Harold Camping has changed his views of scripture throughout the years, but one thing remains the same – Failed Rapture Predictions. This is the second time Harold Camping has predicted the rapture and the second time it hasn’t occurred.
Harold Camping doesn’t really identify himself as Independent Fundamental Baptist. He used to be a strong Calvinist but has departed from that over the years.
I wanted to post this, however, just as a reminder of the strange and dangerous teachings of modern day religious characters. This should serve as a warning and an example of what to look for in a dangerous religious leader.
I remember listening in secret to Harold Camping’s radio show as a teen. I loved his self confidence and his communication style. It was exact, to the point and devoid of fluff. Something I was craving at the time a guess.
I listened in secret because Harold Camping was considered a heretic in my circle of IFBers for teaching Calvinism. But I always enjoyed listening to his views of the Bible.
This story is so interesting to me now because of the strong similarity in the views of Camping and the IFB. Authoritarian, closed minded and abusive (IMHO). Just think of all the non-believers out there laughing hysterically because of another “wack job” or “religious nut case” has failed at predicting the apocalypse. Another “Christian” with a huge voice and power in the Christian community has represented Christianity as doom and gloom.
My IFB circles dismiss Camping’s predictions as just silly because of the verse that states no one know the hour of the rapture (Matthew 24:36). But they also hand wave it as not that big of a deal because the end is near anyway. They tell me all the time that we are “in the last days”. This is just a s silly to me because people have been saying that we are “in the last days” for 2000 years. Besides, you can’t get much more vague than “we are in the last days”.
Anyway, I’m rambling now, but I wanted to try and be another voice that speaks out against people like Camping that trade truth for delusions.
Here’s the sad thing. Apparently people spend significant amounts of money advertising the rapture. From the Yahoo article on May 23, 2011 “Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent $140,000 of his life savings to advertise the rapture in New York, said he was dumbfounded when life went on as usual Saturday.” Many people are left with nothing after giving up everything because they thought the rapture was going to happen. This is nothing short of abuse and Harold Camping should be brought to justice. I say he should be made to repay those who paid for advertising for this crooked fraud.
An unsuspecting victim of Camping’s abusive scriptural teachings reported “…we still believe the Bible.” Unfortunately this poor deceived soul doesn’t realize that they weren’t “believing the Bible” to begin with. They were believing the religion of Harold Camping and his INTERPRETATION of scripture. Sad.
Can you say Con Artist… http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Doomsday-believer-donates-cnnm-2627911146.html
May 24, 2011 – Lets see if Camping can go 0-3. He is now predicting an October 21, 2011 rapture. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110524/ap_on_re_us/us_apocalypse_saturday