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. Voltairine

    Wow. What a load of bullsh!t. George Carlin was right; when it comes to bullsh!t, religion wins the prize hands down.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  2. DeeNYC

    I feel bad for these people, many of them gave up their world goods to these evil doomsday group. Shouldn't these Family Radio devils be put in jail? Isn't yelling fire in a crowded theater illegal? Doesn't this fall under the same jurisdiction? I know these people are stupid who believe and deserve what they get, but sometimes the people who take advantage shouldn't get away with it. Dumb people need love too, after all don't any of you have dummies in your family?

    October 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Steve

      I do too, but unfortunately there is a price for stupidity and boy are they are paying for it. Hopefully, they have learned a valuable lesson from this...

      October 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • toxictown

      Seriously, can they sue to get thier stuff back?

      October 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Margaret L

      They call it free will. I feel bad for the other members of the family who did not buy into the program, but lost out anyway.

      October 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  3. Seanm

    LOL its always the evangelicals. The ones who say they know the most often know the least.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  4. mojo13

    I wish god (or whoever) would come and take all these right wing christian nutbags off the planet and leave the rest of us behind – it would vastly improve the universe.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  5. NJroyalty


    October 28, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  6. JT

    These deluded idiots have numerous explanations as to why the rapture did not occur except for the most obvious explanation of all that it's all horsesh!t and they are deluded fools.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  7. doG

    One day, science either prove or disprove the existence of G**. Why then would someone just believe out of blind faith with no tangible evidence instead of wanting to be sure?? That is one thing about religion I will never understand.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • JT

      Science will never disprove that gods do not exist anymore than it will disprove fairies do not exist. That's not the purpose of science anyway.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Seanm

      You cant understand because you have no faith. Most of us catholics belive science will one day open the doors to understanding what gods true purpose for us is or to evolve into a higher species that will be able to comprehend his or hers word given to us directly. Yes its a shocker you can belive in god and trust in science.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Keith

      If God is supernatural, then science will have nothing to say about it one way or the other. Science is the study of the natural world.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • EatYouAlive

      The natural world IS the complete world, there is no hell or heaven, no god or demi gods or zeus or odin. Only us, the planet, the galaxies, the universe...

      October 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • CM

      Read up on some gnostic literature. Gnostics believe in science such as quantum physics and sacred geometry.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • warmesTghosT

      The basis of all the world's religions are based upon fear. Man's oldest and greatest fear is that of the unknown, and the greatest unknown element in our lives is death. Religious people cannot accept the fact that someday they will die and become nothing and eventually be forgotten by posterity...therefore they embrace the comforting lie of "eternal paradise" rather than the cold hard truth of oblivion.

      Essentially religion is a life-crutch for people who are too cowardly to face the universe on its own terms.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Joe

      If Fairys don't exsist how do you explain Richard Simmons?

      October 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Margaret L

      Science has proven one think even a placebo has an affect. People who believe in the power of prayer can get better faster. That neither proves or disproved the existence of God, but it does comfort and help those who do believe.

      October 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  8. RIckRoll


    October 28, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Primewonk


      I don't think so. I know they have some pretty wacky ideas, but I don't think Camping was a mormon.


      No "r"?

      Nevermind. (god I miss Gilda)

      October 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  9. Steve

    I guess even God has to postpone events. Hey Harold, please give me a heads up when we can reschedule the end of the world again. Have your girl call my girl, Ok. I'm free any day except December 21st 2012. On that day I have another end of the world engagement with some Mayans. Keep in touch. Chow. Lol....

    October 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • CM


      October 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • toxictown

      God needs to get himself one of them smartphones w/the calendar app.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  10. Gorigio A. Tsukalos

    Ancient Astronaught Theory...?

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

    If it did occur on May 21st then why is the flock still here? It is written that not even Jesus himself knows the time of the rapture. Only God know this. So many misled. You are responsible for your own salvation. Stop letting everyone else live it for you.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • EatYouAlive

      WHO wrote that Jesus does not know? It is written, so it is true? LOL

      October 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  12. The SMART Lab Monkey

    My invisible friend is better than your invisible friend....

    'nuff said

    October 28, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  13. Bo

    I look foreward to the scound coming of Christ, I have know about Herold Campimg and his "end of time prophecies" for a long time and I have always thought he was a religious kook that doesn't give good represention to Christianty. I have no idea why he should think that God would give him insight to the rapture when Christ said that He Himself didn't know the time of the end, only the Father. The same with anyone else that predics the "End of Time". There are still a few prophecies that are yet to be fullfiled before the return of Christ, i.e. like the mark of the beast (Rev 13:17). Good Bible study will reveal what that is, and for some reason Herold Camping never even touched that subject.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Atheist

      So Camping is the "kook" and you're the rational one, huh Bo? Yet you still believe that if you study your Bronze Age scrolls diligently, you will understand about when your god will kill everyone? Your comment is a good example of the main failing of Christianity. You are all in love with death. You care so little for this life, all you do is wait to be shed of it so you can go and faun over your god forever. The people that love you in real life, the things you accomplish here, they mean nothing to you, compared to your god. I find that so very sad. I pity you, Bo.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • EatYouAlive

      "Good bible study" An oxymoron if there ever was one.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • doG

      Yes, but he did touch huge sums of cash, especially with all of the free publicity from his predictions. hmmmmm

      October 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • patkasper

      @Atheist, you sound a little afraid that there may just actually be a God. Allow people to believe freely. No one's knocking your unbeliefs. At the end of your life, if you truly believe there is no God, no heaven, no hell, you'd better make sure you're right because if it's really all been a hoax christians have nothing to lose.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • GOD

      One nut calls the other one a nut.
      Some times you feel like a nut....
      some times ya dont..........................

      October 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  14. Chad

    sigh.. this is news worthy of coverage on SEVERAL belief blogs? Really? Bias anyone?

    How about posting something on how Richard Dawkins is scared to debate William Craig, and his fellow atheists are criticizing him for that.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • rich

      Scared? I don't think so... Dawkins just doesn't debate brick walls. Craig repackages the same old debunked arguments time and time again.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • EatYouAlive

      He is not scared to debate anyone. He always said he has better things to do than engage someone who is nothing more than a professional spokesman for Christianity.

      He has debated many people over time, and the same tired dogmatic bull is trotted out each time.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • EatYouAlive

      And fellow atheists are not calling him out for anything, he has taken a lead as an atheist, one that should inspire everyone who views rational thought and clear thinking as important.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      William Craig? the guy who said killing Canaanite children was a good thing but think of the poor trauma it would have inflicted on the soldiers doing the killing? that guy?

      October 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Chad

      If Dawkins thought he could win, he wouldnt hesitate to debate Craig.

      "one commenter on The Guardian, wrote, “[Dawkins’] absolute rejection of genocide is unconvincing in light of his rejection of absolute morality in The God Delusion. Moreover, Craig’s position on genocide is entirely irrelevant to the debate, and can’t be seen as much more than a smokescreen for the fact that Dawkins cannot substantiate his primary arguments in TGD to any significant extent.”

      “Since you don’t believe in the factual truth of parts of the Bible why would you believe that the genocide took place without scientific proof?” Mankini also replied.

      Craig has defeated every atheist (over 50) so far debated, from http://commonsenseatheism: "William Lane Craig is a prolific Christian philosopher, apologist, author, and public debater. He is the best debater – on any topic – that I’ve ever heard. As far as I can tell, he has won nearly all his debates with atheists. When debating him, atheists have consistently failed to put forward solid arguments, and consistently failed to point out the flaws in Craig’s arguments."

      I dont blame dawkins, if I were him, I wouldnt do it either.. 🙂

      October 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      oh please, 'defeated over 50 atheists' blah blah, at what exactly? what arguments?

      October 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • wayne317

      It's a shame Craig can't debate God into existance

      October 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Chad

      "Craig repackages the same old debunked arguments time and time again."

      wonder why he's undefeated.. that sure is weird..

      October 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  15. awake

    "we are the change we've been waiting for.: Not a savior. Not a messiah. Saviors and messiahs have come and gone throughout the centuries, and aside from their inspiring some to awaken, we've largely continued to wander about with our eyes closed.
    I hope we are nearing the "end of the world," in the sense that we continue to wake up in larger numbers, and through our collective understanding and initiative, we usher in changes that promote social and economic justice.
    Nunti Sunya. . . .to the era of transparency and equality. . . .

    October 28, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  16. Jon

    "Belief", by definition, is when insufficient verifiable facts are available to make it "Truth". Aren't you glad "Belief" is used as a litmus test for presidential elections! We are doomed.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  17. SteakandEggs

    I work at a library and was very interested to see that the King James Bible is listed in the non-fiction section...

    October 28, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  18. John

    Why does CNN keep this sheet alive? Belief blog is a stupid idea. Intsall an astrology section - more useful.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • sparknut

      No one is forcing you to read it.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • EatYouAlive

      No one should force this crap on anyone. belief blog, what a joke.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • Smurf This

      You just wasted everyones time
      and valuable keystrokes.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  19. IFeelFine

    It's the end of the world as we know it,

    and I feel fine.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  20. G-D

    To answer the questions is one thing yet to question the answers is another thing so which will it be,,,,, ? Oh the choices to be had,,,,, 😐

    October 28, 2011 at 11:47 am |
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