I saw this news story from the Associated Press this morning.
A group of Christians have calculated the day of the Rapture and have declared it to be May 21, 2011. That is right around the corner. To stress the urgency of the closeness of this date, a group of Christians who believe this day is accurate are trying to put together a caravan of vehicles telling people of the upcoming event. I understand and applaud their efforts to help people realize who Jesus is. I do have a few problems with this though:
Camping, 89, believes the Bible essentially functions as a cosmic calendar explaining exactly when various prophecies will be fulfilled. The retired civil engineer said all his calculations come from close readings of the Bible, but that external events like the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948 are signs confirming the date. “Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment,” he said
Not everyone who’s heard Camping’s message is taking such a dramatic step. They’re remaining in their day-to-day lives, but helping publicize the prophecy in other ways. Allison Warden, of Raleigh, has been helping organize a campaign using billboards, post cards and other media in cities across the U.S. through a website, We Can Know. “If May 21 passes and I’m still here, that means I wasn’t saved. Does that mean God’s word is inaccurate or untrue? Not at all,” Warden said.
Jesus said that even he did not know the date and time when his second coming would occur. Now we know this is because He did not have the Bible in which to read and decipher it from. All kidding aside, we are not called to know the date of the second coming. Every minute of our day should be lived like the next minute could be “the time”. The saddest part is the claim that if the lady is still her after May 21st, then she obviously was not saved. Why would she not consider the possibility that she was listening to a false prophet. Why not admit that the faith was based on the arrogance of a man who claims to know things that Jesus denied knowing?
I can only imagine what her faith will be like on May 22nd when she is still here. She will face ridicule and doubt as she struggles to figure out what happened. What if she truly believes she is not saved because of this? That is a true tragedy.