Harold Camping Apologizes for There Still Being a World

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A letter of apology from apocalypse-predicting nonagenarian radio preacher Harold Camping was released yesterday on his Family Radio website. "Yes, we humbly acknowledge we were wrong about the timing," Camping writes, and he even goes so far as to call his prediction "incorrect and sinful." 

He adds, "We tremble before God as we humbly ask Him for forgiveness for making that sinful statement."

See, it turns out that God didn't plan to destroy our world on May 21, and the whole thing was one of those misunderstandings that are bound to happen when you spend a lifetime thinking that you yourself have it within you to understand the plans and whims of all creation. Whoops!

From Camping's my-bad:

"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."

Note that when he writes of the "events of May 21," Camping is referring to the opposite: the pleasant non-events of May 21, when the world just kept on keepin' on.

Camping being Camping, Family Radio's expensive campaign to warn the entire world of its demise isn't exactly a failure:

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.

So, he's got that going for him. 

Camping's letter alternates between that of a sinner "trembling" before God, and that of an upbeat, do-no-wrong favorite son who even in this colossal public cock-up managed a triumph: bringing the bible to millions who, somehow, had not heard of it before and apparently did not take away the message "Here's that book that  is so beloved by that fellow who is wrong about everything!"



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TheMan
TheMan

Thing is, religion is a "faith", and not a physical presence. There is no way that a "god" can destroy our planet as a "god" does not represent a physical being. Humans, on the other hand, through religious beliefs, seem to have no problem whatsoever in destroying our planet. Either god does not exist (correct answer), or he/she is one sick individual using humans as pawns in some sick experiment. But if you were able to create/destroy planets and universes, among other things, why would one "god" care about a measly little planet such as Earth? It would be like having the ability to time travel, but never getting off your couch.

Well, the next 'end of the world' is in December, I believe?  This one is based off a Mayan calendar; however, since the Mayan's didn't respect leap years, and we do, based on their methods of tracking days in a year, the world should have ended several months ago as all those accumulated leap years over the years shouldn't have been taken into consideration by whomever plotted this catastrophic event.

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firesign3000
firesign3000

You should probably change the Campbells to Campings. Makes it a bit confusing. #corrections

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