"I do not understand," said Robert Fitzpatrick, a 60-year-old MTA worker from Staten Island, said after the Rapture never arrived. "I do not understand why nothing has happened."
"I had some skepticism but I was trying to push the skepticism away because I believe in God," said Keith Bauer, who drove his family across the country from Maryland to California for the supposed Rapture to visit Camping's Oakland headquarters of Family Radio International.
"I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth," he said.
This is the danger of belief when not tempered with some logic and rationality. I'm not against belief, only the blind faith that refuses to look at the evidence, such as Camping's previous erroneous claims. This is a lot like the wish fulfillment hopes that the Rabbi vs Atheist debate I linked to last week talks about. (Seriously, if you haven't gone and watched the video, it's well worth it).