Harold Camping, the man who twice predicted the end of the world, just passed away. Ironically, he died at the end of the year.
In case you don’t recognize the name, Brother Camping, as he called himself, was an engineering whiz who, by slicing and dicing clues in the bible, arrived at two separate ends of days.
When his first, last day in 1994 fizzled out, Camping said his addition and subtraction had been faulty.
But, when he landed on May 21, 2010 as the new, true apocalypse Camping’s cable TV ministry went all out to trumpet the news.
He ran countless ads, paid for billboards on major highways and even had 20 specially-designed RVs tour the country to whip up frenzy and scare the heathens into repenting.
Sadly, hundreds of people bought into Camping’s bogus predictions. Many sold their life savings in the misguided belief they wouldn’t have no need for earthly possessions in the afterlife.
Ah, but May 21, 2010 came and went without any sort of end of days fireworks.
I still recall Brother Camping’s halting response to one reporter’s question about the end of the world. She asked him about the International Date Line, and whether the end of the world would first occur in the Far East. That one stumped Camping, who sighed, and said “Just wait and watch.”
We did. And, nothing happened.
Camping was, in all likelihood, a good guy who simply went off the rails. But, his image and reputation will be forever tarnished by his ersatz beliefs and the countless lives they ruined.
Brother Camping thought he’d figured everything out, and that he, and his flock, would be among the few, select human beings to enjoy heaven’s rapture when the world came to an end.
Instead, instant karma got him.