The sun came up Sunday morning. The end of the world didn’t come on Saturday.

So much for the rapture predicted by Harold Egbert Camping, the president of Family Radio and a Christian broadcaster who said the world as we know it would end.

Camping isn’t the first one to get the date of the end of the world wrong — just the latest.

Doomsday predictions come and go and the earth goes on.

Camping predicted doomsday for September 1994. When it didn’t happen he revised his doomsday predictions and said it would happen on May 21, 2011. The biblical evidence, he said, had “greatly solidified.”

Now what?

Steve Hassan, a cult expert and psychological counselor, predicts Camping will lose about a third of his followers because the end didn’t come.  Another third, he says, will remain steadfast in their allegiance to their leader and a third will waver between support and disillusionment.

“The more people have connections outside of the group, the more likely it is that they’re going to stop looking to [Camping] as the mouth of God on Earth,” Hassan tells LiveScience. “Information control is one of the most important features of mind control.”

That’s the way life is with cults. Cult leaders like Camping prey on weak minds. We see the same things with political cults like the tea party.

 

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