Failed doomsday predictor Harold Camping has apologized for being wrong when he twice claimed this year that the world would come do an end. Or did he?
The Christian Post published the transcript of a message Camping posted to his Family Radio website. It reads in part:
Why didn't Christ return on Oct. 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio. But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible. He allowed everything to happen the way it did without correction. He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to...
God in His own timetable and in His own purposes will reveal truth to us when it's His time to do it... We are simply learning. And sometimes it's painful to learn. We are learning how God brings His messages to mankind... we're bound to feel the darts of the Lord. Sometimes He gives us the truth and sometimes He gives us something that causes us to wait further upon Him.
Many media outlets reported this as an apology, but a website called Religion Dispatches takes issue with that:
This isn’t just not an apology, it’s a statement that, in a very real way, it’s not even possible for Camping to have been wrong. He is, in a sense, hermetically sealed against error, since even when he was wrong, that too was from God. God gives truth, which Camping relays, and God gives lies, which Camping also relays. But they aren’t lies, exactly, but a method of teaching God uses.
Camping did use the word "apology" once, but it really had nothing to do with his failed predictions:
Incidentally, I have been told that I said back in May that people who did not believe that May 21 should not be the rapture date, probably had not been saved. I should not have said that, and I apologize for that.