Harold Camping, the doomsday preacher whose prediction that May 21, 2011 would be “Judgment Day,” provided plenty of fodder for this blog. He has now issued a statement admitting that his prediction was “sinful and incorrect.” Would I be churlish if I suggested that this confession is both obvious and belated?
We realize that many people are hoping they will know the date of Christ's return. In fact for a time Family Radio fell into that kind of thinking. But we now realize that those people who were calling our attention to the Bible's statement that "of that day and hour knoweth no man" (Matthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32), were right in their understanding of those verses and Family Radio was wrong. Whether God will ever give us any indication of the date of His return is hidden in God's divine plan.
Camping got that much right.
The lesson that we should learn from all this is that doomsday theologians do not deserve our attention or our money. They have always been wrong. They will always be wrong. No one knows the hour or the day...
And that includes the ancient Mayans.
If anyone knows the original source for the quote illustrating this post, let me know. I saw it all over FaceBook, but have no idea where it first came from.