No Sign of Rapture Yet

Harold Camping's deadline arrives, but world goes on
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2011 9:19 AM CDT
Updated May 21, 2011 5:00 PM CDT
No Rapture: As Deadline Passes in Parts of the World, There's No Sign of Apocalypse
Heaven can wait for Harold Camping.   (Shutterstock)

Geez, it didn't even cloud over. Harold Camping's deadline of doomsday/Rapture has arrived on the East Coast without a peep, just as it did in the world's earlier time zones. "So far it hasn't interrupted my fish & chips," read a typical tweet from Australia, one of a few of the early ones rounded up by the Guardian. No word yet from Camping, who predicted that end times would arrive at 6pm today in each time zone. And the flop hasn't stopped endoftheworldconfessions from surging on Twitter.

The Christian Post takes note of the mockery and wonders if any good might come of Camping's misfire. “Maybe at least people have thought about the second coming of Christ,” says Dr. Barry Levanthal, provost at Southern Evangelical Seminary. Another theologian isn't as generous. “I don’t see any good coming from distorting Scripture," says a professor at Talbot and Biola University. "It’s tragic to me. Sadly, Christians should be the ones with the most settled confidence in the face of potential problems, but we can be the biggest alarmists and conspiracy theorists.” (Read more Harold Camping stories.)

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