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. bgg1175

    If these people want an ending so bad, I suggest they take matters into their own hands. Its not like the world would miss them!

    October 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • The Guy

      jonestown part 2

      October 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  2. MCO

    Tomorrow, tomorrow... I love ya tomorrow, you're always a day away!

    October 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  3. Religizz


    October 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  4. BunnyFooFoo

    Making fun of these people is starting to feel like beating up a blind five-year-old. Is there now a deader horse in all the world?

    At this point I actually kind of feel sorry for them. They apparently believed they were doing the right thing, and it's not like they hurt anyone but themselves, so who really cares?

    It's easy to laugh at someone who holds a silly fringe belief, I guess, but I think the level of mean-spirited delight in their humiliation has gone a little over the top.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  5. Buzz Aldrin

    LOL whatever you crazies. There is no god so there will be no end of times. If any end comes it will either be a natural, astronimical, or man made disaster.

    Pull your heads out and concentrate on issues to prevent it:

    1. Natural disaster. Giant caldera blotting out our sun, tsunami, etc.
    2. Astronomical. Kind of out of our hands right now until we develop to deflect asteroids, etc.
    3. Man made. Overpopulation, War, Bioengineered diseases, collapse of the economy, etc.

    There you go – no invisible buddy in the sky required. Concentrate on 1-3 and no need for wacko predictions.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • Faithful

      I know Buzz Aldrin. He's a Presbyterian. You are not Buzz Aldrin.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • SpotOn

      Adding to the astronomical option: the sun will turn into a red giant a few billion years from now which will cook the earth and eventually swallow it. Even more fun is that our universe is expanding meaning that at some point, all matter will diffuse into nothingness. So not only are we not special, but our universe will totally disappear and there's no magic or mythical beings involved.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  6. Hari Seldon

    These guys giving up their predictions is definitely a sign of the apocalypse.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  7. alateos

    I predict that the world will end the day after any "today".
    I will always be right because:
    A) You will never reach that day
    B) When that day comes I will have been right the day before

    Who would like to join me on this?

    October 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Bellic

      I would love to join your group! Where do I send my money?

      October 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  8. Portland tony


    October 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  9. Johnny Cage

    Lol, they ask each other what went wrong, where they failed... the failed not because they picked the wrong date, but because they believe in some random godly figure who plans to destroy earth. If that were even a possibility, do you think he'd make it so man could figure out the date? C'mon people, why is it that every religious prediction ends with failure and disappointment? Because its all MAN MADE.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  10. jeff

    And yes, that does mean the majority of humans are morons

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

    Only a moron would believe in god.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Blaise

      There are loads of people much smarter than you who believe in God. So your statement is a testament to your own foolishness.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • Mortimer Bartesque

      And lot of them smarter than YOU who DON"T, so what's your point ?

      October 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm |

    @Buckwheat: Funny you didnt mention the fear mongering the Obama administration is doling out each and every day. Funny you didn't mention how your desperate Affirmative action President is now trying to get votes by bribing the only people dumb enough to fall for his lies, the students. Fact is, Obama is a failure of epic proportions.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Gpenn

      Oh shut up drama queen.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      well said butt crack

      October 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Joe

      Look troll what the hell dose this have to do with article at hand?

      October 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  13. Burstbubble

    First of all stop following blind people or crazy people. In Mark 13:32 it says, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. You need to get your own connection to God through the Holly Ghost.
    Get connected and be prepared. Live in the moment like a child does.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  14. There are no gods!

    no behold I know the end of the world is tomorrow, wait tomorrow is saturday. . . never mind sunday is the end of the world. . . Er wait, I have to pick up my cousin on sunday. . . Behold the end of the world is on monday I have. . .wait, cant do monday ive got that doctors appointment. I will get back to you shortly about when the end of the world will be, I have foreseen it!

    October 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  15. FluffyBunny

    Since religion will likely be the ultimate cause of the downfall of our species, it is oddly appropriate that the loonies are trying to predict the thing.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  16. End Is Nigh

    Heck, I thought the world was over when Ben Affleck won an Oscar! Dogs and Cats Living Together! Mass Hysteria!

    October 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  17. Joe

    I'm catholic and all this fuss about the rapture has given the rest of us christians a bad name. Believe me folks that the vast majority of us cringe at these religous fanatics. Most of us know the bible is a spirtual guide not a literal one. But within every religion there are always those few that take things to an extreme. That the problem with some people in that they need something to believe in and become consumed and use religion as a crutch. Instead they show look within themselves for the strength they need to be better people. That unfortunitely is not as easy to do as it sounds.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • K2`

      Ummm... this didn't give Catholics a bad name...

      – The inquisition
      – The third Crusade
      – The fourth Crusade
      – Burning of "heretics" during reformation
      – The promotion and cover-up of pedophilia
      – The hypocrisy of penance
      – The wealth of the Vatican

      ...just a start.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Aaron

      Um.... Popes and priests have given Catholics a bad name. Not other Christians. There is nothing that has been so damaging to Catholocism as human error within its own ranks.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  18. Liutgard

    I don't worry about judgement day today- because it's already tomorrow in Australia!

    October 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  19. Mortamus

    "People were coming together, speaking outside, asking where we went wrong." ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  20. Buckmeat

    Fear Mongering in the Churches and fear mongering from the Republicans they have always gone hand in hand.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
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