It's less than a month away from Harold Camping and his Family Radio's Judgment Day on May 21 (see the End Times Countdown Clock). Family Radio's billboards says the bible guarantees it.
According to Camping, Jesus will return and believers will be raptured on May 21. There will be a massive earthquake, causing death and destruction and by October 22, the earth will be completely destroyed.
A Fox News affiliate, Fox Carolina, investigated the doomsday beliefs, flashing a picture of American Atheists' billboard near Oakland that declares that the rapture is nonsense. The sign was shown without comment other than to time it to coincide with their remarks about people being left behind (see the news clip below).
Fox News interviewed believers in Asheville, North Carolina. One young man said "a great awakening" will occur on May 21 that will open humans to a new consciousness.
Another resident of Asheville says he won't be a casualty. As an owner of a survivor shop, he has stockpiles of food, water, gas masks and weaponry. He doesn't think that doomsday will happen on May 21, but thinks it will happen in December 2012 because of Egyptian, Mayan and Hopi prophecies. He has been spent years preparing for the event and has an underground bunker in an undisclosed location in the mountains of North Carolina.
Professor Helen Lee Turner of Furman University said that have been numerous doomsday prophecies, all based on the same bibles and same calendars. She says this type of thing becomes popular when cultures are under stress, such as financial problems or war. She says that Apocalyptic beliefs are a dangerous thing, pointing to cult leaders like Jim Jones.
Fox spoke with a Family Radio believer who claimed that the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, as well as the recent tornadoes hitting the United States, are a preview of what is to come.
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