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The Ridiculousness of Harold Camping

For me, Harold Camping is a gift that keeps on giving. I really don’t think Christians understand this. I read a few articles over the weekend in which Christians talked about how Harold Camping was an extremist and how his belief that the Rapture would occur on May 21st 2011 was ridiculous. I even got a few messages of this kind. But when asked, why his belief was ridiculous, the answer became laughable… and that’s the gift that just keeps on giving… that and the fact that Camping now says that the Rapture will happen on October 21st 2011.

For example, most of the comments I read and received from Christians claim that Camping’s beliefs are ridiculous not because he believes that the people (alive and dead) would be magically raptured up to heaven and that over 6.5 billion people would be left behind to suffer on Earth fighting against massive natural disasters, but rather because Harold Camping picked a date and time and that there is a Bible verse that warns against that sort of thing.

Let me be clear here, all these Christians who wrote these articles and sent me messages still believe that the Rapture will happen and that Jesus will return. They still believe that God will create massive natural disasters for those who are left behind. They don’t seem to think this is ridiculous or extreme at all. The only part that they find ridiculous and extreme is that Harold Camping picked a date and time. To me, that’s the funniest part of this whole thing.

I can’t tell you how many Christians have quoted Matthew 24:36 to me as if that proves that Camping was the crazy one. I continue to point out that Camping addresses this point on his website. I’m not the one who said the Rapture was coming on May 21st 2011 and yet I have gotten all these messages from Christians telling me about Matthew 24:36. Camping has been studying the Bible for over half a century and has been predicting the Rapture for almost a decade now. Do these Christians think Camping never read that verse? Do they think no one has told him about this? Don’t be absurd… of wait, never mind.

I a strange role reversal, I have become a defender of the faith and Christians have become the atheists. I’m not defending Camping here, but he obviously thought that verse was taken out of context (the typical religious response to a Bible verse they don’t like). So on his website, Camping of course talks about why this verse is out of context and makes his own biblical case for why he can know the date and the time and what that date and time is.

But the point Christians miss is that it doesn’t matter. The Rapture itself is the ridiculous belief. In fact, the idea that a God exists at all is pretty ridiculous. Christians have to realize that Camping isn’t the only one who is being ridiculous. The fact is that all of Christianity is ridiculous and Camping has just exposed this in a very public way.

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  • http://www.nullifidian.net/ nullifidian

    I’m constantly amazed that christians keep repeating Matthew 24:36 (and the similar one in Mark) but none of them seems to be able to read the two verses in front of them.

    Camping—for all of his delusions—is not the only one to cherry-pick his scripture to make his point.

  • http://shaunphilly.wordpress.com ShaunPhilly

    I read the live blogging from last night (from PuffHo), and blogged about it early this morning. Anyone who still takes this seriously has no excuse anymore. What’s the phrase; fool me once…I think George Bush said it best….

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    Listen to yourself Shaun, “Anyone who STILL takes it seriously…” No one should have taken this seriously to start with because the whole concept is ridiculous! This is why I love Camping, because he exposes all Christianity for the ridiculousness that it is in a very public way. I love writing Camping stories and have written any even before all this May 21st 2011 stuff. I will always be indebted to Greg (no matter how annoying he can be) for introducing me to Camping so long ago.

  • http://shaunphilly.wordpress.com ShaunPhilly

    Oh sure, there was no good reason to ever take it seriously. But knowing that people take the Bible seriously and that Camping obviously put a lot of thought into his prediction based upon he Bible, the fact that some people took it seriously is no surprise and understandable, even if not rational. But anyone who takes Camping seriously after 2 failures is delusional beyond help, I think.

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  • skm9

    For the record, Camping didn’t change the date yet. He had already been saying rapture in May and end of the world in October. He’s now saying that the rapture was “spiritual”. He’s still holding onto a literal end of the world in October, but when that day passes, doubtless that will have been a “spiritual” event as well.

    He does have a track record of changing the date, however. He predicted doomsday on Sep 27, 1994, Sep 29, 1994, Oct 2, 1994, and Mar 31, 1995. (source: End-Time Visions by Richard Abanes, 1998)

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