People have been predicting the end of the world for centuries and we are still here.
In the twentieth century, perhaps no one was better known for his doomsday predictions than former Christian radio host Harold Camping. He made one prediction and when that didn’t happen, he said he made an error and gave a second prediction which didn’t happen either. At one point Camping lost many of this faithful followers and his radio station. His latest prediction was that world would end in 2011, and again we are still here.
But one prediction has captured the attention of people all over the earth. The ancient Mayans, according to scholars, predicted that the world would end on Oct. 21, 2012. Their apocalyptic prediction was gleaned from one of three calendars used by the Mayans. By matching dates on the Mayan calendar to dates on our current calendar, the experts say that it should all have ended yesterday, but they do give a fudge factor and say that the 23rd or 24th are also possible dates for the end to time.
What’s sad is how many people take these things seriously. For example, around three dozen schools in Michigan canceled classes on Thursday and Friday, the 20th and 21st. The school officials who made the decisions to close said it had to do with possible violence related to the Newtown shooting and the rumors of the coming apocalypse.
Matt Wandrie, superintendent of Lapeer Community Schools wrote:
“Given the recent events in Connecticut, there have been numerous rumors circulating in our district, and in neighboring districts, about potential threats of violence against students. Additionally, rumors connected to the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world on Friday have also surfaced.”
I’m not going to get into a long and heated debate over end time and biblical eschatology because I am firmly convinced that no person on earth will know the day or time when it will take place. What I do know is that we should live our lives as Christians in a way that when the end does come, we will be ready to stand before God and declare our righteousness through the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ. If you do that, then the end really doesn’t matter, does it?