On Tuesdays class it was mentioned how some religious groups think the world will end tomorrow. As I see my computer filled with such headlines today, I thought I would research a little bit about it and share my findings.
One religious figure, Father Jonathan Morris reported to Fox news and other news sources that the world will not end, but that the belief comes from one radical, Mr. Harold Camping. Morris says in his article:
"My bet is Mr. Harold Camping will be much better off on May 22 than his followers. Any man who can convince himself and others that he alone has figured out what Jesus said nobody ever will (“therefore keep watch, you do not know the day or the hour,” Matthew 25:13) surely has a great back-up plan up his sleeve, just in case."
I also found it interesting that not only does this guy know the day the world will end, but also the exact time the fun will begin, 6 pm. Though he does fail mention which time zone, so that gives him a few hours to be inaccurate and still be able to claim that he was right, if something were to happen.
Harold Camping's belief is that "a massive earthquake will hit New Zealand and from there continue around the world during the next 24 hours. He's going to watch this unfold on TV. At the end of this 24 hour period Harold Camping says believers will go to heaven and the rest will be left on earth to face final judgements before the earth is destroyed.
There will be no chance of salvation during this time.
Harold Camping views phenomena such as the major earthquakes in Haiti, Christchurch and Japan, along with killer tornadoes in America and social decay seen in the likes of the gay pride movement, as "grim reminders" that the end is near." (http://www.endoftheworld2012.net/haroldcamping.htm)
"May 21 2011 will be the first day of a five month period of God's judgement on earth, ending on October 21, 2011." (http://www.endoftheworld2012.net/haroldcamping.htm) So, it doesn't seem like the guy can quite get his story straight on how long it will last, must be that old age making him forget what he's already said, I mean, the poor man is 89 years old.
Somehow, I don't think the world will end tomorrow. And I don't feel that 50 years of Bible study qualifies anyone to say it will, because, in the end, it's not up to men to decide.