The Doomsday prophet Harold Camping, who is the head of the Oakland, Calif. Based Family Radio, is not quite ready to admit his mistake or apologize to the people whose lives have been affected by his prediction. His predictions on the Rapture and earthquakes were proven to be a complete fraud on May 21, 2011.
Camping had predicted earlier that May 21, 2011 will be the Doomsday when 200 million chosen people will Rapture and those who remain will face series of natural disasters, including earthquakes that will make Japan’s recent earthquakes “look like a Sunday school picnic in comparison,” until October 21, 2011 when the world will come to complete destruction. He added that earthquakes will start around 6 p.m. in respective local time.
The date – May 21, 2011 – was calculated from Bible verses. Camping combined 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”) to say that May 21, 2011 was exactly 7,000 years after the Great Flood (4990 B.C.) and the world will end on that day.
Although Camping has already failed once in his Doomsday prophecy (he had predicted earlier that the world will end in September 1994 and later gave an excuse that he made a mathematical error), he said, “We know without any shadow of a doubt it (Doomsday) is going to happen.”
Many of Camping’s followers, putting their absolute trust in their leader, have sold their possessions and quit their jobs.
Adrienne Martinez and her husband quit their jobs and spent their last penny in renting a house in Orlando. She said, “We had budgeted everything so that, on May 21, we won't have anything left.” Adrienne is said to be pregnant with her second child.
Robert Fitzpatrick, another follower of Camping, has spent his life saving of $140,000 on ads and billboards to promote the Doomsday.
Camping, when it became apparent that his predictions were turning out to be false, was not traceable by the media for since Friday night, when the first earthquake in New Zealand was supposed to strike. He showed himself briefly in front of his house on Sunday to say he will make an announcement on Monday.
The world was focused on him on Monday night at the open forum. But Camping was not quite ready to apologize or admit his mistake.
However, Camping acknowledged that he is not infallible.
I have not told anybody that I am infallible, he said.
When asked whether he's ready to tender a public apology for his mistake, Camping said, If people want me to apologize, I can apologize, yes. I am not a genius. I was wrong. It (Rapture) should be understood spiritually and not physically, he said.
Camping also avoided his responsibility for all the confusion that his false prediction caused. He said that he is not a genius and that the people should have relied on God and not me. He has no intention of returning people's money or compensate for quitting their jobs.
[Family Radio] is not in a business of giving financial advice, said Camping, when asked the question what is going to happen to those people who relied on his prediction and quit their jobs or sold their possessions.