The end of the year is not far away now, and so the time has come for the annual ritual of making predictions about what the new year will bring. This year, however, we don’t need to bother making predictions. Preacher Harold Camping, founder of the Family Radio Worldwide network, has already done the work for us, and he says that he has infallible proof that Jesus Christ will return to Earth on May 21, 2011. Furthermore, he says that he has irrefutable evidence that the world will end on October 21, 2001, so don’t even bother thinking about what you’re going to be for Halloween next year.
What is the “infallible proof” Camping has discovered? Read it for yourself:
“We have learned that the precise date of the cross was April 1, 33 A.D. when coordinated with our present modern calendar. April 1, 33 A.D. is the only date that meets all the requirements of the Bible, such as being a Friday that falls on the correct date for the Passover, which was the date Christ was to be crucified.
We also have known for some time that the date of the first day of the Day of Judgment coincides with the day when the Rapture will take place, on May 21, 2011. But then it was discovered that there are exactly 722,500 days from April 1, 33 A.D. until May 21, 2011. This fact gives us another infallible, absolute proof that May 21, 2011 is the date of the Rapture.”
In what sense is this argument infallible? Perhaps in the sense that it is so incoherent that anyone attempting to even understand the argument will surely fail. Perhaps, however, there is another level of meaning in Camping’s claim of infallibility. An anagram for the word infallible is the phrase final libel. Perhaps Camping is speaking in code, telling us that his stories about the end of the world coming in 2011 are his last fib, and he’ll be honest after this.
Perhaps some of Camping’s honesty is already leaking through. In another prophecy, Camping claims the Christianity clearly teaches that “gay pride” was “planned by God as a sign of the End”. If that were true, it would mean that Christians would have to celebrate gay pride as the will of their god, and revere their homosexual neighbors as members of an elite class of prophets for their religion. As much as Camping claims to despise gays and lesbians, he can’t help but point the way to the truth that, underneath his prickly exterior, he’s thankful to have homosexuality around.