I feel like the world will probably end when ever an asteroid gets close enough to Earth or if there would actually be some sort of nuclear war. My main point is that it will either end by mankind or by something that we can not control.
I honestly don't give it much thought. However if I were a betting man I would say it will be (long after) any of (us) living today are dead and gone. Some people (want) to witness it and they're constantly looking for "clues". It's as though if it doesn't happen in (their lifetime) it will affect their religious beliefs. In fact some churches use the threat of the (end of the world) as a "recruiting tool" to gain members! :-)
You bring up a sad commentary on life and those religions' recruiting tactics.
Interesting. What if the "religious" people are right, and the world is destined to end. Is recruiting members a bad thing if the recruiting is intended to save others? Also, is it bad to recruit people into something which may actually be true?
Sojourner1234, another excellent point! Absolutely it's not "bad" to recruit people into something that may be true. Thanks for commenting on this and bringing in a whole new perspective! Cheers!
Sojourner1234, People that join a church for "insurance" purposes and not because they believe aren't likely to be saved. These people would drop out of church if it were proven the world will end in 3013. Choose love over fear when coming to God.
dashingscorpio, you are correct in that people who 'try out' religion for 'insurance' purposes will not experience salvation, if that is what they continue to do. Though people do come to God b/c of the motivation of both fear & love.
I often contemplate this topic, not so much about when our world will indeed end; but more precisely about how our beliefs influence the magnitude of the affect of this particular question. Have you ever contemplated that perhaps, just perhaps that your physical death is not your end but just a new beginning? If you can come to deeply believe this, then perhaps both the end of our world and the end of your life here may perhaps be inconsequential...
Oooh, good answer! Deep philosophy. I do hope that my physical death is not my end but just a new beginning (which is not to say that I take my life for granted, or that I fear its end). I think you're right, then, about the end of our world.
The world will end someday either when the sun dies and explodes or when some other stellar body crashes into the earth.
Our world will be long gone before that happens either by natural cause like an asteroid or at man's own hands.
I believe that there will be a mass death event in the not too distant future simply due to the fact that we are depleting all resources at an ever increasing speed. This will lead to the melt down of society and global war.
Another high possibility would be a pandemic on the scale of the great plagues of the past. We are breeding that ultimate virus / bacteria as we speak by giving the most advanced antibiotic cocktails to people with no immune system.
Modern medicine has brought us better lives but it has also set the genetic trap that halts natural selection giving us an ever increasing spread of conditions like diabetes and a weaker gene pool in general.
Happily I won't live long enough to worry about all of this.
In about six billion years when the sun explodes and takes several planets with it in its warm embrace... unless by "world" you mean people... in which case we're striving really hard to kill ourselves and each other off, but since we haven't managed yet I suppose we'll continue to toil, suffer, and antagonize each other for quite a bit longer.
Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012. But nothing happen in Dec 2012. According to Hindu Mythology this is KALYUG first stage, the after second & last. So it the long time when world is end.
It is interesting, how the various prophesies predict different ends to the world, and as time passes beyond one of those "deadlines" nothing much is thought about the prophecy being false. How do you explain/react to prophecies that don't come true?
I will base my answer on religion. I guess the world would be ending soon. There is a certain prophecy which states that the coming new Pope of the Roman Catholic today would be the last pope and that the reign of this last Pope would be shorter than the last. The last Pope Benedict XVI became a Pope for 5 years if i could remember it right, so if the prophecy is true, the world would end years before 2018. when i have watched about this prophecy in a video, it was really troubled, but if the predictions in the video regarding the incoming pope would be true, then the end is near. But still, the most important thing to do is to have faith and trust in God.
I admire your faith and adherence to your beliefs. Few people can claim to do that. For selfish reasons, I hope this prophecy is not true because I don't want the world to end soon, but I respect you and it enough to let life happen or not as it may.
I have heard this prophecy as well. It may be though that even if the prophecy is true it may only mean that the there would be no more pope, not that the world would end at that time. If you follow the Bible you know that nobody knows when it ends.
Sojourner1234, that's comforting. Thanks for clarifying the Bible's sometimes-cryptic messages. (Though I don't sit around worrying when the world will end. Pointless, since it is entirely out of my hands. I am the farthest thing from a god--ha ha!)
I follow the Bible, and it is rather clear in letting us know that nobody knows the exact time: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone" (Matthew 24:36). So, my answer would be that there is not a sure timeline to the end of the world (as we know it), nor can anyone say they know for certain.
However, I would say that there are 'signs of the times' and people can see these and have an idea that end situations are being set in motion. If I had to guess though... to just take a 'stab' at it I suppose within 100 years Again, I don't know, but why not venture a guess.
Ah! How logical that the Father should keep that knowledge a secret, for humanity might panic or act badly (worse than now?!??). I hear what you're saying about things being set in motion for failure. Very sad our leaders don't or can't stop it.
I agree too - only God knows when it will end.
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Humans seem to expect disaster, but as each prediction expires another takes it's place. I remember 1984 was to be world war, 1999 was Nostradamus's world famine, 2001 I forget, and the grandest of all 2012.
I am sure there is a new one now which we can worry about for the next 10 years.
To go along with your premise... I wish I would have gotten into the business of making & selling underground bomb shelters for the 2012 world destruction prediction... a lot of people purchased them.
Que Scout, I love your perspective and sense of humor on this. Sojourner 1234, maybe it's not too late to make that investment....
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Mankind will end as more and more countries get nuclear weapons and population spirals out of control with starvation and unable to afford to eat as wages don't go up with food prices, it will end. Not even the genetically modified food will be cheap enough. Actually, I am easy-going person for the most part.
I would say when the sun burns out in a couple of billion years or when a huge asteroid or comet hits us. But I doubt humans will be around for any of that.
The main thing is that till when you are alive
For you the world will end when you will say Good-Bye to the world
Very true! If we don't know when we are going to die how can we possibly know when the world is going to end? hmmm When we die our world has come to an end.
Very perceptive, both of you! This depends on a person's religious beliefs, too. For example, ancient Egyptians believed that if they led a true life in this world, they would pass safely through the under world to a life just like this one.
In my opinion, the world will not end. The existence of people will end.
6.2 billion years when the sun implodes. We'll probably kill each other off long before that but it'd be interesting to see.
Oh, so cynical, "We'll probably kill each other off..." Very likely true, though, or else we'll go the way of the dinosaurs: by natural disaster. "Interesting to see"--Yes, it made me think of "Milliway's Restaurant at the End of the Universe" ha ha.
it's not impossible that the world would really end in the near future but, I am not thinking about it because I am still here on Earth and I want to cherish every second that I and Earth are still existing in the universe. I want it to end when I am already 1000 years sleeping six feet under the ground, hehe.
It depends on your definition of "end" and of "world."
Does "end of the world" mean the end of civilization? The end of our current lifestyles? The elimination of humanity? The end of all life on Earth? Or the destruction of the physical orb called "Earth?"
Our current lifestyles might end within the next 3-4 years, because America is insanely spending money like drunken pirates with a stolen credit card. And no one is stopping this madness. At least in Iceland, they had the brains to toss out their government and throw the bankers in prison for their crimes.
The end of civilization likely won't happen any time soon, but we might come real close, because with a madman like Obama in office, saying sweet things on the one hand and shredding the Constitution on the other, I don't hold much hope for humanity with America becoming the Evil Empire it once condemned.
All life on Earth could end with a nuclear war, but I don't think that will happen. There's too much selfishness and arrogance going around for that to happen. We'll likely have to wait until the sun grows a billion years older. By then, the sun's light will be strong enough to dry up the oceans and possibly even burn off our atmosphere. But it might happen even sooner, if the approaching Andromeda galaxy stirs things up enough to cause a collision or planetary ejection.
The end of the physical orb of Earth is uncertain, but might occur when the sun goes red giant in another 4-5 billion years.
I don't think anyone will know for sure, when I studied Geology many moons ago lol, I remember being told that scientists said that the world wouldn't end till 3000+ but that isn't fact, I believe our world may die when we have exhausted all of it's natural resources, climate change maybe even from a meteor strike, we will never know.
Humans rule the Earth . I believe there won't be any real natural disasters but Humans will be responsible for the destruction of the world . It may be wars , pollution problems , degradation of the environment , etc.
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