I found this at Goodwill along with Volume 2 of the Mahabharata. Call me eclectic.
I first learned about Camping in 2011, when I saw his ridiculous billboard on I-8 in San Diego about the world ending that December. I eventually looked him up and learned that he'd made a few such predictions by that time.
The title of this book is hilarious for anyone living today. It might be even funnier for someone born on September 15, 1994. Because that's the day that Camping predicted the end of history.
Camping made these predictions under the following familiar assumptions:
- The Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God
- Science is subordinate to the Bible
- Let scripture interpret scripture
- Stuff about Daniel and Revelation and Ezekiel and a day for a year and other reinterpretations.
All too familiar, right?
In his conclusion, Camping reiterated his prediction for September 15, 1994 and added that as thorough as he was, he may well have missed something. He probably hadn't, but maybe there was something...
I think I know what it is, Harold. I think a lot of us have known for a while.
Could it be, Harold, that every one of those assumptions is incorrect?
Could it be that the Bible is an anthology written by disparate men across hundreds of years and edited and canonized later?
Could it be that science, then, is NOT subordinate to the Bible at all and that assuming such actually violates the scientific method? Could it be that we benefit more from science than we ever did from the Bible?
Could it be that scripture CANNOT always interpret scripture because that would assume a uniform context which the Bible, an anthology written by disparate men over hundreds of years in varying sociopolitical environments, does not have? Could it be that letting scripture interpret scripture makes you a fool and a false prophet?
Could it be that Daniel and Revelation and Ezekiel are a lot of malarkey? Seriously, look at the predictions Ezekiel makes for Tyre and consider what actually happened to Tyre. Look at the record that people have for trying to read these supposed prophecies into their own times. Failed prediction after failed prediction after failed prediction.
There are more than enough Harold Campings in the world. I don't have to wish them well, as they get more than enough from their followers. But mankind has predicted the second coming of Christ and the end of days in their time for 20 centuries now. I don't anticipate that it'll completely stop, but 20 centuries of this is enough.