He may be correct. But then, if he’s correct the Mayan calendar, which some say predicts 2012, will be incorrect, and that would be a disappointment.
Perhaps it’s only a rounding error.
I remember the last time the world came to an end. It was in October 1992, and my old buddy Tim and I were out lobstering the day afterward. While he was filling bait bags he said, “I’m awful glad the world didn’t end yesterday. I haven’t finished putting seaweed on my garden yet.”
I do appreciate a dry sense of humor.
For more on Harold Camping’s prediction, see this recent interview with him by CNN.
Sooner or later, statistically, the false prophets will hit the date correctly out of sheer persistence. But then, how will anyone know they were right?
While Mr. Camping and others claim the Bible as their authority, why don’t we look at what the Bible itself has to say about it? The doomsday prophets base much of their claim on Matthew 24, and I do recommend reading the whole chapter. But as to the day and the hour, here are some pertinent words by Jesus himself, starting at verse 36:
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
We’ll see who’s right, Jesus or Harold Camping, on Saturday. And I’ll see you in church on Sunday to talk it over.