Friday, February 8, 2008

Surviving 2012: Oh Please...

Get ready: The world is supposed to end on December 21, 2012 (12/21/12). "According to their calendar, the Maya believed that their world would end on Dec 21, 2012. Of all the dates put forth by prophets and cultures for a doomsday, this is one with an authentic almost eerie feel to it" [1]. Why does this one have an 'authentic eerie feel' as opposed to all the other ones throughout history?

I remember back in 1988 a popular tract was circulating among the christian fundamentalists supposing that Christ was to return in September 1988. I, and an intrepid band of fellow malcontents, were busted at a Bible College during an attempt to make light of this assertion. Obviously, this prediction was erroneous and the same author revised his calculations and came out with a sequel for 1989. Of course this also was fallacious and 'Grunge' music, Starbucks, and Desert Storm (Part 1) were all allowed to transpire.

Why do these 'Dooms Day' movements exist and thrive in our culture? Certainly these movements are not unique and they have existed throughout most of recorded history. Why do we as a species seem to revel in the possibility of our destruction? I have no idea but I suspect that 'Grunge' may be a manifestation of a nihilist bent that is blunted by a good 'Frappaccino' and appeased by a good war.

Hmm.. coincidence? I think not!

In any event, some segment of humanity seems to need to have a telos and that end must be loud and explosive. I wonder if this self-destructive fantasy is indicative of the need for narrative that seems to pervade the human condition; a desire to tell a story with a beginning, middle, and ending. Frankly, I have no idea but I am sure that this fear of the end will sell lots of books.

-Safari Bob


1 comment:

  1. Hey Safari Bob,
    The desire is not to see the world end, but to see the end of the world as we know it. I anxiously await the 2nd coming. I await justice and righteousness and I embrace the knowledge that the Lord will be glorified. Man has done nothing but screw things up throughout history and I want to see it all be made right. What makes this new 2012 date intriguing is that it matches up well with many other signs. Many things are coming to pass that have scriptural evidence; events in the Middle East, technology, the apostatic state of the church, etc. Much Bible history has been backed up scientifically so I see nothing inconsistent with the fact that, according to the planetary alignment expected in 2012, this could scientifically back up the scriptural indications of monumental earthquakes occurring in the 2nd half of the tribulation. God said that we would see the signs of the end. Granted, we don't know the date and the hour, but it can't be much longer. I don't know your heart, but if you're "left behind" you'll have to deal with the difficulties of the tribulation. Stand fast, though, because an eternity in Heaven will await those who persevere.