Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2012, The End of the World

Well guys, we have 630 days to live, maybe less(depending on when you read this post). According to the Mayan Calendar, written over 5,200 yeas ago, the Earth will be obliterated in some twisted, terrible way......

Ok, now relax, I'm kidding. I don't actually believe in the 2012 phenomenon or that the world will end because some ancient race says so, but I think there is something very interesting about how we all look at this "Crazy" theory. We have all heard someone, whether it be on the news, the internet, or in person talking about what they have done to prepare for the so called "Doom's Day." They blabber on, in the most serious and anxious tone, as we sit there, biting our lips, trying not to laugh. Now, I want us to take another look at this, let's evaluate why we believe this theory to be false.

I just want to clarify one more time, I don't believe that the Mayan Calendar dictates which day we will all die. However, there is someone who does do this, you guessed it, God. He knows the exact day we will leave this earth, and the exact moment he plans to come back. When we hear someone talk about the world ending in 2012, we automatically write it off as "insane." No one in their right mind actually does any research or even attempts to look up the arguments behind such claims, we laugh at it and then go our merry ways. What's wrong with this picture? It's not that we immediately doubt the validity of the Mayan's Calendar or that we make fun of the people who are living out their days as if it is really going to happen. The flaw in our behavior towards the 2012 apocalypse is that we act like this towards every thought of the world ending in the near future. We think about the end of the world and we shudder, we try to get the notion out of our heads and as far away as possible. Even though it will be a day of rejoicing and happiness, since our savior will return. I still don't like the sound of my peaceful little world ending, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this feeling.
Looking at the odds, the world probably won't end in 2012, but that doesn't mean it can't. Jesus told us that we should always be on the look out for when he returns, for he'll come like a thief in the night, and no one will see it coming. In fact most of us will probably be in the middle of something we would never even want even a common sinner to see us doing, let alone God.

"But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
- (Matthew 24:43-44 ESV)

We don't know when he will come back, he could surprise us all and actually return on December 21, 2012. My point is that there are millions of Christians out there, including myself, who aren't living as if tomorrow is our last day, yet there are countless non-christians who are. When Noah tried to tell his neighbors that a great flood was coming that will annihilate every living thing on earth, they laughed at him, and told him he was crazy. Granted, the 2012 apocalypse enthusiasts were not told by God that the world will end in that year, but the fact of the matter is, they have the mindset that we should have, that tomorrow we may all be gone.

That's just something to think about, I hope this comparison between Jesus' return and the mayan apocalypse helps anyone who reads this post to go through this day as if it is their last.



Rachel said...

That's a great reminder! One good way to see how attached we are to this world is to ask ourselves how we would feel if Jesus came back tomorrow... are we excited, or sad? :)

Charlie said...

Great post! We must also balance that with Godly planning for the future, though. You can't assume the world will end soon, and then make poor judgements that you would regret later.

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