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Harold Camping got it all wrong with his repeated end of the world predictions. And now he's admitting it.

The board of Family Radio posted the following letter from Camping, which should put an end to the doom, gloom and drama:

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 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.

We have learned the very painful lesson that all of creation is in God’s hands and He will end time in His time, not ours! We humbly recognize that God may not tell His people the date when Christ will return, any more than He tells anyone the date they will die physically.

We realize that many people are hoping they will know the date of Christ’s return. In fact for a time Family Radio fell into that kind of thinking. But we now realize that those people who were calling our attention to the Bible’s statement that "of that day and hour knoweth no man" (Matthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32), were right in their understanding of those verses and Family Radio was wrong. Whether God will ever give us any indication of the date of His return is hidden in God’s divine plan.

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.

So we must be satisfied to humbly wait upon God, and trust He will guide His people to safety. At Family Radio, we continue to look to God for guidance. If it is His good pleasure for us to continue on with our original mission, the proclamation of the Gospel, God’s Word, then we must continue to look to Him.

We consider you to be a real part of this ministry and the tremendous opportunities which God, by His unfathomable mercy and grace, continues to give to us. And, your steadfast involvement and support is so appreciated!

May God bless you,
Harold Camping and the staff of Family Radio

Harold Camping, Charisma News 39 Comments [3/16/2012 3:29:29 AM]
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Grimsoncrow

WoW!

You used the word "Humble" FIVE(5) times to describe yourself while at the same time humbly explaining how you have spread God's word better than even His own son...

"There is no question that millions, if not billions of people heard for the first time the Bible’s warning"

I am humbled by your humbleness, truly I am!

3/16/2012 3:37:21 AM

Often Partisan

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!

3/16/2012 1:48:20 PM

Brendan Rizzo

He admitted he was wrong. Therefore, it's not fundie, even though it's from Camping.

3/16/2012 1:50:10 PM



Harry, this word salad does nothing to change the fact that you conned millions of people who trusted you out of their life savings, and possibly turned them off from the faith that you claim to hold so dear.

In short, I hope you enjoy Satan's weenie roast.

3/16/2012 1:50:24 PM

werewolf

Fuck you, Harold. I was really looking forward to all you people disappearing.

3/16/2012 2:02:46 PM

Old Viking

It's all clear to me now.

3/16/2012 2:22:59 PM

armogohma

Didn't the Bible say something about killing false prophets?

3/16/2012 3:25:57 PM

msd

Funny how he humbly calls for forgiveness, and humbly asks for continued support without humbly offering to refund any of the millions of dollars he humbly fleeced off his flock.

A humble shitbag is still a shitbag.

3/16/2012 4:31:15 PM

xmx

He admitted he was wrong. Not fundie. fstdt has turned into exactly what typical christians are afraid it would be - a place to mock all things religious and not just whacky comments by fundamentalists.

3/16/2012 4:43:10 PM

Godlesspanther

No, Harold, I do not accept your lame-ass attempt at an apology. Here is what I will accept as an apology:

"I, Harold Camping, am a fucking liar. I manipulated gullible people into believing my idiotic bullshit and some of them gave up everything they had in their lives due to my fat fucking lies. I am not the least bit sorry that these people gave me all their money because and only because I lied to them because that it what I do. I am a criminal, con-artist, fraud, and a scumbag motherfucker. I just think it's funny that some people are stupid enough to give money to an obvious liar and fraud. Not that I'm really sorry or anything because I don't give a shit about anybody but myself, but in order to preserve the justice system in the US, I agree to pay for my criminal activity and spend the remainder of my life behind bars where i belong.

Sincerely, Harold Camping"

Anything sort of that is just another lie, Harold.

3/16/2012 6:58:51 PM

\m/>_<\m/

cute. tl;dr, but cute... can you please diaf now? or at least gtfo this planet to leave sane humans alone

3/16/2012 8:31:21 PM

Hakar

Well, I know I'm a million times as humble as thou art.

3/16/2012 11:35:28 PM

Robespierre

Mocking lunatics is not even funny.

3/17/2012 12:04:15 AM

OhJohnNo

Why is this here? He admitted he was wrong. I wonder how much of his pride he had to swallow to do this?

3/17/2012 3:03:51 AM

xmx

It's here because some people can't tell the difference between fundy and just 'religious' and seem to think this website exists to mock all things religious, not just fundy comments. wouldn't have flown 5 years ago, but now... :(

3/17/2012 3:55:35 AM

Meshakhad

This shouldn't be here. This is a good apology. And while I might have differing ideas as to why G-d might have used them, the gist of the message is good.

I don't believe Harold Camping is a con or a liar. I'm pretty sure he believes what he's saying.

3/17/2012 4:22:44 AM

Subacai

Yes, he has admitted he was wrong, but how is his hubris in claiming his false prophecies are God's Purpose not fundy?

3/17/2012 4:58:12 AM

Canadiest

Damage control, and it took him long enough to come up with that shit.

I don't think there's a real apology in there. He does say he was wrong (given anyway) but claims it's Gods plan that he fucked up for the greater good. And look at his Bible quotes for why he was wrong, those are the quotes he's been asked to explain, and ignored for years. Now they're part of his excuse?

It's all levels of the fundie brand of bullshit with, of course, the request to start those bucks rolling in again. He's a shameless huckster.

3/17/2012 5:19:02 AM

wombat

Of course this belongs here, why is this even a question? I can't just forget all the crazy talk that preceded this. Camping wasn't just 99 % sure that the rapture would happen on said date, no, he was absolutely, positivly, no doubt in his mind SURE that he was right. And now, talk about a silver lining:

"Yet this incorrect and sinful statement allowed God to get the attention of a great many people who otherwise would not have paid attention."

It sure did.

3/17/2012 7:29:09 AM

Doubting Thomas

God declares: "Let God be true but every man a liar."

Especially preachers.

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.

No, they were pointing at you and laughing, and since you made such a big idiot out of yourself they're not going to take your rapture idea seriously.

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

Yeah because before May 21 the bible was this mysterious book that few people had ever heard of and fewer still had access to.

3/17/2012 8:31:59 AM

John_in_Oz

The Christians said you were wrong because of Bible verses.
The atheists said you were wrong because the whole book is fairy tales.
The Christians have the better explanation as sure as the Rapture will happen on May 21.

3/17/2012 9:32:21 AM

Papabear

Glad you learned something, Harold. Now sit down and shut up.

3/17/2012 9:50:39 AM

Tempus

Damage control, and it took him long enough to come up with that shit.

I don't think there's a real apology in there. He does say he was wrong (given anyway) but claims it's Gods plan that he fucked up for the greater good. And look at his Bible quotes for why he was wrong, those are the quotes he's been asked to explain, and ignored for years. Now they're part of his excuse?

It's all levels of the fundie brand of bullshit with, of course, the request to start those bucks rolling in again. He's a shameless huckster.




Damage. Control. He's exactly the same con artist he's always been. He's president of a network of radio stations, and he would like to keep his core audience. Thus his "I predicted the end of the world repeatedly because God commanded me to" non-apology apology. People actually committed suicide because of his end of the world bullshit, and he could care less about that. This is all about keeping his fans, and trying to spin the whole thing so he looks better.

Fuck him and the horse he rode in on. This deserves to be here.

3/17/2012 11:24:59 AM

checkmate

millions, if not billions of people heard for the first time the Bible’s warning that Jesus Christ will return

Big deal.

You could get the same effect, even much much more, by parachuting naked onto the White House lawn wearing a belt of C4 explosives and holding up a sign that reads "Jesus Lives" and singing "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah".

You could do it for about $100 and you'd be on prime time news all over the world for a week. So stop bragging.

3/17/2012 1:07:22 PM

John

We humbly recognize that God may not tell His people the date when Christ will return, any more than He tells anyone the date they will die physically.

Hell, it's about time. If Camping read the Bible, Jesus actually says exactly that:

"And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him [Jesus] privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? And Jesus answering them began to say, 'Take heed lest any [man] deceive you:

...

"Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is'."

3/17/2012 1:23:34 PM
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