Comments: Abandoning Faith, Grace, and Joseph

It appears that "No one knows the day or the hour..." part of the Bible just slipped by Mr. Camping.

Posted by Just Sayin' at May 21, 2011 08:19 AM

Unsurprisingly, Camping was wrong about the Rapture in '94, too. As a commenter suggests, some familiarity with Matthew 24:36 might have suggested this was not likely.

You hit the nail on the head here. The parents appear to have checked out on them. I suspect it'd be hard to get Family Services involved here.

Proverbs 22:6 ("Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." - NIV translation) seems to suggest a requirement for parental responsibility.

Posted by mj at May 21, 2011 08:23 AM

I wish I had paid more attention to this. I would have ordered t-shirts saying; "May 22nd, 2011. Thank God that's over!!"

I would have made a killing. Maybe not as much as Harold Camping but decent enough.

Posted by Col Bat Guano at May 21, 2011 04:55 PM

"What kind of parent does that?" The same type of parent that believes that some numerical expression is a pathway to God. (5 * 10 * 17)^2...seriously, that's it. Oh and those numbers 'mean' something

Here's the gist of Camping's calculation: He believes Christ was crucified on April 1, 33 A.D., exactly 722,500 days before May 21, 2011. That number, 722,500, is the square of 5 x 10 x 17. In Camping's numerological system, 5 represents atonement, 10 means completeness, and seventeen means heaven. "Five times 10 times 17 is telling you a story," Camping said on his Oakland-based talk show, Family Radio, last year. "It's the story from the time Christ made payment for your sins until you're completely saved. I tell ya, I just about fell off my chair when I realized that."

Yeah...XKCD may like the idea of the Gospel reduced to a math equation, but I imagine he would be pissed there wasn't at least a 2nd level integration or a summation series in there somewhere. I mean, ARITHMETIC, anyone can do that!

The only good I can see coming out of this is the fact I can now retort to the 12/21/2012 idiots about how stupid they are too.

Posted by MunDane at May 21, 2011 07:47 PM

This is a cult; they follow the confusion of satan, who's really active throughout the world right now.
I feel bad for these children; but God will halp them in their journey. They are not responsible for the foolishness of their parents.

Posted by cali at May 22, 2011 12:37 AM

MJ beat me to it... I hate it for those kids, cause NOW the parents have to go on living...

Posted by Old NFO at May 22, 2011 05:40 AM

They live about an hour from me. I wish I could find a way to get those kids into my house. And I go to a sane evangelical church so they'd have a chance to see that not all people who take the Bible seriously are off their rockers.

Posted by MikeM_inMD at May 22, 2011 02:31 PM

Just read and Study the Bible. It is that simple. Truth will be revealed. People like Camp just won't matter. I remember the 1st thing I looked up about Obama was the church he attended and his public stand on abortion and I knew he was Not right.

Posted by hiscross at May 22, 2011 03:08 PM

"This awkward realization is going to impact a very small community of end times believers when the sun comes up today and tomorrow and the day after that as it always has. They're going to realize they were fools."

No. They're just going to claim their calculations were off and proclaim a new date based on whatever.
This has been going on for thousands of years, no reason to stop now...

Posted by JTW at May 23, 2011 07:54 AM