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. HolySheet

    Just another prime example of manipulators helping themselves to the money of fools. You should be praying for wisdom not salvation.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Bruce

      Yeah... everyone knows that Camping spent all that money on who.res and candy.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  2. Sheila

    Have you ever been really, really, embarassingly, publicly wrong? Well... now it's happened to Camping...

    October 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • gaylord fokker sr.

      Sheila, Camping is gone camping with his angels

      October 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  3. Down with Religiona

    Maybe if people stop believing in hocus pocus religions and started believing in ourselves, the world would be alot better.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  4. NonBlvr

    Most of the stories in the Bible were stolen from previous fables. Virgin births, resurrection after 3 days. No wonder people have to attend church weekly. They need to be reminded to believe, no matter the evidence to the contrary. Sheep!

    October 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  5. Mark Porter

    There is very little difference between these fundamentalists and the Global Warming/Eco Jihadi's who also preach the end of the world is coming. Two sides of the same coin.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • john

      oh very little difference one is supported by the majority of the worlds scientists oh you know people with PHD's and the other not so much.....

      October 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Bruce

      Most of the global warming folks, however, seem to believe that the end is avoidable if we do certain things such as create a trillion dollar market out of "thin air" (pun intended) and trade carbon credits.

      The Camping types see it as largely unavoidable and completely out of our control. I'd say that's a pretty big difference.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Bill

      Except one side is actually supported by scientific evidence and study.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • john

      whether or not man made global warming is real or not I am sure humans will NOT do what it takes to save themselves.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Primewonk


      On one side you have religious fundamentalist who purposefully choose to be ignorant, and on the other side you have the overwhelming majority of the world's real scientists.

      Not really much comparison there Mark.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  6. john

    Jeez everyone knows its really 12/21/12

    October 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • gaylord fokker sr.

      ah, the mayans are back,,, hallelujah....

      October 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  7. Frank Mondana

    There is another thing that the religious folks still don't get. No matter what faith, they are very localized geographically. Everything in the Old Testament gets a little foggy when trying to tie in areas not in the Middle East. There are cultures in Asia and the America's that have been around longer than the Bible states as the age of the planet. Many of these cultures, especially in the Far East have unbroken histories going back many thousands of years.
    There is all kinds of archeological evidence of indigenous peoples in the Americas for thousands of years.
    Where this makes "the big 3" religions a bit murky is that the ONE TRUE GOD (sound of thunder) seems to have left out these people from little things like the flood that swept the Earth clean. Yes, many cultures have flood myths and creation stories but they do not match.
    If there was a One GOD (craack-bam!) then all of the creation, flood, and other divine intervention stories would match up exactly. Instead, the 3 main religions only became known to the VAST MAJORITY OF HUMAN CULTURES after people brought it to them.
    The Americas are a great example. Before the Europeans "discovered" the New World, not a single indigenous people had faith based stories that were anywhere close to what is in the Bible.

    I guess God felt like he didn't need to inform anyone outside the Middle East until a few centuries ago.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      The Bible doesn't actually state the age of the Earth. Some preacher a while back estimated the age as 6,000 years, based on the genealogy of the family of David in the Old Testament. He even estimated the date and time of the Earth's creation. Some people just took that and ran with it, but it's a preacher, not the Bible, that came up with the 6,000 year thing. What the Bible does say is that a talking snake tricked the first humans into eating a piece of magical fruit, and that all snakes now travel on their bellies because of what that talking snake did. If one can accept the notion of talking snakes, I guess the notion of a 6,000 year old Earth, despite abundant, solid evidence to the contrary, is just as easy to accept.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  8. Matt

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

    Maybe the secretary was on her lunch hour.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Bruce

      That's because nobody knows the day and the hour that the secretary takes lunch except for the Father (and the secretary of course).

      October 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • gaylord fokker sr.

      Matt, I love it, what miller lite are you drinking...too good...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • Mortimer Bartesque

      Camping had a stroke, and called 911, (instead of praying). Go figure.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  9. Wanderer

    Listen to God if God exists. Any word from the mouth of a mortal without supporting fact (evidence) is empty or just a lie.

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

      another homeless in town, children help the mada...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Wanderer: That's the key: "...if God exists." There's no way to prove or disprove it. Yet people will go to great extremes to express their devotion to something whose existence cannot be proven. It's really no different from believing in fairies or elves. People have been believing that the world was about to end for the last 2,000 years, and still the world endures. This latest failed prediction only shows that some people learn nothing from the past. Here's my prediction: the world will end in roughly 5-10 billion years, when the Sun expands and consumes Mercury, Venus, and our planet. The best part is that I won't be around at that time for anyone to say my prediction was wrong! 😉

      October 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  10. SCAtheist

    Anybody good at radio? Give this story 2 days to blow over, and we could start collecting for or new end of the world cult!

    October 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  11. scott

    Nut jobs! Every last one of them!!

    October 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  12. tom

    Who needs a god who demands to be worshiped. Just another insecure god.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • GodHand

      A supreme all-powerful being would not feel emotion as it is a weakness. Therefore, the God that most believe in is *gasp* a human! What a twist!

      October 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @tom: well, parents demand that their young children obey them. Why should a god be any different? If Zeus demands to be worshiped, he should be worshiped, lest he hurl a lightning bolt at your disobedient behind! 😉

      October 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  13. Not me

    Sorry, I just woke up from my watery grave. I did not want to, but I had to smear peanut butter all over my neighbor’s face. Don’t worry though, I still have all my onions. God did not like it of course, but he has his own zits to worry about. Phew. We dodged a bullet there. Next stop, Buffalo!

    October 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Matt

      Ah, Madlibs.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  14. Matt

    One woman was bilked out of her inheritance by her grandmother, who died wanted Camping to have it to spread the word.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Matt: Bilked? The "inheritance" was money that the grandmother had saved, and it was her choice to give to anyone she chose. She simply chose to give it to the preacher. The lady may be disappointed that she didn't get the money, but she wasn't bilked by her grandmother.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  15. Matt

    I believe the world will end, by my calculations, on 11,372 A.F. (after Facebook).

    October 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Matt

      It's Millerite Time!

      October 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • harold camping here

      Matt, thou shall not overrule m' calculation, you silly infidel

      October 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  16. cruisecontrol

    Faith is a good thing, but it has to be tempered with reality.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      please stay on cruisecontrol, please please

      October 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      faith is not a virtue.
      It is the willing cessation of rational inquiry.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Matt

      And lots and lots of hedonism. And foot fetishism.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • casper

      yes, I agree. Faith should be TAMPERED with by REALITY. In a big way.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • bobmma

      Faith schmaith, who needs it?

      October 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  17. DW

    LOL I figured they would re crunch the numbers and come back with a new date of destruction! After being wrong 3 or 3 times now you wouldn't think they would give up so easily.....

    October 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  18. S

    They wonder where they went wrong. How about missing the scripture that said no one knows the day not even Jesus. It is useless to try and predict or prophecy the end date.
    One thing is clear the end times are nigh upon us and we are beginning to see the signs of birth pains.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • NonBlvr

      Believers have been making statements like yours since the writing of the Bible fables. Keep saying it: "The signs are here. We are in the last days".......

      October 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Bruce

      It's crazy how many people still believe that Camping missed or ignored the hour/day verses in scripture, when in fact those very verses were the centerpiece of his claims...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • S

      Why would you be a non-believer? It takes amazing faith to believe in something else.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Huh

      You think maybe your nuts too?

      October 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @S: people have been fretting that the "end times are nigh upon us" for 2,000 years. To believe in the "signs" one has to believe in the prophesies. And the prophesies are the words of humans. Humans are fallible. No human being knows when God will end the world. No human being knows whether or not there is a God. The "signs" of "end times" are the product of fear and delusion. Earth's been around for about 4.5 billion years. Best bet is that it will be around for at least 5 billion more.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  19. NonBlvr

    This is just another in a long series of "see, I told ya" for religious people. The bible is no different than a collection of fables. An ark that took two of each animal, a 40 day flood that covered the earth, the earth is only 4000 years old, etc.etc. When will we as a species recognize that there is no bearded guy in the clouds?

    October 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Blvr

      I don't remember reading about a "bearded guy in the clouds" in the Bible. Perhaps you came up with your own idea of what the Bible actually says. Also, "The earth is only 4000 years old"? That's a new one for me. I'm pretty sure there aren't any Christians that think that considering that the Bible's stories go back further than that. At least you threw in the "etc. etc.", I have no idea what those things are, but you're obviously right.

      One moron's false prophesy does not make all "religious people" wrong. You seem to be about as ignorant as Harold Camping's followers.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @NonBlvr: people will never stop believing in the bearded guy in the sky, because people have always made gods in their own images. Michelangelo made that beautiful painting on the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, so the image of the bearded guy stuck in many people's minds. Man casts God as a man because man really worships himself. It's ego. Some people just can't be happy knowing that humans are just extremely clever apes. It's a lot more fun to imagine that, somewhere under this hairy animal flesh, we're supernatural, immortal, intangible. Gods. With beards and nicely tailored robes.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  20. GOD (not your God, the real God)

    What is all the ruckus around here? You children all go back to sleep. I don't want to hear another peep.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      sorry lord, children headed south on I-1 and are worried, their ass is going to fry..please help them your holiness...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Joe

      God doesn't demand it, Freewill my friend, freewill. It's your choice.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      Mommy Joe is smoking his pipe again...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Lucifer, bringer of (en)light(enment)

      The world will end when the universe is through playing with it, and not a moment before that. Now, carry on with your lives. And stop listening to crazy preachers who keep revising their prophesies. Don't fear the end of times. Live an ethical life, be kind to others, and help the less fortunate. Repent and make amends whenever you stray from that path. Do that, and you'll never need fear any god's judgment, for you will be without sin. Love yourself and love your fellow beings. For more information, please read the preachings of Jesus of Nazareth. He says it better than I can.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
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