Harold Camping Apologizes for False Predictions

In a surprising move, Family Radio—known by many primarily for its failed predictions of specific dates for the end of the world—has officially apologized for its past date setting.

Harold Camping’s statement, recently posted on their website, says:

“we humbly acknowledge we were wrong about the timing”


“We realize that many people are hoping they will know the date of Christ’s return. In fact for a time Family Radio fell into that kind of thinking. But we now realize that those people who were calling our attention to the Bible’s statement that “of that day and hour knoweth no man” (Matthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32), were right in their understanding of those verses and Family Radio was wrong.”

However, the statement declares that some good may have come from their predictions, since “[t]he world’s attention has been called to the Bible” as a result of their message.

What they don’t take into account is the way that their date setting opened Christianity, the Bible, and its teachings on the final judgment to increased ridicule; nor do they apologize for the devastation suffered by the many people who put their faith (and savings) into Camping’s predictions, only to be misled.

The silver lining in this matter is that, having professed to see the error of their ways, Family Radio declined to amend their predictions and name another date (as they have done in the past).

“We must also openly acknowledge that we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world. Though many dates are circulating, Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date. God has humbled us through the events of May 21, to continue to even more fervently search the Scriptures (the Bible), not to find dates, but to be more faithful in our understanding.”