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A week ’til Harold Camping’s End of the World

Harold Camping's End of the World

So there is a week left until May 13, 2011, Harold Camping’s latest end of the world prediction.  I knew I wanted to write a post for this day, but I can’t decide exactly what I want to say about it.  I could go through some of the points I made in my other posts about it again as they were made a while ago, but that’s not really helpful since you can read them here, and here, and here.  So I think I’ll discuss some of the little ways that Harold’s view is inconsistent with his own actions.  First and most importantly, Family Radio is still taking donations.  Granted they still have operating costs for the next 7 days, but I’m relatively sure that he’s all paid up on his bills ‘til next month.  But even assuming he’s going to be paying bills this week, what about the donations he’ll take on Friday (the 20th) or even on May 21st itself?

Sure he does the regular deflection saying that he never tells anyone what to do with their money.  That may be true however that doesn’t mean he has to give people the option of giving him their money.  Sure people are free to do what ever they want with their money but why have a donation link on your web page?  Why not return all donations to the sender?  They spend their money anyway they want but why take money you won’t need?  Why even give people the option to give it to you?  His answers to these questions all ring hollow because he doesn’t have a good answer and I think he knows it.  He has this lack of faith that he doesn’t want to admit, but I wish he would, we’d all be better off for it.

Second is his idea that God wants people to be warned about something that a warning will do no good for.  When God sent Jonah to Nineveh with a warning they were able to do something with that warning.  They had a choice to either heed it or ignore it.  However in Harold’s view God wants you to be warned that if He doesn’t choose you to be saved you have no hope whatsoever.  That’s not a warning.  If I tell you that a bullet is heading toward your head and no matter how you move it will hit you and kill you, there’s nothing you can do about it, I’m not warning you.  I’m simply informing you.  However Harold tells his followers to warn people about the end and to tell them to pray to God to forgive them.  That doesn’t fit with his view though.  If you’re lost praying can’t help and if you’re saved not praying can’t hurt you.  Harold tells people to do that which makes no sense, to ask for things you can’t get unless you’ve been give in whether you want it or not.

Hopefully Harold’s folly will not cause people to loose their faith in God.  That they will realize that it was not God who failed but Harold.  It is a terrible thing to cause someone to loose their faith and I fear Harold will end up turning a lot of people away from God in general or Christianity in specific.  That’s part of the reason Jesus said that no man will know the day or the hour, so that people wouldn’t try.  Of course we don’t always listen (heck Harold even chose a time, 6 PM on the international date line, so he could ignore the whole verse not just the day part).  I pray in a week’s time Harold will be repenting his arrogance and folly and will truly come to the cross and repent.

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