Harold Camping: Still Delusional

Harold Camping: Still Delusional March 11, 2012

Harold Camping, who famously — and wrongly — predicted the end of the world three separate times — has posted a letter to the website of Family Radio admitting that he was wrong. But that’s okay, he says, because it had a huge positive effect.

Dear Family Radio Family,

In this time of confusion and turmoil, God’s Word remains the only truth in which we can trust. God has shown us again the truth that He alone is true. In Romans 3:4 God declares: “Let God be true but every man a liar.” Events within the last year have proven that no man can be fully trusted. Even the most sincere and zealous of us can be mistaken.

The May 21 campaign was an astounding event if you think about its impact upon this world. There is no question that millions, if not billions of people heard for the first time the Bible’s warning that Jesus Christ will return. Huge portions of this world that had never read or seen a Bible heard the message the Christ Jesus is coming to rapture His people and destroy this natural world.

Yes, we humbly acknowledge we were wrong about the timing; yet though we were wrong God is still using the May 21 warning in a very mighty way. In the months following May 21 the Bible has, in some ways, come out from under the shadows and is now being discussed by all kinds of people who never before paid any attention to the Bible. We learn about this, for example, by the recent National Geographic articles concerning the King James Bible and the Apostles. Reading about and even discussing about the Bible can never be a bad thing, even if the Bible’s authenticity is questioned or ridiculed. The world’s attention has been called to the Bible…

We were even so bold as to insist that the Bible guaranteed that Christ would return on May 21 and that the true believers would be raptured. Yet this incorrect and sinful statement allowed God to get the attention of a great many people who otherwise would not have paid attention. Even as God used sinful Balaam to accomplish His purposes, so He used our sin to accomplish His purpose of making the whole world acquainted with the Bible. However, even so, that does not excuse us. We tremble before God as we humbly ask Him for forgiveness for making that sinful statement. We are so thankful that God is so loving that He will forgive even this sin.

Yeah, because no one had heard of the Bible until you made your idiotic prediction. The only thing that happened was that your ignorant and credulous followers were exposed as fools and you were exposed as a con man and a fraud. And we all pointed and laughed.

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  • MikeMa

    Delusional to the end.

  • unbound

    Harold Camping…championing delusion since 1961. Please visit Family Radio for all your delusional needs.

  • kemist

    There is no question that millions, if not billions of people heard for the first time the Bible’s warning that Jesus Christ will return.

    *snort*

    Reading about and even discussing about the Bible can never be a bad thing, even if the Bible’s authenticity is questioned or ridiculed. The world’s attention has been called to the Bible…

    yesssss… Reads your biblessss. Come over to the dark ssside.

    Seriously, reading the ridiculous, horrible thing for myself has helped me a lot in becoming an atheist. And I know I’m not alone in this.

  • Even as God used sinful Balaam to accomplish His purposes, so He used our sin to accomplish His purpose of making the whole world acquainted with the Bible.

    Camping is still too puffed up with personal pride and arrogance (sins!) to realize he missed the perfect Bible metaphor: He’s not Balaam. He’s Balaam’s ass.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    It amazes me how so many Christians are under the delusion that non-Christians living in the First World have never heard of the Bible or Jesus.

  • raven

    9th January 2012, 07:46 AM

    Former Worldwide Church of God preacher says Jesus Christ is returning on May 27, 2012 and that today marks the end of time and beginning of “half time”

    Ronald Weinland, who considers himself a prophet of God, continues to warn that Jesus Christ is returning on May 27, 2012.

    For those who do not believe him and mock his message, Weinland claims that they will die from cancer (http://www.goddiscussion.com/35155/worldwide-church-of-god-offshoot-jesus-is-returning-on-may-27-2012-mockers-are-issued-a-warning/).

    Of course, Harold Camping was wrong. He was a false prophet.

    Ronald W. says it will be May 27, 2012. That is a little over 2 months from now.

    And this one claims to be a prophet from god and if you make fun of him you will get cancer and die.

    These invisible superpowers these guys have are always pretty lame. Superman can fly, and lift heavy weights. Spiderman is strong and can climb about anything. The Green Lantern has a ring that shoots a green beam that does all sorts of things. Weinland’s superpower is making people die of cancer. Not impressed.

  • raven

    Harold Camping raised many millions with his con. People sent him their life savings and IIRC, at least someone committed suicide because of his predictions.

    The real superpowers of these guys is obvious. It is to scam lots of money from gullible fundie xian morons.

    I guess Weinland saw how much loot Camping raked in and decided to go for it.

    When he is wrong, the next date is end of 2012. Because jesus really follows the Mayan calendar.

  • raven

    atheistfoundation.org.au:

    January 8 of this year begins the final “half-a-time” of this full prophetic period known as “time, times, and half-a-time.” That day is the start of the final period of 140 days (half-a-time) that leads up to the very coming of the Messiah spoken of in those same prophecies of Daniel.

    Weinland is also predicting that “the United States will collapse” and that there will be a nuclear war before May 27 this year.

    “The truth is ridiculed, ignored, slandered and mocked,” he warns/

    FYI, the Rapture process started on Jan 8, 2012. In the next two months the USA will collapse and there will be a nuclear war. No point in paying your bill but do manage to finish off the wine cellar and any other alcohol supplies.

  • wheatdogg

    How many times must one person fail to be correct before they finally understand they are totally wrong?

    Well, for sane people, it’s usually once or maybe twice.

    For Camping, it’s n = the lazy eight.

  • jaranath

    I spent a lot of time listening to Camping’s show when this was going on, and reading up on him. I’m pretty confident this was no deliberate con. He’s just that delusional. But even before the event, there were some hints he was facing some doubts; he was talking even then about how great it was that god had used his campaign to reach so many more people.

    Camping’s entire theology is wrapped up in a bizarre mix of numerology and divine revelation of textual meaning. He believes that god deliberately withholds full comprehension of many passages of the bible, and then occasionally doles out newer, fuller understandings. That is, at various dates in history (such as when Camping got kicked out of his previous church) god suddenly makes it possible for the entire world to know what some section REALLY means. He’s oblivious to the notion that god’s “revelations” line up perfectly with his own brainstorms, or how globe-spanning theological shifts and milestones somehow always manage to involve him.

    This serves an incredibly convenient excuse for Camping. Any time he’s wrong, it’s because god was still keeping him in the dark. But Camping can still keep his position at the top because he’s still the best interpreter of the bible (he knows better than anyone how to do all the numerology and passage comparison and such). He can still be wrong if god’s messing with him, but otherwise he’s got the keys.

    Camping really does seem to have convinced himself of this. So many of his policies and habits serve to protect his own delusions. He was repeatedly pressed to discuss what he would do after the Rapture date if nothing happened, and he steadfastly refused to even entertain the question because to do so would sinfully admit even the barest possibility of doubting god’s word. His debates with others always come back to his numerology and passage-comparison, so that he can draw his own meaning from his scriptural pareidolia.

    I have zero interest in defending the bastard. He made profoundly insensitive comments in a press conference about the people who’d given up everything for his pipe dream, saying somewhat testily to a reporter that “people cope.” I’d like to see him “cope” with his post-stroke medical care and basic needs via the same abject poverty he lured people into. But there’s been a lot of misunderstanding of Camping’s actual claims in the media, such as October being a “new” prediction; he’d always claimed the Rapture was in May, the end of the world in October. I think the reality of the man is even weirder and uglier than most people knew.

  • raven

    Deuteronomy 18:10-12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

    There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who

    practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,

    for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.

    In their magic book, The Giant Rorschach Inkblot, it says to not pay attention to “diviners, fortune tellers, omen interpreters, socerers, “charmers”, mediums, necromancers, spirit talkers, and so on. Because they are “abominations”.

    This would seem to cover numerologists like Camping.

    Oh well, at least he is way over quota on the Third Sacrament, hypocrisy.

  • Michael Heath

    jaranath, thanks for the very informative post.

  • Aquaria

    Does he realize that the attention he got was the kind that had people laughing at him for being a fucking moron?

    I guess not.

  • jaranath

    Raven:

    That’s one of the most amusing things about Camping: He AGREES. He insists this is not prophecy or prediction or interpretation. I’m not sure what he thinks of that specific passage, but a key part of his “god allowing understanding” schtick is that there are no more prophets. That is, god is no longer speaking through anyone or anything. The bible as it stands is now the last divine word. I suspect this was a big part of how he came into his weird theology in the first place, as a way to legitimize his own changing interpretations of the bible.

    As such, Camping HATES being called a prophet, or having his statements described as predictions. Gets very testy when people say that. To his mind, there can be no more prophets, and anyone claiming to be one or making predictions serves the devil. He also gets irate when people say these are his interpretations, because “interpretation” implies some personal spin or translation; he insists he’s just presenting obvious facts anyone can find for themselves in the bible if they know how to read it properly, and fails to comprehend how that could be described as “interpretation”.

    The guy’s psychology has to be amazing. As far as I can tell, he did his call-in radio show nonstop, every weeknight, for 53 years. And at least if 2011 was any indicator, the shows were practically identical…same types of questions from callers, same types of responses by Camping. It was like interactive monastic repetitive prayer.

  • I think a little bit later in that Deuteronomy chapter is more appropriate:

    [18] I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

    [19] And whoever will not give heed to my words which he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.

    [20] But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’

    [21] And if you say in your heart, `How may we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ —

    [22] when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him.

    The Bible says we need to kill Harold Camping.

  • Pseudonym

    The irony is that I heard exactly the same sentiment about the atheist billboard with the picture of the slave on it (and previous crimes against public relations and graphic design). Apparently, it was good that those billboards got people talking.