Harold Camping has made a statement. And he is getting a lot of grief over it.
I will say he is correct on one thing. He has said for some time that the world ends on October 21st. Many thought he said the world would end on May 21st. But that is not what he said. He said the Rapture would occur that day . . . around 6pm . . . time zone by time zone . . . accompanied by a great earthquake.
Hey, who’s nitpicking?
But I will not give Camping a pass. Why? He has gone lib’rul:
It took the Anglican Church centuries to get from a belief in the literal bodily resurrection of Christ to the liberal – some would say wishy-washy – belief in a “spiritual” resurrection.
Harold Camping made the journey in just one day: not on behalf of the resurrection, but the rapture. Apparently, all appearances to the contrary, the rapture did occur on May 21st – spiritually:
He continued: ‘We were convinced that on May 21 God would return here in a very physical way by bringing a great earthquake and ushering in the final five months of the day of judgement and the fact is when we look at it spiritually, we find he did come.'
So Jesus “spiritually” returned, eh? Lib’rul!
But something similar has happened before . . . and gave birth to a denomination. After The Great Disappointment of William Miller’s failed predictions of Christ’s return, some of his followers said Jesus did return . . . in heaven. And from them the Seventh-Day Adventists were formed.
So even when October 21st passes, we may not have heard the last of Harold Camping, his bad math, and his damnable heresies.