2012 – The end of the world?

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!

-edh-

8 thoughts on “2012 – The end of the world?

  1. morsec0de

    I’m not a Christian, but I have a prediction about what will happen on December 22nd, 2012.

    People will begin searching for a new date to say when the world will end.

    1. heartofapastor Post author

      I can understand where you are coming from since history would seem to support this claim. Many have claimed to know the “day and the hour” but none have been right.

      As for the prediction…if the end comes in 2012 I will welcome it with open arms as my Lord takes me home. If 2012 comes and goes, I will continue to wait.

  2. Mike

    The best resource I have found for debunking the 2012 predictions is Matthew 24:36-44: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away…44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

    Verse 36 says that even Jesus did not know the day. If even He doesn’t know the day, then what arrogance makes a mere man think he might have a revelation of the day?

    1. heartofapastor Post author

      The podcast I listened to talked about this arrogance of knowing something that Jesus does not know.

  3. Dave Johnson

    Check this out: http://www.universetoday.com/2008/05/19/no-doomsday-in-2012/

    This is a pretty good compilation of some of the scientific evidence surrounding 2012. It has most to do with the Mayan idea of a calendaring system (base 20 instead of 10). 2012 will bring some interesting astronomical events that coincide, most likely by design, with the Mayan calendar. Doomsday, doubt it. Primitive social/political control through religion, probably.

    End of the world scares like this, and the whole Y2K thing, are just intangible causes for the causeless. Y2K did have real impact but us tech folk planned for it, managed it, and we all survived without incident (just like the vast majority of terrorist attacks that are prevented and we never hear about). 2012 is a marketing scam, at best, much like a lot of other stuff out there. I bet it’ll be a killer movie though!

    I wish the average person would discuss real matters, like socialized health care, as freely and calmly as this 2012 fluff. (As an aside because the article I listed mentions this, Planet X isn’t a planet. That’s the name given to a planet like body that is suspected of existing. Pluto used to be referred to as Planet X before it was called a planet, which only about half of the astronomers in the world agree with. The other half consider Pluto to be just another chunk of ice.)

    End of the world, bring it on. There are many things worse than dieing.

    DJ

    1. heartofapastor Post author

      Very interesting article…thank you.

      I think we can use “fluff” like this to engage people with the Gospel. Obviously people out there care about this 2012 prophesy so why not use it to tell people about some more reliable prophesies…ones in the Bible. This could be a good jumping off point.

      Thank you again for the information. It was very helpful.

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