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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. Alex

    *yawns* ugh, we're still here?

    October 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  2. Dr. Bombay

    The world will come to an end 21 May 2011...No, wait...What?

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

    They finally have the right idea but their credibility is trashed by following a false profit.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Mike

      They finally have the right idea? These people haven't been right about anything.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  4. tif31

    It"s about time these idiots quit blabbing their fire and brimstone crap all over the place. IF it happens, oh well. There is nothing we can do about it. I expect I'll see pigs flying before I see people floating in the air.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  5. Ronnie Harper

    Anyone who uses the word 'thy' in everyday conversation is a loon.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Pastor Jeff

      Thouist should not speaketh so harshly.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  6. Tim

    The only mistake he has made was that he failed to realize that he was right with the first date. The rapture has occurred and all believers of the true god were taken. This means of course he made a second mistake....following the wrong god in the first place....

    October 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Thatguy371

      Geez, what a load a hooey

      October 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  7. jeremiah

    If stupid people got scammed... oh well. It is what people get for believing in fairy tales like they are reality.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  8. joey

    monkey see, monkey do

    October 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  9. Diego

    FAILING! 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  10. TMH041

    I wish they would continue with their predictions. Every date they picked was an excuse to have a party, have a few drinks, and hook up with the hot girl down the hall. It makes us realize how great our lives our because we are not them. How much would that suck?

    October 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  11. Mike

    Religions' decline should be put on the fast track. Enough of this craziness already. The Gods came on space ships when the seas were ice on the poles. The info is covered by water...we will probably not know for another 100 years or so when we can explore the oceans. These "Gods" were advanced ETs. Get a grip already and open your mind to a really possible reality instead of fantasy.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • fred

      Mike:
      In what way is your prediction any saner than tha tof Camping's. Neither has a wit of evidence supporting it and neither is likely to be proven. Actually, G-d as a myth has done better than aliens-religion has been around much longer. To the extent that time truly is a test-your peculiar belief in ailiens has not withstood it

      October 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Mike, is that a mix of star trek and science you got going on between those ears? LOL.

      Amen.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • tif31

      Uh OH. Tin foil hat time. Man, you're as crazy as those end of timers.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • spellcheck

      Fred, do you have a dictionary? Or, better yet, do you have spellcheck? If so, I think it might be broken... Ailiens? lol

      October 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Daisy

      Star Trek is more believable than a virgin giving birth to a baby or a "holy Ghost". At least you can SEE stars and imagine life there... People should spend more time with their families raising their children then wasting it praying for a better future.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • OpenMinded

      For the nay-sayers... have an open mind and consider it for a bit. You may think it kooky, but watch the History Channel's Ancient Aliens show and then take some time to ponder... 600 years ago mankind KNEW that the world was flat. 400 years ago mankind KNEW that the earth was the center of the universe. Heck, we didn't even have electricity 150 years ago! Who's to say what the "real" reality of our existence is? We are VERY small in this universe. There are much, much bigger things going on than just us... Doesn't mean that there's not a God though! I believe. But I also believe that it's not just us...

      October 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  12. Odinson

    several reasons why doomsday will not happen anytime soon.

    1. There hasn't been a 3 year long winter yet.
    2. The Sun and the moon haven't been eaten by giant wolves yet.
    3. I haven't heard of anybody seeing a giant boat made of toenails carrying zombies.
    4. No world encompassing snake emerging from the ocean.
    5. I don't see any dragons.
    6. Odin has yet to make his grand entrance.

    We're all fine.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • tif31

      Odinson
      Don't forget about the flying sphaghetti monsters.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  13. Alan

    And these people get to vote? There REALLY needs to be some kind of test involved before people are allowed to shape the direction of our communities, states, and nation via the voting booth.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • TMH041

      I don't care if they vote. Just don't let them reproduce!

      October 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Yes, Alan, Christians vote and unlike you, they work.

      Amen.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Philojazz

      This is for "HeavenSent". (1) I didn't realize you KNEW Alan, and could thus comment on his employment situation. (2) I have many Christian friends who are unemployed, and I, and they, take your comment as demeaning, and a LIE ! How un-Christian of you. And, may I add, mean-spirited, and, oh yeah, I forgot.... a LIE !!

      October 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  14. *frank*

    FAIL.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  15. Bob

    They should be forced to give back every dime they scammed from poeple. Scratch that- the people who gave them cash are too stupid to deserve it. Give it to worthwhile charities instead.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  16. anon

    Nobody can predict a day or time.

    http://www.watchtower.org/e/bible/mt/chapter_024.htm?bk=mt;chp=24;vs=36;citation#bk36

    October 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • dfite08@yahoo.com

      Your organization certainly couldn't, 1914, 1925, 1975, and "by the end of our 20th century" have all come to pass. Now that they're saying it's just around the corner again, they sound much more like you!

      October 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • MJR

      Anon,
      You may want to leave the Watchtower publication out of your arguement. The only organization that has a history over the last 100 years of making more predictions of the end of the world than anyone else is the Jehovah's Witnesses. Do a little research. It's something that the organization tries hard to cover up, but their own publications create their own humiliations.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • dfite

      "the destruction of the whole wicked system of things will take place at the hands of Jehovah God as the great executioner... it's going to occur by September the 1st 1975." – Fred Franz

      You sir, are in no position to mock.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Bearer Of Bad News

      Anon, jesus already made the prediction. Please read your bible before commenting further on this matter.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  17. LetsBeCivil

    I'm speachless.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • teacher

      And dictionary-less as well, it would seem.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Tired of bad grammer

      You should be spellingless as well. "Speechless" not "Speachless..." Geesh.....

      October 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  18. GodIsALie

    What about the Mayan thing? Is that still on for next year? I need to know if I can run up my credit cards and buy a house that I could never, ever afford.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • johninmemphis

      The Mayan just thought they went far enough with the calendar thingy.
      Leave it to "modern man" to inject a reason for it. Absolutely inane....

      October 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Bearer Of Bad News

      Too late. You had that opportunity during the clinton administration.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • uhh... think again

      "bearer of bad news", I'm afraid the mortgage mess started in the Bush years.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Bearer Of Bad News

      That's right, blame Bush for clinton's policies. Guess again. Pay attention to Clinton's regulatory changes.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Reinvestment_Act

      October 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  19. whoops

    Well we are all in a pickle now! Rapture went on, and everyone is still here. Guess the Doom Sayers are just as screwed as the rest of us now.

    I wonder if they will let me borrow their white sheet on Hallows Night, so I can be a ghost since they won't be needing it no more.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  20. Necrofun

    Instead of a trumpet, I always envisioned Judgment Day opening with Jimi Hendrix playing guitar on 11.

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

      LOVE IT,LOL

      October 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Bearer Of Bad News

      I vote for John Petrucci.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Necrofun

      Hendrix would probably add more guitar feedback. Plus, Hendrix has been dead for a few years and is REALLY anxious to play again.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
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