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End of the World: Is the Apocalypse Really Coming on Dec. 21?

The Mayans may or may not have predicted the apocalypse will occur on Dec. 21. Do you buy it?

Do you expect the world to end on Dec. 21, 2012?

As the day draws near, NASA is getting in on the action. The agency created a page on its website devoted to debunking the Mayan apocalypse idea—not least because the Mayans never predicted any such thing. The date is simply the end of one time period that simply starts over.

“Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012,” NASA wrote.

But maybe they're just fun-haters: there are a number of parties planned for Dec. 20 or 21 this year, just in case the Earth explodes, or zombies run amok. With the "long count" calendar of the Ancient Mayans coming to an end that day, some people are a little pessimistic about any calendar continuing past that date.

However, experts on the matter, like the NASA thing above, say we've got nothing to worry about. According to an article on nbcnews.com, "Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Dec. 21. Experts say 13 was a significant number for the Maya, and the end of that cycle would be a milestone — but not an end."

Some people believe the Maya may have predicted "impending astronomical disasters that would coincide with 2012, ranging from explosive storms on the surface of the sun that could knock out power grids to a galactic alignment that could trigger a reversal in Earth's magnetic field."

But according to the article, that is not the case. In fact Mayan predictions go way past our present-day, indicating that they expected a future to come even after their long count calendar came to an end.

So what do you think? Are we doomed? Or not so much? Let us know!


Spirit Of Venice December 11, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Here's more than you asked for about the Bible's take on "Apocalypse". Throughout over 4,000 years of writing the Bible runs a thread of predictions about the future asserted to have been inspired directly by God (whose name in the Bible is "Jehovah" or "Yahweh"). It prophecies that the "age" (Greek : "aeon" - like "ice-age" etc.) we are in will come to its end amidst world-shaking catastrophes such as a plethora of earthquakes around the planet, ecological disasters, increased wars, massive inhumanities by governments, etc. (Google "biblical end times prophecies"). Jesus (you know, the guy whose birthday we are about to celebrate) said that NOBODY WILL KNOW WHEN this "end" will come, and that if anybody tells you they know when they are lying. "Christians" and Bible-adhering Jews, are anticipating this "Day of the Lord" coming and along with it the appearance of an "anointed savior" (Hebrew - "messiah") who will rescue mankind from universal evil and death...but again, it is quite specific that nobody can tell you a day that this will happen. :-)

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