Will the World End Saturday?

Members of local religious institutions chime in with their thoughts about what some say is Judgement Day and possibly the end of the world.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, a terrible earthquake will shake the world and mark the beginning of the biblical rapture, or day of judgement, said Harold Camping, founder of Family Radio, a Christian group that claims judgement day is to take place on May 21, 2011.

In an interview with New York Magazine, Camping asserts the world will end according to numbers and mathematical formulas he claims to be signs from the Almighty.

"God has given sooo much information in the Bible about this, and so many proofs, and so many signs, that we know it is absolutely going to happen without any question at all," Camping said in that article.

Religious leaders in Town and Country and Manchester, however, are skeptical that such a day is possible to predict. Saturday will be just another day, they say.

"Scripture says no one knows the time or season when it is going to happen--not even the son of God," said Shari Borders, a minister at Gateway Christian Church  in Town and Country. "I've always thought that even if God planned on doing it Saturday, just the fact that someone is saying that is going to happen, he would change his mind."

This may be a reasonable assertion, taking into account Camping previously predicted the end of the world in September of 1994. Camping claimed then that he did not have all the information necessary, but now he does.

Borders said regardless of the day the world ends, her mission as a Christian should remain always the same.

"I believe God calls us to be Christian and live the way he wants us to, whether he comes again tomorrow or he waits another thousand years," Borders said. "What we are called to do will never change. Although he could choose to come at any point and we should live understanding that and not take that for granted, if he doesn't come in my lifetime, I am no worse off, because I lived the way he asked me to."

A member of the told Patch this is the widely accepted belief among most Christians.

Father Ambrose Bennet, of the Abbey Church, said Christ himself said that the hour of his final advent is God's secret, quoting the bible "But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

This belief is not only shared among most Christians, but other religions such as Islam.

"We do believe there will be a day of judgment and life after death," said Ghazala Hayat, chair of the Islamic Foundation Public Relations Committee. Hayat also handles media inquiries for the Mosque in Manchester. "Nobody knows when that day is; the Prophet said only God knows."

Hayat said she heard about the May 21 day of judgement on the radio early Thursday morning and could only smile at the claim. She said Muslims and Christians share a similar believe in regards to the day of judgement. In Islam, Christ will also return to earth for the final day, and there is no way to prepare but to follow the steps outlined previously by God.

"We believe that the messiah will come back," Hayat said. "Nobody knows when that day is, but all we can do from day one is to pray, do acts of charity and follow what God wants us to do."

Borders shared a similar message from the Christian standpoint.

"I just need to stay right with God and pray and hope that my family is ready as well," Borders said.

Will the world end Saturday evening? We will find out. Meanwhile, Camping has told reporters he does not think about that question.

"It’s going to happen. It’s going to happen. I don’t even think about those kind of issues," he said in the New York Magazine article.

Father Bennet said Christians should not be distracted by beliefs such as Camping's.

"We believe in Christ's return in glory and are called to live in faith and watchfulness but not to become obsessed with bizarre speculations," Bennet said.

I<3EVERYONE May 21, 2011 at 08:40 PM
it wld suc if u waere goun potty and a earth quake happend D:
tom May 21, 2011 at 09:01 PM
My Message to Harold Camping is... KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!! Predictions like this remind people how irrelevant religion is to modern day society. DON'T STOP HARRY… EVERYONE IS WATCHING, and laughing!!!
Nick May 21, 2011 at 09:07 PM
You all need to grow up if the world does you should have no regrets if you believe in God. You should only be concerned if you don't believe.
I<3EVERYONE May 21, 2011 at 09:11 PM
I<3EVERYONE May 21, 2011 at 09:18 PM
THE WORLD IS NOT GOING TO END dummies XD is everyone tat retarted?????
kely May 21, 2011 at 09:32 PM
god said no man or even angels will even no one the world will end and any one who trys to predict this is a fool. only he will no!
Gina Bajalieh May 21, 2011 at 09:41 PM
i am a christian, and only Father Matthew knows, so everyone should take this out of there minds and pray till 6pm... Amen
yarinelis May 21, 2011 at 09:42 PM
okay people its almost six nd i want to know is the world gonna end yes or no or they are just scaring us
I<3EVERYONE May 21, 2011 at 09:43 PM
dude we hav like 20 min. of life enless this is just a retared prank..then u no...-.- well see u guys in heaven <3 <3 <3 <3 < 3
zachary May 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM
ppl ur need to study bible
I had everything ready-now what May 21, 2011 at 11:58 PM
Now i have to pay my electric bill,and beg for my job back and find a new home.
Izzy May 22, 2011 at 12:03 AM
I might be 14 but I know the bible by heart only the father knows god would not warn us of this.... It would just happen I'm not being mean I just hate when ppl say they know god When all they know is nothing! Father only knows when the world is going to en it could be tommorrow in a year ever a hundred years we will not ever know only the great on will know of such power
Izzy May 22, 2011 at 12:05 AM
And ur scaring little children!!
Rach May 22, 2011 at 12:21 AM
i like lamp.
Rach May 22, 2011 at 12:22 AM
hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husbands. it bout to be a party up in here!
cg May 22, 2011 at 12:42 AM
well we havent died yet soooooo ur wrong
Rach May 22, 2011 at 01:03 AM
soooo...... 3 minutes into that rapture.
I<3EVERYONE May 22, 2011 at 02:13 AM
well tat was a great earth quake and apocolyps lolz
I<3EVERYONE May 22, 2011 at 02:34 AM
i hope he dies.
Izzy May 22, 2011 at 02:51 AM
well... i think were still here so ur wrong!:)
Izzy May 22, 2011 at 02:51 AM
it sure was:)
god will forgive May 22, 2011 at 02:11 PM
We should pray that his soul will be saved and he should ask god for fogiveness.Should ask for forgivness on the news to everyone and return the profits to a charity.End his career a teacher and shut his radio station down.He did one thing from the bible right that he is a wolf and a false preacher of god.May god forgive him trying to predict the end when only god knows the time and year.
daniel May 22, 2011 at 04:31 PM
i thought the world would end but nuthing that guy shuld be thrown into jail for what he did i was scarred to death
Trav May 22, 2011 at 06:25 PM
Yea at least we live another day
nogod May 22, 2011 at 08:39 PM
This is Sunday and nothing happened. OK, Harold Camping was running a scam and he and his cronies should be sued by the feds. Listen, there probably is no god. Just go in peace and lead an honest life.
nogod May 22, 2011 at 08:42 PM
No, rapture came and gone. Harold Camping and his cronies were left behind on earth because .... they are won't be save by God.
nogod May 22, 2011 at 08:43 PM
If you are one of those who were deceived by an 89 year old Christian, you should really blame yourself because .... you are very stupid indeed. Trust no fundamentalist believers/leaders from now on.
nishadali May 25, 2011 at 03:13 PM
it is only a trick to became famous faster he is cheating
nishadali May 25, 2011 at 03:18 PM
the day it will happen in 10-10-2110 what u think?
keyshianna December 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
please dont end


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