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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. Chaos

    I laugh at "people of faith" who laugh at Camping's followers.. They are just as silly in their hocus pocus beliefs.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  2. Jimtanker

    Say what you will but this preacher accomplished all of his goals by this. He got nationwide coverage and he made a lot of money. Arent those the goals of all religions?

    October 28, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • elflander

      No.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  3. Gigiastro

    Darn it. Then I'll have to fix the sprinklers again this week-end..

    October 28, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  4. ReligiousNuts

    Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, HA!

    End-of-the-World Prediction #17,432 doesn't come true.

    Grow up people. Religion is simply disneyland for those arent's strong enough to believe in themselves.

    Quick, there is a comet coming! Break out the cool-aid.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  5. jnpa

    I can't believe these people actually fall for this nonsense. This just shows how extreme some religious beliefs can be.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  6. Geezer

    hahaha...the christ nazis. Always something to laugh about.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  7. SCAtheist

    It won't be long before the next Camping shows up with a hoard of teabaggers following him around.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  8. Hashim

    For more on this read novel – king of Bat'ha

    October 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  9. sortakinda

    I REALLY need to know the date. I want to go to Disney World the day before.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  10. SheilaKA

    They should refer to the Bible: Even Jesus said that only the Father knows when the end will come!

    October 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • pockets

      Read your newest comic book for a clearer answer, "only the Father knows" give me a break you idiot. What FATHER? There is no diety in the sky looking into your bedroom and worrying about you beating your meat. Enjoy it and pound away.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • He_loves_me

      Exactly!

      October 28, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • twiddly

      You should refer to Grimm's Fairy Tales, which are just as relevant (maybe more so, because they at least don't pretend to be real).

      October 28, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      the same bible that says good christian women should cover their hair or have it shaved off.
      tell me again why jesus had to die for us? I mean, all he had to do was a miracle, he did em for a party turning water into wine, but couldn't be bothered to say a single word in his defense when he was on trial?

      and what's the logic of jesus having to die for our sins? why couldn't he have lived for our sins instead?

      crazy is crazy. the world's going to end! but i'm not going to tell you when, it could be any moment now... (2000 years later) ...any moment now.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • William Demuth

      Dippy

      Jesus is supposed to be the father! If one of the three know, then they ALL know unless they are seperate Gods.

      Now you're a Polythiest as well as a simpleton

      October 28, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • FriesWithThat?

      I asked my local Jesus. He works at the McDonalds on 5th and Ivy.

      He had no opinion on the timing for TheEnd – just like all Jesuses.

      He did howevery convince me to Supersize my fries.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  11. iduna

    Just trust me, send in your cash......

    October 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      u must be a profit !

      October 28, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • chilltown

      Love it!!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  12. Carnack

    How uncanny, I predicted that on 10/28/2011 they would quit making predictions.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  13. Bible Clown

    Soon, the Great Pumpkin will rise up and visit the most sincere pumpkin patch in the world, and you will all be sorry then!

    October 28, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  14. Beezlebub

    If someone voices beliefs in fantasy as though it were real, that is a clinical psychosis malady. Add the phrase "religious beliefs" and it turns into something acceptable, the rantings of a psychotic demagog into religious fervor and prayers, parables and the like. If one makes no sense, does the other?

    October 28, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Oliver Q. Whipsnade

      Hey!
      Stop making sense

      October 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Bible Clown

      An angel messenger came to tell me there was no God. "Er, then who sent you?" I asked, and he said it was just policies and procedures.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  15. Steve

    Maybe you guys just didn't make the cut...

    October 28, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • pockets

      Doomsday is now gone and hopefully Religion will join it. Religion is not only stupid its poison. Stop and think how many wars have happened and how many people have been slaughtered in the name of religion, and a god that doesn't exist. Talk about insanity.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • toxictown

      You might be right. Maybe it did happen – I know I'm headed downstairs.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  16. ronna

    You are not alive when all you do is wait for death to come...

    October 28, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  17. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    god is love.
    ..that's why he kicked us out of paradise for being lied to by a woman who was tricked by a snake. Very loving, that. So loving and forgiving god is, that's probably why he killed off 99% of the world's population by drowning them in a flood.

    at some point people have got to question some of this stuff : (

    October 28, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • Beezlebub

      Rantings of crazy people turn into religion and that makes them sane instead of insane.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  18. Solitairedog

    "The general belief is 'Judgment Day did in fact occur on May 21'." Thanks for the laugh this morning! That was great!

    October 28, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  19. kerry

    its not normal
    they focus on dieing and not on living
    dont they have a life or what

    October 28, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  20. beezer

    If they stop saying that it is the end of the world, that can only mean one thing, Its the end of the world.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:31 am |
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