So where do you go from here Mr. Camping?

Well, what a relief. Although I do wonder if the Rapture  really did happen and we’ve all been left behind, including prophet Harold Camping who is now saying “oops, I miscalculated and meant October 21”. That he may be on the losing team and be facing the wrath of God has obviously not crossed his mind.

I’m sorry but even his most ardent followers may be wondering if he’s lost his marbles and probably a bit peeved at having put down the family dog  and blitzed life savings on a hedonistic break in Vegas.

Living in the Southern US we learned very quickly that slightly weird religions were the norm, often breakaways from the mainstream over a clash of theologies. In general terms these splinter groups just wanted to do their own thing their own way, which is fine so long as you leave everyone else alone.

Now before I go any further, I must make it very clear I have the greatest respect for people with a real faith, whatever their religion, including those with a deep spirituality who have left their church for whatever reason. These are usually quiet, humble, and profound individuals who understand everyone has to find their own path.

I am one of those who believe there are many roads to the same place and we are all responsible for our own spiritual journey. I have no time for organised religions who hide behind theology to gain their own ends; several come to mind. My own journey with a higher being has been a bumpy one; there was a falling out many years ago and a sulky (on my part) distance has been kept since.

The sect of Harold Camping came to my attention about ten years ago.

Browsing in a book store through new releases piled haphazardly on a large table, I discovered a book that tickled the brain cells; verging on the beach book with sci-fi and thriller elements the back cover blurp hooked me in. It was the third in a series and next to the new release were the two earlier books. I was in heaven, a whole trilogy to get my teeth into.

Now they weren’t brilliantly written but the story was good and engaging; something has happened to the world, people have disappeared in an instant – from planes, cars, shopping in the store and the books are about those left to deal with the mess. Obviously sci-fi right? Just a matter of tracking down the aliens responsible, although why anyone would want to abduct the weirdos was anyone’s guess – they seemed to have left all the interesting people behind.

It was book five before I listened to a radio program about religious sects which touched on the Rapture, something I’d never heard of before. Of course it all fell into place and I felt a prize dork and never read another book. I was quite sad though, as up until then I’d been having a rather good time figuring out who the aliens were – although maybe I wasn’t so far off the mark.

What was really interesting was how there was no mention of the books being about religion – I don’t recall the word ‘Rapture’ being in the write up, but then if it had I would have put it down to being a fictional idea. So maybe not wrong about that either.

How Harold Camping has managed to dupe so many supposedly sensible grown-ups with wishy-washy fairy stories is beyond me. That they might still believe he has something valid to say blows my fragile mind. He’s screwed up twice now but perhaps it will be third time lucky. MSN reported today

“. .Camping said that he’s now realized the apocalypse will come five months after May 21, the original date he predicted. He had earlier said Oct. 21 was when the globe would be consumed by a fireball.

Saturday was “an invisible judgment day” in which a spiritual judgment took place, he said. But the timing and the structure is the same as it has always been, he said.

“We’ve always said May 21 was the day, but we didn’t understand altogether the spiritual meaning,” he said. “May 21 is the day that Christ came and put the world under judgment.”

Well I’m glad he’s cleared that up for us.

On the one hand I am stunned with disbelief that people give this man the time of day, on the other I’m saddened so many vulnerable and gullible people have had their lives turned upside down by him. It’s criminal.

Now before you all start to de-cry me as a sadistic person who takes delight in knocking an elderly, man of religion I’d just like to put before you an interesting fact,

“In 2009, the nonprofit Family Radio (Harold Camping) reported in IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded securities.”

Kind of makes you wonder what kind of man of God Mr. Camping is doesn’t it?

Just saying.

About wordgeyser

Our anglo/american family used to live in four countries (USA, Canada, UK and the Netherlands) on two continents, separated by distance, time zones, circumstance and cultures. It has been a scary, enriching, challenging place to be. The only things guaranteed to get us through were a sense of humour and the amazing people met along the way. . . This year everything changed with a move for us from the Netherlands, – and a move along with us for our son and his wife from the UK – to Houston, Texas, the same city as our daughter. With our youngest in Vancouver, Canada, we are now all living on the same continent. How this happened, and more importantly why, will be the subject of this ongoing blog...
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5 Responses to So where do you go from here Mr. Camping?

  1. Jane says:

    @The Captain….. yes, perhaps The Rapture happened and took a select few (think about the university application process and we can all empathize)… as you say, oh, the irony for Mr Camping.

    I love this …”even his most ardent followers may be wondering if he’s lost his marbles and probably a bit peeved at having put down the family dog and blitzed life savings on a hedonistic break in Vegas.” I’d love to see the stats on pet euthanasia on the days before May 21. Did he mention animals in this grand plan?

    • wordgeyser says:

      Harry is our best source of info on this – apparently dogs don’t count which is why so many were put down. Anyone not including dogs in a religious sect definitely won’t get me on board

  2. Great post, and you definitely must have The Captain guest post for you one day!

  3. MA Dmochowski says:

    I like your phrasing of your journey with the Almight: “My own journey with a higher being has been a bumpy one; there was a falling out many years ago and a sulky (on my part) distance has been kept since.”

    I feel for the people who follow preachers like Mr. Camping or anyone who sets him/herself up as a prophet. The followers are looking for answers, thinking that some future event will solve all their problems and forget to live and love each day. I have enough to worry about my own day of judgement to worry about the world coming to an end.

  4. The Captain says:

    Or looking from a different point of view maybe we’ve all been raptured and this actually is Heaven and we’ve been in Heaven all the time. We just didn’t know it.

    I’ll look at my office in a completely different light from now on.

    If anyone has gone missing perhaps they’re in the other place. Essex anyone?

    On the other hand I really like the thought that he’s missed the bus. Oh, the irony.

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