Rapture prophet Harold Camping has retired and apologised for previously predicting the end of the world on a number of occasions. At least we can all rest easy now.
Christian fundamentalist and outright lunatic Camping predicted that the end of the world would occur on May 21 and October 21 this year, but thankfully, members of the human race worldwide emerged from their bomb shelters intact and safe in the knowledge that despite the certainty with which Camping predicted the rapture, that we would indeed live to see tomorrow.
Since his far-fetched premonitions never came to pass, Family Radio preacher Camping has finally relinquished and given up on the idea that the end of the world is nigh, and has apologised for his suggestion that non-rapture believers would not be saved by God
“We're living in a day when one problem follows another,” Camping said on the Family Radio website.
“Why didn't Christ return on October 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio. But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible.
“He allowed everything to happen the way it did without correction. He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to.
"I should not have said that (about non-rapture believers) and I apologise for that," the 90-year old added and also said that people should not feel they have been "abandoned by God".
Camping, of course, had previously stated his belief that the World would come to an end in 1994, but a “mathematical error” prevented doomsday from occurring on that particular date.
With Camping now out of the game, the next date of significance for doomsday believers is December 21 next year, a date that the Mayans are believed to have predicted as the day when we will meet our maker.
Should we be worried? If the Mayan's 2012 prediction proves to be as off the mark as the woeful film made about it last year, then we'll be absolutely fine.