WE'RE STILL HERE...
Imagine that... The world didn't end and you're probably nursing a pretty bad hangover right now. I guess this makes it another end of the world averted. So why is there a pretty good chance that this never was meant to happen? Perhaps it has to do with the long running track record of failed predictions.
Between the Y2K doomsayers (Jan 1, 2000) and now, there have been around 70 dates or approximations for the end of the world. Think about that for a second... 12 years and 70 predictions...and the best part... ZERO accuracy. There's still even one more prediction we have to get through this year before we can worry about next year.
If you go to THIS INTERESTING SITE by Chris Nelson you will be educated to past, present, and even future "End of the World" predictions. Some are vague, some are comical, and some are so tightly wrapped to mathematical equations that they MUST be true, for how would we know any difference without an advanced degree in math and science.
So What's the Point of Predictions?
People inherently like to feel like they know what's coming. I get that. Nobody likes to be taken by surprise with something as epic as the end of the world. There are several reasons why people might predict the end of the world and I'll give some of my theories.
Some people are just fear mongers and love to stir the pot. Most fear comes from the fact that you don't know what is going to happen. Fear of the dark, fear of the unknown, fear of dying, etc... When you say the world is coming to an end, you provide the pseudo-proof and nobody can provide anything to the contrary. Because there isn't anything to disprove the prediction, it makes it a plausible scenario. The fact that it is now plausible is a scary thought, because what if it does come true?
Money rules the world. More people will try to prove it's going to happen than not because a strange thing happens when people are scared... They get prepared JUST IN CASE. They prepare by stockpiling, partying, upgrading, and topping off supplies. If I am selling supplies that you will stockpile, I will do my best to convince you that you need more so that I can bring my profitability up and make a better life for myself and my family. "Spend it all, tomorrow it will be worthless...If you're even here at all. Can't take it with you." So by that thought... Just give it all to me. Then when the world doesn't end, I'll be in a better position.
What's the quickest way to pack out a church? Natural disasters, wars, and the end of the world. We had a guest preacher in church a little while back and he was talking about how he preaches in the jungles of South America (I think), and he spoke about how he's converting many people and they want to get right before the Rapture and the end of the world. It made me sick to think that he might actually have a ministry based on the "Get Right or Get Left" premise. I really hope I misunderstood him, but some preachers will use the FEAR to get MONEY to grow the RELIGION. Good, bad, or indifferent, I think people should come to God on their own and not because they think the world is ending soon.
SPICE OF LIFE:
Lastly, how many of you when to a "Last Night on Earth" party on New Years Eve '99? Better yet, how many of you were partying over this last weekend for the same reason? New Years Eve always plays host to parties, but who celebrated May 21st? How many of you did something (or someone) you now regret because the world didn't end? Who bought something they couldn't afford? Many people like the fact that the "I thought the world was ending..." excuse is now on the table. You don't have to always blame it on the alcohol if you have that in your pocket. "I always wanted to... ...and did it since the world was ending." Now you regret it, or now you're glad you did it, but either way - You did it! Why did you have to have an excuse? Because you are human. Make everyday a life without excuses and listen to the Nike motto... JUST DO IT!
Will They EVER Get it Right?
Who knows... The most important thing is just this. If you're worried about the world ending soon, remember that there are many more predictions already struck in stone and if you want to use them as an excuse to have a party, then that's your prerogative. Go for it. If you want to try something new, Go for it! If you want to make sure you're right with the lord, Get it done! Basically, just don't do something so stupid that you'll have to pay for it tomorrow, because chances are that the world isn't ending.
So What Did You Do?
Same thing I do every night... TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!! HAHA...
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Have a great day... It may be the last one!