Well, We're Still Here - The World Didn't End

Yet another doomsday prediction came and went with no visible change to the world.

After scaring hundreds of thousands of people around the United States, and after further widening the credibility gap for all Christian leaders, and after spending tens of thousands of dollars to advertise the message, the prediction that the world would end on May 21st was wrong. Harold Camping was wrong.  No earthquake. No nuclear meltdown. No atomic bomb. I told you! Check out my prediction from last week:  

I wonder what Harold and his followers did all day Saturday. Watch CNN for news of an earthquake… somewhere? Call their fearless leader to ask for a biblical interpretation of the non-event? Pray to God that chaos would commence so that they could be saved from embarrassment? Try to scratch the Family Radio Worldwide (Harold’s ministry) bumper sticker off the car?  

I wonder what’s going on in the Camping living room this morning. Depression? Relief? Confusion? Embarrassment? Rebellion? Consternation? Denial?

Your guess is as good as mine. I would love to be able to be able to use super secret technology to find out. 

I have a hunch. I wonder if maybe Harold was right about May 21st, but God changed his mind so Harold wouldn’t get the credit. Jesus said, “…no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” (Mark 13:32 NLT) Maybe the timeline that the folks over at Family Radio Worldwide figured was correct, but God being God decided that he would have to agree with Jesus instead. Maybe, just maybe, I could have been in heaven this morning celebrating with believers from all generations, races, social classes and nations. Maybe Harold messed it all up for us because God didn’t want him to get the credit.  Hunches…

So what can we learn from this brief flirtation with Armageddon? 

  • The Bible is not interpreted by secret knowledge from a select few. Its pages are available to everyone. It can be taken at face value with just a basic understanding of the audience it was written to and the reasons it was written.
  • It’s really tough to disagree with the Son of God.
  • Lot’s of people who don’t go to church are very curious, even concerned, about spiritual things.
  • If us “true believers” (as Harold calls church going folks) would spend more time building relationships and extending God’s grace outside the church walls then the world could really and truly be a different and better place.
  • Ben Cathey has silly hunches. 

I’m still comforted and helped more by these words from 1 Thessalonians 5 than I am from anything any doomsday prophet has ever written.

“For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.  Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”

Taylor May 22, 2011 at 11:47 AM
Actually there were earthquakes. New Zealand and San Francisco had one.
Dominic May 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM
wow, earthquakes in New Zealand and San Francisco.... So the two places situated directly on top of fault lines, which experience earthquakes a lot more than most other countries or cities... definitely coincidence... I'd be more surprised if they didn't have earthquakes. Now if there were earthquakes near Ayers Rock or somewhere in the centre of a plate miles away from a fault line, I'd be a bit more worried about the fate of the world.
TruthandDare May 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Another Earthquakes eruptions in Iceland; Warnings from the Revelations.
Alexandra Lopez May 22, 2011 at 12:34 PM
My oppinion is just as good as yours. These dumb asses went as far as killing there families as sacrifieces.
ron May 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM
you guys and camping are simply just a bunch of wackos -- sad, but very true.
annamarie May 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM
No True Christian would follow this man. He is an arrogant Old fool who believes his own Bible translations. His followers are the worst, they trust “HAROLD CAMPING IS THEIR GOD! Harold Camping is a horrible Bible teacher SEE HOW HE MADE 38 MILLION IN 1 YEAR! SEE HERE http://haroldcamping-21.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-harold-camping-pulled-off-biggest.html
Brian May 22, 2011 at 01:02 PM
There are mini earthquakes somewhere in the world almost every day. There is always seismic activity going on throughout the world each and every day. That is like me guessing the occupation of every woman that walks by to being SECRETARIES. Someone (Or more than one) who comes along will actually be a secretary and be amazed with this retort: " WOW, HOW DID YOU KNOW?"
Brian May 22, 2011 at 01:04 PM
There are mini earthquakes somewhere in the world almost every day. There is always seismic activity going on throughout the world each and every day. That is like me guessing the occupation of every woman that walks by to being SECRETARIES. Someone (Or more than one) who comes along will actually be a secretary and be amazed with this retort: " WOW, HOW DID YOU KNOW?"
Brian May 22, 2011 at 01:05 PM
There are mini earthquakes somewhere in the world almost every day. There is always seismic activity going on throughout the world each and every day. Some days, obviously, we do have a big one. That is like me guessing the occupation of every woman that walks by to being SECRETARIES. Someone (Or more than one) who comes along will actually be a secretary and be amazed with this retort: " WOW, HOW DID YOU KNOW?"
Brian May 22, 2011 at 01:15 PM
I don't mind people practicing their religions, but when it goes to this extreme, it actually is dangerous. One lady actually tried to kill herself and her children. Yes, some say people have the right to interpret and then it's up to individuals to believe it or not (Not to blame Camping or some other Crack Pot) But, you know? How about the CHILDREN who see these RIDICULOUS BILLBOARDS preaching the end of the World. Something is Wrong...........We can't Scream "FIRE" in a crowded movie Theater without getting arrested. Yes, people have Freedom of speech and can say whatever they feel (I think to a degree) but I think something has to be done when it goes to this extreme.....................To simply say "SORRY" My math was in error. People have given away their belongings...............Oh Well to that. They were FOOLS, but what of the Children? What of the Children?
Sig Knight May 22, 2011 at 01:21 PM
the bible was written by MAN not a God or The God. what kind of fool would believe anything MAN wrote? MAN is not a God. wake up.
Michelle May 22, 2011 at 01:50 PM
I loved this article!!! I appreciate Brian's reitoration. lol I have to say, I did a little extra praying friday night... Just kinda of, a "hey, take care of us K?" Kind of stuff. I also agree that we are not to know the day or hour of the return. Just to live every day as best we can. When He gets, here, man, we are going to know it!! Thanks P Ben, 'preciate ya! Michelle
Sig Knight May 22, 2011 at 02:07 PM
thank you for keeping us safe. i agree with you, the day or hour of the end will come when it comes and NOT one second before.
Sig Knight May 22, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Bob May 22, 2011 at 03:09 PM
The "Bible", which we only have over 5,000 copies, not the original, and those are only the ones written in the Greek, the original language. Then we thousands of copies, of copies, that were translated, by societies where about 1 percent of the population could read or write, into Latin. All of these copies were done centuries after the originals. They were copied, by hand, by different people, every time, and contain at minimum, 300,000 errors, both insignificant, and very significant, changing just words, all the way up to entire books. Scholars have been studying and identifying these for centuries. For these morons to give this idiot their live savings, ruing their children's lives in the process, though the whole thing is freaking comical, has a sad, sad side. For all the reasons stated above, to possibly think there is any, ANY "calculation" from a book that was written by MAN, copies tens of thousands of times, makes all these sheep's complete morons.
Zac May 22, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Denial. In case you missed it 17 years ago, this isn't the first time Camping predicted the rapture. The first time was September 6, 1996, and in case you missed that, the world didn't end that time either. So here is my prediction: the next date for the rapture will be December 2027, and this time Harold won't be around to see it. And by it, I mean how wrong he will be . . . again.
Bob May 22, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Harold might not be around to see Memorial Day.
Frank May 22, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Frank Those that believe that the second coming will eventually happen are no more accurate than that guy was. If you would ever do some actual really serious research you might learn there's nothing to this stuff. Live your lives by faith with your heads stuck in the sand, I know you can't be taught.
Burton Uhrnee May 22, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Humans are funny creatures. . .confused Christian extremists--even funnier. The universe is a big place, people. One book that acts as a program for the mysterious infinity--now that's a big Jethro bowl of crap!
Franko May 22, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Just out of curiosity Ive read a few articles this morning on the reactions of people who actually believed the world was supposed to end yesterday. I think this needs to be a dose of reality for these people that they actually need to get their heads checked. I have God in my lfe and believe in something greater than myself. That being said it just baffles me that there are actually people out there that acutally donated one dollar to this guy to support this belief...then you got the people that actually quit thier jobs and drove cross country to be with otheres for this "event"...amazing. I cant help but wonder while a family drivng cross country, at any point during the ride if anyone in the car would say something along the lines of "hey, what happens if the world dosnt end?" What would that two week notice and letter of resignation look like to their employer... This should be a time for some serious self examination for these people. This is what youve become. Taking religion, which is supposed to be a good thng, and twisting it into something so distorted that it becomes a bad thing...a cult of sorts. To me these people must lack confidence, dignity, self respect, and have very little ability to think for themselves. I guess my point is to keep a relationship with God but understand that religion is a business and it prays on the desperate..quite sad actually.
Michael Fiisher May 22, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Harold Camping's company is now worth over $75 million thanks to the donations of stupid people. Gee, I wonder if that's got anything to do with it? Unfortunately these same morons are the ones who elected George Bush and would gladly vote for Sara Palin or Michelle Bachman, people who think The Flintstones is based on reality....
Trueful May 22, 2011 at 08:40 PM
I believe in God and that one day he will return.. The earth has been here for thousands of years and I believe it will be here for thousands of more years . I am 22 years old and I believe myself my children their children their children ect will not be alive to witness the day the world ends.. I believe this earth maybe here forever but I'm not sure what will happen to the human race and what will be here on earth after the human race .. I think it is possible that the human race can be wiped out and God could allow anthor life/creature to live here on earth after us humans or the human race will just continue for thousands of more years to come .. I just continue to have faith that God will continue to be merciful.
Maggie May 22, 2011 at 09:56 PM
The man is an idiot,he probably can't even predict when he has to go to do number 2 and does it in his pants instead!
Jeffrey Allen May 23, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Maybe he should predict the rapture every day from now on. One day he might just get it right. Not to lose sight of what Ben was actually saying, I loved bullet point #4. Well done.
cheryl May 23, 2011 at 02:04 PM
the prediction was funny to any of us who truly believe in God an believe in the Bible. what i thought was really telling about his followers was that when asked about what Jesus said in Matt. an Mark their reply was it didn't pertain to their leaders prediction. one thing for sure if your going to quote the bible to me for something like this then know that ALL of the Bible is pertinent.
Sig Knight May 23, 2011 at 03:26 PM
you don't have to believe in God to know this prediction was a joke. the ONLY people stupid enough to believe in this idiots prediction were Bible thumpers. the Bible was written by MAN.


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