Bay Area Apocalypse Believers Awaited End, Skeptics Carried On

OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — “It’s God who leads you, not Harold Camping.”

Those are the words of Keith Bauer, a trucker who drove his family in their minivan from Maryland to California to await the 6 p.m. Rapture predicted by Camping, a radio evangelist.

But the appointed hour has come and gone at various spots around the globe and no extraordinary cataclysm has occurred.

Outside the Oakland headquarters of Family Radio International, which was founded by Camping, Bauer took the whole thing in stride. He says he was somewhat skeptical but drove out to the West Coast because of his belief in God.

Many people spent months warning the world of the apocalypse, some giving away earthly belongings or draining their savings accounts.

The May 21 doomsday message was sent far and wide via broadcasts and web sites by Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who has built a multi-million dollar Christian media empire that has been publicizing his apocalyptic prediction.

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.”

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  1. Elfeo888 says:

    Went to have a nice dinner and made sure to finish before the 6pm deadline. Now I’m stuck with having to pay the bill!!!

    1. maricris says:

      Thanks for your comment. It felt good to laugh first thing in the morning. Enjoyed it!

  2. Hua Peter says:

    Seriously, live life and be happy. Why follow something out of the ordinary? If it seems out of this world its not real. Its what you make it and who you are as a person. Be with your family, and cherish life. Don’t let the world fool you. You know better!

  3. Clarence (a believer) says:

    Always beware of “FALSE PROPHETS”. For it is written THAT NO MAN shall know the hour for when GOD comes. No man shall make himself “an equal” of GOD (which this individual also did back in 1994). For those of you who do believe that we should always have our “guard up” (as yes, there are those who do not believe, and for which I’m trying to show respect, although one day, hopefully they will become believers as well),read your bibles closely ….. such as (a) Jer 14: 14 – 16; (b) Deu 18: 20 – 22, (c) Jer 23: 21, and (d) Mat 7: 15 – 23

    1. Jim Wissick says:

      Matthew 24:36 is proof that Jesus is NOT god.

      1) God knows all
      2) Jesus, buy his own admission, doesn’t know the time of his return.
      3) Ergo Jesus is not god.

      Bible = FAIL

      1. gina says:

        i feel sorry for you to live with out God not his teacing were not from the bible read it it says no one knows when he will come not even the angels this men is a false profet not the bible.

      2. JimmyD says:

        Gina: I’m sorry your spelling and punctuality skills are so poor.

      3. Resurrection says:

        Hey Jim, I believe Jesus is GOD without reading the bible, you read the bible and you don`t believed Jesus is GOD?You must be a religious guy than an IMAM?

      4. yasushii says:

        JimmyD: I’m sorry that you think “punctuality” describes punctuations.

    2. The Truth says:

      Clarence: Let me give you some other items from Deuteronomy since you obviously believe the book has merit:

      *** If you catch anyone breaking God’s law, you are COMMANDED to stone them to death:

      http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy%2017:%202-7;&version=31;

      *** The ability to kill an entire town and burn it to the ground:

      http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy%2013:12-18;&version=31;

      *** The ability to kill your wife, brother, son, daughter, etc via stoning and show them “no pity.”

      http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy%2013:6-10;&version=31;

      So just curious Clarence… are you out stoning people to death as God COMMANDS you to do or are you just a hypocrite that cherry picks which of God’s commands to you are important and ignore the ones that you don’t want to follow? I think we both know the answer to that one. Good luck with that.

      Peace.

    3. The Truth says:

      Clarence: Let me give you some other items from Deuteronomy since you obviously believe the book has merit:

      *** If you catch anyone breaking God’s law, you are COMMANDED to stone them to death:

      Deuteronomy 17: 2-7

      *** The ability to kill an entire town and burn it to the ground:

      Deuteronomy 13: 12-18

      *** The ability to kill your wife, brother, son, daughter, etc via stoning and show them “no pity.”

      Deuteronomy 13: 6-10

      Need I go on???

      So just curious Clarence… are you out stoning people to death as God COMMANDS you to do or are you just a hypocrite that cherry picks which of God’s commands to you are important and ignore the ones that you don’t want to follow? I think we both know the answer to that one. Good luck with that.

      Peace.

  4. Immaculate says:

    Why wait for the end of the World? Repent and have faith.
    Have a little faith people. God is in control. Only He holds tomorrow.

    1. The Truth says:

      Why not believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny as well?

      How many times have you attended a Mormon Temple? What about a Muslim Mosque? What about a Hindu Temple? What about a Jewish Synagogue? How can anyone possibly know for certain that you’ve found the “right” religion while not experiencing the others that millions upon millions of others find to be their salvation? If you haven’t, then you are the person that sits there and insists that Pepsi tastes better than Coke, but you have only tried the Pepsi and never the Coke. Yet, you will be steadfast in your belief that Pepsi is better despite having no conclusive first hand experience to prove otherwise. Thus, the ENTIRE argument is invalid.

      When you come to the realization that if you were born in Iran that you would have the EXACT same zeal for Muhammad and Allah that you do for Jesus and God, then that will be a big awakening for you. If you were born in India, you’d have the same zeal for Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma that have for Jesus/God. If you were born in Tibet, you would have the same zeal for Buddha that you have for Jesus/God. So what does that say about the book you worship (when you wouldn’t have worshiped it based solely on geographic location of birth and religion of your parents)? To deny it is to deny the truth. After all, the Truth Shall Set You Free.

      Peace.

  5. Kanani Castro says:

    At 7:05 felt a small earthquake, just a small jolt in Pinole.

  6. dianna says:

    the only thing i felt was an earthquake at 7:05 pm

  7. Tim Murphy says:

    Jim, read your Bible a little more carefully. Matthew 24:36 only affirms that Jesus, as the Son of God, took the form of man, willingly, to sacrifice Himself on a cross for your sins. It also affirms that God exists, that no man can know the hour of Christ’s return by design of God Alone, and that God does in fact have a plan for the return of Christ to this Earth. The Trinity, Jim, is the theological challenge for you….”ERGO” FAITH. You seemed to have missed these points.

    1. gina centeno says:

      Amen read matthew 24;11 jim, Many false prophetsill rise up and deceive many, . pray to the lord yes we dont know the hour but we await for you and believe only the bible read it and ask God to let you understand it God bless you .

      1. The Truth says:

        Gina: The facts are that numerous studies have been done by some of the world’s most prestigious groups (Mayo Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, Harvard, American Heart Association, etc) that show that prayer clearly does NOT work. If you think otherwise, then I suppose you must be more educated than they are (and the Mayo Clinic has strong religious affiliations with one of the main hospitals named St. Mary’s).

        Since you think prayer really works: How many amputees has God/Jesus miraculously cured? There are so many “miracles” that happen, yet it is amazing how not one amputee has spontaneously regrown a limb. I guess God hates amputees.

        The Bible says you if two or more of you pray to God, your requests WILL be answered without question. My friend and I just prayed for instantaneous world peace… yet “amazingly” it didn’t happen. But hey, the graveyards are full of devout Christians who prayed to God for good health.

        Instead of wasting your time praying, go out and DO good works that will ACTUALLY help others.

        Peace!

    2. The Truth says:

      Tim:

      The Bible is an antiquated book written by uneducated men 2K years ago who believed the Earth to be flat. The facts are that a 5th grader today knows more about the world that we live in than did the uneducated people who wrote the Bible. It is ironic that you would NEVER let a 5th grader dictate the course of your life, but when it comes to the Bible, then it all of the sudden “magically” becomes OK to do so. It is absolutely mind-boggling.

      If you believe God is intelligent, then you’d realize that he could have never written the Bible because it is riddled with errors. It is a slap in the face of God’s intelligence to even think he could have written something that I wouldn’t have even received a “C” in my English class on because it has so many errors in it.

      I went to elite faith based schools for 12 years, so it’s not like I don’t know and understand your side of the argument because I’ve been there myself.

      The Bible isn’t clear about hardly anything… in fact it contradicts itself starting in THE VERY FIRST TWO CHAPTERS of Genesis when the order of creation is mixed up to having only 2 of the 4 Gospel writers bothering to talk about the birth of Jesus (and those two accounts conflict with each other while also providing timelines which make it IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to have been born based on their accounts) to 3 of the 4 Gospel writers not agreeing on what the final words of Jesus were. If I saw the Son of God die right in front me, I think I’d remember his last words verbatim…. wouldn’t you?

      Moreover, Jesus had 4 brothers and at least 2 sisters. Isn’t it is pretty interesting that Jesus’ brothers didn’t follow him around everywhere… I know that if my brother were the Son of God, I’d always be at his side every second of the day. Yet apparently, they didn’t deem it to be of uber importance. But hey, who wants to insert common sense into one’s reading of the Bible?

      I was commenting on a Catholic site awhile back (that severely limited post sizes) and produced a “short list” of Biblical contradictions and false prophecies from BOTH the NT and OT. You can feel free to read the list below (scroll down once you get there).

      h**p://uscatholic.yuku.com/topic/51/

      So if you think God is so daft as to not even understand and “cover” the basic tenets provided in the link above, then more power to you. I’d tend to think that if there is a Creator, he/she/it would have MASSIVE intelligence. Therefore, to think God wrote the Bible is beyond naive. Thus, to follow something that is naive… well, I’ll let you figure that part out on your own.

      Good luck to you!

      Peace.

      1. Tim Murphy says:

        “The Truth” seems a bit of a misnomer. The sense I get from reading your posts is that you are actually quite angry and cynical, both obvious signs of someone who holds no hope.

        Through my life I’ve never seen the benefits of arguing with someone who clearly has adopted a faith in something other than the biblical God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s plan for man’s redemption. Although I’m certain both you and I could volley various points and passages for hours on end I’m pretty sure we’d find ourselves exactly where we are now. While not certain of your background although you allude to a previous time that you studied the Bible, I too hold a degree in theology from a major Christian university. But unlike yourself, having studied the Word of God, I also hold a strong faith in both the Bible and God’s plan.

        Peace.

      2. The Truth says:

        Hi Tim,

        I am not angry, but yes I am cynical. Contrary to your belief, I also hold an immense amount of hope. That hope revolves around the fact that as our society becomes more and more educated with the advancement of the Internet, old world superstitions such as organized religion will begin to fade away. Each new generation will be less likely to believe in 2K year old books and instead believe in the compassion and “Golden Rule” of humanity.

        It is no coincidence that studies have shown that the more someone believes in God, the lower their IQ level. Atheists have the highest IQ’s, followed by Agnostics, followed by casual believers and with hard core believers coming in dead last. And the group that believed in God the most was…. yep, grade school children who also believe in Santa Claus and the Boogeyman. Thus, God created his so called “chosen people” as the least intelligent segment of society. Why would he do that?

        As far as theology goes, I’ve debated with countless theologians in my lifetime, so I’d be happy to debate with you as well.

        As far as my belief in God, I used to be a devout follower of the Bible. So I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I am not denying the possible existence of a Supreme Being (as one cannot disprove a negative), however I do know that it is not the God of the Bible because I believe this Supreme Being would actually be intelligent.

        But I’ll tell you what, we can start here:

        1) Do you believe the Bible is inerrant?
        2) Do you believe God is intelligent?

        If you answer yes to both of those, then you have a major logical flaw on your hands as an intelligent being CLEARLY did not write the Bible. Therefore, either the Bible is erroneous or God is a simpleton. So which is it?

        I will encourage you to go to the link I previously provided and answer all of the errors and contradictions contained within the Bible that I listed out in detail. I can tell you upfront that I’ve asked this probably a thousand times and yet still no one has been able to answer all of them. Why? Because the Bible clearly has errors in it. But since you have a degree in theology, surely you’ll be able to answer them one by one. I look forward to your responses.

        I’m even giving you the advantage of getting to see my arguments already laid out by navigating through the main page of the aforementioned link. Items such as the topic entitled “Interpretations” covers your points regarding volleying. The topic entitled “Why” explains how the Golden Rule exists all throughout the world. Etc, etc, etc. The main page link is below:

        h**p://uscatholic.yuku.com/forums/66

        Have a good day!

        Peace!

      3. The Truth says:

        Hi Tim,

        I’m still awaiting the answers to those questions…

        Cheers!

      4. The Truth says:

        TO BE SUNG TO THE TUNE FROM MARY POPPINS:

        Tim Tim-in-ey, Tim Tim-in-ey,
        Tim Tim Ter-ee!
        ‘The Truth’ is as factual, as factual can be!
        Tim Tim-in-ey, Tim Tim-in-ey,
        Tim Tim Ter-oo!
        Still waiting to hear a logical response from you…

        …And since you’re an alleged theologian, this should’ve been very easy to do.

        ********************

        Still waiting for the answers to those aforementioned questions Timmy…

        Have a good night!

        Peace!

      5. The Truth says:

        Hi Tim… just wanted to come back and say goodbye. I also wanted to laugh at your extreme cowardice and complete inability to debate this topic… especially considering you are a supposed theologian. I think we both know who would have won this debate.

        In any event, take off your blinders and look what I said with an open mind because the only person that will benefit will be yourself.

        In any event, thanks for the great laugh at your expense.

        Peace.

  8. TedBike3000 says:

    Dammit! sold all my stuff for drugs, lube, and Viagra…laying on my floor with my wife now, spent and broke…and no Rapture….what to do….can I sue?

    1. resurrection says:

      do you have the reciept? there’s a 30 days return policy, check!!!

  9. Felicia Addison says:

    Well all I know is I’m at the HP waiting for Prince to take the stage…

    Always stay away from false prophets and always listen to good music!

  10. JimmyD says:

    ‎”IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. There’s no possibility that it will not happen.”
    – Harold Camping in regards to his May 21st, 2011 declaration of the forthcoming Rapture.

    The above is a direct quote. See him, hear him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk3ovpIfSz8&feature=share

    Mr Camping is a con man who lied to easily manipulated people.

    1. Resurrection says:

      same person who ask his folllowers to gave him all their checks and payroll the for the whole week…

  11. Stanley says:

    no one knows as to when GOd is coming…but am pretty sure its gonna be soon after a third world war…..within this decade.

  12. hugo poppernuts says:

    hey jesus where the hell are ya?

    1. Resurrection says:

      I am here , and what do you need , huh? If you ask me some money sorry , were both unemployed!!!

  13. glass_half_full says:

    Sold the house, sold the car, sold the furniture, sold the kids, dumped the wife… Now stuck I’m just stuck with myself….

    THIS IS HEAVEN!!!!! I MADE IT!!! LOL!

    1. Resurrection says:

      you should ask they guy a refund!!!

  14. c says:

    Religion: A great way make money off of fools.

    1. The Truth says:

      Religion: Giving hope to those living in a world torn apart by religion.

      Ah, the irony. LOL

  15. Fred G. Sanford says:

    Hahahahahahahahaha

  16. Aunt Ester says:

    So if the world is going to end, why would anyone donate everything they had. If there was no world Sunday, it doesn’t matter. Now how do you get your stuff & job back? Dah… Winning!

  17. Naughty Forever says:

    just great, that small little earthquake is all that nut job needs to fuel more of his dumb a@@ predictions. now people are gonna believe him even more. we’re not gonna hear the end of it. instead of the world ending today, he’s gonna make up an excuse saying it’s just the beginnning. what a nut job!!!

  18. dingleberry boy says:

    didn’t he do this back in 1997??

  19. Hugh G. Rection says:

    Hello, Jesus can’t come to the phone right now but leave your name, number and the time you called, he’ll get right back to you…

    1. Jesus is Black says:

      Jesus is a hippy from UC berkeley. He is wearing a bed sheet and a pair of birkenstock.

      1. TT says:

        Regarding Jesus being a hippy: If you want to read something quite fascinating, I can offer you up the ideas of Carl Ruck. He is currently a professor at Boston University (a highly respected private university with religious affiliations) where he has expertise in Ethnobotany, Religion, Mythology, Greek Poetry and Language Training. Moreover, he received his degrees from Yale, Michigan and Harvard. Thus, I’d say this guy is pretty qualified and then some. To make a long story short, Ruck and others believe that Jesus and his followers could have been using cannabis oil. I know, that sounds far fetched (I laughed at first myself), but reading the whole concept from start to finish and the facts that he backs it up with, the case is pretty interesting to say the least.

        Cannabis is known to have existed during that time and was used. Ruck even contends that the “recipe” for this oil may be contained in the Bible in the book of Exodus. Jesus was a man of peace which if you’ve ever smoked pot or know someone that has, it is right in line with typical behavior. This could also explain many of the visions and miracles that were performed. Dr. Le-st-er Gri-nsp-oon is a Harvard Professor and medical doctor who had literally rubbed elbows with some of the greatest minds in our lifetimes. He recently published an article in the Boston Globe calling marijuana a “wonder drug” that can be used to heal all sorts of ailments. If Jesus and his followers were anointing new potential members with the oil, this could have cured many of the ailments for a variety of reasons (both from a physical and mental standpoint). While they were touching the oil to anoint others, they too would feel the effects of it as it was absorbed through the skin.

        That’s the gist and there is obviously much more to it. If you read what Ruck has to say, you must do it with a mindset that perhaps Jesus was “just” a man and how the uneducated people of the time might have been “wowed” by this wonder drug thinking it was miraculous.

        http://hightimes.com/news/ht_admin/139

        http://cannabis.net/articles/jesus-cannabis.html

        Peace!

      2. TT says:

        Regarding Jesus being a hippy: If you want to read something quite fascinating, I can offer you up the ideas of Carl Ruck. He is currently a professor at Boston University (a highly respected private university with religious affiliations) where he has expertise in Ethnobotany, Religion, Mythology, Greek Poetry and Language Training. Moreover, he received his degrees from Yale, Michigan and Harvard. Thus, I’d say this guy is pretty qualified and then some. To make a long story short, Ruck and others believe that Jesus and his followers could have been using cannabis oil. I know, that sounds far fetched (I laughed at first myself), but reading the whole concept from start to finish and the facts that he backs it up with, the case is pretty interesting to say the least.

        Cannabis is known to have existed during that time and was used. Ruck even contends that the “recipe” for this oil may be contained in the Bible in the book of Exodus. Jesus was a man of peace which if you’ve ever smoked pot or know someone that has, it is right in line with typical behavior. This could also explain many of the visions and miracles that were performed. Dr. Le-st-er Gri-nsp-oon is a Harvard Professor and medical doctor who had literally rubbed elbows with some of the greatest minds in our lifetimes. He recently published an article in the Boston Globe calling marijuana a “wonder drug” that can be used to heal all sorts of ailments. If Jesus and his followers were anointing new potential members with the oil, this could have cured many of the ailments for a variety of reasons (both from a physical and mental standpoint). While they were touching the oil to anoint others, they too would feel the effects of it as it was absorbed through the skin.

        That’s the gist and there is obviously much more to it. If you read what Ruck has to say, you must do it with a mindset that perhaps Jesus was “just” a man and how the uneducated people of the time might have been “wowed” by this wonder drug thinking it was miraculous.

        You can Google Chris Bennett and/or Carl Ruck and read the article entitled “Was Jesus a Stoner?” if anyone is interested.

        Peace!

  20. S. Fernandez says:

    Hello, not to be depressing, but just when you thought we were in the ‘clear’….I just recalled a report of an meteor or something having it’s trajectory towards earth that was mentioned in the news a year or two ago. And, guess what, per one website ( http://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/astronomy-terms/apophis.htm), we’re coming close to this asteroid in the not too distant future, and I’m adding this to my list of concerns about the same level of really bad earthquakes:** Well, today (yesterday) may have been a dress-rehearsal … altho’ I’m kinda hoping that NASA is following up on this … Have a Nice Day!

  21. Dennis Nichols says:

    Well…DARNIT…I Was all set to run down Market street today naked yelling God save the queen, and now I have to cancel my plans. SIGH….Thanks for nothing Herrold

  22. Bobby says:

    every time some one cry’s wolf the church looses believers, the bible said! ” Many faults prophets will come before me!!!! I all ways have my guard up because of those words !! The Bible also said! ” You can not add one minute to your life by worrying”!!!!

  23. Raven danshore says:

    Everyone is just paranoid no one knows when there is an end maby there will be one but like in 1000000000000 years from now so really people just need to enjoy life without all this nonsense live and BE HAPPY!!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Another cult fails miserably. That’s right, Camping’s “Family Radio” and “Open Forum” are mouthpieces of a cult.

  25. gina says:

    I feel sorry for anyone that has not found the true , Jesus is great and true . yes i will still pray for the world.

    1. The Truth says:

      Hi Gina,

      I responded to your post above and yet didn’t hear a response to my questions.

      1) Do you think you know more than the Mayo Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, Harvard Medical and the American Heart Association? You must because they all have illustrated how prayer does NOT work.

      2) Why hasn’t God EVER cured an amputee via spontaneous limb regeneration?

      3) Why does the Bible guarantee that if two or more people people pray for something that it WILL happen and yet every Sunday, millions of Christians pray for world peace and to eradicate world hunger, yet the world is still plagued by war and famine?

      Peace!

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