Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Harold Camping, July 19, 1921-December 15, 2013
Harold Camping was the radio preacher who famously predicted that Jesus would return to rapture all true believers out of the world on May 21, 2011. After a short time of tribulation, he claimed, the world would be destroyed on October 21 of that same year. For a while Camping provided plenty of fodder for this blog. He was responsible for a huge spike in readership in May 2011. Now, at the age of 92, Harold Camping is dead.
I don't think Camping was deliberately evil. He was simply wrong. Unfortunately, he convinced others to share in his delusion, some of whom could ill afford it. I feel badly for those who committed their time and resources to promoting Camping's strange biblical interpretations and failed predictive schemes.
I also feel badly for Camping's friends and family. Surely they mourn his death. I pray that they will be comforted.
As for Camping himself, I can only entrust him to the hands of God who is gracious and merciful.