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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. BCW - NYC

    There is another chance for Camping to predict the next rupture. 2012 is coming! Act busy!

    October 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • frank West

      The whole world is falling apart, we are seeing the end right in front of us. Only, it is a slow agonizing painful end not the quick one Camping was predicting.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Frankie

      Frank, let's bring prayer back to school. This should solve many problems. Aah, one little detail; it will be a muslim prayer this time. We tried the christian one earlier and it didn't really work, you know?

      October 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Tillman

      Dang, I hope we don't have a rupture in 2012. Those are painful as hell.

      Sorry, just kidding.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  2. Kyle

    So from reading all of this... is the Flintstones an accurate portrayal of what theists beleive?

    October 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • William Demuth

      When seen with the eyes of a red neck

      October 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  3. loathstheright

    All religion is just completely made up by man, God never existed and will never exist, nut cases have predicted the end of the world 1000's of times....although if we keep up the population growth, the end will come soon enough and it will not be pretty.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • frank West

      Yeah, and the entire universe jusr created itself out of nothing along with all the order and physical laws.
      Geat real. Go home and try to make a wood box, you will see how much planning is required just to construct something simple like a box. Noe extrapolate this complexity to the entire universe.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Checkmate

      Ironically, you're also predicting the end times.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Frank West
      That's your argument for the existence of God?
      "The universe is big and complicated. I dont' understand how it happened – ego: God did it."

      October 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      ego = ergo

      October 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Tillman

      I am not making fun of you or goading you. If you do not believe in God, that is your right. I also loathe The Fanatical Right and the religious nuts of all kinds and creeds and also people who force their beliefs down your throat and people who say they are "righteous" and yet molest children or kill or hurt and people who won't let others live in peace no matter what their beliefs or preferences are and "Christians" who are as far from Christ as you can get and would know that if they read about him and not just let some yahoo tell them what the bible means and all the killing that has been done over the centuries in God's name. My only question is: How did the universe and Earth and life get here? Who started it? And where do we go from here?

      October 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Frankie

      Tilman, we don't know yet. Maybe someday after we are gone. Until then, let's not assume, ok?

      October 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  4. JoJo

    What really gets my goat is this: Camping has not even apologised to all the people who gave up their lives and donated to his cause. Not one apology or admitting that he was wrong.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Frankie

      He can always say he misunderstood the scripture. It's a winning formula every time!

      October 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I am amazed they haven't slit his throat.

      I guess once a sheep, always a sheep.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • sdfgh

      I cant believe that these people were idiotic enough to believe this crack pot. They got what they deserved.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Sam

      People like Camping make others lose trust in god. He uses millions of dollars of public (followers) money on silly things which are counterproductive. God said, false prophets should be stoned. I hope one of his followers will follow god.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Frankie

      Hey Sam, go to youtube and watch the act of stoning a person. Your God is one mean fellow!

      October 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • JT

      Why should Camping apologize. These idiots deserve to be fleeced and taken advantage of. He's not doing anything worse than thousands of pastors all over the US. He's just a bit more "in your face" about it. Churches all over this country are packed with sheep giving their 10% and more to the Christian scam.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  5. bachmanntwit

    Teabaggers love the baby jesus more than anyone else. They also love to boink their cousins.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  6. JoJo

    And after all this... they still wonder where they went wrong. Can people really be this damn dumb?

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

      Yes!

      October 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Jordu

      Yes. Want proof? George W. Bush was re-elected.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • j

      I wonder what all of those people who sold their belongings are doing now. Can't believe anyone could buy (or sell in this case) into this. And what does the nut case leader get out of this. Would it be some feather in his cap if he was right? It is so weird. And he still has followers is still amazing to me. They must have IQs of a gnat.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The fact that teh 7th Day Adventist Church still exists is a testament to how deluded followers can be, even in the face of what they call "the great disappointment".

      October 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  7. Bob MacKinnon

    Oh poop!

    I was so hoping that Harold and his friends would be successful with their biblical magic trick.

    Now I won't be able to send Pat the money he requested to keep Jesus's Word spreading because Harold still needs it to keep God alive in my heart. Oh Beans!

    Rapture On faithful fund-a-mental-ists, Rapture On.

    Regards

    Bob

    October 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  8. Tomm

    You sound pretty odd yourself Frankie. And not too intelligent.
    Too bad you didn't receive much of an education. I feel sad for you.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Frankie

      Hahahaha!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  9. Hammer

    Camping & all his inner circle should be locked up. Just another con man using the name of GOD for his own greed

    October 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Frankie

      He may not be greedy, just really insane (intoxicated with the religion drug).

      October 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  10. horsesmouth

    Sooooooo.....the judgment did in fact occur on May 21. Phew. That's a relief. I was starting to get a bit worried. Glad that's settled.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  11. Along The Way

    Well. This was ....predictable.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • bombastinator

      so they're finally admittng that they weren't so much warning about the end of the world a hoping for it. *faceplm*

      October 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  12. Adam 224

    Interestingly enough, Camping is the biggest FALSE PROPHET of our generation. Not only to convince believers to lose faith when his prophecies are wrong (as always), but also to fool non-believers that he has anything to do with the Truth of the Word of God.
    As far as creation goes, any logical human being can attempt to explain where "Man" or "multi-cell organisms" come from. Of course my response, as a believer, and as an intelligent human being, is pretty simple. What created whatever / wherever your theory starts in the evolution chain. Your answer will be.. "I dont know" .. or.. "a higher power". We call that God Almighty. Praise God and those who mock the Word of God, will be judged according to the Word of God.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Your God is a tale told by idiots, filled with sound and fury, signifying nothing.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Kyle

      So Leviticus should be followed to the letter right? WBC seems to understand the bible pretty well.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Maya

      There's nothing wrong with saying "I don't know." The problem comes when people say that they know something when they don't. Do you know, through irrefutable proof, that God exists? No. You're just being dishonest.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Frankie

      If you can stop at a "beginning" that you call a higher power or God, why not just stop at a big bang and just call it the Big Bang? No worshiping and no silly book that was written by nomads who didn't know their j ism from their a ss!

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

      Yes, Camping is a flase prophet, but the biggest of our generation, I wouldn't say so. Warren Jeffs, Thomas S. Monson, Isryel (or however he spells it) Hawking, the prophets of the Righteous Branch, TLC polygamous groups.... and there are many many many many more. So, false prophet, yup. Biggest... that's up for debate.

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

      Exactly, Adam224–"God" is not an answer to questions like "where did we come from?" or "how did we evolve?" or "how many years has the earth been around?" To say "God" is equivalent to "I don't know" and–instead of being an answer–is in fact the refusal to answer.

      In fact, the humility behind "I don't know" is (if we are to believe the scriptures at all) what God is after. The certainty behind most "God" answers, however, tends to be more about pride and the opposite of humility. There is a reason (the reason is humility) that the name of God is not supposed to be uttered by the lips of a man.

      It's funny how few Xtians really grasp this. They are too busy ignoring Paul's prohibition from 1Tim1:3-11 and using Excel spreadsheets to calculate the age of the world by transcribing verses from Genesis into cell A1:A787...

      October 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Motherof2

      So who/what created God. Because something intelligent must have created something so intelligent.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • JT

      You sound as crazy as this Camping nut. I just love it when one nutbag claims they're more sane than another nutbag. Pot, meet kettle.

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

      Precisely, JT, precisely!

      October 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Chad

      So then let me ask you a question. What came before God? What created God? No wait, I already know your answer. You're going to say that God has always been here right? Tell you what. I'll start believing in your God if you can give me a LOGICAL answer to what came before God. Don't worry, i've got nothing to worry about because you can't answer the question.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • JC

      Right on, Maya. Nothing wrong with admitting we don't know everything. But we do know more today than we did 500 years ago...back when everyone believed (as the Bible implied) that the earth was the center of the universe. We couldn't prove it then, but we can today...and eventually we'll have scientific explanations for things we don't understand today.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • aceeboy

      I completely agree with you Adam 224. I look at false prophets as moles working towards tearing down the belief of God from within. What better way to destroy a belief than to get as many eyes and ears listening/following but only seeing failure in what the leader has deemed to be accurate truth. Putting faith in "man" is the biggest mistake any believer can make. "Man" is tangible and predictable which is totally the opposite of what faith means by definition.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  13. ian

    aw, i feel kinda sad for them, bless their hearts : (

    October 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • frank West

      I feel sad for the whole world. Everything is falling apart. We need God's intervention to help us, otherwise we are causing our own doomsday fast.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • William Demuth

      frank West

      God's intervention?

      We are on our own, and people who spout God nonesense are part of the problem, not of the solution.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  14. hippypoet

    Poem t!tle – "this is the end, say goodbye."

    goodbye cruel world...
    i leave you happy...
    and high as a fuking kite!
    this was how it was foretold...
    so i won't get sappy...
    i'm fuking my wife tonight!

    hippypoet 10-28-11

    October 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I plan to leave the world the way I came into it

      Naked and screaming with my head between some strange womans legs.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  15. SteveinPA

    All of these preachers with the wild notions, the radio and TV shows (networks) are most devout when it comes to lining their own pockets with other people's money. They preach the parts of the Bible that snag the most contributors using their narrow (and carefully selected) interpretations of scripture for more "love gifts". Give me a break. If Jesus is waiting for them at the Pearly Gates the first thing he is going to do is slide them down the "do over" chute because obviously they did not listen to a word He said. The poor people who follow them will first go into the "fix brain" room and then down the "do over" chute.
    The bottom line should be do the best for one another possible while you are here.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  16. QS

    "People were coming together, speaking outside, asking where we went wrong."

    ....nahhhh – just way too easy!

    October 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Frankie

      Hahahaha!

      October 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  17. MayanMan

    Mahabone

    October 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • 12-21-12

      @ Bruce

      That plumbing is shot to Hell.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  18. Church of the Mongolian Beef

    Yes I was ruptured on May 21st & again on Oct 21st. I've been ruptured twice now.

    Maybe just a good swift kick in the balls would be more approriate.

    Those of you that were not ruptured were indeed left behind.

    PS Anyone that believes any of this religious garbage should be crucified for terminal stupidity.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Bruce

      My plumbing ruptured once in the past 5 months, too. Does that mean that section of pipe is in heaven now?

      October 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • Lucidz

      Normally I'd be on board with you, but did you say Ruptured, instead of Raptured? Either that was genius, or you should stop posting.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Sandi

      Ummm. It's RAptured, not RUptured. So, that's the first thing. Second, if you're going to call people stupid for a belief system, then you might want to look into calling people stupid for severe definition or spelling errors.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Sandi

      I call all kinds of belief systems evil. Nazi's, the Klan, there are really to many to name.

      I am well within my rights to condemn Christianity as the farce it clearly is.

      Please leave your Bronze Age Bu@@@it in the dustbin of history where it belongs.

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

      William,

      Settle. You can call all belief systems what you want. I didn't say you couldn't. However, you cannot live by your double standard, and bash what you don't believe, yet not allow me to state what I believe. So, if you have something to say, remember that there are people out here who DO believe in a higher power and will state it. I didn't say that anyone could not state what they believe, so therefore you shouldn't say that I cannot either.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Slugbait

      Sandi, I'm pretty sure Mongo spelled it correctly. In fact, I'd wager most of the people who followed Camping feel like they got ruptured by the guy.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Sandi

      Lies should have consequences.

      Camping is a liar. Some are just idiots.

      Identify the con men and imprison them.

      If not for me, then for the idiots!

      October 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Cody

      You continue to believe what you want to believe but if my belief in God is wrong then so what I lived a life where someone can say he was a good man. If your wrong, then you spend and enternity in hell. I think I am happy with being a believer. I pray for each of you who dont whatever your reason may be. I respect your opinion but you also have to respect mine. 🙂

      October 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  19. Chach

    How about, let's all choose to be good to each other because our intellect tells us to? Hanging the threat of Hell, Fire, Brimstone and eternal damnation over our head has and always will be a poor motivational tool to get people to be good to each other. The promise of eternal life is also a farce. These things lead only to mistrust, ignorance, fear, prejudice and greed and lust for power.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Bruce

      I'm not sure our "intellect" tells us to do anything of the sort... Seriously, now–I'm a big fan of the intellect, but we humans are also emotional creatures, and emotion has an important role to serve, and it need not always be subservient to the intellect.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Green Apple Skins

      I am a Catholic and as part of the overall Christian faith we all believe that someday the world will end. Nothing lasts forever in this world. But to put a date to the end of anything is rediculous. I feel very bad for those people who blindly follow a mislead individual. There is no purpose what so ever to worry about the end of the world or the end of ones life. It ends when it ends and in the mean time live your life like Christ did. Be good to others, do good works, help each other. thats what its all about. To focus and worry about the end of anything is negative, needless waste of energy, and only generates chaos and fear.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Slugbait

      "But to put a date to the end of anything is rediculous"

      I can't give you an exact date, but scientists state that 4.5 billion years from now, the sun will run out of thermalnuclear fuel. When a star runs out of fuel, it novas. Our planet is so close to our star, a nova will vaporize it.

      So there you have it. Four and a half billion years left. Somebody leave a note. Thanks.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • j

      Green Apple Skins: Your Catholic faith is worse than this nut case we've been discussed. They conditioned you to believe in tthe end so that you keep coming to church, offerings in hand, hoping it will go well for you. The Catholic religion is based on instilling fear and conformity in you. And then they abuse your kids and don't even admit it when caught. Your misled individuals are pedophile priests.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  20. biorsel

    It's time for camping and his follower need to get their heads out of "where the sun don't shine"! Tax payer prepare to pay extra for those "lights on but nobody home" since they already wasted all of their saving, quit their jobs and now start applying for welfare! What ashamed!

    October 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
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