What I don't understand is why would people give their money to him. How idiotic is that? If the world is ending why would he need money? I don't feel sorry for these people in the slightest. And if I were on the jury in this man's trial I wouldn't vote to convict.... and in a criminal case all it would take is someone like me on the jury.
Jesus is supposed to have said it's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. By that logic, and assuming the world had ended, the people who gave away the money were not only hoping to ensure their place in heaven but also ensure Camping wouldn't be joining them
For arguments sake lets say that God is real. Why don't people realize that even if God is real he didn't write the bible. Man wrote the bible. And anything contained therein was written by man and not God and/or Jesus.
Jesus didn't write anything down. If the bible was so important why didn't Jesus write some of it? And people take it at face value. I just don't understand that logic.
This "prophet", and I use that term loosely, claimed he got this prophesy from the bible. Well humans wrote the bible so how would they know anything about the end of the world? It just doesn't make sense to me why people would fall for this end of the world crap.
Back to the Camping's liability. In a criminal case for it to be fraud the prosecution would have to prove that Camping knew this wouldn't happen. And since the money was freely donated I just don't know how they can nail him with it.
Now a civil cause would be different in alot of ways. The biggest difference is the jury wouldn't have to be unanimous for the prosecution to get a victory...and that's HUGE.
I may be getting my bible stuff mixed up, but wasn't the bible written a while after the guy got the info from god?
I doubt he would remember/be able to translate every thing.
Oh yes, a long time after. In the case of the New Testament the earliest known examples date to around 300 years after the supposed life of Jesus. In any case, I wasn't making the arguement as a believer personally, I argueing from the POV of someone else who believed and was being highly cynical in a failed attempt to wring some extra humour from this whole thing