Harold Camping 'Blames' God: Critics Question Family Radio Founder's Oct. 21 Doomsday 'Explanation'

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By Allison Summers, Christian Post Reporter
November 2, 2011|9:58 am

Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping's latest message to listeners of Family Radio on his failed Oct. 21 doomsday prediction has some asking: 'Is Camping blaming God for the world not ending?'

"Why didn't Christ return on Oct. 21?" asked Camping in an audio message posted on the Family Radio website Oct. 28. "It seems embarrassing for Family Radio, but God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible...There is one thing we must remember, God is in charge of this whole business and we are not, what God wants to tell us is his business, when he wants to tell us is his business."

Throughout the message, Camping never seems to fault himself for the failed prediction, but instead attributes the world not ending to the fact that it is ultimately up to God to bring Judgment Day forth.

The International Business Times observes, "It seems as if maybe Camping's statement is less an apology and more of a point-the-finger at God defense. Camping more or less blames God for his failed predictions, since He was the one 'in charge of everything.' "

This was not the first time the Family Radio broadcaster delivered a failed Judgement Day prediction, with his first dating as far back as 1988. Earlier this year, Camping had followers convinced that doomsday would take place on May 21, but after the day came and went, Camping claimed that a spiritual judgment took place on that day and that the physical aspects would take place on Oct. 21.

Camping's original belief was that the faithful and righteous would be taken up to heaven by God, and the rest would be left to suffer through a hellish five-month period on earth that would culminate in the world ending on Oct. 21. Camping refused to speak to the media on that day and laid low for the days following.

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