“I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray.
“But when I woke up this morning, could’ve sworn it was judgement day. So, say, two-thousand, zero, zero, party’s over, oops-out of time.
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”
Now it’s stuck in your head again and you sound like an old fool because it’s 13 years later and partying seems like a very irresponsible way to plan for the end of the world. But apart from that, doesn’t it seem like we’re still singing that same song with a new year over and over again lately? Have you heard of the new, upcoming end of the world?
So say, two-thousand , one, two, party’s over, oops- Mayans true.
What’s the big deal over this Mayan end of the world date, December 21st 2012? What does science have to say about it? Should we be concerned? And can movies, people, or the Bible tell us the actual date?
Who Were The Mayans?
There is a lot of information to wade through, if you do a simple search of “Mayan Calendar End of the World”. Like any information gathering project, you have to take into consideration what the writer wants you to believe. There are opinions by scientists, news media, the religious, and non-religious. But many of them agree that the myth has its origins in one of two ways;
First that some sort of planetary event would happen. Either the earth will be affected by alignment, causing a gravitational shift (think 2012, the movie) where polar ice-caps re-establish themselves in places like New Jersey and Australia,- or that the Earth will be struck by some massive planetary object (an asteroid or a forgotten planet like Pluto).
“Modern day ancestors of the Mayans, when interviewed about December 21st, 2012, had no clue about any significance of that date. ..
The second myth revolves around the details of the Long-Count calendar. It apparently ends on December 21st causing confusion about what comes next: the End of the World, or a new spiral bound desk-top version? Interestingly, one article reports that
“Modern day ancestors of the Mayans, when interviewed about December 21st, 2012, had no clue about any significance of that date. ..When local reporters went to the modern day descendants of the Mayans and asked what they thought of that date, …they didn’t have a clue about it. The only thing that they were concerned about was having enough rain this year for their crops.
But if you need more convincing, the concrete-science type, both events have been scientifically debunked by NASA on their “Beyond 2012” website.
NASA, Do We Have A Problem?
For your reading pleasure, an entire FAQ page on their website is dedicated to the Mayan calendar and end of the world theories. The very first answer is this definitive response:
“The world will not end in 2012…The world has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012…”.
I guess this authoritative statement was intended to put most logistical thinkers to rest, yet I’m not sure the supporting reasoning inspires much confidence. “the world has been fine” and “no scientist knows of any threat”? Correct me if I’m wrong, but that sounds a wee-bit like “We’re not really sure of what we don’t know”.
And, the Mayan calendar myth- the world will not end simply because the Mayan calendar ends, just as America doesn’t cease to exist because December 31st is the last day on our calendar either. It simply restarts January 1st the following year.
In all fairness, the subsequent questions on NASA’s site do address a few more specifics related to the end of the world theories in 2012, such as; There is no known planet hurtling through space on a collision course with Earth (NASA would have been tracking it for the past 10 years if this were true). And, the Mayan calendar myth- the world will not end simply because the Mayan calendar ends, just as America doesn’t cease to exist because December 31st is the last day on our calendar either. It simply restarts January 1st the following year.
There are several more theories that are briefly discredited in the same high-level way by NASA if you’re interested here: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this article where we talk about other end of the worlders and an appropriate Christian response.
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