Atheists to hold an ‘Rapture After Party’ in response to End of the World predictions by crazy ‘Christian’

Harold Camping was an unknown name in the UK until this month. But in the last few weeks, he has dominated the media world as the latest psycho to predict the end of the world, all under the banner of ‘Christianity’.

Camping has predicted that the world will end on May 21st at precisely 6:00pm (He doesn’t say what time zone it is). And he further claims that the Bible tells him so.

Well, this has caused pandamonium over the news channels. Billboards have gone up urging people to repent, atheist fanatics have gone wild, preachers are praying against the situation, and Camping is having a field day.

Here is an extract from BBC News:

Harold Camping, 89, predicts that Jesus Christ will return to earth on Saturday and true believers will be swept up, or “raptured”, to heaven.

He has used broadcasts and billboards to publicise his ideas.

He says biblical texts indicate that a giant earthquake on Saturday will mark the start of the world’s destruction, and that by 21 October all non-believers will be dead.

Mr Camping has predicted an apocalypse once before, in 1994, though followers now say that only referred to an intermediary stage.

“We learn from the Bible that Holy God plans to rescue about 200 million people,” says a text on the website of Mr Camping’s network, Family Radio Worldwide.

“On the first day of the Day of Judgment (May 21, 2011) they will be caught up (raptured) into Heaven because God had great mercy for them.”

In response to all this, Humanist and Atheist organisations in the US are holding Rapture After Parties. One organiser said,

Though the absurdity of this claim is obvious to the majority of the world, it’s a great opportunity to highlight some of the most bizarre beliefs often put forth by religious fundamentalists and raise awareness of the need for reason,

Well I hope they’re not atheist only parties… because I’m thinking of going.

This man, Harold Camping, is dangerous. He’s a false prophet and a crazy psycho for want of a better name for him.

The whole thing is a shambles and has made me angry because:

  1. No where in the Bible does it give a date for the end of the world
  2. It’s giving Christians EVERYWHERE a bad name, and a new, negative stereotype.
  3. The media are giving him too much publicity and his views are spreading.
  4. The media have called him an ‘evangelical’ -NO HE’S NOT. He’s a false teacher. Evangelicals DO NOT predict the end of the world.

However, Mr. Camping has highlighted one truth of the Bible out of all this mess. And it is that there will be false teachers. He is one of them. Clearly prophecy isn’t his gifting, as he’s already failed at an eschatological prediction once before which has been brushed under the carpet by his followers.

It’s up to the Church to expose this antichrist, to get him off the stage, and to show what a real Christian is.

Camping, stop your lies and wacky predictions, learn the Bible, and preach Jesus.

What are your thoughts on the whole thing?

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • Pretty much the same as yours, to be honest. Not only is it wrong and a dangerous false prophecy/teaching, I have to say (and this will sound very fogey-ish of me) it’s also downright disrespectful and not just to the Word. After two millenia of careful study, prayer, spiritual jousting and meditation on the part of all those who have passed before us, someone comes up with this bizarro idea and makes it the test of Faith to the point where one is effectively damning ones fellow brethren in Christ who might think it’s all a bit bonkers? There’s something messed up there.

    As a P.S., I’ve always wondered about Christians who get so into this sort of crazy stuff. I mean, as if our Faith doesn’t have all the mystery and weirdness you could possibly want (Creator of an ever expanding Universe becoming incarnate as a man, dying, rising back to life then ascending into heaven), you have to jump aboard the Rapture ship?

    Kudos to them, I suppose. I’m still trying to get my head around living out my Easter Faith.

    • Thanks for this comment Biscuitnapper! Keep them coming! 🙂

  • David Garner

    I agree with you on this mate. I don’t know where he gets his ideas from! Mark 13: 32“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake, For you do not know when the time will come. If the Son doesn’t even know, why does he think he knows!

    • Spot on David. Keep interacting with the site! Really glad you’ve visited the blog 🙂

  • You have got everything spot on in this. I know I read that he said the rapture will begin at 7amGMT in england, umm does the general storey not go that it will end in the US first? How does he know its tomorrow and no other churge/religion is claiming this, isn’t it true that most predictions about the world endling been very incorrect. Great article though Just to be snotty i’d like to say the world will not end a week before my birthday.

    • Thanks for the comment Ryan 🙂 Useful information there 🙂

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  • I’ve been writing about Mr Camping for a couple of days and the lunacy of this is unfathomable..why do people listen to his show or give any legitimacy is beyond me…

    • Thanks for connecting Chris.

      Couldn’t agree more. Especially after everyone was enlightened in 1994 after the fail of his first attempt.

      This guy has clearly lost his way.

  • This is probably just me being precious, but the more I read about him and his followers, the more I start to see it as a symptom of a deeper issue – people are unhappy and in some sort of despair over the state of the world and need something to give their lives meaning and make them feel better than the common masses.

    The latter attitude is distinctly unChristian, but let’s be honest, we all have a tendency to use the language of ‘us vs them’, the persecutors and the persecuted, so that’s something we have to tackle. The faith isn’t something to hide you away and protect from the world; it’s meant to help you take on and challenge the world and it’s powers.

    There’s also an issue that many of his followers just did not find an authentic Christianity in the mainline churches, which is another problem. What is it we’re doing wrong that encourages our own brothers and sisters into this lunacy? My instinct is to say we don’t pay enough attention to educating people into the faith – we just seem to think if they come to church and clap their hands and get confirmed/First Communion that’s it, but we’re meant to worship God with our heart, minds and soul. How do we encourage a mindful and soulful Christianity? How do we create a more hopeful and heartful Christianity, to help each other in our despair and hopelessness with the world today?

    How do we channel this into a hunger for building God’s Kingdom on Earth and not waiting to be taken away from His ‘yearning’ creation? How do encourage love and understanding not just of ourselves, but of the people outside the church (I mean, I personally find it disturbing that they blamed the LGBT movement for the oncoming Rapture. I’m not saying that every Christian has to agree with gay marriage, for example, but at least understand why they push so hard for what they perceive to be civil rights and – in the UK – seem to have particular issues with Christians. That’s the least we can do)? These all seem to be issues that we have to constantly address.

    Though how we do without becoming annoying do-gooders is another issue… 😉

    • There’s definitely truth in what you’ve said there. It really is something that we have to engage with and do battle with.

      Thanks Biscuitnapper!

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