PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The saying goes something like, “the first day of the rest of your life.”
It is this date, May 21, 2011, that one Christian group proclaimed to be Judgment Day. But now it would appear that the end of days is not quite so near.
The doomsday prediction originated with Harold Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who founded and built a multi-million dollar Christian media empire that broadcasts around the world and has been publicizing the apocalyptic prediction for months.
He made a similar pronouncement in 1994, but his followers later said that wasn’t really an end-of-the-world kind of thing. This time though, Camping said it was definite.
In fact, Camping believed the apocalypse would likely begin at 6 p.m. Well, that time has come and gone and we all still seem to be here, and there are no reports of any major catastrophes.
Many people spent months warning the world, some even giving away earthly belongings or draining their savings accounts.
The Day of Rapture message was sent far and wide via broadcast and websites by Camping, as well as hundreds of billboards.
According to the Associated Press, a Family Radio spokesman asked about the prediction after 6 p.m. said: “It’s still May 21 and God’s going to bring it.”
A lot of mainstream Christians though don’t like the attention the prediction is getting. Pastors are planning sermons for Sunday to make the point that nobody can predict a date for the end of the world.
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