Yes, it has been fun dumping on this doddering old foolish man. Truly, theologically speaking, he looked and sounded the part of a senile uncle at the family reunion: Somewhat talkative, mildly unpleasant, mostly passive, and ultimately irrelevant.
But I cannot join in on the happy ‘pile-on’ with the pagan anti-Christians. Their hypocrisy is so much more dangerous than that of Camping. At least Camping can still be ignored; not so the pagans.
Consider: In 1968—yes, over 40 years ago—Paul and Anne Ehrlich wrote The Population Bomb in which they stated, “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s the world will undergo famines–hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.”
I still remember reading Al Gore’s first mega-scare book, Earth in the Balance (published in 1992) in which he predicted that we could do without the internal combustion engine in about 25 years or so. And that’s not even to mention the global warming scare that has cost millions of dollars so far, and will cost many more in the future.
Don’t believe me? You will next year, when you try to buy an incandescent light bulb, and find out that an LED bulb will be costing you 5-10 times as much.
And don’t forget that the Mayans supposedly predicted the “end of the world” sometime in 2012. So far, it appears that the anti-Christian community is treating that more seriously than that of Camping.
Well, here’s another prediction: When the Mayan prediction fails, the Mayan’s will still be treated as serious historical players, even while Camping will still be seen as a kook.
Which he is. But not nearly as kooky as the anti-Christians who mock Camping, even as they extol the predictive genius of Ehrlich, Gore, and the Mayans.
Harold Camping: When it comes to false predictions, he’s just so… Junior Varsity.
~ Joel Saint