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Camping’s Prediction Shown to Be False   Leave a comment

Greeting All,
As expected nothing happened over the weekend but more day-to-day activities. One may quickly state how the false Camping prediction is some thing negative toward Christianity and the claims of Christianity. This is both true and false.

While Camping may wear a coat of Christianity, underneath is something else all together. Camping is similar to many others who are part of a cult simply claiming to be equal with Christianity. This is nothing new as there are many cults who state the same (Mormons, Jehovah’s Witness, Church of Christ, etc.).

I for one find this event to be something else that gives a testament to foundation of Christianity. One may state that such a claim is absurd. Consider this, there are many cults that have an appearance of Christianity but try to replace or update the doctrines of Christianity. For example the Catholics replace several items found in the Bible with their own way or tradition. Jesus states He is the Christian’s high priest (Hebrews 4:14-16) and He alone is able to forgive sins. The priest in Catholicism is who the individual goes to for the confession of sins. The priest then will take the sins and petition God. However, the Bible states Jesus is going on the Christian’s behalf (Hebrews 9:23-25). Here is an example of a group who holds to the traditions of men over the Bible (Matthew 15:1-9).

So why do I state this Camping prediction and other cult activities give testament to real Christianity? When training individuals how to spot a counterfeit U.S. currency bill, the individual is trained thoroughly on what the authentic dollar bill looks like. Thus when a counterfeit shows up it is easily spotted. But why make a copy of a twenty or hundred-dollar bill to begin with (besides the obvious)? Because the original is worth that much and it worth copying. How many sects and cults have spun off of Taoism or perhaps Buddhism? Now think of how many different sects and cults who have claims back to Christianity but have made changes or “revisions.”

It is unfortunate, however, that Camping carries such a vast audience. His website boasts of sixty-six radio stations owned and broadcasting to millions (Family Radio’s Site). As stated in my previous post, I have always encouraged individuals (Christian and non-Christian alike) to think, search, and objectively look at the information presented. Consider the source of the information from which it is presented. In the case of Camping, as well as others, one should look at education and background to begin to understand and know their stance. Camping’s website states,

Mr. Camping has been a tireless student of the Bible for over five decades. The tens of thousands of hours he has spent analyzing the Bible has given him a unique perspective of the entirety of Scripture. He has dedicated his life to prepare himself to answer questions raised concerning God’s Word to man.

With only these few sentences to give a background on Camping and his education, one should be suspect to his teachings.

Given all of these things, does this mean that the Christian should begin to have a Harold Camping “bash-fest?” Of course not. The Bible and its teachings are about peace, balance in life, truth, and following the correct path. It is not about forming a new enemy and putting him/her on the fire (Romans 12:19-21). In fact, Proverbs states to not rejoice over such an event as Camping’s false prediction (Proverbs 24:15-18). One should love upon Camping and continue to move forward sharing Christ’s love.

And remember, no one knows the day or the hour of Christ’s return. Study the Bible and know what true Christianity is so you are able to spot the counterfeits.

Until next time…

In Christ,
Jeff

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Posted May 23, 2011 by avv604 in Bible

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The End is Coming? Not Saturday Anyways.   2 comments

Greetings All,

Many people by today, Thursday, May 19th 2011, have either seen or heard about the billboards claiming May 21st is the rapture or “Judgment Day.” It is alarming and stunning to read how many individuals believe this date to be true. I have made a statement for many years and continue to say it. I implore you to think about the claims and test them, not just believe them (1 John 4:1). Please think, use the brain God gave you.

Harold Camping is warning the world that the Day of Judgment will begin at about 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Does this align with some mystical code in the Bible as Camping claims? Has the vast number of very intelligent individuals who spent a great number of years studying the Bible some how miss this? If you are confused by these statements of Camping then you are in good company.

It would seem I am not the only one who sees the flaws in Camping’s thinking. Albert Mohler wrote an article on his blog about the issue. Mohler states, “Harold Camping believes that God has revealed to him the exact dates of biblical events and the timeline of the judgment. He says that God revealed some “exquisite proof” that enabled him to determine a “finished product” timeline that ends on May 21, this coming Saturday.” However, the Bible states that not even the angels in heaven know the time (Matthew 24:36). Furthermore, the Bible states it will come like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2).

So how is it that Camping knows? According to Camping’s website,

However, it was not until a very few years ago that the accurate knowledge of the entire timeline of history was revealed to true believers by God from the Bible. This timeline extends all the way to the end of time. During these past several years God has been revealing a great many truths, which have been completely hidden in the Bible until this time when we are so near the end of the world.

Mohler states, “These “true believers” turn out to be Harold Camping and his disciples. Others, even professing Christians, will be in big trouble when Saturday comes, he believes.” This type if false teaching is nothing new. Mohler aptly notes, “William Miller and his Adventist followers (known, surely enough, as Millerites) believed that Christ would return on March 21, 1844. In the 1970s, popular Christian preachers and writers predicted that Christ would return on various dates now long in the past.” It is embarrassing for such events to occur; however, I know that some individuals choose to be prideful (Proverbs 13:10) about the Bible regardless if  what he/she believes is right or wrong. Some toss reason, intelligence, and objectivity out and hold-fast to what a persuasive speaker stated.

I choose to follow what John wrote and test what I see and hear. After years of asking questions and following where the data leads, I stand upon the balanced and true Word of God. That path does not lead me to belief in Camping’s statements.

In other words, see you on Sunday for worship.

Blessings,
Jeff

Posted May 19, 2011 by avv604 in Bible

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