I am sad to report the passing of Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio, a non-profit Christian radio network established in 1958 and spanning 65 stations across the U.S. He died Sunday afternoon following a November 30th fall at his home. Camping was 92 years old.
If Camping’s name is unfamiliar to you, there’s a pretty good reason for it. In 1994, he was the broadcast preacher who predicted that the world would end that year, which it obviously didn’t. Camping tried again in 2011 when he predicted that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ would fall on May 21st.
In true prognosticator fashion, Camping “tweaked” his doomsday predication and pushed it back to October 21st. When this date didn’t pan out, though, he apologized, admitted he was wrong and got out of the doomsday prediction business.
“We must also openly acknowledge that we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world,” Camping wrote in a letter to his supporters that year. “Though many dates are circulating, Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date.”
It never surprises me when religious leaders or organizations try to determine the exact date of the so-called “End of Days,” as if such a thing could ever be known. And I am even less surprised when their predictions end up being wrong, which they always are.
In the case of Harold Camping, though, another question comes to mind. And I apologize if this comes off as insensitive, but tell me this: Did he ever predict his own demise? If not, then I suggest the people at Family Radio claim that he did so at least some faith in their deceased and prediction-challenged leader can be restored!
It’s still sad news, though. Rest in peace, Harold. Maybe now you can get the “down low” on Armageddon from the Big Man himself!
Posted on December 18, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged Armageddon, commentary, current-events, death, End time, Family Radio, Harold Camping, Jesus Christ, news, perspectives, Prediction, Religion and Spirituality, Second Coming. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.