Harold Camping Says He’s Sorry. Sort Of.

Harold Camping, everyone’s favorite apocalyptic whipping boy, has emerged from his sequestration and, according to Gawker, kind of apologized for duping people into selling their homes and emptying their retirement accounts to pay for advertising for his predictions.  Camping says:

Why didn’t Christ return on Oct. 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio. But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible. He allowed everything to happen the way it did without correction. He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to.

I am very encouraged by letters that I have received and [am] receiving at this time concerning this matter. Amongst other things I have been checking my notes more carefully than ever. And I do find that there is other language in the Bible that we still have to look at very carefully and will impinge upon this question very definitely. And we should be very patient about this matter. At least in a minimal way we are learning to walk more and more humble before God.

Read the rest: Failed Prophet Regrets Wrongly Predicting All Those Raptures.  And if you need to be reminded at how stoopid people like Camping make the rest of us Christians look, read the comments.

  • http://apolarity.tumblr.com Adrenalin Tim

    Any apology is incomplete without restitution. I’ll believe Camping is sorry when he hands out refunds to the poor suckers who squandered away their life savings on signs, marketing, websites, …

  • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

    Tony,
    The comments, on Gawker, are way more “interesting” (not the best word) than the apology. A little disturbing, but, non the less, more interesting. There is, for sure, a growing segment of the population that has serious disdain for Christianity/Christians (evangelical or incarnational) and stuff like Family Radio only continues to feeds the fire. sad.

  • Gavin

    I’m looking for the apology and not seeing it. What I am hearing is “Gosh, that was embarrassing for us. But we’ve come to realise that it’s really God’s fault.” Not only did these people bring God into disrepute with their behaviour they’re now doing it with their words: “He allowed everything to happen the way it did without correction. He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to.”

  • JoeyS

    Camping is the king of cognitive dissonance. But, as he alluded, grace is mighty powerful.

  • Larry Barber

    What I find disheartening in the comments is how Christianity has been equated with fundamentalism (and usually a caricature of fundamentalism, at that). Not just on Gawker, either, this viewpoint is prevalent on the web and among the “new” atheists. How did this come about? Is just laziness on the part of the critics? It’s much easier to argue against fundamentalism than the other forms of Christianity. Is it who gets the media attention? But this merely goes to the loudest and most outrageous, and intelligent people should know this.

    • C. Ehrlich

      Whatever it might once have been, Christianity is now one of the more poorly tended plots in the community garden. With most of the more responsible gardeners working elsewhere, Christianity has become a large seedbed in which, among various benign but frail plants, fundamentalism tends to flourish and reproduce, spreading its noxious seeds throughout the garden. Critics are telling Christians to tend to their plot. Even if they don’t make it productive or beautiful, they should at least try to keep down the noxious weeds.


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