Harold Camping Retires From the Doomsday Prediction Business

Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio, who used a high-profile media campaign to predict the end of the world last May – and, later, in October – has apologized for his “incorrect and sinful” warnings. He recognizes that his billboards and pamphlets last year convinced many people to quit their jobs, spend their life’s savings, and even leave their families to spread the word – and, apparently, feels bad about it (or at least embarrassed).

He’s announced that he will no longer attempt to predict the date and time of Judgment Day. On his website, he posted a letter stating:

[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.

I’m a little skeptical that the campaign actually reached anyone who’d never heard or thought about the Bible before (it’s more or less ubiquitous in America, and many other parts of the world), but it’s good that Camping realizes it might be a good idea to quit while he’s ahead. Or, at least, to avoid making a further spectacle of himself and his followers.


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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Aaron Baker
Aaron Baker5 years ago

Apology is too late. The damage is already done.
I sent him emails several months ago telling him that the WORD of GOD clearly states that "NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR HOUR.....", but he wouldn't listen.
It's individuals such as him that give unbelievers something more to scoff at in regards to Christianity.

LD B5 years ago

Well, there's another source of comedic matter lost.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

LOL, what an ass.

Hannah Short
Hannah Short6 years ago

there will be a doomsday someday, i mean come on the earth cant live forever, as much as i would like for her to. What he doesn't seem to understand is that man wrote the bible, no gods, just man who wanted control over animals, the world, and women.

Christopher Fowler

"WE"?? What does he mean by "we"? It sounds like the royal "we" in his description of himself and his false, erroneous and flagrantly ignorant doomsday prophesies.

The man is an idiot and he compounds his idiocy with a faked apology to those that were gullible enough to believe him. I'm just glad that he didn't try to bring them all together in some compond somewhere to all drink kool-aide together.

Ron B.
Ron B6 years ago

Wait, Harold! What about the Mayan calendar prediction? They may not be Christian, but it's still a Doomsday thing. You never know...

Mark M.
Mark M6 years ago

If the Creator were to suddenly communicate that we would be judged not by how devout was our faith in the sacred texts, but how well we treated our sacred land, water, air and fellow creatures -- we're dead. Santorum and his lost tribe should pray for the wisdom to see that love of the Good Book may mean nothing if Mother Earth keeps getting raped.

Mark M.
Mark M6 years ago

It's not clear what Camping means -- meant -- by "the end of the world." That a 100 mile wide asteroid was going to smash into Earth at 50,000 miles per hour and crack the planet? Or does he just mean the annihilation of humans -- by "God's punishment"? The death of most humans would not be "the end of the world." It would likely, in fact, begin the rebirth of Earth, since humans, bless us, have become the scourge of this planet.
Let's pretend that anything on Earth can speak. (Earth CAN speak, but most of us are not listening or are not empowered to effect great change on its behalf.) Camping, Santorum and all the other evangelical geniuses could ask the increasingly acidic oceans that are becoming less and less able to sustain the fish that feed billions of people, or the thousands of endangered species, or the billions of animals presently being abused, or raised to be tortured and killed as food, or the slashed forests, or the oil-dumped Nigerian Delta, or any other of the many badly disrespected or desecrated creatures and habitats of the planet -- if they would miss humans if we all died.
Except for many/most of our household pets and zoo creatures, the answer would be a deafening NO! The End of HUMANS on Earth would be a Relief and a Renaissance for everything else. THE WORLD would not end, just keep spinning into sunshine, and very soon would be much better off without us. Only religion is selfish enough to put humans at the center of everything. If the Crea

Sue Jones
Sue Jones6 years ago

There's a fool born every minute. There are those Christians who have been waiting for this event for at least 2000 years. Some other religions, even longer. Time to live your life as honestly and lovingly as possible because you're not in control, never were, never will be. If you do so, you'll have as good a life as any of us dare hope for. Always amazes me that people believe God talks to someone other than themselves. Hmmmmm? Plays favorites, I guess.