Harold Camping is one of the most famous Bible teachers in the world. He is President and General Manager of Family Radio which can be heard at http://www.familyradio.com/ and is also the host of the Open Forum radio program. He is also famous because he says, "Thank you for calling and sharing, now may we take our next caller please..." When Harold Camping was a naive young man of 72 (or something like that) he wrote a book called "1994" predicting the end of the world. Well, if you haven't heard, Harold Camping screwed up, because the world did not end in 1994. But that's ok, everyone makes mistakes. (Oh come on, like you have never predicited the end of the world, and got it wrong...don't be so judgmental.) To understand more about who Harold Camping is and what the hell he is all about, please see the following video posted by John and Michelle Dougher at youtube. John and Michelle thought it would be a good "idear" to post this video at youtube, and I would have to say, they were certainly right about that. Here it is:
|OH GOD WHY?|
...for some unknown reason John and Michelle Dougher took down their wonderful Harold Camping video (dammit), but eh..here is another video of the Harold Camping program...that will have to do.
Well, ok now...on with our story...
Dr. James R. White thinks that Harold Camping is a big jerk, because Harold Camping preaches that the "church age" is over, which led Dr. White to author the book Dangerous Airwaves: Harold Camping Refuted and Christ's Church Defended. Dr. James White is a professional pastor, and director of Alpha and Omega ministries which you can learn more about at www.aomin.org/ . He is not famous or anything, but he does look a lot like former Minnesota governor Jesse "the Body" Ventura.
Recently, Governor Ventura, err, I mean Dr. James White, and Mr. Harold Camping met in a debate, in which they did battle over Harold Camping's very controversial teachings about the end of the "church age", and the end of the world. (Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Now, Mr. Harold Camping says the world will not end in the year 1994, but in May something, 2011. So be sure not to schedule any family picnics on that day.) This very violent and fiery debate can be heard at the Iron Sharpens Iron blog here:
Harold Camping Debates Dr. James White (Part One)
Harold Camping Debates Dr. James White (Part Two)
It is a very long debate between Dr. James R. White, and Mr. Harold Camping, so I thought it might be helpful if I tried to summarize it for you guys. So here is a summary...now, keep in mind I have taken some rather gross liberties with what was actually said, in favor of conciseness:
Moderator: Mr. Harold Camping, your opening statement please.
Mr. Harold Camping: BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH
Moderator: Dr. James R. White, your response.
Dr. James White: Harold Camping, you are a big jerk. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH
Moderator: Mr. Camping, your rebuttal.
Mr. Harold Camping: No, I'm not. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH
And it went on like this, for about 2 hours. Then towards the final hour of Part 2 of the debate, Dr. James White got very angry because Harold Camping was just ignoring him, and would not admit he was wrong about anything. Dr. White apparently had thought Harold Camping, at some point was going to say, "Geez. You're right. I am a really big, dumb jerk." Unfortunately for Dr. James R. White, this did not happen. Well, I hope Dr. White does not get too depressed about this.
So ended this mighty clash of theological giants, and just another day in the history of the blogosphere had been written. Thank you for reading this, true believers. Once again, God bless you and thank you for your support.
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