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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. carm

    Why can't us freaks & norms just get along...?

    October 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  2. Jason

    The bible only says that we don't know when he (God) is coming again. It does outline thing that will happen first, but does not give us a way to calculate the day, month or year. Do I believe we are closer than we were a year ago, heck yes, we are 1 year closer. Do I think I know about when (or that anyone else does either), heck no. These guys are morons and I doubt that they are Christians. Just because people say they are, doesn't make it so.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Mortimer Bartesque

      And just because you say the bible says something doesn't make it so.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  3. Bill

    LOL love the "Occupy"slip-ins. What a silly silly psyop. Get out there and protest, you Christians!

    October 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  4. Attila

    I just hope that these end of times prognosticators keep making predictions, because I am highly amused by the posts of various people in reply to articles like this. Great fodder for Stewart and Colbert, and for God, if there is a god !!! Thanks y'all.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  5. Propervillain

    According to Fred Store, a longtime Family Radio listener, the general belief is "Judgment Day did in fact occur on May 21."

    That is a boatload of heavy delusion....

    October 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  6. TJ

    over-religious people are stupid!

    October 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  7. Colin in Florida

    Actually, Camping got it just slightly wrong. The end of time did occur on October 21st. George Daniels, the world's greatest watch maker of the last 250 years, died on that date, so you could say that time ended then ...

    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Daniels_(watchmaker)

    October 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  8. Stephanie

    I am constantly amazed by the ability of Man to delude himself.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  9. DanD

    I'm convinced that the rapture DID happen on May 21st, because I remember seeing a car without a driver. Or could it be because the car was parked, while the driver went in to get a cup of coffee? We'll never know.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  10. REB084

    the end of time comes when they put you in your grave plain and simple. we all got it coming so just live and stop worring about it

    October 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  11. Kyon

    People hope for the day Jesus will come back, but isn't it better to improve ourselves so that he never needs to? The irony is that all of the Christians that are too lazy to do something and would rather just pray would end up in hell.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Skegeeace

      That's the point- you can't do enough good things to earn your way into Heaven because doing good things doesn't cancel out the bad ones. It's like me stealing a car, going to court and saying, "But judge- I gave to charity last week! Surely that outweighs stealing a care! C'mon gimme a break!"

      October 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  12. SERIOUSLY?

    Why are we still giving these morons 2 seconds of fame?

    October 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Entil'za

      So morons like you can comment and act like you are above it all.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • J3sus Sandals

      to take our minds off Charlie Sheen's new sitcom.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  13. Bob

    "We are to live so that we are ready for the return of Christ, and even pray for it," WARNING: suicide cult!

    October 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  14. Tha Chikin

    Crackpots have been predicting the end of days for centuries... this is no different.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Entil'za

      And when Bush became President...those liberals turned out to be wrong about the end of the world. Leave those crackpots alone.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Stephanie

      Millenniums, not centuries.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  15. Jefe

    And every year the great pumpkin comes to the pumkin patch.......

    October 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  16. Jim P.

    I do beleive "god" has a required method of dealing with those who prophey falsely. I beleive it involves removing said false prophets from the ranks of the living does it not, oh ye of biblical faith?

    Not surprised they are busy removing the traces of their whack-job ideas. Not that they will stop of course, being wrong for 2,000 years and counting hasn't stopped preachers yet. Most religion is silly enough without these people paddling aobut in the shallow end of the brain-pool.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • J3sus Sandals

      I believe in "i" before "e", except after "c." What's your point?

      October 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  17. Martin

    "But we also rejoice in every new day, that we've been given another day to occupy and serve our Lord."

    Which translates to "Praise the lord we get to keep bilking the suckers out of their money and living the good life ! Never really wanted that whole judgement day thingie to happen just yet anyway."

    October 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  18. Mantismech

    Like all past predictors of doom, bad timing.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  19. Clyde

    And the crazies live to fight another day...

    October 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  20. Anti-Texas, Pro-California girl

    FACT: Rick Perry's nickname is "Crotch."

    October 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • KeithTexas

      So, tell me, what does that have to do with Judgement Day?

      October 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • REB084

      he looks like after death

      October 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
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