Here's the most recent oddity from Family Radio. If you go to Family Radio's website, they have a new web page. But the old webpage is still up and running as well.
This story claims:
“It has been a really tough weekend,” Camping, 89, said in front of his Alameda, Calif., home to The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday afternoon.
“I’m looking for answers,” he said, admitting that he was “flabbergasted.”
The Family Radio president had proclaimed that May 21 (at 6 p.m. in each time zone) would be the start of Judgment day and the rapture.
He said he had nothing else to say and that he would be back to work on Monday, when he will have more to say about the failed end of the world prediction.
I was going to post a number of recent video clips, etc., but after viewing a dozen or so, it really didn't seem worth it. Obviously, non-Christians are enjoying mocking Camping and his followers. We knew that was coming.
In responding to Harold Camping, most Christians have been focusing on (and rightly so) on: Matthew 24:36, "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." I would like to add a different perspective.
Gary DeMar refers to those who think the end of the world is near at hand as those engaging in "Last Days Madness." I'm not post-millennial like DeMar, but I do share his view that those reading the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other often are theologically unbalanced. Camping's view was a bit different of course. As far as I understand it, he didn't see an increase in earthquakes or such as a sign that it was the end.
I do long for the return of Christ, and I can see that even in my short life, evil has increased. DeMar though goes through history and points out other times when things were worse than they are now. His most convincing example is the outbreak of the bubonic plague. Estimates vary, but one-third to one-half of Europe's population was wiped out. There have been barbaric and hedonistic societies that flourished long before 21st century America. If I were living in one these societies, would I think the world had reached its zenith of evil? Maybe. Am I now living in the last generation? Does the state of things currently scream that Christ will rerun in my lifetime? I don't know.
Consider the creation mandate:
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.
When a person is fixated on the end, I think they often do so at the expense of the creation mandate. They do so at the expense of the fact that God created the world, and this is a good thing. Sure, the world is fallen, but that doesn't mean the creation mandate is not still in place. We are to fill the earth and subdue it, all to the glory of God. This is what was intended from the beginning. I'm not convinced the Garden of Eden was the be all to end all. Mankind was to advance creation by subduing it. When Christans think of Paradise Restored, I think it's not simply a return to the Garden, but a return to the advancement of creation as was intended in the first place. Speculation, I know.
I do look forward to the return of Christ, to see creation restored. To see the "already" go from "not yet" to fulfilled. I think those like Camping or Dispensationalists that are waiting to be raptured, in effect, undermine the creation mandate. One can still long for the return of Christ, but one need not despise creation, even in its fallen state. Christians are not supposed to be gnostics. We're not supposed to be looking to flee the material and dwell in the spiritual. We can still look for the blessed hope described in Titus 2:13, but till then, Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.