According to Harold Camping, it is absolutely certain that the rapture will come tomorrow, May 21, 2011. It will be hard to backpedal from the absolutist claims he has made to this effect come Sunday morning, but I won’t be surprised to see some creative attempts at backpedaling.
Whenever someone tries to predict the return of Christ, it generally has the effect of making me think that Christ is less likely to return on the day predicted. After all, Jesus said he will come like a thief, at a time we least expect. So if all these followers of Harold Camping are expecting him to return, then that would render his return unlikely.
But then I think…wait. The day when other people expect him to return is the day that I least expect him to return. So does that mean his return is then more likely because I expect it less? And then, if I think it is more likely, does it then become less likely again as a result? And if I think through that, does the process go on as a vicious circle ad infinitum?
…hmmmm…my head hurts.