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-The Fallacious May 21, 2011 ‘World is Ending’ Debacle

by Dr. D ~ May 20th, 2011

Harold Camping in 2008

                                    (Harold Camping via Wikipedia)

This is like watching an accident about to happen and not being able to do anything to stop it.

You may have seen a billboard or read the entire back page ad in USA Today like I did, or listened to the frantic radio warning that I just listened to on the way home from work. Every where you turn seemingly something or someone is referring to Harold Camping’s prediction that the world is coming to an end tomorrow on May 21, 2011.

When I first heard about Camping’s claims 3 or 4 months ago I just laughed it off. After all who is going to really believe this guy after he already got it wrong in predicting the end once before? Apparently I was wrong, it is no laughing matter after all since hundreds of gullible folks seem to be caught up in this debacle and are obviously spending $thousands of their hard earned money spreading this fallacious message.

First of all, you will not be able to find even one credible Christian Bible scholar any where who will agree with Camping’s calculations. Any attempt to calculate an accurate Biblical timeline from Creation to the present is doomed for failure since there are demonstrable gaps in Biblical chronology.

Bishop James Ussher tried to come up with a Biblical Chronology in the 17th-century and Bible scholars ever since have shown the many ways in which he was wrong.Yet Camping picked up Ussher’s work and tweaked it to come up with his dates? First with 1994 and we all know how that one worked out and now May 21, 2011.

Two Scriptures to Consider

There are two scriptures I always appeal to when folks are trying to predict the end. Both were proclamations by Jesus himself concerning the end times:

1. Mark 13:32 –“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Jesus did not claim to know the end date but Camping does? I don’t think so.

In his USA Today ad Camping claims that this scripture is not referring to Jesus at all but the ‘Son of Perdition’ or Satan. A crazy interpretation that the context does not support in any way.

He also claimed in the back page ad the “The original Greek did not use capitol letter in the  word “son”.” Obviously Camping has never looked at the some of the earliest New Testament Greek manuscripts which have every letter in caps.

2. Matthew 24:14 –“And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Has the Gospel been proclaimed to every nation and people group in the world yet?

No. Not according to most missionary organizations.

It is getting there, but there are still groups and nationalities of people that have not been reached. It might yet happen in this generation but this scripture has not been completely fulfilled.

Also, what about all of the Bible prophecies that have not been fulfilled yet? Is God going to end the world as we know it without completely fulfilling all of his word and promises? I don’t think so.


When Sunday rolls around and we are still here, many Camping followers will have their faith severely tested and will have to put their lives back together again. Some reportedly quit their jobs, sold their homes, and some students stopped going to school. For many, their lives will never be the same. Hopefully those who contributed $money will have receipts for their next tax return.

Meanwhile Harold Camping will probably go back to the drawing board and start calculating all over again. I just bet that he will not have suffered financially in the process.

As a result of this debacle, Christians who believe in the Bible will unfortunately be associated with this nut case. Worse yet, some folks who might have been persuaded by the real authentic Gospel message will be hardened against it and in the end fewer may come to the faith because of antics of this arrogant false prophet.            *Top

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4 Responses to -The Fallacious May 21, 2011 ‘World is Ending’ Debacle

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  2. Anthea

    Well said, bro. Here in the UK people are laughing at the very idea that Jesus would ever return

  3. Dr. D

    Thanks Anthea,
    That is my real concern- ‘throwing the real baby Jesus out with the bogus bathwater’ so to speak

  4. Hopelina

    Yes, cannot fathom why/how they didn’t believe the scripture @

    Mark 13:32 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

    Acts 1:7 “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”

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