According to Harold Camping, an American Christian radio broadcaster and president of Family Radio the end of the world was supposed to be yesterday, at 6pm. He/Family Radio spent over $100 million to advertise the end of the world. Today, if you go to the Family Radio offices, there is a sign saying “The Office is Closed. Sorry we missed you!” Here is a short article about it, that includes a picture of his house at 6:01pm yesterday with two cars in the driveway. Right now, he’s nowhere to be found.

I think there are a number of interesting perspectives to take on it. Here are some of them, in no particular order.

He spent $100 million to promote a message that he believed in. That takes guts, particularly when it’s something as cataclysmic as the end of the world, where the embarrassment of being wrong would be unbearable. While he ended up being wrong, I have to respect him for doing what he believed in.

If  he made lots of money off it, he looks like a schyster, and that’s bad. Maybe not as bad as Ponzi scheme king Bernie Madoff, but still not good. I hope this is not what went on, and to be honest, I don’t want to know.

I think that our media was curiously stupid about this. I would think that at least one of them would have been hanging around him during (what he thought) was his last few hours on Earth. From the little bit of research I did on it, it appears they didn’t, and the closest thing we have is the picture of his house at 6:01 pm. I suppose the Kardashians, American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars are more important. Or maybe they burned themselves out on Charlie Sheen. I don’t want to hear that they didn’t want to upset people by giving him coverage. That’s baloney. They could have covered it in a respectful, non-threatening way (as is possible for such as story). I believe it could have been done well, but apparently, none of them had the interest/desire/capability/skills to do it. Oh well. Back to the Kardashians, American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars.

I wonder what plans he made for the company and/or himself, in terms of last minute withdrawals, insurances, monies in a variety of banks, continuity of business planning, and the like. And it would be interesting to watch the money flow to see where it goes.

I think it will be interesting to see what happens from here. I’m terrible at predictions, I really am. I’m so often wrong when I do it, and mediumship is of no help to me in this area. Nonetheless, and just for fun, I have a few predictions:

  • Harold Camping will disappear for a long-long time, perhaps indefinitely, not to return to anything like the public eye.
  • His followers will think he went up with the rapture, but will be left confused as to why they’re still behind.
  • A few years will go by, and what happened to Camping would become apparent at that point, were someone to look at it, but no one will.
  • The media is terrible at follow-through reporting. They rarely do it to begin with, and they won’t bother with this one.
  • No one will try to find him, including his followers. They will dissipate.

Perhaps the most interesting perspective to take is one of faith. He had the faith to spend lots of money telling everyone that the world was going to end. If he made no plans for the continuity of the business, it shows faith. But I would say that telling everyone about it is a lack of faith. He didn’t have the faith that God-by-his-definition would already know who’s going and who’s staying, and it wouldn’t matter what he told the masses, because goodness is goodness, and you cannot deny one’s own inner nature. Maybe that goes against the whole “saving” thing Christianity has going on (which I don’t get), but that’s my view.

I feel sad for his followers, and for him as well, because they now have to deal with incontrovertible proof that their belief was wrong. This is tough for people to do in general, let alone in a religious context.

Something to remember is that you may be holding beliefs that are equally as wrong, but just haven’t had incontrovertible proof thrown in your face to magnify it. It’s important to be kind to these people, as it could just as easily have been you with one of your beliefs instead.