Harold Camping wrongly predicted that the world would end on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Never one to be defeated easily though Harold came up with a revised plan. He claimed that the world did end spiritually on May 21 but would end properly on October 21, 2011. Wrong again Harold.
Some people in the USA gave away their possessions and even their homes on the strength of Camping's predictions. Was this to "buy" a place on the "Rapture Express" we wondered. In the UK, his end of the world prediction was mainly treat as a joke.
On December 15, 2013 Mr Camping went to meet his maker, dying before the world ended. Following his recet failed predictions Mr Camping suffered a stroke and more recently a fall whic led to his death. His public appearances had waned, since his rapture predictions failed but, then again, he was 92.
So just who was Harold Camping?
Harold Camping was an American Christian broadcaster. Born in 1921 he may have cared little if and when the world will end. Having lived to the ripe old age of 90 plus, he had lived his three score years and ten plus some. That said, Camping was not new to end of the world predictions.
His previous predictions were that it would be goodbye for all but the Christian community on May 21, 1988, and later on September 7, 1994, as the Rapture claimed the good people of Earth. This was news to me. That was a blessing as it prevented pointless worrying over nothing.
Perhaps it is the power of the Internet these days, why such people as Camping are becoming newsworthy around the world. Ignorance can be bliss. There have always been so many people predicting the end is nigh, that if and when it comes we will not believe them. They are like the boy who cried wolf, only to be disbelieved when the real wolf arrived.
There is no doubting that somewhere along the line this beautiful world of ours will end. If we do not ruin it or blow it heavens high in the meantime, this end is a very long way off. Our Sun cannot last forever and without it the earth cannot survive in its natural state. That said we mean thousands, if not millions of years away.
Our lives are so short in the great scheme of things you have to wonder about this obsession with the end of the world. We dwell on death and destruction. Why can't people like Camping enjoy what they have and celebrate life?
If as much energy was put into charitable deeds, improving the lives of those who need help and sitting back and just "smelling the roses" this world would be a better place. Camping maybe was just a publicity seeker.
So the world did not end on October 21, 2011?. It could end any time of course. However, most likely it will not. Either way heed the warning and make the most out of what time you have on this planet of ours.
Predictions that the end would come on December 20 or December 21, 2012, at around 11.15am GMT, were also wrong. So did Harold Camping finally give up on the Rapture? Probably not. The last notable post on his facebook page predicted the end is comming in 2016 but for Harold it arrived December 2013. RIP