Harold Camping, Rapture Fans "Disappointed" World Didn't End

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The man who said the world would come to an end on May 21 said he is "flabbergasted" that we are all still here.

Making his first comments since his predicted rapture did not happen, Harold Camping briefly emerged from his home in Alameda, California on Sunday to tell a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle, "It has been a really tough weekend. I'm looking for answers. But now I have nothing else to say."

However Camping's PR aide, Tom Evans, went further, telling the Los Angeles Times the failed prediction was "bad, flat out."

Evans even appeared upset that he still walks the earth.

"You can imagine we're pretty disappointed, but the word of God is still true," Evans said. "We obviously went too far, and that's something we need to learn from."

Camping said he came up with the May 21 date by using a complicated Biblical mathematical formula. His Family Radio spent $100 million on 2,000 billboards all over the country warning people the end was near.

A New York man named Robert Fitzpatrick spent $140,000 of his retirement savings on an advertising campaign in NYC. He cannot comprehend what went wrong.

"I do not understand why...," he told Reuters while standing in Times Square to wait for the end that did not come. "I do not understand why nothing has happened."

But there could be help for people like Fitzpatrick and others who spent their life savings, thinking they wouldn't need the money anymore. The PR man Evans told NPR he hopes Family Radio will reimburse those people, but that he can't guarantee that would happen.