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When the end is nigh

IT'S a good thing 90-year-old American broadcaster Harold Camping is likely to be wrong about when the world will end.

Mr Camping has predicted end times will occur tomorrow night.

Were enough people on the Northern Rivers prepared to believe him, the region would likely be swamped by an orgy of looting, murder, drunkenness, truancy, and, well, orgies.

When The Northern Star quizzed residents about what they would do if they thought the world was going to end - see the responses next to this story - the ideas didn't extend past breaking the law and skipping exams.

Casino's Nick Wilson probably best captured the sentiment: "I'd get really drunk and have lots of sex. I'd go to America and hunt down some celebrities."

Meanwhile, Jamie Collins from Dunoon noted he wouldn't go "to my next three exams. I don't really know.

"Looting might be good."

While being tardy for an exam is understandable, few people would want their last moments on earth labouring over a quadratic equation or deconstructing poetry.

Beyond that the best we could come up with was to engage in an unrelenting crime spree, including robbery.

Obviously some people are confident the next life would require the plasma TV they had decided to knock off in their final moments on earth.

Hopefully the responses were based more on a hunch that Mr Camping is likely to be off the mark regarding tomorrow's rapture.

Mr Camping does have form in this area. He took a punt that May 21 this year would be earth's final day, and also went out on a limb back in 1994.

Undaunted by his previous failed guesses, Mr Camping recently used the website of his California-based radio station Family Radio to offer up another worryingly pinpoint guess that tomorrow would be the absolute last day for the world and every- one on it.

Tomorrow's date is linked to Mr Camping's previous May 21 guess, although it is difficult to know what the link is.

Mr Camping's eccentric predictions have been dismissed by theological experts as ones best ignored.

That makes sense, given Mr Camping's guesses are not actually based on anything the Bible has to say about the subject.

During his public ministry Jesus Christ went as far as saying that not only would no one have the inside word on the date for the end of the world, but it would actually come at a time when it was not expected.

In Matthew 24:36-45 Christ was at pains to tell his disciples the world's expiry date was not one for any human to make a pronouncement on, but was information only within God's field of knowledge.

Beyond it perhaps being best to go to the source, rather than someone like Mr Camping, for your next end-of-times update, it's probably best to hold off on the looting too.

Topics:  end of the world, harold camping, lismore


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