What If the World is going to End in 2012?

Posted: January 25, 2012 by Nathan in What If...
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Now the title of this blog does have a little bit of tongue in cheek intended. For many the idea that an ancient civilization can predict the end of the world is no more than a joke. However, for some and especially some children I have met there is a sense of apprehension about it.  Could the Mayans really have known something?  Everything in me tells me the world is not going to end on 21st December this year but….?

 

So, where did these doomsday predictions come from?  The idea that the world will end on 21st December 2012 seems to come from the convergence of two myths. The first from the Sumerians that a fabled planet called Nibiru will collide with the world in 2003. Now, when nothing happened in 2003 the date was subsequently moved to 2012.  The second myth is that the Mayan calendar ends at the solstice in 2012. Now it is true that a Mayan calendar ends at the solstice in 2012. However, it is also true that calendars in homes all around the world end on the 31 December each year; it doesn’t mean that the world will end then. A long-term Mayan calendar does end on 21st December 2012 but a new long-term Mayan calendar also begins on 22nd December 2012. So unless you’re going to worry that the world will end every year on 31st December you have very little to worry about (in that respect anyway!!).  And just to set your mind truly at rest NASA has confirmed that the earth will not collide with any planet anytime in our life time!

 

As a Christian I have reason to believe that the world will not end on 21st December this year. The Bible makes it quite clear that no-one will know when the world will end or when Christ will return.  In Thessalonians we read…

 

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

The implication here is that no-one will know and therefore it can never be predicted. In Mark’s Gospel we read…

 

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

Matthew puts it this way…

 

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming”

So, the Bible is pretty clear that we cannot know when Christ will return and therefore there is no point in worry about the predictions and claims of others. However, and it is a big however, Christ could come at any time and this life could end for anyone of us at any time. Now, I don’t want to be a scare monger or to worry anyone but the truth of the matter is that just as we don’t know when Christ will return we don’t know when our days will be up.  Again, it is nothing to be worried about but we do need to be ready in certain areas. There are things that we just can’t put off.  If the Bible is true we need to make a decision to believe and trust in God. If we do not our eternal future will be far from certain. However, if we make a decision to admit our sinfulness, repent and follow Christ then our eternal future is secure and certain – and what a wonderful future it will be!

 

What is stopping you deciding? Do you still have questions? Although the world won’t end in 2012 there is a sense of urgency in making that decision. It is certainly one decision you don’t want to leave until it is too late. The world won’t end in 2012 but perhaps it would be worth thinking through the issues of faith as if it might? If you have questions, worries, queries I’m happy to try and answer them. Please just leave them as a comment below.

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Comments
  1. Pat Joy says:

    Nathan, I always say to people, plan as if you’re going to live to be 100, live as if you’re going to die tonight.

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