What Harold Camping Got Right. This is a very interesting article by Phil Cooke in Charisma, but I think Cooke missed the real point. Nothing reaches this level of attention without spiritual power. So, the question becomes, what is the power behind the ad campaign for the end of the world [that didn’t happen]?
Is God behind it?
Before you dismiss this thought entirely, it might be the power of God—at least in part. If we read 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12, we must at least consider this:
“Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” [ESV]
So, the power of God might be behind it a little or at least allowing the incident to have a supernaturally large following. In this scenario, it becomes part of the shaking of everything and the beginning (or continuation) of the separation of the sheep from the goats. I think this is at least part of the phenomenon.
Is this an enemy assault?
Almost certainly. Anything he can do to get people mocking and ridiculing the institutional church he will do. Not to mention, the mocking of Christians, in general. I was even a little surprised at the vehemence of the scorn. I was referred to as part of “you believers” as opposed to “we non-believers” who see this for what it is. Any attempt to turn the conversation to a more serious note of the soon coming was met with blank stares and quickly retreating backs. I don ‘t even thinkn they were aware of how quickly and quietly they simply got up and left.
All of this has much deeper overtones than we usually imagine
We are rapidly approaching the end of the age. What is your reaction to that?
- Harold Camping No Different than Other Christians (dangeroustalk.net)
- Harold Camping: once Reformed, now a heretic (gentlewisdom.org.uk)
- Harold Camping, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Population Bombers: Fool Me Once.. (catholicdefense.blogspot.com)