Sometimes Silence Is The Answer

I’m just going to share a few Harold Camping post-5/21 stories.  First are the stories from those believers:

In New York, retired transportation agency worker Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent “over $140,000 of his savings on subway posters and outdoor advertisements,” stood in Times Square at 6 p.m., Reuters reports.

When the hour came and went, he said: “I do not understand why …,” as his speech broke off and he looked at his watch.

“I do not understand why nothing has happened.”

New York Magazinereports the story of Jeff, a Long Island firefighter, who ordered a pizza shortly before 5 p.m. on rush delivery, thinking he might not have time to eat it.

Rosana, Jeff’s wife, who had been out at a friend’s birthday party, comes home a little after 6. “What, nothing happened?” she asks with no small amount of contempt.

Meanwhile, Jeff is checking his text messages. “There are a bunch of friends here who are mocking me,” he says. “And that’s all right! I just put on my spiritual shield and endure.”

Keith Bauer hopped in his minivan in Maryland and drove his family 3,000 miles to California for the Rapture, reports the Los Angeles Times.

If it was his last week on Earth, he wanted to see parts of it he’d always heard about but missed, such as the Grand Canyon. With maxed-out credit cards and a growing mountain of bills, he said, the rapture would have been a relief.

Tom Evans, who acted as Camping’s PR aide, took his family to Ohio to await the rapture. Early next week, he told the Times, he would be returning to California.

“You can imagine we’re pretty disappointed, but the word of God is still true,” he said. “We obviously went too far, and that’s something we need to learn from.”

“As bad as it appears—and there’s no getting around it, it is bad, flat-out—I have not found anything close to the faithfulness of Family Radio,” he said.

As for Harold Camping, no word has been heard from him. His daughter Sue Espinoza received a call from him Saturday morning, according to the Times.

“He just said, ‘I’m a little bewildered that it didn’t happen, but it’s still May 21 [in the United States],'” Espinoza said, standing in the doorway of her Alameda home. “It’s going to be May 21 from now until midnight.”

The shades were drawn at his Alameda home and no one answered the door, though neighbors said he was there.

Sheila Doan, 65, who has lived next door to Camping since 1971, said he is a good neighbor and that she is concerned about Camping and his wife, because of the attention his pronouncement has received.

“I’m concerned for them, that somebody would possibly do something stupid, you just don’t know in this world what’s going to happen,” she said.

Camping’s believers would do well to follow that piece of advice instead. (The Atlantic Wire)

You read what Camping said to his daughter, right?  Read on…

And, he decided to give it another go: on Monday night, in his first radio broadcast since his May 21 prophecy proved a bust, Harold Camping conceded he didn’t plot his rapture prediction “as accurately as I could have.” But, nevertheless, the elderly pastor rejiggered his apocalyptic calculations for five months from now: October 21st. So, look forward to rehashed Camping coverage beginning two weeks prior to the next non-event.

Here’s how he nonsensically noted the error (more on his math here), narrated by the Associated Press:

May 21 had instead been a “spiritual” Judgment Day, which places the entire world under Christ’s judgment, he said…But because God’s judgment and salvation were completed on Saturday, there’s no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network will now just play Christian music and programs until the final end on Oct. 21.

If you caught the “there’s no point in continuing to warn” part of the explanation, it could be taken as a sign there won’t be a huge billboard campaign for the next apocalyptic extravaganza. That would be nice, and also good news for the followers who have been footing the advertising bills. It also fits in with a conspicuous scrubbing of the Family Radio website after May 21st, when “Blow the Trumpet” rhetoric was replaced by a space-and-scroll themed redesign that downplayed the judgment day talk. It won’t, however, make those who quit their jobs, maxed out their credit cards or gave away their life savings feel any better. (The Atlantic Wire)

Do you see the contradictions?  Do you see the new lie after new lie after new lie?  It’s still a LIE.  MOVE ON and AWAY from Harold Camping.  If the first false prophecy was wrong, as well as the second, how can the third time be the charm?  They’re still false prophecies.

It is YOUR job to let his believers know…following a false prophet does not get you into heaven.  It bars you from it.  They need a reference?  Tell them to read their Bible.  Matthew 23 to be exact.  It strongly applies to Harold Camping and his followers. 

As for Mr. Camping, in a way, I feel bad that his faith has led him to this demise…to be the false prophet.  He strongly believes that he is not, but when you preach lies (even if you believe them to be true), you are destined to find your own fate not in the favor of God or humanity. 

The lies have been a disservice to humanity.  Just read the stories from his followers.  The blind leading the blind will only result in everyone walking off a cliff into the abyss. 

It pains me to see that Camping and his followers have unleashed this evil lie into the world.  You know it’s a lie because you can see the pain it causes humanity.  If ONE person was harmed from the lie, then that, in itself, is evil.

There are numerous stories from all across America of people that were harmed by the lie (even if it were their own doing).  If you can’t speak the truth…do not speak at all.  You would do good for the world by remaining MUTE.

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