As May 21 came and went without the world coming to an end, Harold Camping has yet to offer up a reason for why he was wrong… again.
If you visit his website http://www.familyradio.com (shite website by the way) for his Radio Station you will see it hasnt even been updated since 21st May 2011.
“It’s going to happen,” Camping insisted repeatedly leading up to the fateful day.
Meanwhile, those who believed in his much-hyped prognostication — many of whom gave up their homes and money to Camping — are left wondering what to do next.
“I do not understand,” said Robert Fitzpatrick, a 60-year-old MTA worker from Staten Island, said after the Rapture never arrived. “I do not understand why nothing has happened.”
“I had some skepticism but I was trying to push the skepticism away because I believe in God,” said Keith Bauer, who drove his family across the country from Maryland to California for the supposed Rapture to visit Camping’s Oakland headquarters of Family Radio International.
“I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth,” he said.
Some expect that Camping will eventually explain away his erroneous prediction, just as he did in 1994 (a mistake he waved off as a mere mathematical miscalculation).
Robert Fitzpatrick (r.) waited for the end of the world in Times Square. And waited, and waited, and waited. (Debbie Egan-Chin/News)
“I fully expect he’s going to have an explanation,” said Steve Wohlberg, an Idaho minister who last week openly challenged Camping’s prediction the world would end on May 21.
Wohlberg, who has written several books about the end of the world and believes the Apocalypse is approaching, argues that anyone claiming to know the date of the End of Days is simply wrong.
“The climate that we’re living in, with so many things happening in the world, lends itself to people believing something is going to happen,” he told the Daily News.
However, despite Camping’s claims that his method for predicting the Rapture is based on information in the Bible, the Holy Book does not give an actual date, Wohlberg said.
“He claims so strongly that everything he says, his predictions, are solidly based in the Bible,” he said. “But he’s confusing and misleading a lot of people.”
Wohlberg, who admits to doing drugs and living an “unholy life” before finding religion, fears that those who believed in what Camping preached will turn away from God as a result of his fake claims.
“There’s a damager they’re going to be disillusioned with the Bible,” he said. But hopefully, he added, his followers will simply accept that “Harold Camping was wrong.”