Here Comes the Rapture

Cause it’ll be here soon. May 21, 2011.

[Harold] Camping, 88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he’d found: The world will end May 21, 2011.

This is not the first time Camping has made a bold prediction about Judgment Day.

On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping’s believers gathered inside Alameda’s Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven.

But the world did not end. Camping allowed that he may have made a mathematical error.

Yeah, it was a math error. Couldn’t have anything to do with the premise, so it’s a good thing that he’s not even considering that.

Rick LaCasse, who attended the September 1994 service in Alameda, said that 15 years later, his faith in Camping has only strengthened.

“Evidently, he was wrong,” LaCasse allowed, “but this time it is going to happen. There was some doubt last time, but we didn’t have any proofs. This time we do.”

Would his opinion of Camping change if May 21, 2011, ended without incident?

As with other doomsday groups, there is often an increase in proselytism after a failed end of the world prophesy. Theoretically, the members seem to be covering up the blow to their deeply held beliefs by trying to get others to join their movement. The social support that an increase of members gives them seems to confirm their faith, giving them comfort. Interesting stuff.
I believe it was Richard Carrier that theorized that this may have happened in early Christianity. When their movement should have been ended by the death of their leader, it instead bolstered their faith and increased their numbers. The stories about Jesus grew quickly and were written down to help proselytize.
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5 Comments on “Here Comes the Rapture”

  1. the will come up with another dumbass excuse when 2011 passes without incident. And on it will go. Theists are by nature gullible.

    No matter how many false prohets they follow, or prophesies of doom that prove false, admission they were duped is not typically an option. They will accept any explanation because not to accept it would undermine their “faith.”

    I have so little respect for these imbeciles words don’t exist to fully describe it.

  2. John Says:

    Whenever the Christian Right wants to assert that the Founding Fathers created a “Christian nation” they seem to forget that Thomas Jefferson published his own edition of the bible that eliminated the supernatural aspects and in particular the hallucinatory ravings of Revelation.

    What galls me is that these assholes don’t even read their own mythology. In Matthew 24:36
    “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”

  3. Bud Says:

    Every night when I drove home from work I would listen to Harold Camping’s call-in Bible answer radio program with the same kind of interest that I have when I stare at a car crash.

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