Will May 21, 2011 be the end of the world? Exactly 8 days from this month’s Friday the 13th, Harold Camping, the leader of a loosely organized Christian radio broadcasts and websites; and of a group independent of the Church confined by their understanding of the Bible. The organizer himself never fails to warn his listeners about the Judgment day. He believes that it is his and everyone else’s sole duty to warn the people.
The prophet is a retired civil engineer who used a mathematical formula based on his own interpretations of what he believed were hidden prophecies in the Bible. Predictions such as this aren’t new. He is also the same man who made the same predictions almost a decade ago that should have happened on April 6, 1994, and maybe with a corrected lines of miscalculations along with a different set of mathematical statements, he is hoping to send everyone the message to make them ready for that day.
Many would have thought of him as a psycho or just another wrongly religious. It’s hard to ignore such notice when they’re too serious in spreading the word, monetarily funding the movement from their own pockets to set up billboards, pin messages at bus stops and travelling crusades of volunteers giving out pamphlets on the streets. They have even formed a group to spread the news even beyond the borders of American soil.
People in Arkansas cannot just ignore what the man has been saying since animals there mysteriously dies of idiopathic cause. We haven’t even reached half of the year’s calendar but a lot of Camping’s believers say that we are already on our final stretch. Latest news on natural calamities was such harbingers of an impending doom as a result of man’s changed ways of living.
They refer to that happening as the Rapture. The believers hope to go straight up to heaven while the non-believers will suffer until the dawn of time. They say that if after the 21st of May and they’re still here, it didn’t mean that the event didn’t push through; it just means that they didn’t make it. And it’s just too safe for them to play that way.
The Church still maintains its silence on the matter when asked to the date of when Christ will return to bring an end once more to Christian’s rich history. As for me, I’d rather see another of Camping’s disappointed faces than not to be able to see anything at all and know that Apocalypse wasn’t kind enough to spare my good soul.