Family Radio founder Harold Camping this week issued a statement on his website that says he will never try to predict doomsday again. Admitting he was wrong, Camping said he had “learned the very painful lesson that all of creation is in God’s hands and he will end time in his time, not ours.” He also said he “humbly recognizes that God may not tell his people the date of his return.”
The Christian Post said Camping, age 90, has made predictions about Christ’s return and the world’s end for years. His prediction for May 21, 2011 garnered the most media attention, but when it passed uneventfully, Camping simply said the events happened in the spiritual realm.
This week’s statement from Family Radio also said God had used their “bold insistence” (which they admitted was sinful) to make the world more interested in the Bible. Even so, they “humbly ask God for forgiveness for making that sinful statement.”
“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,” the statement concluded. “[W]e must be satisfied to humbly wait upon God, and trust He will guide His people to safety.”