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On more than 1,200 billboards, in full-page newspapers ads and on all the major news networks, Camping has generated national coverage with his warning to the world that the Day of Judgment begins at 6 p.m. today (I’m not sure if that’s Eastern Standard Time or Central Standard Time).
The 89-year-old founder of Family Radio has made such “predictions” before (most recently in 1994). Not surprisingly, he says he simply miscalculated then, but he is absolutely certain that he has the right calculation now.
When I was in high school, I got a “C” in algebra but, hopefully, I wouldn’t do the math wrong on something as significant as when the world will end.
A doomsday forecaster is nothing new. We’ve always had them and always will (the Mayan calendar predicts the world will end December 21, 2012). So will the end of days happen today?
Here is “my prediction” … At 6:01 p.m., millions of people will not mysteriously be missing (the “rapture”), nor will a mother of all earthquakes show up on any Richter scale as Camping predicts. We’ll see this evening which “prediction” was true.
There have always been fanatics and Camping is no exception. If I were still a drinking man I would make certain I had a bottle of Johnny Walker to see me through Doomsday, and lots of treats for my dogs. They get nervous around Doomsday so they need a little something to keep them occupied.
What are you doing to prepare for the end of the world?