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My Wedding Is Judgement Day… Crap.

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Well it looks like my fiance and I aren’t the only one’s sending out “Save The Dates”.  This advertisement, along with many others are from Family Radio and it’s founder Harold Camping.  Camping claims to have a proven mathematical equation that predicts judgement day will happen on May, 21st 2011.  The date of our wedding.  For crying out loud, couldn’t it be a week earlier, so we could trim our guest list?  (Lord I apologize.) Now, I’m not trying to tick anyone off, I’m just giving you the facts and letting you decide for yourself.  This just caught my attention because it’s on our wedding day.  Usually I don’t pay much attention to the end of times claims (including the 2012 theories), but the more I read about this, the more confused I get.  There are many different stories about this on the internet, and this story seems to sum it up pretty well.

I should also mention that Camping predicted the world would end in 1994, where he and dozens of his followers awaited the return of Jesus Christ with bibles held open to the heavens.  After nothing happened, Harold Camping told his followers that he had made a “mathematical error”.  But now he’s got it right with his new formula:

By Camping’s understanding, the Bible was dictated by God and every word and number carries a spiritual significance. He noticed that particular numbers appeared in the Bible at the same time particular themes are discussed.

The number 5, Camping concluded, equals “atonement.” Ten is “completeness.” Seventeen means “heaven.” Camping patiently explained how he reached his conclusion for May 21, 2011.

“Christ hung on the cross April 1, 33 A.D.,” he began. “Now go to April 1 of 2011 A.D., and that’s 1,978 years.”

Camping then multiplied 1,978 by 365.2422 days – the number of days in each solar year, not to be confused with a calendar year.

Next, Camping noted that April 1 to May 21 encompasses 51 days. Add 51 to the sum of previous multiplication total, and it equals 722,500.

Camping realized that (5 x 10 x 17) x (5 x 10 x 17) = 722,500.

Or put into words: (Atonement x Completeness x Heaven), squared.

“Five times 10 times 17 is telling you a story,” Camping said. “It’s the story from the time Christ made payment for your sins until you’re completely saved.

“I tell ya, I just about fell off my chair when I realized that,” Camping said.

As you can imagine, this has started quite a bit of controversy.  Camping has been under fire from other Christians and a lot of Bibile Verses have been thrown back and forth.  I’m guessing that only God knows when he’ll pull the plug on us, and I’m fine with that.  No plans here to change our wedding date, but maybe I won’t have to pay the credit card bill after all?  The glass is always half full!

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