I was musing with my housemate on Saturday night after the appointed time for the Rapture had passed about what Harold Camping would have to say come Monday. I even joked that he would tell the public that the Rapture had in fact occurred, but that it was invisible to the eye of those who were not among the Chosen because God didn't want all those naked bodies floating around.
Camping emerged sometime Sunday evening, from his self-imposed exile in a local motel, saying he was "flabbergasted' that his prediction had not occurred. The expected backpedaling was as transparent as any bald-faced lie I've ever read. I cannot imagine someone as innocently clueless as Camping is portrayed. That he actually thinks the public is so stupid as to buy into his, " I don't know what went wrong" excuse is infuriating to me.
"Seeing it as a spiritual thing"... meaning that it was invisible. WOW. Maybe I should make the next prediction for the Rapture. So far I've been more accurate than Camping, and I'm not even a Christian! Saying that he 'didn't understand the spirituality' of a particular date is just so much silly double-speak that I can't wrap my mind around it. New Age psychobabble has to go some to even come close to that statement. And I'm not laughing at the absurdity of his statement because I really just want to slap the stupid out of him.
"I thought he would show some more human decency in admitting he made a mistake," he said. "We didn't really see that." said Josh Ocasion, teleprompter operator for Camping's Family Radio show Open Forum.
Other employees have been equally as blase about their CEO's "guaranteed" prediction,"I don't believe in any of this stuff that's going on, and I plan on being here next week," a receptionist at their Oakland headquarters told CNNMoney.http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/19/news/economy/may-21-end-of-the-world-finances-harold-camping/index.htm
A program producer in Illinois told CNN, "We're going to continue doing what we're doing."
Oh ye of little faith? Hardly. The Biblical Numerologist wrote a 'Farewell Message' to his associates which was posted as a link to CNN's online financial page last week. In it he encourages them to "occupy" until the return of the Lord, and to "steadfastly continue to spread the Gospel" as he bade them farewell. In other words, what he was telling his own staff at Family Radio was that they would not be among the Chosen...but Camping himself was. Hasta la vista, baby! It's been nice knowing you, but God told me you are unworthy of that heavenly crown you were promised. http://money.cnn.com/news/economy/storysupplement/harold_camping/?iid=E
Tim LaHaye, co-author of the best-selling "Left Behind" novels about the Rapture, recently called Camping's prediction "not only bizarre but 100 percent wrong!" He cited the Bible verse Matthew 24:36, "but about that day or hour no one knows" except God. LaHaye, himself an apocryphal evangelist who doesn't see eye to eye with the mainstream religions, dismisses Camping as a false prophet.
Harold camping fails to see his part in these acts of desperation; he refuses to acknowledge that his twisted interpretation of the Gospel had anything to do with it at all, and he has even gone so far in his madness to up the ante by now saying that there is no hope for redemption and the entire world is doomed to incinerate on October 21st. While he is calling for unwavering obedience to his version of the words of God from his followers, he is at the same time telling those same people that God has judged and rejected them-despite what the Bible says about last minute conversion. Harold Camping has told his followers that the only thing left now is for them to wait for the end and die! Which sounds suspiciously to me like an invitation to break out the poisoned Kool Aid.