2012: End of the World Perceptions and Myths
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John Mink
By: John Mink
2009-10-09

Part Two of Five - Millenarianism

2012: End of the World Perceptions and Myths
Image created by Tonguc Yuan, author of a popular 2012 Millenarianist blog, depicting his interpretation of Michaelangelo's "The Creation Of Adam", enhanced with indigenous Mesoamerican-styled tribal designs (licensed under Creative Commons)
2012: End of the World Perceptions and Myths
Cover of the first of a series of popular books conflating modern fears of nuclear holocaust with Christian prophecy and Mayan calendrical postulations.
2012: End of the World Perceptions and Myths
A Romanesque frieze (circa 1150 CE) on the church of Saint-Trophime in Arles, France. It depicts the angel Michael weighing souls during the biblical Last Judgement (image from an upcoming project by CyArk
With this second installment of 2012: Truth, Fiction, and the Popular Imagination (Part One - Introduction was last week's blog), we turn our gaze towards our own perceptions of The End Of The World as a phenomenon. In our complex, rapidly-changing modern world, a fairly large proportion of our collective psyche is oriented towards accepting the concept of total apocalypse. After all, the fear of nuclear holocaust has hung over the world in varying degrees of intensity for over six decades now. Political and religious extremism of various stripes has steadily increased along with global poverty levels, while the scientific community has justifiably raised the alarm over Global Warming due to deforestation, overconsumption of resources, and worldwide industrialization. As a consequence, we are frequently drawn to things that feed into our common fears of cataclysm and holds the promise to justify them.

Millenarianism


Turn-of-the-2000s apocalypse paranoia has produced a Millenarian mindset in many people who are convinced that the end is imminent. This particular brand of paranoia is readily fueled by our market economy, in which countless vendors have rushed to fuel the flames of fear in order to sell survivalist goods such as dry food rations, duct tape, firearms, and plastic sheeting - all strongly echoic of the y2k scare less of than a decade ago (Buckley et al. 114-115) While this particular brand of fear is based around a specific time frame in our Christianity-based Gregorian Calendar, the psychology underlying it is nothing new. Tales of apocalypse and renewal have been reflected in traditions all around the world for thousands of years, and form part of the foundation of many belief systems. The study of different ideas concerning The End Of The World in its various guises is called eschatology; a Greek-derived term that combines eschatos (last) and -logy (the study of).


Myths from Around the World


Most global eschatology is not only concerned with the End Time itself, but also some variation of the change that follows in which an era of our present world comes to an end and experiences a renewal of some sort. Norsemen of the medieval period (the Vikings) believed that the world would end one day in Ragnarok, the "final destiny of the gods" during which the entire world is temporarily flooded and only two humans survive to repopulate a renewed planet (Davidson 46). Many Hopi Indians of the southwestern United States believe that non-Hopi ways of behavior will eventually lead to Nuutungk Talongvaqa (The Last Day). Some modern Hopi shamans say that we have been living in end times dating to perhaps as far back as when the Spanish Conquistadores arrived; when their creator spirit Maasaw returns to Earth then Nuutungk Talongvaga will come, following which is a new era free from illness, hardship, and animosity (Kippenberg et al. 323-324). Another religion heavily invested in concepts of creation, destruction, and renewal is Hinduism. One of the major gods in Hinduism is Shiva, known as the force who will bring about the end of the world as we know it (Richter-Ushanas 152). Robert Oppenheimer, inventor of the atomic bomb, paraphrased Hindu scripture referring to Shiva when he stated "I am become death, destroyer of worlds" after he successfully tested his invention; unlike Oppenheimer's brand of destruction, however, many Hindus feel that Shiva will bring recreation and renewal as well as death (Dennis et al. 306).

All the Abrahamist religions (Judaism, Islam, and Christianity) deal with Armageddon and the Last Judgement of all human souls by God, and also tell the story of Noah's Ark, in which an earlier world is destroyed and subsequently repopulated by Noah and his boatful of creatures. The fabled Yawm al-Qiyamah (Day of Resurrection) in Islam (Esposito 75) and the Book of Daniel's End Times in Judaism both concern apocalyptic visions, while Christianity has the fabled Book of Revelation. However, while Judaism and Roman Catholicism generally hold that the known universe will be renewed in some form after the Last Judgement (Graebner 235-240), Islam and many denominations of Protestant Christian eschatology hold that the universe, as we know it, will come to an end following the calling home of all individual souls to eternal existence in either Heaven or Hell (Jackson 146-148, Esposito 75).


Christian Perceptions


Our culture's eschatology mainly derives from the Abrahamist model, with the majority of modern visions of apocalypse in the United States and Western Europe having roots in Millenarian concepts developed around and leading up to 1000 C.E. during the European middle ages (Gittings 20-21). During this time, Christian believers in the significance of a thousand-year time lapse from the death of Jesus Christ felt that they were living in End Times and that an apocalypse was immanent (Cohn 31-36). These concepts drew inspiration from New Testament prophesies such as the "Great Tribulation" described in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke; and they were particularly inspired by the Book of Revelation that is thought to have been written sometime in the first few centuries CE following the death of Christ - the only biblical testament that is wholly composed of apocalyptic literature (Thiel, parts 2-4). Though the Catholic church hierarchy began strongly condemning these beliefs in the 3rd century AD (Cohn 29), deeming specific references to thousand-year cycles to be metaphoric rather than literal, many people still held strong beliefs all the way through the turn of the first millenium, which only strengthened in the centuries that followed (Cohn, 1-20).

According to the New Testament verse Matthew 24:35-36, Jesus himself was quite specific on the subject: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only". Regardless, Millenarian beliefs gained an even-stronger foothold in many Protestant sects following the Reformation, and though the Lutheran Church condemned them much as the Roman Catholic Church did (Cohn 252-255), many sects continued to hold the belief that we were closing in on the End Times. Modern Christian sects such as the Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses (both of whom believe the soul remains in the body until called to Heaven at Armageddon) and Mormons believe that we are living in the End Times, and preparing for the return of Jesus Christ and end of the world as we know it is considered by many evangelical Christians of various denominations to constitute an essential cornerstone of their faith.

Many evangelicals believe that the Rapture, in which both living and dead Christians will be taken to Heaven upon the return of Jesus Christ, will occur first before a seven-year period of Great Tribulation leading up to the Final Judgement; many other Protestant denominations and Roman Catholics, in contrast, believe the events of Last Judgement will occur all at once (Kyle 78-79). These concepts stem from specific theological traditions meant to be taken as a whole, though this does not stop many serious Millenarian obsessives both within and outside the Christian faith from conflating Christian time frames and apocalyptic visions with eschatological ideas that stem from sources totally separate from them - such as the pre-Columbian religion of the ancient Maya. The internet abounds with uneasy people wondering whether the upcoming event of 2012 precipitates the return of Jesus Christ to earth, resulting in a very awkward marriage of populist fears surrounding biblical Armageddon with the esoteric complexity of Maya Calendar studies; a marriage that neither the biblical prophets nor the ancient Maya Calendar priests could possibly have anticipated.

Closing Remarks


Populist upwelling of obsessive (and sometimes compulsive) Millenarianism, however, is not the only social force driving people to focus on 2012 as a supernatural, transformative event. Next week we will take a look at how the incredibly popular New Age movement is coalescing around the date as a mystical nexus of Change - well, of some sort, anyway. Read on...


References:

Davidson, H. R. Ellis (1990). Gods and Myths of Northern Europe. New York:Penguin Books

Kippenberg, Hans G.; Kuiper, Yme B.; Sanders, Andy F. (1990). Concepts of person in religion and thought. Berlin:Walter de Gruyter

Richter-Ushanas, Egbert (1997). The Indus Script and the Rg-Veda. Delhi:Motilal Banarsidass

Dennis, Jack Bonnell; Bohning, Daryl E. (1984). The Nuclear almanac: confronting the atom in war and peace. Boston:Addison-Wesley

Esposito, John (2003). The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Oxford:Oxford University Press.

Graebner, Augustus Lawrence (1910). Outlines Of Doctrinal Theology. Saint Louis:Concordia Publishing House

Jackson, Gregory Lee (1993). Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant: a doctrinal comparison of three Christian confessions. St. Louis:Martin Chemnitz Press

Gittings, Clare (1988). Death, burial and the individual in early modern England. London:Routledge

Buckley, James Joseph; Jones, L. Gregory (2002). Theology and eschatology at the turn of the millennium. Oxford:Blackwell

Cohn, Norman (1970). The pursuit of the millennium: revolutionary millenarians and mystical anarchists of the Middle Ages. Oxford:Oxford University Press

Theil, Bob (2006). Did The Early Church Teach Millenarianism?. Online at COGwriter

Kyle, Richard G (1998). The Last Days Are Here Again: A History of the End Times. Grand Rapids:Baker Books.


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Comments

October 13th, 2009 Mary Ford said:
Well-written and researched with a sprinkling of smirk inducing phrases, my favorites: Noah's \"boatful of creatures\" and Shiva's \"I am become death, destroyer of worlds\" (sounds like that famous meme \"all your base belong to us\"). I am looking forward to the rest. Thank you!
November 15th, 2009 SeanH said:
Very interesting articles... full of useful information.
But please... the word is IMMINENT... not IMMANENT.
The words have TOTALLY different meanings.
November 15th, 2009 John Mink said:
Thanks for the spelling correction, duly noted!
November 22nd, 2009 An educated reader said:
Jehovah's Witnesses do NOT believe the soul remains in the body until called to Heaven at Armageddon. Rather, they believe that faithful ones will survive Armageddon and then live in paradise-like conditions after the world is rebuilt. They believe that only a select 144,000 people will be called to Heaven, and those 144,000 are all people who have witnessed the events that are predicted by Revelation leading up to and including Armageddon. Just wanted to clarify that.
November 27th, 2009 Undefined said:
2012 is scientifically, logically, and religiously proven wrong, (except for the Mayan religion and some others). Scientifically, there is no sign of the world ending yet, logically, they just ran out of space and were too lazy to make another one, and in Christianity, it says that nobody will be correct on the end of the world.
December 14th, 2009 Justin Case said:
Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe in the soul as a separate entity. Man is a soul.
December 28th, 2009 Sezhian said:
@ Joe - I wouldnt exactly call Mayans stupid people. No one should. They were intriguing people, and they should not be insulted publicly like this. Our concern should be the hollywood fancy movie makers who want to turn anything possible into profitable movies, and for their needs, they will exploit anyone and anything. A movie is something that should be watched, enjoyed and forgotten. There's no need to take this seriously. What would you do if you met with a car accident and died? Its no different than dying along with the end of the world. Think about it!
January 5th, 2010 Ryan said:
First let me say that calling the Mayans Stupid is pure ignorance. There math and astrology far surpassed any other known civilizations, and who’s ability to make absolutely accurate calendars far exceeds our understanding of their culture and way of life. Second to make fun of their Gods is no different than someone making fun of your own, because while you don’t believe how they could see such things I find it impossible to understand your beliefs in God as well. Of my knowledge of the known Universe I find it impossible to think such a force could exist, And the idea that so many people actually think they have some kind of personal connection with God makes me laugh, For in the billions and billions of planets out there life must exist elsewhere and even if there is just one planet in each Galaxy that contains life then that still leaves the number in the infinite for the universe is infinite. Every existence would have to have had the same kind of “connection” to the same God for this God to exist, and that idea is a very close minded one at best. When the Bible was written they believed that the sun Rotated around the Earth and that the Earth was in the center of the Galaxy because if we were created in God’s image then we must have some kind of special place in the universe. As the Mayans and many other indigenous tribes knew this could not be true.
Second will the world really end on 12 21, 2012? That sounds a little precise to me. But there are a number of factors to take into consideration. One being that of the Mayans Long Count Calendar it has stayed accurate to astrological events including the aligning of our planets on the solar plane of our galaxy and at the middle of our galaxy the black hole known as Sagittarius B proven by NASA to occur on the very date of 12 21, 2012. Solar Flares and a new planet, Nibiru reentering our solar system will prove to have major effects on our planet. It is also proven that a magnetic pole shift is under way as Magnetic North is no longer in the Arctic Shelf but is now located in Northern Canada and is sliding south miles per day. Yellow Stone National Park is the Largest Super Volcano in the world and swells the ground higher and higher every month along with slight tremors along the Wasatch Fault line is a sure conclusion to the “end of the world as we know it.”
Most importantly however is of our own doing. Our pollution of the skies and destruction of the Rain Forest, along with the over population and death to so many species will only lead to our demise. With the killing of ninety percent of the life in our oceans and growing Land Fills our fate has become sealed and all the way we care nothing other than creating war and destruction for all who stand in the way of our own beliefs on Government and Religion.
I can only hope that along with 2012 comes a new way consciousness for we have already nailed our coffin shut and there is no way out other then a new plain of existence.
January 9th, 2010 kinny said:
2012 IS NOT HAPPENING! my mom works in sony pictures and she made the movie guys come on!
January 12th, 2010 Ryan said:
LOL.
The movie 2012 was produced to generate profits off of a event of the unknown. Sony pictures does not hold the answer to wether or not anything will happen. They made a action/catastrophy movie about events that Do hold scientific merit to bring believers and non believers togehter to make money. You cannot compare The outcome of that movie or the mass Histeria of a bogus event such as the new millinium to the undeniable facts of a earthly re-calibration. Animals have only lived on this planet of a very short amount of time in consideration to the overall age of this planet. To think that we will out-live it in any way is naive. We are doing catastrophic damage to our home and the cardinal rule in the animal kingdom is simple "do not crap where you eat." Well us humans have never followed this rule. We have completely poisoned our world and like a fish tank that never gets cleaned we will simply choke ourselves out.
To say that they are wrong because they are dead is very misleading. We all want world piece but it will never happen. Just because you know the outcome of a situation does not mean you can change it. To many we believe that the Mayans understood this and welcomed their destiny because they understand the shift in consciousness better than most of you will ever even come close to understanding what that term even means. Death is not the end but a change and to many indiginous tribes these events where celebrated for the next shift to a higher consciousness is found to be a great event. As for the accuracy of there calenders before you start putting them down you really should take the time to research these things, For a culture that chose not to even use the wheel could predict astrological events thousands of years in the future that not even our highest technologies could prove to be correct until the late 80’s is absolutely amazing and there is no denying that. Even before the time when many cultures belived the earth was flat, And that the sun and all the planets rotated around the earth these tribes knew this was not true. For they really were seperate from the closed minded beliefs and Ideas that have obviously been passed down through the ignorance of a blinded society.
January 16th, 2010 emily said:
first of all i just want to clarify your misinterpetations of what jehova's wittness' believe. the belief is when you die you are like "sleeping" and you "sleep" till you are awakened in the resurection after armageddon. it is true that some go to heaven, the anointed ones, a total of 144,000. the rest will have the privilege of living on a paradise earth with jesus as king. the second point i want to make is that the end will come but there is absolutely no proof as to when. all religious beliefs aside, people have been slowly draining the earth and it is only a matter of time before there is nothing left. lobal warming has already thrown so much off and it will only get worse. if you include some spiritual beliefs though, the bible deos say that no one, not even jesus himself, will know the time/day/hour even, of when the end will come. our world may change as we know it due to the rapid changes caused by years of human greed and abuse, but not end, at least not that soon in that fashion. on that note, we should all do more to love this great rock we call earth and help to preserve it just a little longer. thats all i have to say about that.
May 7th, 2010 Deanna said:
I agree, the Mayans were not stupid people but perhaps never felt the need to continue the calendar until closer to the date. It must have been a great deal of work to come up with that calendar and since it was what hundreds of years away they may have simply felt that they had time to work on it and had better things to do!
June 18th, 2010 Sherri said:
First of all I just want to say I think you were wrong to put down any religion; for one thing at least they all have order and believe in the same basic princilples; this is coming from a person who had no connection with God until...under deep pain.and loss.prayed and fasted..for quite some time..seen that there is a God and Jesus who is totally less judgemental than any man could ever be..and totally forgiving. This person Was able to overcome many addictions.for many years,,never to be the same again.and God is All knowing ..all powerfull..ect. I also agree with the man who said you are going to die someday..regardless..we all will. The end of the world does not scare me...but I do pity the totally materialistic and the ignorant. I also have to conclude that absoluteley no belief in God is pitifully sad...someone made the aliens ..if there are any.. someone made the dust..planktin...ect.ad infintium..we did not make ourselves...I have a feeling God is geeting a good chuckle out of all of this...and that makes me smile :)
June 25th, 2010 mike poulin said:
Good stuff John. What exactly are solar flares and how can they effect the earth. Also the Niabru prediction has been proven wrong as it is still light years away from us.
July 6th, 2010 jacob said:
i am fasinated/ scared of this if it could ever happen i want to lern more about this soon sence this is 2010, 2 more years untill doomsday
July 18th, 2010 Tina said:
I think that if and when it happens theres nothing anyone one of any race of any religion that can predict this.Its really stupid to talk about it and the media aint helping matters at all.Because of all this b.s about the world ending is causing young and old people to become depressed,scared and not want to have children cause,Whats the point.I have a 12 year old boy whos so scared that were all gonna die,hes going nuts over it.They ve been saying since the 1960's that the world is going to end.I think if we start taking care of our planet and each other,the world will be around at least another 500 years.The media needs to step in and reassure or educate more about this 2012 crap.And stop scaring the poop out of everyone.If this keeps up people are gonna start comitting suicide,stop having babies,start become violent...its gonna get out of hand.Mark my words.


August 15th, 2010 Taylor said:
For the Maya the end of the great cycle (the end of the calendar) was a huge celebration to make it to the end a a whole cycle. If the maya where still around to day they would be celebrating the date of December 21,2012.
October 2nd, 2010 Crystal said:
you are so intellegent i love reading your blogs.
October 14th, 2010 BHASKARA RAO BOKKA said:
I think the Earth is not end in 2012 as per Hindu predictions but god start cleaning this world by tsunamis,earth quakes,wars and create new health problems from 2012 (Nandana Naama year).
Sri potuluri Veera brahmendhra Swamy told some future predictions 1594(nearly).They are
1.POLE SHIFT
2.SUN & MOON ARE NOT VISIBLE IN THIS UNIVERSE
3.RELATIONS ARE NOT MAINTAIN
4.PEOPLE ARE NOT MAINTAIN HUMANITY
5.INCREASE POVERTY IN MANY COUNTRIES
6.DECREASE RESOURCES
7.WORLD WARS
8.BRITISH RULERS ARE RULED THE INDIA(PAST)
9.SOLAR STORM
and he told so many predictions about this world.
Finally i tell about this issue \"god cleaning all bad people and he save good people in this world\"

YEARS ARE NOT MENTIONED ABOVE PREDICTIONS
October 18th, 2010 alice said:
well, im not tht old but i am very interested, according to the history channel the sun lines up with earth equally perfect and making it very hot. then the poles will shift causing tsunamis, earthquakes, fires and many more but people also predicted the computers will not read 2000 just 2 and everything will be lost. So we have no idea wht will happen but in the 10 commannents ( i know i spelt it wrong :( ) jesus and god say dont believe them they arnt ur rulers ( im jewish though) so we dnt really know. Tht is all
October 22nd, 2010 Dustin said:
I personally think the world will end one day but, Like it says in an earlier comment about how no man can predict the end of the world. I think that it is some type of government scam. The movie did not help anything thats the problem with the people these days they will sell anything and everything just to make a buck even if it causes a global uproar. So if the polar ice caps are melting than that would mean the world will flood right well i remember a bible story Noah's Ark and in the Bible it says that never again will i flood the earth or something along those lines. But if it is true and the world will end we as the human race have two years left to change this whether it be by God or by taking care of our planet. I don't know if this is a religious or natural disaster if it happens but we have two years to prove to God that we are worthy of living. My personal opinion is that 2012 is a myth for some type of scam.
November 18th, 2010 Robert Bertrand said:
In the year 2000 Jan 1st, to be exact, I went to the bank and drew out twenty dollars.got on the bus(electric) and went to work.The water flowed out of the faucet; the traffic lights worked just fine and all the systems that were based on computers were on.I often wondered how the survivalists spent that day.
December 10th, 2010 ya masta said:
this is very relevating information. thanks!
December 12th, 2010 claude grignon said:
we will not parich the world will go on for another million years then the sun will inploud then 8 min we will see the fx
December 16th, 2010 Tyler said:
Predicting when the world will end is like guessing where the first rain drop will land in a storm. Its impossible. The more people talk about the end in 2012 the more people will react when the time comes closer. Riots and other crimes will be committed. People need to think, if someone could predict when the world would end 5000 years ago, dont you think they could now with the technoligy we have?
December 21st, 2010 Grantham Taylor, Hughes said:
Thanks for the cogent explanation of restarting the calendar on 12.21.12. If people would interpret correctly, less nonsense occurs. Thanks again. I am Platonist regarding the "Spindle of Necessity" or the DNA universe as noted in Plato's "The Republic" of Appendix II. The UN's logo and flap display the Azmuthal Equidistant projection that they originally were attempting to reinstitute in 1945.
December 28th, 2010 David Halderman said:
It is very refreshing to see a logical and dispassionate view of this subject. All calenders end and start over again. Our American calender restarts every 365 days. The mayan long-count calender is just a little longer. But why they needed one over 5000 years long is an interesting question.
December 31st, 2010 Taylor said:
I agree with the comment "For the Maya the end of the great cycle (the end of the calendar) was a huge celebration to make it to the end a a whole cycle. If the maya where still around to day they would be celebrating the date of December 21,2012." That is wisdom personified. I surely don't believe there is going to be some ridiculous global disaster, although this winter HAS been particularly odd. Anyways, it's December 31st so Happy New Year to All!!
February 10th, 2011 Cire Jauregui said:
This article is very intriguing. It doesn't seem to be 100% correct though. I agree to what Dustin wrote in his comment on Oct. 22 2010 (a few articles up)
February 10th, 2011 Tommy said:
I find this article very interesting! I do personally do not agree with the Mayans ( I will admit, this may be biased information considering I am Catholic) But in the book of Matthew it does say "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. " Matthew 24:14 So what I do believe not only as being a part of my religion but my own research that whatever happens to our universe, or just our Earth is planned. So for Christian beliefs, this plan is run by God. Likewise, beliefs for people who are Mayans or other religions would have a plan for how the world would end. But this does interest me and John I do think you are doing a great job. Thanks!
April 26th, 2011 garrison said:
I am only in 8th grade but I do not think the world will end in 2012 some government person would tell the us because it getting close to the end i think the guy who made the calender didn't know how to count any higher or he died and no one else would write it.
April 28th, 2011 sandra said:
I am in 9th grade. I used to believe this nonsense butmi daddy says its not true...we dont know when the world will end. But incase it does happen i like to take this time to say I have enjoyed spemding time in this amazing planet and i love everyone I have come to meet in all my life
April 30th, 2011 Heidi said:
It is the end of the world for someone about every 15 min.

Why is it always about "all humans" dying together? Is it written that God secretly wants to perform some sort of genocide on the human race? Come on, really? Do your homework and come to your own conclusion but base conclusions on facts not fiction.
Happy Living :)
May 22nd, 2011 kyle said:
its not good beocuse the world was supposed to end on the 21 first of may and it never happend so why dose people say these silly things about this thw world will not end till everyone has died and there will be not one thing on this coutry when it ends so i dont know what everone is talking about this world has millons of years yet to go
May 25th, 2011 paul n said:
first off, i was really looking forward to the 2012 movie. when i did eventually watch it i was totally dissapointed...it gave no reasons or explanations as such, and was basically a special fx movie with a very tired and weak storyline...appocalipto by mel gibson gave an insight into the mayans, i recomend you watch it to those that havent seen it, nothing to do with 2012 though....anyway all this intrigues me, although i dont believe that anything will happen, its all a bit like the boy who cried wolf, im 51 yrs old and have heard it all before many times.....one thing on time speeding up though, i have to admit it sure seems to be faster than it used to be....but that can maybe be explained by this poem entitled TIME...Time

For When I was a babe and wept and slept,
Time crept;
When I was a boy and laughed and talked,
Time walked;
Then when the years saw me a man,
Time ran;
But as I older grew,
Time flew.

i dont know who wrote it , i think its anon. but it does sum up i guess.
July 9th, 2011 kayleigh said:
To: taylor's comment, december 31st 2010. Mayans do exist today, and most don't even believe in their ancestors prediction themself. So that must be abit comforting.. Honestly, i think you're all so consumed by the idea that there is going to be an end that you're gathering beliefs and prophecies, some ancient, some that may not even exist to make your selves feel more confident. Why? What's the point? Just live your lives! we will all die one day, thats a fact. So stop letting the "end" control your lives, and even your beliefs. If god made us for anything its to just live out our life with no worry and happiness. Love is the source of all things good, so trust in that and i assure you the world will still be here to look after your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren after you have passed. Get drunk, go to parties, dance and sing. Do all the things you aren't allowed and get caught, make mistakes and make them again, and then if this world comes to an end you won't regret spending your last days worrying about it, and you can enter whereever you're supposed to go dancing and singing like you never left. People think they won't get into heaven for doing things non-believers do, but that's what living is all about, taking a chance and not even taking it seriously. I wish you all luck, in this life and the next :)
July 16th, 2011 sathika parveen said:
I dont believe that world will end in 2011 there is lot to happen in the world .I guess there will be some distraction on the specified day. we should wait for that day.pray for the best.
July 21st, 2011 Christian Smith said:
Look at it this way just because your calender say's that it's 2012 doesent mean that its that year.Hello people the world has existed countless years! Yet the world keeps on turning does that bring some thought into your heads?Maybe all those people were just commen doomsayers who knows?That person who made the myan calender maybe his/her hand broke, he/her died
of a diesies, maybe he/her died of natural causes who knows were you alive back then? In almost every decade
theres another theory of when the world is gonna end.Look at Y2J and comet elenin those things were supossed to be the end of the world but were they nope it was just another theory.I know no one will read this but if you do try look at it my way your calenders are manufactured not anciant literiture written by the gods!
July 23rd, 2011 Beverly said:
Well if you look at it in a scriptual point of view

Matthew 24:1-13: And in answer Jesus said to them: “Look out that nobody misleads YOU; 5 for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 YOU are going to hear of wars and reports of wars; see that YOU are not terrified. For these things must take place, but the end is not yet.

7 “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. 8 All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.

9 “Then people will deliver YOU up to tribulation and will kill YOU, and YOU will be objects of hatred by all the nations on account of my name. 10 Then, also, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and mislead many; 12 and because of the increasing of lawlessness the love of the greater number will cool off. 13 But he that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.

Matthew 24:36-36 “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father
September 12th, 2011 Joe Borseth said:
Every generation believes that they are the 'enlightened' ones & possess such great knowledge & 'know it all'. they wonder why previous generarations believed as they did. In the last 100 yrs alone, look how much has changed. What passes for 'intelligence' today, future generations will laugh at. So many believe in the KJV Bible because they have been told to, over & over again. The Christian bible is incomplete. The finds of scrolls at Nag Hammadi, Egypt & Qumran caves in Isreal prove that (which is why those scrolls are kept such a secret). People are like a horse with the blinders on. We know very little, and most of that is probably wrong.
October 29th, 2011 Georgia Bird said:
I heard that the Mayans did not believe that 2012 would be then end of the world, but the end of a cycle. And after that date, time will be seen as the first year again.
November 27th, 2011 Mark said:
Wow. I'm shocked at how many followers of this site actually believe in Nibiru, polar shifts, allignments, man-made global warming and etc... Some education will cure all that.
January 20th, 2012 bryan moreton said:
can anyone clear up the solar flare that is going to happen this year and is it worth worring about

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