Wednesday, January 6, 2010

More Foolishness from Harold Camping

Harold Camping would be easy to ignore. In fact it would be a virtue to ignore him. The problem is that Camping heads Family Radio which is broadcast around the world. The hyper-dispensationalism of Camping and others has been causing division and confusion in the church for years.

Camping has been hard at work calculating the day of the Lord's return. The following, from
an article in SF Gate, is a lesson in wildly irresponsible and incompetent biblical exegesis.

By Camping's understanding, the Bible was dictated by God and every word and number carries a spiritual significance. He noticed that particular numbers appeared in the Bible at the same time particular themes are discussed.

The number 5, Camping concluded, equals "atonement." Ten is "completeness." Seventeen means "heaven." Camping patiently explained how he reached his conclusion for May 21, 2011.

"Christ hung on the cross April 1, 33 A.D.," he began. "Now go to April 1 of 2011 A.D., and that's 1,978 years."

Camping then multiplied 1,978 by 365.2422 days – the number of days in each solar year, not to be confused with a calendar year.

Next, Camping noted that April 1 to May 21 encompasses 51 days. Add 51 to the sum of previous multiplication total, and it equals 722,500.

Camping realized that (5 x 10 x 17) x (5 x 10 x 17) = 722,500.

Or put into words: (Atonement x Completeness x Heaven), squared.

"Five times 10 times 17 is telling you a story," Camping said. "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," Camping said.

If you have ever met any of Camping's followers then you probably already know that they seem to be impervious to facts (Just a few months back a pamphlet from Family Radio was left on my windshield). They also don't seem to mind the fact that Camping has made previous predictions about the the second coming of Christ. Among Camping's exotic teachings is that "the church age" is over and it is a sin for Christians to remain in churches. Rather, he says, they should be at home listening to Family Radio.


Mike said...

I wonder if Family Radio has any contracts that extend beyond May 21, 2011?

Harley A. said...

1,978 x 365.2422 = 722,449.0716

To the nearest 100, that would round to 722,400. I guess God doesn't know how to round.

April said...

"The hyper-dispensationalism of Camping and others has been causing division and confusion in the church for years"

Mr. Camping is definitely causing confusion, but not within Christ's eternal church which is the only church I belong to.

Like a broken clock that's right twice a day, Camping got only two things right in his ever-evolving teaching: The complete apostasy of the churches which must be "seen" (not "heard") near the end of time (Mt. 24:15, Mk. 13:14) and annihilation. Many loyal church members will never see what they are commanded to see in Mt. 24:15 and Mark 13:14. These verses show what the end-time believers will see. I most definitely "saw", having been part of the Reformed church since 1949.

The external churches are drunken with the cherished traditions of men. I left the church several years ago, and it was then that I started to realize how potent the leaven is. Nevertheless, Harold Camping is a fool to predict dates. In order to do so, he had to revise and discard many "old paths" (Jer. 6:16). He even claims that the cross was a mere "demonstration" of a pre-creation atonement. He is a very sickly man, spiritually speaking.