It is true, as most predicted (even us Christians), that Harold Camping’s prophesy of mass destruction, death of millions, all ushering in the rapture of a few million “true believers” did NOT occur at 6PM today. The human side of me smiles witnessing the foolishness which prevaded this cultish group to waste $100 million and so much time on this obviously false prophet. But the spiritual side of me is sadened and angered for many reasons:
- The waste of money, which could have been used for so much more
- The ruin of many lives
- The sadness of many of Camping’s believers who were mislead
- The scorn of atheists who so rarely have a reason to say, “I told you so”
But, what makes me most angry is that so many will look at the Christian faith with disbelief because of this incorrect prediction.
To them, I say, the Bible is true, but that does not keep even well intentioned people to read into it what they want to believe and not what it says. No where does the Bible offer codes and secrets that are yet un revealed. It does not predict the date or time of the end of days. In fact it is quite precise in saying the opposite. Simply turn to Matthew 24:36, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
We are not meant to know when the End of Days will occur. Instead, we are taught to rely on our Father in heavan. This is what Harold Camping’s followers will hopefully learn from this experience. I pray for this revelation.