If you spend any amount of time watching TV you have probably seen an advertisement or two about a new movie coming out called 2012. It ‘s a movie about the end of the world that the Mayan calendar predicts. These 2012; end of the world beliefs are starting to become very widespread in our culture and as Christians we need to be informed about what this is all about and how, as Christians, we are to respond to this. Recently I listened to a podcast about this topic at a website called Breaking Unbelief at: http://www.breakingunbelief.org. The podcast is called What is the hype about 2012 and the end of the world. I found it very informative and interesting. It is about 30 minutes long. One of the guys asking the questions in this podcast is Tim Chaffey (a college friend of my wife’s). He spoke at Salem this past Sunday about God and suffering. It was a great talk. He is also a writer/contributor for the website Midwest Apologetics. I haven’t thoroughly gone through this site yet, but I know Tim to be a very passionate and intelligent person. I think he is worth a look.
The reason I am mentioning all of this is that the Gospel text for this Sunday from Mark 13:1-8 got me thinking. I am not exactly sure how or if I will incorporate any of this on Sunday…but it still has me thinking. Whether I include this 2012 stuff in the sermon or not I plan to do some more research so I can be better informed about this; so I can address this issue when it comes up with people.
Personally, as a Christian, the end of the world is not a scary thing. Whether it happens on Dec. 21, 2012 or not should not be an issue. But the more important thing to consider is that the Bible does not support such a belief (meaning an exact date…see Mark 13:32-37). Maybe the Mayans were good with calendars and time, but predicting the future? The Bible has about 500 some prophesies that have come true, but the most important future predictions that the Bible makes is that: (1) Jesus will come again, (2) there will be a resurrection, and (3) a final judgment. The Bible talks about this and Jesus says “Stay Awake!” As Christians we have an amazing opportunity here, but we need to be prepared and informed.
So with that…what resources, websites, etc have you found helpful in speaking about this 2012; end of the world belief that is out there?
I am going to continue my reading and will share insights as they come.
Praise be to God!