Is Friday the End of the World? [Poll]
Evangelist Family Radio network owner Harold Camping's latest prediction is that the world will end by Friday, Oct. 21.
Evangelist owner of Family Radio network, Harold Camping, has predicted the end of the world several times over the years, including this past May 21. But this Friday, he says, it's for real.
In a Huffington Post story, Camping, 90, predicted the world as we know it will cease to exist by Oct. 21.
"The end is going to come very, very quietly probably within the next month," Camping said earlier in October, the Huffington Post reports.
"Probably there will be no pain suffered by anyone because of their rebellion against God...We can become more and more sure that they'll quietly die and that will be the end of their story."
While Camping has gathered a following and convinced many to give up their possessions to travel and spread the word, many have spoken out against his predictions, including Natick Baptist Church pastor, Dr. Clifford Cole.
"I don't know how in the world he could come up with that date, because [in Matthew's Gospel], it says that no one know the hour nor the time when that event will happen," said Cole, adding that in Mark's Gospel, Jesus says that not even he knows the time.
"I have to say that I'm going to believe the Bible over any man and those kinds of predictions have been going on by men and women over the years since the beginning of the New Testament."
According to Cole, the Bible states that the end of the world will not occur until 1,007 years after the Rapture, or Jesus' return. Although Cole says the Bible states that no man knows exactly when the Rapture will occur, he says the current wars and chaos in the world seems to be aligning with the Bible's predictions for the end of the world as we know it and no one knows when the clock for the 1,007 years will begin ticking.
Pastor Rebecca Bourret of Christ Lutheran Church agreed that while it is a part of her faith to believe that one day the world will come to an end, there is no way anyone can predict it.
"I think it's ultimately a mispending of our energies to try to scare people into behaving differently because the end of the world may be approaching," said Bourret. The pastor cited that when 16th-century theologian Martin Luther was asked what he would do if he knew the world were to end tomorrow, he responded 'I'd plant a tree," an outlook that Bourret said is a part of the faith.
"Whether the end of the world is sooner or later, people of faith are to be about life and not about fear."