Harold Camping's prediction of May 21 Doomsday has failed. But, what about his followers who had blindly followed the prediction and vigorously spread the message?
Now, that Camping's prediction is proven to be a complete failure, attention has been shifted to his devastated followers.
On the part of Camping, he abdicated all responsibility for ruining the lives of many hundreds of his followers who disposed of their properties thinking that the world was going to end on May 21.
Some of Camping's followers, including Adrienne Martinez who is pregnant with her second child, has spent their entire life savings and quit their jobs.
The much-publicized case of Robert Fitzpatrick best explained the human tragedy of a whimsical prediction. Fitzpatrick, a retired transport worker, had spent as much as $140,000 to advertise the doom. And there are many like him.
This was Camping's answer to them: They should have relied on God and not me, Family Radio is not in the business of financial advice. They should turn to God and pray.
Previously when Doomsday prophecies have failed, some misled followers have turned violent, even leading up to murders and committing suicides.
In order to prevent this, church groups are actively providing counseling and advice for the damaged souls who need to resurrect their finances and start life from square one.
Despite all these happenings, Oakland preacher Camping still stands by his theory and unfolded a new doomsday date .. October 21.
The whole world is under Judgment Day and it will continue right up until Oct. 21, 2011 and by that time the whole world will be destroyed, said Camping in an Open Forum.
Camping, who already has a wrong Judgment day prediction to his credit with his September 1994 doomsday dud, said to adopt a wait and watch approach till October 21.
According to his earlier prediction, the judgment day would have unfolded in two neatly planned phases; the rapture on May 21, 2011 and the final annihilation of the world on October 21.
He has made some modifications now, saying that the two will be clubbed and that the double whammy will hit us on October 21.