Thank you, Harold Camping and your Family Radio, for your rampant spewing of made-up bullshit!
For the uninitiated, the nutballs at Family Radio, led by Harold Camping, have proclaimed the world to end very, very soon.
How do they know? Oh, well, it’s obvious if you take a look at Ezekiel 23:5, or, um, Matthew 13:6, or wait, was it Deuteronomy 5.16? I don’t know. I’m no expert. But the cats at Family Radio claim to know, not believe, but KNOW that the world will end and they “prove” it using Scripture and Outta-their-Ass mathematics. Know what’s awesome behind the obvious insanity?
It’s all happened before.
The following isn’t the first time, but I love that it happened, can’t believe I never knew about it, and know, yes KNOW, that it’s gonna happen again.
Miller’s Great Disappointment. This is Miller:
Some choice bits:
“Between 1831 and 1844, on the basis of his study of the Bible, and particularly the prophecy of Daniel 8:14—’Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed,’—William Miller, a Baptist preacher, predicted and preached the imminent return of Jesus Christ to the earth. He first assumed that the cleansing of the sanctuary represented purification of the Earth by fire at Christ’s Second Coming. Then, using an interpretive principle known as the ‘day-year principle’, Miller, along with others, interpreted a prophetic day to read not as a 24-hour period, but rather as a calendar year. Further, Miller became convinced that the 2,300 day period started in 457 B.C. with the decree to rebuild Jerusalem by Artaxerxes I of Persia. Simple calculation then revealed that this period would end—and hence Christ’s return occur—in 1843.”
“Both Millerite leaders and followers were left generally bewildered and disillusioned. Responses varied: some continued to look daily for Christ’s return, others predicted different dates—among them April, July, and October 1845. Some theorized that the world had entered the seventh millennium—the ‘Great Sabbath,’ and that therefore, the saved should not work. Others acted as children, basing their belief on Jesus’ words in Mark 10:15 ‘Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’ Millerite O. J. D. Pickands used Revelation to teach that Christ was now sitting on a white cloud, and must be prayed down. Probably the majority however, simply gave up their beliefs and attempted to rebuild their lives. Some members rejoined their previous denominations. A substantial number joined the Shakers.”
Some have said, what’s the harm if Camping wants to spend his own money spreading bullshit lies? If it were his own money, I’d say have a ball, Harold. But he’s convinced quite a few people, many of them with families, that he’s right. Quite a number of them have given up everything–yes everything–in anticipation of Camping’s prediction. I honestly don’t give a shit if an adult makes the choice to give up his savings, job, housing, and whatever else to the staunch, delusional belief that some radio host somehow correctly predicted the end of the world, but what about those who have kids? And yes, kidless adults have a choice, but what are they supposed to do when Jesus doesn’t come? The libertarian in me says fuck ’em. But the bleeding-heart liberal says they’re innocent people who are being swindled.
You should be ashamed, Harold. Profoundly, nauseatingly ashamed.