I understand Harold Camping’s dilemma. I believe that he really thought he heard from God. There’s no convincing him otherwise, so don’t bother trying.
As a pastor I’ve seen this a lot. I can’t count how many people I’ve known who truly believed they heard from God. And when it doesn’t come to pass, rarely do they say, “Oops. I was wrong. I didn’t hear from God. Oh well…“. Rather, the mental and spiritual gymnastics they go through to desperately try to make it make sense is breathtaking.
Why? Because if they admit they were wrong about hearing from God, then they’ve opened up a huge theological and spiritual problem.
And they just can’t go there.
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