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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. John John

    Actually the world DID end on that day and all the true Christians WERE taken up.
    They both send their greetings, by the way.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  2. ohsnaps

    Not once in this article did they proclaim 'We give up'. Very misleading headline, CNN.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  3. Lindalou

    I guess they'll have to play on a different fear of people.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  4. Jesus

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.....

    They got it wrong again..........................

    October 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  5. dbla

    "But according to the Christian Post, Family Radio is now painting a more fluid picture of doomsday..."

    Kind of like how christianity is now painting a more fluid picture of everything in the bible as it becomes more and more apparent that all of it contradicts logic/reason. Adam & Eve... those are just parables now. Genesis... maybe people didn't live to be hundreds of years old, those are just stories. Leviticus says it's OK to own slaves... those aren't rules to leave by any more, etc etc etc.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  6. Anomic Office Drone

    And when does child protective services arrive at the followers houses?

    October 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  7. Doobie Wah

    The world will end next Tuesday at 9:30 am.
    I have a dentist appointment that i dont want to go to.
    That solves this problem.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  8. Grace Of The Witch

    I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE.......
    AND I BRING YOU...................................F I R E !!!

    October 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  9. Grace Of The Witch

    Verily, I say...
    Giveth me your money
    and i will grant you that devine gift
    but first......
    here is my banketh account number........

    October 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  10. Pastor Mike Palevo

    I don't see why not! After Harold(the Goofball) Camping rakes in Millions of dollars from unsuspecting and unlearned Christians, he doesn't need to do anything more. It's scam operators like Camping that give Christianity a black eye in the eyes of Religion, and the world! He ought to be held accountable for his false, self imposed predictions! If he were a Financial Advisor, the SEC would have put him in jail. What he needs to do is what is right. Give back the money he's taken from all! Give the money back you scam artist Camping! Give the money back to the lives you have destroyed, you prophet of your own Greedy spirit. Now he's got a nice little retirement nest-egg. Your a disgrace to even be called a Christian! Your not a Christian Harold Camping, you're a Shyster! This guy is the very thing I Teach and Preach against.
    Let the Secular and Religious world know that, I as a Christian Conservative Pastor I condemn these False Prophets to the fullest extent!
    MPalevo@comcast.net

    October 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Zod

      You see what you are... now KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Al

      Dear pastor,
      Where is it written that we can condemn anyone? You are preaching ther wrong gospel or given yoursel authority you don't have.

      However, it is written that if you do judge – you wuill be judge likewise unless you choose t5o love your neighbor and enemy.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • hello

      you and all others should read. Caesar's Messiah. will explain your myth.. and set you free.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Bearer Of Bad News

      christianity is a black eye to the world.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  11. Greg

    Silly non-believers -- the world did end on schedule. "I see dead people" ;D

    October 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  12. Zod

    KNEEL!!!! Before ZOD!!!

    October 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  13. Troy

    Am I the only one thinking that this church should be forced to repay?? I'm sorry but when freedom of religion is the same as freedom of extremism, then some fundamental differences need to be established by law.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Mikeinfc

      If this church were required to repay the people who donated to them for making ridiculous predictions and pushing extremist views, wouldn't EVERY church be required to do the same? Most religions are based on ridiculous stories and extremist views, and way too many people accept this as normal. If the donors were dumb enough to contribute to this loon, they deserve what they get, nothing.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Trey

      The church shouldn't be forced to repay. These are grown adults who fell for this stuff.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • Troy's Logic Teacher

      Now Troy. What did I tell you about thinking things through ? Who decides what to pay for, and what is extreme ? Now get your homework done, and stop playing with mommy's computer.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • Troy

      Yeah, I hear on the repayment. Extremism should be pretty simple to pick out though. Are you preaching that the end of the world is near? You're an extremist.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  14. Itdoesn'tmatterwhatwethink

    Maybe when we hit 8 billion or 9 billion, but surely by 10 billion

    October 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Mortimer Bartesque

      200,000 per day. God has a plan for each one.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  15. If I had a penny for every stupid Republican I'd be rich!

    They realize funding will dry up. Any normal person would realize this simply another scam couched in religion.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • Mikeinfc

      What religion isn't a scam, in one form or another?

      October 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  16. erockemad

    What?! You mean another BS prophesy by a religous nutcase didn't come true?? I guess I'll just have to use my own brain to think with from now on... I even bought a T-Shirt for the event...

    October 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  17. Burbank

    It's a nice change to see these people questioned and held accountable for once when they engage in fear mongering to get attention like that. Usually they just keep pushing the date into the future when it doesn't happen, like they did after May 21st. And no one really holds them accountable for the lies and misinformation. If more people like that got sued, it wouldn't happen so often.I am glad to see they got some common sense and are giving it up.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  18. J-Pap

    next

    October 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  19. mizh

    morons.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Frankster

      Exactly.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  20. Yo

    It's about time they stop with the false prophecies. Funny how a group of people who claim they are such devout believers don't know that it says right in the Bible no man on earth knows when this will take place.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Bearer Of Bad News

      That scripture also claims the son (jesus) wouldn't know either. Yet, here's jesus saying otherwise:

      "And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power." –Mark 9:1 (KJV)

      "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." –Matthew 16:28 (KJV)

      The bible. Contradictory much? Aye.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Daniel

      @Bearer of Bad News. How exactly is that contradictory? You seem to chose to ignore the possibility that God may have chosen to take some people to heaven without them dying – examples of which we do see in the Old Testament. If He is God, He can do that and not have to inform you of the details.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
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