Non-profit Christian radio network Family Radio seems to have turned over a new leaf, post Doomsday May 21, 2011, by launching a newly designed website. Will Doomsday prophet Harold Camping do the same by repenting and asking forgiveness from those who have been hurt, financially or otherwise, by his failed prediction?
If someone visits Family Radio website (www.familyradio.com), the old mundane white background is gone and is replaced with a bright blue background.
The new website has included a new logo and has new features like Mission Trip, Literature, and Inspiration.
In the center, it says Sound of the New Life.
Most interestingly, the new website has a Donation page.
Perhaps funding the Doomsday news worldwide has made Family Radio, which runs 66 stations worldwide, poorer? The network's estimated worth is at least $70 million.
Meanwhile, everybody is waiting for Family Radio President Harold Camping to explain what went wrong with his May 21, 2011 Doomsday prediction.
Relying on Biblical verses viz. Genesis 7:4 (Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth) and 2 Peter 3:8 (With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day), Camping had concluded that May 21, 2011 is supposed to be exactly 7,000 years after the Great Flood (4990 B.C.).
Despite a failed September 1994 Doomsday prediction, Camping said he was confident about the May 21, 2011 prediction. We know without any shadow of a doubt it is going to happen, he said.
The followers of Camping had put their faith in his words and many of them sold their possessions, quit their jobs and spent their entire life savings on promoting the Doomsday prediction around the world.
For instance, Adrienne Martinez and her husband quit their jobs and spent their last penny in renting a house in Orlando. We had budgeted everything so that, on may 21, we won't have anything left.
Similarly Robert Fitzpatrick of Staten Island, NY, was so sure of the May 21st Doomsday prediction that he spent his entire life savings of $140,000 on New York City subway ads about the Doomsday.
Not surprisingly, when the appointed time came and passed and nothing happened, Camping's followers were crestfallen.
Fitzpatrick was one of them.
I don't understand why nothing has happened. I did what I had to do. I did what the Bible said, Daily mail quoted him as saying.
For those who were invested in this prediction, their world did end Saturday, said Rev. Jeremy Nickel, minister at Fremont's Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. They thought they were going to heaven and they didn't. They may have donated all their money. They're going to be in a world of hurt.
Agrees Christian author Jason Boyett. Camping's faith will survive the impending disappointment, as will his ministry and radio empire. He'll make excuses and set another date. I don't worry about him; I worry about his followers and their families, Boyett wrote on The Washington Post' On Faith page. Boyette has written several books, including Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse and O Me of Little Faith.
It is easy for us to sit here and to poke fun at Harold Camping...he'll get past it, he said. But what we got to remember is that he has a whole lot of people whose lives and faith will be devastated.
As a result, many of them will have lost money; many of them who quit their jobs will be in a tough spot, he added.
Many Christian leaders said Camping should repent and turn back to Christ.
The great tragedy today is that when he believes the world is coming to an end, what he's preaching and teaching is 'you need to repent and call on God and God might save you.' And in that message, there's no reference to Christ and no reference to the Cross, W. Robert Godfrey, president of Westminster Seminary California, said.
Camping told International Business Times (IBTimes) on Sunday that he would make a public statement on or before Monday night. He is expected to speak on his weekly radio show Open Forum at 5:30 p.m. PST, according to the Associated Press.
Will Camping say he made another calculation error or will he repent and ask forgiveness from everybody, especially those who have invested in the prediction?
What do you think Camping will say today? Did you or someone you know believe in the May 21 prediction? Leave your comments below.