Harold Camping is the lead preacher for Family Talk Radio, which is a California-based evangelical society that broadcasts sermons across the country. Unfortunately, many of Camping’s sermons include predictions about the end of the world. Many of his followers hang on his every word, not judging or thinking for themselves.
In 1994, Camping predicted that the world was going to end. When it didn’t, he kind of backed away from the spotlight. But he’s now back and has been saying for months that mankind will face Judgement Day on May 21st at 6pm local time. Harold Camping has said that he will sit in front of his television and watch the events unfold.
The events, as Camping has predicted, will be astounding and phenomenal. Earthquakes will shake the earth and wake the dead from their graves. Is it that Camping is getting his information from the Bible or from watching too many zombie-related movies? He has predicted that only 3% of the world’s population will be worthy of Heaven, while those who are left behind will have to face five months of extreme turmoil, evil, and death.
It is now May 22nd and the world did not end yesterday. Camping has not made a public announcement yet about his failed prediction, though one southern baptist preacher has stated that he believes Camping should make a public apology. Many people have assumed that Harold Camping will just say that his prediction was off because of his mathematical calculations, and that the world will end on another date as he sees fit from his “calculations”.
But will a public apology be enough? Not for the man who spent his life savings to put up billboards in NYC to warn others of Judgement Day. Nor will it help the couple who quit their jobs, moved to Florida, and spent the majority of their days reading the Bible for the past few months. But then again, who’s crazier: Harold Camping for making such a prediction or people who devoted their lives to believing it?