— The Erimtan Angle —

The other day, a man called Harold Camping died. The AP reports that ‘the American preacher [Harold Camping] who used his evangelical radio ministry and thousands of billboards to broadcast that the end of the world was nigh and then gave up public prophecy when his date-specific doomsdays failed to come to pass, has died aged 92. Camping, a retired civil engineer who built a worldwide following for the nonprofit ministry he founded in Oakland, California in 1958, died at his home on Sunday [15 December 2013], said Nina Romero, marketing manager for Family Radio Network. She said Camping had been in hospital after a fall. Camping’s most widely spread prediction was that the Rapture would happen on 21 May 2011. His independent Christian media empire spent millions of dollars – some of it from donations made by followers who quit their jobs and sold all their possessions – to spread the word on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 trucks plastered with the Judgment Day message’.[1]

In a blog posted on the day of the supposed coming of the rapture, I noted that in his book “We Are Almost There!, Camping discloses his stance as a fundamentalist believing in the inerrancy of the Bible: the ‘Bible is God’s word. In the original languages of the Bible, mainly Hebrew and Greek, every word, and every letter of every word, is from the mouth of God’”.[2]  A review of the book posted by the website ChristianOwned.com on Camping’s supposed rapture date pulls no punches: “Let me share that after reviewing We Are Almost There!, I am quite confident in saying the book is probably the worst work of literature we have reviewed to date; the author uses his book to promote unsubstantiated ideas as truth causing people to make life decisions based on their fear and Camping’s confident proclamations that the end of the world is happening in October [2011]. In the interest of disclosure, let me say that my hometown (Oakland, California) is the homebase of Mr. Campings broadcasting network and that I and other Christians in the area have known for years that Mr. Camping holds incorrect and dangerous interpretations of scripture. For example, Harold Camping previously convinced many through his writings and broadcasting network that the rapture was going to occur back in September 1994. Obviously, he was wrong about that prediction”.[3]

[1] “Judgment Day preacher Harold Camping dies, aged 92” AP (17 December 2013). http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/17/preacher-harold-camping-dies-the-rapture.

[2] “Apocalypse Soon: Rapture Event Expected on 21 May 2011” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (21 May 2011). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/apocalypse-soon-rapture-event-expected-on-21-may-2011/.

[3] “We Are Almost There! By Harold Camping” ChristianOwned.com (21 May 2011). http://www.christianowned.com/blog/?p=325.


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