Why The World Will Not End in 2012
Who Says the World Will End?
For countless centuries, people had postulated the end of the world as scripture and not historical fact. As far back as the Biblical days when Jesus first walked the earth, there was talk of the end of the world. Will the world really end? Why would we think it would end? Let us take the high road and make this easy on everyone and say, it will not end because there is no evidence of a devastating event, other than the alignment of the planets due for December 21, 2012. There is no evidence of what happened last time of the aligning of the planets, historically dating 680,000 years ago, which may account for the extinction of the dinosaurs, but was it lack of resources and not some cosmic event which brought about the end of the species?
Christian eschatology is the study of the end of things, conjecture comes in to discuss if it is the end of humankind, an age, or the world. So in fact, Christian Eschatology teaches us there is a beginning and an end to all things spiritual. God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th, making that day the Sabbath; hence the beginning. The end is the flood in which the Lord, in His wrath, destroyed all mankind but for a chosen few humans and creatures; the end. The beginning, the olive branch in which Noah received from the dove he sent out to look for land, and the end, Jesus dying on the Cross, but that is the beginning of Christianity and of the Holy Spirit, thus in Christian eschatology, there must be an end, maybe not a complete annihilation, but an end of things as we know it, such as electricity, buildings, cars, creature comforts which surrounds our otherwise mundane lives of excess. Jesus says there will be a second coming where the world will be judged, so as we know of earthly things and Jesus spoke of Heavenly things, the words may not mean what we think as a second coming, but as an individual event.
The End is Nigh
As far as the predictions of 2012, namely Pastor Harold Camping,who predicted the Rapture, which is the cultivation of all chosen Christians to be brought to Heaven; both living and dead. The Rapture was predicted on May 21st, 2011 based on Bible Code numerology techniques, and according to the calculating, those less fortunate not saved during the Rapture, would be tortured unmercifully for 6 months until the end of the world; Judgment Day October 21, 2011. Many of those believers sold their goods and awaited the Rapture which was not believed to have occurred, and the end of the world did not happen on October 21st, 2011. Poor Pastor Camping became an object of ridicule for trying to warn and educate people. Maybe the world did end as we knew it, and we are completely oblivious to the change? Do you feel different?
Path of the Pole
Dr Charles Hapgood predicted the world will undergo a polar shirt, meaning the earth will shift its axis and what we know as North and South will be completely different. Due to the shifting of the Earth's axis, there will be a cataclysmic pole shift causing disruption of the earth's mantle (rock below the surface of the earth) which would cause floods, earthquakes and mass displacement of land masses. The Path of the Pole is the name of the book Dr Hapgood wrote in 1958. Dr Hapgood's book speculated that the ice mass at one or both poles over-accumulates and destabilizes the Earth's rotational balance, causing slippage of all or much of Earth's outer crust around the Earth's core, which retains its axial orientation. Albert Einstein agreed with Dr Hapgood's work, however; Einstein disagreed with the polar shift because he believed the ice caps would prove to be too heavy to be adversely affected by the movement of the Earth's axis. Dr Hapgood conceded Einstein's point that the weight of the polar ice would be insufficient to bring about a polar shift. Instead, Hapgood argued that the forces that caused the shifts in the crust must be located below the surface; he had no satisfactory explanation for how this could occur. Dr Hapgood's theory could come into place due to global warming and the melting of the ice caps in the Arctic regions. People have added Dr Hapgood's theory to the December 21st, 2012 alignment of the planets as a catalyst to cause this pole shift, not scientifically measurable by our present standards.
End of the Time, End of the Age, End of the Season
In conclusion, all theories have been proven there is a slight chance of the world coming to an end. With the normal balance of the ecosystem and infrequent natural disasters not providing a steady pattern, it is safe to say the world is not in danger of coming to an end. There could be a coming of age change in our times, the world economy is at a loss, there are wars and rumors of wars, there is unrest and indignation all over the earth, so a change of the age would be welcomed. Jesus will come again as He told written in the Bible, but will His coming be a changing of the world, the changing of a time or an individual basis as all people will die?
Become a Christian and Save Yourself
Jesus died for our sins is a tougher statement to believe than any other political figure in history. We all believe in George Washington, although no one living at the present age has seen him, thus we take it on faith that our dollar bill is an accurate potrayal of our first president. Tell a story about Socrates and people will lend an ear because it is wisdom, mention Jesus and you get frowns. If the world is going to end, would you prefer to be in Heaven, or would you rather burn in a lake of fire? I firmly believe the only way out of the firey pit of hell is to believe Jesus died for my sins so I would not have to go to that place. It is ethical, moral and logical to be a Christian, but not popular, so Heaven will have more land for me to own.