The claim being circulated that May 21 will mark the end of the world and be a day of judgment by God has no basis in Scripture or authentic Christian teaching, according to Catholic scholar Dr. Jared Staudt.
The professor of theology at the Augustine Institute, located in Denver, said that Biblical teaching and Church tradition show 'it's clear that it is not scriptural to seek for a date for the day of judgment.'
'It sometimes can be easy to ridicule groups like this for coming up with such calculations, but we should remember that this is a perennial problem,' Staudt told CNA.
'In the end, I think it is a problem of faith. We have a hard time simply trusting in the Lord and waiting for Him.'
Family Radio, a religious group out of Oakland, California that has been broadcasting for several decades, recently launched a nationwide campaign claiming that May 21 at 6:00 p.m. will signal the beginning of hell on earth for non-believers, and a day when Christians around the world will be 'raptured' into heaven.