Among thousands of Harold Camping’s critics, Father James Dinwoody, a Christian priest, said that “end of the world prophets are nothing new. There are various sects and cults throughout the western world that prey on the different situations of individuals and their emotions.”
Fr. Dinwoody said “the Church has witnessed this phenomenon for centuries. Some do it for money while others may appear to be sincere, but nonetheless, when their predicted dates pass by, it’s apparent to everyone that they are nothing more than false prophets.”
Harold Camping and his group have been proclaiming that May 21st would be the date for the end of the world, and more specifically, around 6:00 p.m. that day. There is now a group taking bets on what Camping’s excuse will be.
“There is a passage in the Bible where Christians and Jews can look to concerning false prophets,” Fr. Dinwoody told Westmoreland Times. “Deuteronomy 18:22 warns those who would be prophets in both ancient and modern times. It says ‘When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.’”, said Fr. Dinwoody.