaySEA is back,,,hallelujah...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  19. Tom

    "HA-ha!!!!!" – Nelson from the Simpsons

    October 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  20. musician

    It doesn`t get much sillier than this.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Sybaris

      Every Sunday in the U.S. it's not just silly, it's sickening. The tens of millions who spend time and money throwing themselves at a fairy tale when they could be doing something more constructive and beneficial for society.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Santa Claus

      Oh yes it does.. You ever heard of the Westboro Baptist Church? They go around picketing fallen soldiers funerals so the can get beat up and sue people. Now what would the Sweet Baby Jesus think about that?

      October 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
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