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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. Matt V P

    There is a new world order taking over the world. Be careful and stay alert.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  2. Webhoncho

    Camping, you got the dates all wrong – the end of the world comes when a Tea Party candidate is elected to the White House. So that has to be a Tuesday in November...

    October 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • jay

      Love it!

      October 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  3. Jordan

    This is an embarrassment to every Christian who knows Yashua's words in his scriptures. Its people like this that make Christianity look empty and counterfeit to the unbeliever. How is the message supposed to be taken seriously if this Einstein keeps crying wolf??

    October 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Mortimer Bartesque

      No, the Ancient belief system, made up by Saul of Tarsus, looks empty and stupid all by itself.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  4. Glimroc

    Doomsday is in the form of an asteroid the size of a mountain.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  5. Late to the Party

    Damn...did I miss it again?

    October 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  6. Zenichi-Maro

    SMH...

    These people are just toolsheds. The MAN himSELF said "No one knows the hour" of his return (assuming, of course, that the story is true, that the Bible is true, of course). For these people to gad about claiming to know the exact date and time is simply not biblical! They're cynically exploiting the sheep so they can shear them of some wool...you know...fleece the flock.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  7. Ned Bare

    uhhhhhhh...never mind..... just...a...send more money.....

    October 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Zenichi-Maro

      Exactly.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  8. hongrn

    All of you who believe the world will end soon: Can you please send me all your earthly belongings? Thanks!

    October 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      I used to escort. You sure you want them?

      October 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  9. john

    Obviously these people paint a poor picture of real, good christians. Anyone whose read the bible knows no one knows when it will happen. These people are all brainwashed and delusional.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      Actually, anyone who reads the bible and takes it seriously is a poor christian. Keep in mind, you gotta read it from cover to cover.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  10. John

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dz59JANSdg
    ,

    October 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  11. Keith

    Some poor Mayan spent his whole life, finally got tired of working on that stupid calendar and called it quits at Dec 21/12....

    October 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  12. GoFaster58

    I neither worry nor do I dwell either on the Judgement Day nor the day of my death.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • NHTK-111

      "I neither worry nor do I dwell either on the Judgement Day nor the day of my death"

      So, you bury your head and pretend it won't happen? But pretending won't do away with reality....

      Both, Judgment Day and death are awaiting all of us!

      October 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  13. Patrick

    We can ask the candidates at the next Regurican Debate, when the world will end, since each of them were personally told by a higher power to run.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  14. Shardik

    "Family Radio is now painting a more "fluid" picture of doomsday"

    They're more like, "guidelines."

    October 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  15. The Guy

    these people are so pathetic it hurts to identify myself in the same species.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  16. Saboth

    Any day now...any day now...everyone stay here until He comes. 55 years later: "Screw you guys, I'm going home."

    These nutjob fundamentalists have been at it for hundreds and even thousands of years. I'm sure in 37 AD, there was some religious "scholar" shouting from the top of a mud wall that Jesus will be coming around the corner any second now.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  17. DONNIE

    Hey its TGIF-don't worry be happy!

    October 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  18. Patrick

    How do we know the world didn't end on 10/21? Our version may have continued, but the actual one might have ended....

    October 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      Watched the "Matrix" how many times??

      October 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  19. Michael

    Evangelical Christians give Christianity...and all religions...a bad name.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Chuck Creig

      Uh no. RELIGION gives religion a bad name.

      More bloodshed, more division, more hatred, and more ignorance and fraud have been perpetrated in the name of religion than any other cause in human history.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • cestlavie3

      Perhaps some. Many, if not the majority, due more to feed and shelter the homeless, adopt orphans, give money to the poor, and improve the lives of those in 3rd world countries, than the average person. Nice try.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • NHTK-111

      That's an ignorant statement , coming from someone who knows nothing about Christianity and it's real followers

      October 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • cestlavie3

      Oops. Make that "do".

      October 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Anon

      Bah, all Christians are screwed up in the head.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  20. Moorlan

    Gee, I am really surprised that they haven't put the fact that he keeps picking the date as the 21st of some month together with the end of the Mayan calendar, Dec 21 2012, and jumped on that as the end of the world

    October 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Bobb

      Patience. It is only a matter of time.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
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