Harold Camping’s no-show rapture: lessons learned

Harold Camping’s rapture was a no-show ; instead of judging, why not use this opportunity to examine our own spiritual behavior?

ALEXANDRIA, La, May 22, 2011 —  Consider for a minute, this idea: Instead of worrying about when the rapture will — or why it didn’t - happen, what would our world be like if everyone tried to live their lives in a way that is pleasing to God every single day?

How many wars, crimes or tragedies could be averted if everyone took a moment, before they acted or said something, to wonder if what they are about to do or say would be pleasing to God?

Harold Camping’s prediction of the rapture dominated the headlines for the past few days, and, like countless other rapture predictions, ultimately proved inaccurate.

Harold Camping (Image: Associated Press)

The question then becomes: What, if anything, can we take away from this non-event?

Instead of questioning Camping, why not take this time to examine our own spiritual behavior?

Spend a few minutes reflecting on whether or not the way we live our lives truly reflects what we believe?

If the recent prediction of judgment day put you in a reflective mood, you may want to consider the following ideas and how they apply to your own behavior:

  • If the rapture does come, am I ready to stand before God and be judged?
  • What is God going to say about the way I’ve conducted my life? Is he going to say “Good job; you did well” or will he say, “Hummm…looks like you could have done a whole lot better?”
  • What have I done lately to help someone else? Without wanting something in return?
  • How does what I say or do every single day impact others? If the answer is a negative impact, what can I do to correct this type of behavior?
  • Have I truly learned to forgive people for things that either hurt me, or negatively impacted my life? Do I still hold a grudge?
  • Do my actions reflect a desire to live by the Ten Commandments?  How many of those commandments have I broken?
  • Have I asked for forgiveness for my own sins?

Nobody knows when the rapture will occur; all we can do is try to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God. There have been many false prophesies about the exact date and time of the rapture; more than likely, there will be many more.

Living our lives in a way that is pleasing to God, and making sure that we ask for forgiveness for our sins is one way that we can be ready to stand before God and receive judgment for our actions. 

While I can’t speak for anyone else, I sure do not want to hear God say: “Well, kid, you could’ve done better.”

Which is exactly why I am considering ways to improve my own behavior.

Human nature being what it is, we can and will, undoubtedly, make mistakes. God gave us the ability to make our own choices. Because we are human, we are going to make mistakes — sometimes the same one, over and over again.

And, occasionally, what we thought was the right thing to do turns out to be the wrong choice. When this happens, we need to make amends and learn from our mistakes. That is how we grow.

If there is one certainty in life, it is that on judgment day, each one of us will stand before God and be judged for the choices we, as individuals, made.

Where you will spend eternity is entirely up to you.

Choose wisely.

Carla is the author of four published suspense novels, and her latest book,  Artful Misdirection, is currently available in Kindle format on Amazon.com. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Blogspot and LinkedIn.


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Carla Ledbetter

Carla Ledbetter has three published suspense novels under the name C D Ledbetter and is a contributing author to several short story anthologies.  In addition, she currently serves as the Director of Web Content for Cenla Advantage Partnership, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building prosperity in Central Louisiana, funded in part by The Rapides Foundation.


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