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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. JimAR

    I am not sure about the end of times; but I think the fat lady has sung for these creeps.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  2. mark kali

    Woe to you, false prophet.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Balls McGhee

      i'm sure he took his donations and ran.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  3. Guy

    And how many of these nutcases exist in the US?

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

      Quite a few. Fortunately, most are located in Washington, D.C.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • JimAR

      How many are running for president?

      October 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • palintwit

      They seem to be concentrated in southern trailer parks.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • yeahalright

      Not sure, but a very very high percentage believes this nonsense religious hocus pocus, just without a defined end date.

      Makes em think they're not just as crazy.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • GRANT

      Not sure, but according to the 2001 World Christian Encyclopedia, there are approximately 38000 Christian denominations.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  4. skarphace

    The doomsday predictions were promoted for money. Any of you who sent donations to this whacko should now feel like the fools you are. His "church" made 80 million over the last 10 years, and probably several more million this year. It is and always has been about money.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • claybigsby

      bingo....as most religions are about the money.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Balls McGhee

      Actually the world will end next week. its true! just contact me on facebook and i'll tell you how to send me money.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Bruce

      I'm tempted to send him some money right now, because the whole thing has been rather entertaining. It's gotta be worth at least the $10 I'd easily spend on a movie, or even maybe the $50 I'd easily spend on a video game...

      October 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Bert in UT

      Hey, those who sent money bought themselves a few months or years of believing they were special, apart and better than all the rest of us. Not necessarily a worse purchase than the lottery ticket that lets us dream about being rich and telling the boss to stick it.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  5. Bruce

    FYI, the Rapture happened almost two thousand years ago, as did the final judgment of God. Everyone here today are descendents of those left behind and thrown into a metaphorical "lake of fire" and we have been not-so-metaphorically suffering (more or less) endlessly since then, because the lake is unquenchable. We will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

    The whole "death and rebirth" thing is just a tricky way to describe succeeding generations and such, like the lifetimes listed in Genesis were not single human beings, but rather patriarchal lines. The undying-ness of our existence is not on an individual level, but more on a cultural, societal, and biological (species) level.

    So, you can stop predicting the end of the world. It happened long ago. We are all in hell. It's not as bad as most people think it is...

    October 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Trystan

      hahahahahahahahaha

      Thanks for the joke!

      October 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Kevin

      So, if the rapture and the end of the world happened 2,000 years ago, you missed the boat and are condemned to die like the other 7 billion of us on earth. More idiot religion crap.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Knight

      The first paragraph of this post sounds like the plot line of the new TV show "Once Upon a Time"

      October 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Bruce

      LOL Kevin. You apparently are completely insensitive to snark.

      Also, I already said "we" are in hell. Enjoy your hell! 😛

      October 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  6. gimmeabreak

    Jesus was probably on his way to deliver solace to the downtrodden, as is his habit, when he was pulled over by an Alabama state trooper who noticed his dark, middle-eastern complexion, demanded his citizenship papers, and let him know in no uncertain terms that his kind ain't welcome 'round these parts. Jesus, in disgust, left to go hang out with the migrant farm workers who are, after all, much more his type anyway.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Bruce

      Many of them sharing the same first name...

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

      You mean Jesus didn't have blonde hair, blue eyes and speak English? Say it ain't so!

      October 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  7. kyle

    again god damn the world was suposed to end like 10 times this year alone sorry cristians jesus isnt coming

    October 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • NeutralMind

      Haha good one.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Kyle

      You stole my name.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  8. Jason

    Time to give grandpa his happy meds, and put him away for now!

    October 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  9. His Noodly Appendage

    I wish that there was some way to remove such antiquated notions as "Christianity" and "God" from this discussion, since after Camping's failures it's clear that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is our one and only creator. Repent before his meaty sauce! Open your heart, and let it be touched by his noodly appendage! The Flying Spaghetti Monster creates all, and will only destroy that which does not go with red sauce on the day of judgement. Much preferable to a wholesale apocalypse...

    October 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Pirate Chihuahua

      Ramen!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Kyle

      Bless all the followers of the flying spaghetti monster. Ramen!

      October 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  10. Theword

    Will this guy and all of his "followers" and true believers just hurry up and commit suicide already. The human gene pool is better without them.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  11. The Mad Klingon

    Remember boys and girls:

    Science flies people to the moon, religion flies people into buildings.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Hunter S Tomboy

      10 points!!!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  12. Kshah

    Isn't it said that he shall come when none expects him to, so why do we constantly keep expecting him to come, lets just leave it all, he'll come when he does, and hopefully we recognize him then.

    Other than that just focus on living a decent life, live with the little principles such as do not hurt others..., focus on conquering anger, greed, lust, pride. after all that is the purpose of every religion anyways.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  13. norman

    Rejoice all ye fathful. It is the word of god that Doomsday prophets will end today, October 28, 2011. Lest they look like bigger fools than they are. Amen.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  14. Jack Ieo

    The Rapture came and everyone is still here?? Guess no one is worthy.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  15. luis

    i hope harol camping dies and go to hell .

    October 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Jim

      Beings as there is no such thing as hell that would be pretty hard. The dying part is a sure thing though.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  16. Sy2502

    What? They gave up? Oh come on! Now we need to find another group of religious nut jobs to make fun of.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  17. Roy

    Just for the record, an indepth understanding of the Bibical Canon clearly shows that mankind neither knows the day or hour as to Gods day of reckeoning upon the nations of the world. For that matter both the Great Tribulation and Armagedon is unknown as to precisely Gods timetable, very simply no one knows and is clearly stated. Jesus Christ clearly foretold 2000 years ago that there would sufficent signs indicating the end of the old wicked system we live in. Jesus did not nor any of his disciples proclaim the destruction of the planet but clearly identified many of todays clamities. Critcal times hard to deal with, global earthquakes, wickedness, pestilence, famine, lovers of money and list goes on. If you have studied and examined the scriptures carefully, you will note that a day is like a thousand years from Gods perspective. One thing is certain that we are living in unprecendented time in human history and whether you accept the Bibical warnings or not, just like the days of Noah all mankind will face a serious decision as to realizing that the creator of all things and his son will rule universally and destroy the wickedness on the earth. Satan and his demons will be abolished, the earth will be brought back to a state of perfection and mankind who respects and loves the creator will have the opportunity of everlasting life in peace and freedom. Do you think that Nostradomus and John Lennon didin't take some time and read the scriptures, more of us should, it is a real eye opener, the truth is out there and truth will set you free as quoted in the Holy Bible.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Kyle

      Ahh.. Noah. Explain to me how he got the kangaroos on the boat please. Or the raptors. That one would work to. How about the wooly mammoth? Also.. where did he store all the food to feed the animals? How did he feed the carnivores? How did 2 of each animal repopulate the world? You need at least 50 of a species to repopulate with any rate of success.

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

      "Critcal times hard to deal with, global earthquakes, wickedness, pestilence, famine, lovers of money and list goes on."

      Tell me, Roy, when in the past two thousand years were these things NOT the case?

      October 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Pirate Chihuahua

      You need to read this to yourself and see how absolutely silly this story sounds. That's all it is...a story concocted by some middle eastern tribes to subdue the other tribes in the area.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Bert in UT

      Roy, if the Bible shows it so clearly, why have people been predicting the end repeatedly for 2000 years? Maybe it isn't so clear? Or is it only clear if you are special.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Eric

      The problem with biblical theory is, you ignore the signs that our world (planet Earth and only god) is showing us, by proclaiming them to be signs, of a higher power out to punishing the wicked, instead of what sciencesays. Isn't it more probable that the planet itself, "Earth", is doing what it needs to survive, and that we are possibly not in that future.

      Remember Jesus, is god, and Jesus was the first hippie. He preached love, tolerance (which god, aka his dad never did) and respect. But that respect has to be towards all living things, including Earth. When you assume that we will be saved, you take the responsilbity of your actions out of your hands. "The truth will set you free", but you have to know the truth first. 1) Science is the search for truth. Is it always 100% right? No. But, that's why you keep searching, instead of locking in beliefs that can't be changed. 2) Heaven/Hell, are just a way for humans make themselves immortal...

      October 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  18. jdk

    Did you see Camping say "occupy" several times? Perhaps Christian conservatives will be out in the streets for a respectable cause... but probably not.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  19. derr'o

    I think CAMPING is a grand standing power junky who only wants to be on tv and radio and see his name in the paper. I feel that of THE WORLD IS TO END then it will and with all do respect to CHRISTIANS and i mean that. I don't think the BIBLE wich i have not read can give dead on info of END TIMES. But with that said lets all hope the MAYANS are wrong!!!! have a great day DERRY'O

    October 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Hunter S Tomboy

      The Mayan bit is just the end of a cycle.
      Kinda like when Jan 1 hits, and you have to replace the calendar (with the cute puppies) hanging on the fridge.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  20. Bassmaster

    Amazing...yet more "proof" of "HIS" existence does not come to pass and yet people hang on to the idea of god with all their strength. Irony, nothing short of an act of god will convince people that there is no god. lol
    Not sure why the thought of being a good person just because you should, and not because of pay-offs or consequences, is so foreign to people. How many of you would still be good people without the eternal life bribe?

    October 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Bert in UT

      I must say, someone who says you can't be moral without religion makes me very nervous. What if they lose their faith? What will they do to me then? I much prefer someone who says "I live my life this way because it is the kind of person I want to be, not because God told me I should."

      October 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
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