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Preacher Harold Camping is giving up.He’s not going to try and figure out the day the world will end anymore.
You’ll remember Camping is the 89-year old head of Family Radio and was responsible for all those billboards in major cities predicting the end of the world on May 21, 2011.
Well, Christians weren’t raptured into the sky on May 21. And the Earth didn’t swallow up and destroy all sinful human life in October – an event he also predicted.
It became a huge media event to make fun of him, but promoting this warning cost some of Camping’s followers their life-savings, and maybe even their faith in God.
Well now he has just issued a statement saying that the Bible offers no new clues on when the Apocalypse will come. And even if it does, he won’t promote them.
We must also openly acknowledge that we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world. Though many dates are circulating, Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date. God has humbled us through the events of May 21, to continue to even more fervently search the Scriptures (the Bible), not to find dates, but to be more faithful in our understanding.
Camping’s statement goes on to say that he acted sinfully in promoting this date.
But Camping still believes that the May 21 campaign was a “success” because “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.”
So, rest easy. If the world is going to end, Camping won’t be the one to tell you about it.
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