Well, it’s May 23rd and we’re still here. Pseudo-prophet Harold Camping should rejoice that he’s not going to be measured by Deuteronomy 18 and found wanting. His $100 million effort to convince the world (FamilyRadio bought ads and billboards in Iraq, Vietnam, Israel, the Philippines–and just about anywhere else that comes to your mind) May 21 would be the rapture, has been exposed for what it was: unbiblical. The civil-engineer-turned-Bible-teacher Camping may just be out to lunch (he promotes some other quirky teachings in addition to his odd numerical way to calculate the end of the world) or he may have actually convinced himself that he alone is the repository of truth.
OK, guys like this drive me up a wall but it’s the followers that most exasperate me. Unless he/she doesn’t have a Bible–or never reads it, there’s really no reason any believer should fall prey to this nonsense. Jesus devoted a whole chapter to talking about the end times and punctuated what He said with a statement that couldn’t be clearer. No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father (Matthew 24:36).
Maybe Camping’s followers are too lazy to do the spadework in the Bible themselves, preferring to be spoonfed their beliefs and theology. I’d like to think there’s no one in our church like that; that we’re all Bereans. I’d like to think that.