The Apocalypse starts on Saturday says an American Christian sect. Harold Camping, who runs Family Radio, believes that there is a hidden calendar in the bible and that it marks 21st of May has the beginning of the end of the world.
Camping teaches that the Bible is in its entirety is the Word of God and absolute. The Bible, however, needs to be interpreted rather than taken sentence by sentence. He left the Christian Reformed Church in 1988 and now teaches a doctrine with some key differences. Some of these key differences are:
- Humans are not totally depraved and have a relative amount of free will.
- Salvation can not be earned through good deeds or prayer, it is simply an act of God’s good grace.
- Rather than teaching of Hell, Camping preaches annihilationism; that life will simply cease for the unsaved.
- Churches have become apostate and should be abandoned.
The First Day of Judgement is on May 21st, according to Harold Camping, which makes the end of the world due on October 21st, 2011. According to Camping some 200m people will be saved in the Rapture.
This is the second time Harold Camping has predicted the end of the world. His first prediction suggested the world would end in September 1994.
One of Harold Camping’s followers, Robert Fitzpatrick, 60, spent his entire lifetime savings on an advert campaign to warn New Yorkers of the coming end of the world.
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Do you think Camping is right? Why do you think his sect believe him?