Harold Camping Still Will Not Admit Error

It is amazing to me that someone could say that Judgment day will be on a particular day, and then watch that day go by with nothing happening, and still refuse to say that you are wrong. Yet, this video actually exists:

He said that May 21, 2011 was an “invisible judgement day.” Why am I not suprised!? As I said, Harold Camping and his followers are extremely platonic and gnostic. When something doesn’t happen in the real world, you can simply transfer it to the spiritual world. Never mind that the scriptures describe a connection between the two realms. Yet, this is what I have expected from these eschatological cultic systems.

Consider hyperpreterism. They believe that the second coming in A.D. 70, but that it was invisible. They also believe that the resurrection happened in A.D. 70, but that it wasn’t a bodily resurrection. Anytime something doesn’t match reality, just place it into the spiritual realm. That is how eschatological cults work.

However, what is worse is that he has set *another* date! Mark your calender for October 22, 2011, because, on that day, Harold Camping will once again be shown to be a false prophet. It is amazing that all of this comes from faulty hermeneutics. This is why we must be vigilant in emphasizing the importance of proper Biblical exegesis. If you don’t learn to treat the Bible correctly, *you* become the ultimate authority, and that is exactly what has happened with Harold Camping.

However, what I found interesting is that, not only are the secularists milking this for all it is worth, the Hyperpreterists are as well. Of course, they completely ignore that they have the exact same kind of neo-platonic position as Harold Camping, and every bit as bad a hermeneutic. Their battle cry is to lump all people who believe in the second coming of Christ together with Harold Camping, ignoring that we came to that conclusion in an entirely different way than Camping did. The sad part is, Harold Camping may have never even heard of hyperpreterism, but he has done something that has enabled them to engage in what hyperpreterists do best: PR. The sad thing is, they will use Harold Camping to get their message out loud and clear.

Yes, I have come to the conclusion that we may never know the amount of damage that has been done from Harold Camping’s flawed hermeneutic. It gives enemies of the faith everywhere ammunition. My hope is that some how, some way God would silence him before he brings too many more problems for the body of Christ.

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4 Responses to “Harold Camping Still Will Not Admit Error”

  1. Max Says:

    Camping’s calculations were wrong and his assumptions naive, but Rapture and Judgment Day are still relevant! Humanity needs to know the truth. Listen to this very compelling recording from a new spiritual group that is making waves and getting the word out to be spiritually prepared with more than a simple prayer and some bible verses.

    http://www.merkaba.org/audio/camping.htm

  2. just_me Says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t think his message will be silenced. I think it plays right into the real last-days scenario of people ridiculing the second coming. How better to inoculate society against the hope of Jesus’ return than by a media-hyped series of failed predictions (not to mention the impeccable timing of the whole Mayan calendar 2012 craze).

    Jesus told us to be on guard when people start saying “There He is!” We haven’t seen much of that in a literal sense yet, but saying that He’ll be here on thus-and-such-a-day comes awfully close, and i daresay that it falls well within the spirit of what Jesus was getting at.

    I think this is just the beginning of the ridicule that the true Church will go through as the end approaches. So many times, the Bible uses a “remnant” motif to describe those who escape judgement (or are delivered thru it). Jesus Himself asked if the Son of Man would find faith on earth when He returns. And we’re told of a great falling away from the faith that is to come. I have a feeling we are at the start of a very difficult time. I hope I’m wrong, and things could cool off as fast as they heat up. But whether it’s next week or 1000 years off, I’m going to cling to Jesus’ admonition to everyone: keep watch…stay alert!

  3. Jason Stumpner Says:

    In interesting irony, Harold Camping was at one time affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. http://www.gentlewisdom.org.uk/3524/harold-camping-once-reformed-now-a-heretic/ So he actually started out with theological views much like your’s. Now however, I think that he seems more typical of various Adventist groups, including Jehovah’s Witness. All of which developed from William Miller, whom first predicted the second coming taking place in 1843. This event later came to be known as the “great disappointment”. http://www.ctlibrary.com/ch/1999/issue61/61h031.html Also when Jesus did not return in 1874, or 1914, as the Jehovah’s Witness predicted, they similarly claimed that it was a spiritual appearance. http://www.vscoc.org/JW/jw-5.html Somethings just never change I suppose.

  4. otrmin Says:

    Jason,

    Yes, I was already aware of the fact that he was part of the CRC. Unfortunately, the whole senario is a disaster. How Camping left the CRC is intimately tied up with all of his calculations of the end:

    http://christopherjgordon.blogspot.com/2011/03/judgment-day-may-21-2011-harold-camping.html

    Hence, part of the problem is that Camping has refused correction over and over again. People who are trained in the interpretation of scripture have talked with him and expressed concerns, but he simply will not listen. This is the unfortunate result.

    The connections you bring up to the Adventists and the JWs is also fascinating. Unfortunately, the ninteenth century was a mess with eschatological cultic groups springing up all over the place.

    God Bless,
    Adam

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