Saturday, May 21, 2011
I've heard Camping on the radio before (hey, I was in the car driving and bored) and his show typically has callers ask a question like "Brother Camping, does Hebrews 6:4-6 mean I can never be saved because I left the church and lived in sin for many years?" and Camping, with his deep, sonorous, made-for-radio voice then replies using lots of other Biblical verses to back up his claims (he believes, of course, that the Bible is inerrant, and must be interpreted using other parts of the Bible).
Where does Camping get the May 21 date? It's almost too idiotic for words. Here's the basic summary:
Noah's flood supposedly occurred in 4990 BCE, which was 7000 years ago (4990 + 2011 - 1 since there's no year zero). Since 2 Peter 3:8, says "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years", then seven "God days" equals 7,000 Earth years since the flood, making 2011 the year of the apocalypse.
The exact date is obtained from the supposed date of the crucifixion - April 1, 33 CE. There are exactly 722,500 days from April 1, 33 CE until May 21, 2011. This number can be represented by 5 x 10 x 17 x 5 x 10 x 17 = 722,500 (numerology, anyone?). Camping claims that the numbers signifies Biblical concepts: 5 for atonement or redemption, 10 for completeness, and 17 for heaven.
Unfortunately, if there is a rapture, I'm sure I'm not floating away up into the sky. I'll just continue blogging about the rapture and tribulation until the Beast or his minions hunt me down (I'll console myself with the fact that since Camping believes in annihilationism, I won't have to worry about an eternity in Hell).
So, take a moment on Saturday night and thank whomever or whatever you'd like to thank for the beautiful gift of life and for having a mind that you can use for rational thought. USE IT! I hope we all try to work, in this post-apocalyptic world, toward pushing back the tides of superstitious nonsense that constantly threatens to roll over our civilization and enslave us in ignorance. Evil old men like Harold Camping, parasitically living a good life off other's fears, should go rot in Hell.
Posted by Steven Schimmrich at 12:00 AM