Rapture victims: sue Harold Camping!

UPDATE: May 22, 10 AM EDT: I’ve had a lot of visitors over the past two days coming mainly from Facebook, a few sympathetic websites, and Google searches about suing Harold Camping. Welcome, I hope you look at what else I have to offer here. Especially my new novel (at the top of the page).

Let me be clear: what I am recommending is that people who bought advertising with their own money to advertise Harold Camping’s radio stations because you were led to do so by him thinking that you would be raptured on the 21st speak to a lawyer. I’m not a lawyer, but even I can see that you were victims of a con where he encouraged you to buy advertising for his radio stations on false pretenses.

Of course you’ve seen the billboards. Everyone has by now. They all proclaim that the world ends Saturday. Millions of gullible people have emptied their bank accounts and sold their belongings to “help spread the word” about the imminent coming of Jesus.

But did you notice what else they spread the word about? They’re all advertising an allegedly non-profit chain of 66 radio stations across the country.

ImageThe man who started this whole nonsense is a huckster named Harold Camping. His stations (a number of which, despite supposedly being non-profit, are on commercial frequencies) call themselves “Family Radio” and bring in tons of money from donations. This latest rapture scare alone has netted them more than $100 million in “donations” according to KGO-TV. Millions more are being spent directly by people who have been taking out billboards and road signs, all of which tell you to “Listen to Family Radio” and the frequency of the station.

In other words, Harold Camping has conned millions of gullible, desperate people into paying for his advertising.

How do I know this is all nonsense? Because Jesus was very specific when he told us no one knows the time of the Second Coming. He says it over and over throughout the Gospels. He even tells us that Jesus himself does not know when he is coming back! So how is Harold Camping so much better than Christ himself that he supposedly knows exactly when Christ is returning? And why would anyone who’s actually read their Bible believe him?

Originally I had planned to hold these Campingites up for ridicule when Sunday comes and the world has once again not ended. But now I’m starting to feel sorry for them. The message of Christianity is supposed to be comfort and relief to the weak and oppressed. Now we have an actual false prophet like Jesus warned us about who is preying upon those peoples’ desire for eternal joy and hope for an end to their suffering here on Earth. I feel sorry, even angry, on their behalf.

So if you donated money to Harold Camping to “spread the word,” or took your money to buy one of those billboards advertising his stations, then I suggest you call a lawyer Monday morning and sue the Hell out of Harold Camping. This is fraud and deception pure and simple, and he fraudulently got all of you to pay to advertise his radio stations. Maybe a few of you out there might end up owning some of those stations yourself.

This man tried it back in 1994, and this time he’s been successful with his con. Don’t let him get away with it. Seek restitution and damages from this trickster.

And as for your belief in a false prophet? Jesus will forgive you Sunday morning. Just be more careful next time.

14 thoughts on “Rapture victims: sue Harold Camping!

  1. Harold Camping is a 90-year-old idiot who shouldn’t be in radio. How the hell has he lasted this long?

    And does he like to go camping?

  2. Don’t get me wrong because I agree with ya but they were the idiots that donated money. Common sense says don’t listen to the old piece of trash! They

  3. It’s funny to me that you think what you believe about the bible is somehow more reasonable. From my perspective, if people should sue Camping over this, they should probably go ahead and sue Jesus, too. Maybe no one is supposed to know “the day or the hour”, but Jesus did promise to return before a generation had passed, and “soon.” What’s the use of communicating with humankind if your words have no meaning? If “soon” doesn’t mean “soon” in human terms, why use the word at all? Why give the impression of a reasonably quick return if that’s not what you mean?

    Christianity itself is the bigger hoax here, and what’s sad is that most people cannot, or will not, draw the parallel here. Lemme let you in on a shocking secret: Jesus isn’t coming back today or any day, if he ever actually existed. Don’t condescend on the victims of Mr Campings scam without first considering your own gullibility.

    • My own interpretation, not entirely based upon scriptural reading I will admit, is that Jesus’ references to returning soon were to the descent of the Holy Spirit.

      I also believe that as Christians we have the responsibility to follow his teachings (not necessarily the teachings of those who came after him) in hopes of making this world a better place before the world to come comes along.

      If you don’t believe in the divinity of Christ, I’m not going to argue that point with you. Rather, look at what he said. Go re-read the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew. If you think that the way of life he describes there is a good idea then go do that.

      Maybe the world would do better with more christian (Christ-like) people and fewer “Christians” like those that dominate the culture in this nation.

  4. If any one should go to hell it should be the person and people who install fear into millions there no better then those who lust,greed, sloth etc… And if u spent millions to help spread this word, whats ur soul worth if u will follow anyone who claims to know the end of the world…. 0 like ur bank accounts

  5. The fact that Jesus has not come as stated by Harold Camping really mean he won’t come we should be very carefully because this event is one among the signs that he is near.

  6. Honestly, I do not feel sorry for anyone who gave this man any money. Not even the people who used their life-savings to advertise of this Rapture. They were fools to believe this man and willingly gave their money to him. They were not forced. Yes the man had great influence on their gullible minds, but they CHOSE to open their wallets to him. Maybe next time they’ll realize that one single man, or any number of men, do NOT know when the end of the world is coming. Only God knows, and he will end the world when he is ready. No amount of calculations will matter.

  7. A little common sense, people. If Jesus ascended 2000-some years ago, he’s still on the way up. Heaven is quite a ways away. So, do you think he’d make a U-turn for an old fool like Camping? Don’t think so.

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