Not moved by end talk
BARBADIANS ARE NOT buying any of the talk that tomorrow is Judgment Day.
According to Harold Camping, Christian radio broadcaster and founder of Family Radio, based in Oakland, California, tomorrow will usher in the beginning of Judgment Day.
Camping believes that a massive worldwide earthquake will strike, leading to five months of death and destruction, which will culminate on October 21, when the Earth will cease to exist.
The relentless circulation of this prophecy by Camping and his followers has made headlines on broadcast networks in the United States, attracted much interest and talk.
But while Barbadians are aware of the prediction, not only by way of the media but also from posters plastered on poles through Bridgetown and other areas of the country, they have generally decided to ignore it, some even calling it a “joke”.
In an effort to gather the views of Barbadians on this topic, which has sparked interest around the world, the WEEKEND NATION took to the island’s streets.
Carmell Franklyn pointed out that according to the Bible, “the Lord said that nobody knows when, where or how He will come.” In fact, she said that “anybody can come and say anything to you, but it is up to you to use your logic and the common sense that God gave you”.
“I don’t take any notice of anything like that because if these predictions were true, the world would have ended at the beginning of the 21st century when people were saying that the world was going to end and there was going to be a blackout and all sorts of things,” Franklyn said.
Violet Newton stated that she intended to hold steadfast on to her belief that “while the world has been seeing the signs of the last days, there was still much more to come”.
“We are seeing a lot of hurricanes and earthquakes and floods but I think that there are more to come.
But I think that these people are false prophets, and I am not going to pay any attention to what they are saying,” she said, suggesting that “every minute of the day you should be asking God for forgiveness of your sins because you never know when your eyes will close”.
Meanwhile, Ken Morris noted that “people will talk, but sometimes you just have to listen”. Morris, who described himself as a “Biblical person”, said that “not even the angels in Heaven know when God is coming” and asked, “Why would an earthly person think they know?”
Erskine Lovell rejected the prophecy, calling it a “gimmick”.
“Even Jesus said that He doesn’t know when His father is going to come, so I don’t believe it; I just don’t believe it. And I really don’t believe in all of these different kinds of religious teachings,” he said.
Nicholas Cetoute believed that Camping was attempting to “put fear in people”.
He explained: “You would see birds dying and people would talk about the world coming to an end. The Bible talks about things that [are] supposed to happen before the world comes to an end and a lot of which have not been fulfilled.”
When contacted, pastor of the Mount Zion’s Mission, Lucille Baird, stated: “God says that nobody knows the day or the hour that the world will come to an end and we should stick with that.” She urged Barbadians that in the midst of predictions made by man, they should “hold on to what God has promised us”.
“The Bible is always correct; it cannot lie and it will not lie. We shouldn’t pay much attention and give much hype to this talk because it is not true. What are they making this prediction off of any way – the changes in the earth and how it is lining up? God is not scientific; he is just God,” said the pastor.