As we all know by now, the end is set to begin this Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 6:00pm…at least according to one Harold Camping.
I have one responses to Camping and his fellow cultists: If you have the urge to get rid of your money before Saturday, I will be more than happy to take it off of your hands for you. I mean, if you and your family are going to be raptured, and I’m not, just donate to me. Email me and I will be more than happy to provide you with a address to send the check to. I do not accept personal checks at this time, please send a cashiers check or money order.
Anyways, Al Mohler has responded to Campings adamant claims as to the date of Judgment Day and lays out the reasons why Camping can’t possibly know when the end will come.
First, Christ specifically admonished his disciples not to claim such knowledge. In Acts 1:7, Jesus said, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.” In Matthew 24:36, Christ taught similarly: “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”
To state the case plainly, these two verses explicitly forbid Christians to claim the knowledge of such dates and times. Jesus clearly taught that the Father has not revealed such dates and timing, but has reserved that knowledge for himself. It is an act of incredible presumptuousness to claim that a human knows such a date, or has determined God’s timing by any means.
Second, the Bible does not contain hidden codes that we are to find and decipher. The Bible has been given to us in order that we might know the truth, and the truth is clearly revealed in its pages. We are not to look for hidden patterns of words, numbers, dates, or anything else. The Bible’s message is plain and requires no mathematical computation for its understanding. The claim that one has found a hidden code or system in the Bible is an insult to the Bible as the Word of God.
Third, Christians are indeed to be looking for Christ to return and seeking to be found faithful when Christ comes. We are not to draw a line in history and set a date, but we are to be about the Father’s business, sharing the Gospel and living faithful Christian lives. We are not to sit on rooftops like the Millerites, waiting for Christ’s return. We are to be busy doing what Christ has commanded us to do.
In the midst of Camping’s bad theology, it’s nice to see real theology is still being done.