Well, May 21st came and went and as Bruce Cockburn said
"Sun's up, uh huh, looks okay
The world survives into another day
And I'm thinking about eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me..."
As expected, Harold Camping was once again wrong in attempting to predict the day and the hour when "the rapture" would occur. I would like to believe this is a great living example of the failings of sola scripture but in reality it's just plain and simple disobedience to scripture. Jesus told us know one would know the day or the hour and yet Harold and countless others through history have attempted to tell us just that very thing.
So it's not truly an example of the failings of sola scripture per se (we already have greater than 20,000 denominations which provide ample evidence of such). Harold's recent heresy is an example of what sola scriptura has spawned: The belief that each of us carries within us the authority to interpret God's word and that we are not beholden to any other outside authority (read Church) other than our conscience and the way in which we believe scripture is guiding/forming it.
Why isn't there somebody out there to condemn Mr. Camping and put him in his place? Who should we turn to? His pastor? Naw, he doesn't go to church since he believes we are no longer in the Church age. His denomination? Can't because he is his own denomination. How about his board of directors? Naw, he owns Family Radio lock, stock and barrel. How 'bout Pat Robertson, Billy Graham, or the Evangelical Theological Society? What authority do they have over him? None.
So basically, this gentleman makes a prediction about the end of the world, spends millions of dollars donated to his ministry to promote it, then causes many to leave jobs, houses, family, etc, to follow this heretical belief, and poof! Nothing happens, and no repercussions. Nada. Perhaps Harold has a little egg on his face but will go on without any rebuke and I suspect, if he lives long enough, will pull the same shenanigan again at some point.
If there is any lesson learned here, I pray that some of these deceived folks will begin to process the non-event and realize the need to come under some type of religious authority not based on one man and his personal private interpretation of Scripture.
I left the Catholic Church in 1973 and spent several hours per week listening to Mr. Camping's teachings. I suspect they were partly responsible for my decision to ultimately leave Catholicism, so I do have a small dog in this fight and it bugs the heck out of me that 40 years later Camping is still deceiving others leading them away from the true faith. I pray that God will ultimately write straight with crooked lines
and use Harold's heresy to ultimate bring people back to the faith that is guided by the authority given from Christ himself.