As May 21 came and went without the world coming to an end, Harold Camping has yet to offer up a reason for why he was wrong… again.
In fact, the 89-year-old preacher is keeping out of sight in the wake of his failed prediction. The website to his Family Radio ministry hasn’t even been updated, and still proclaims Judgment Day to be May 21, 2011.
Screen shot taken May 22nd, 10:30 am Mountain Time showing it has not been updated
“It’s going to happen,” Camping insisted repeatedly leading up to the fateful day.
Meanwhile, those who believed in his much-hyped prognostication — many of whom gave up their homes and money to Camping — are left wondering what to do next.
“I do not understand,” said Robert Fitzpatrick, a 60-year-old MTA worker from Staten Island, said after the Rapture never arrived. “I do not understand why nothing has happened.”
“I had some skepticism but I was trying to push the skepticism away because I believe in God,” said Keith Bauer, who drove his family across the country from Maryland to California for the supposed Rapture to visit Camping’s Oakland headquarters of Family Radio International.
“I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth,” he said.
In my previous post, I reference Mr Fitzpatrick. He is the gentleman who said he spent more than $140,000 of his savings on subway posters and bus shelter advertisements warning of the May 21 Judgment Day.
But it is Mr Bauer’s statement that really stands out, “I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth.” Did these lost souls follow Camping in hopes of moving on to a “better place?” Did they completely set aside common sense and not dissect and reason out the words from Camping? Simply because one is unhappy with the world, with their lives, does not change the reality of the situation. Dreams and hopes are wonderful things to have… as long as the dreamer is “keeping it real” and within the realm of being able to obtain those dreams. The Wright Brothers did not listen to their skeptics, and look where we are now.
False prophecies have forever been spun throughout the history of man. If you are not happy with your life, make every attempt to change it, but do not believe these apocalyptic stories in hopes of salvation. They are simply just not true. Or you may find yourself amongst people like Fitzpatrick who spent a savings which is an amount that takes many people years just to earn.