One of things I love most about life is being alive. I much prefer it to the alternative, and I quite enjoy having a world to live in while I am currently breathing. There seems to be some people out there who would rather there not be a world to live in and play a game of predicting its end.
I was born at the very end of 1973 and since that day, the world had been predicted to end SEVENTY-ONE TIMES! Six of those predictions were from Harold Camping alone. Three were in 1994, one in 1995, and two in 2011. He was wrong on all six counts, but he left this world in 2013. It should come as no surprise that all of the end time predictions made since the very first one have been wrong.
The biggest end times prediction of all was the failed Mayan apocalypse that was supposed to happen on December 21, 2012. That was also my thirty-ninth birthday. I remember for years tuning into the “History” channel only to see people in black capes all talking with great certainty about what the significance of the Mayan calendar ending meant. It turns out it meant that the Mayans would have to go to the book store to get a new calendar. The world went on and I eventually would hit the big 4-0 (and not two years away from the big 5-0).
End times predictions are amusing in a lot of cases, but there’s a sad side and a tragic side to it. The aforementioned Harold Camping’s 2011 prediction resulted in a lot of people who trusted him blowing their life’s savings to promote the end of the world, all the while, the Family Radio (Camping’s company) calendar had events that stretched into the holiday season that year. Apparently, a woman in California who was a follower of Camping’s attempted to kill her daughters and then commit suicide, but she was arrested and all three survived.
There are several more predictions of the end time that I can discuss here, and maybe I will when I am in need of a topic for a Saturday Sermon. I don’t know why anyone tries to make predictions of the end times. Enjoy the time you have on the planet and help to save it for future generations since it will be here long after we’re gone.
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