An Open Letter To Harold Camping
by Christiana Szymanski
I am disheartened to hear that you have again predicted the end of the world – this time on October 21, 2011. I have read numerous articles on your predictions that May 21st was initially the end of the world; and more importantly, I have read the Bible on the topic, Mr. Camping. I would like to bring to your attention several things which it appears that you missed when researching this in your Bible.
First and foremost, in an interview that you did just ten days before May 21st, you stated that the Bible is “very factual.”
You also stated elsewhere that you had developed some mathematical equations using the Bible – the book of Genesis particularly –from which you arrived at your conclusions.
But stating that the Bible is simply “very factual” would seem to downplay that it is inerrant, being “God-breathed” – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). However, since the Bible can be used “for correction,” I would like to correct some of your mistaken views on eschatology using solely the Bible. I feel this is a fair examination, since you do claim to found your predictions on the Bible.
The first passage I would point you to, Mr. Camping, is Matthew 24. In this passage, Jesus shows the signs of the times before the world ends. He states explicitly, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only…. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." (Matthew 24:36, 42-44) How then, can you predict to the day and hour when Jesus will return, precisely what Jesus says no one – not even Himself – knows?
A few verses later, Jesus says that one of the signs of His coming is the following: “Then, many false witnesses will arise and deceive many.” Mr. Camping, you owe the world an apology for falsely prophesying. It really says something about your character…
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