Once again Harold Camping, a California preacher radio host of Family Radio International, was wrong in predicting the date of the Apocalypse. He was wrong the first time in 1994, but after his followers were let down, he was forced to give a reasonable explanation, and he chalked it up to a mathematical error. Now realistically do you expect Camping, who was once a civil engineer, to make the same mistake twice? He cost FRI and more importantly his followers millions of dollars, one man spending his life savings of $140,000 to plaster New York subways with Camping's apocalyptic message.
What was also astounding was that Camping doubted his own prediction, for when an atheist offerred to buy all of Camping's possessions, claiming that if he truly believed that he was to be raptured, he would sell everything he owned for $1 because he wouldn't need it in the afterlife. He refused Now that he has changed his Doomsday prediction to October 21, 2011, he still will not sell any of his possessions. I assume he knows he is wrong.
I would at least this 'man of God' to have the decency to admit he was wrong and even apologize as expected, but he obviously did not have courage to do so.
One of his followers, Jeff Hopkins said it best when he stated, "I thought he would show some more human decency in admitting he made a mistake, and we didn't really see that."
Regardless of popular opinion, Family Radio certainly is making money, and in 2009 filed in the IRS that it had received $18.3 million in donations, and $104 million in assests.
This makes me wonder if he is simply using his platform to trick devoted Christians into wasting their hard-earned money to profit himself.
That's why on October 21, 2011, I'll be spending it like any other Friday, gettin' ready for the weekend.