Remember back fifteen years ago and how the Y2K scare was supposed to throw your world into chaos? The calendar would turn into the new century and computers would break down. Planes were supposed to fall out of the sky, dams would break, and many would die. It didn’t happen.
Go back even further and we discover doomsday predictions have a rich legacy. Remember Nostradamus? He’s trotted out whenever a modern prophecy needs some instant credibility. Most people don’t even know that he wrote under the Julian calendar which shifts his predictions to four years earlier anyway. Even then, he thought the world would still be kicking well in the 38th century. It looks like we have some time left!
Next up is the date December 21, 2012. While it’s true that many of us maintain some foreboding concerning next year with all of the world’s economic and political woes, much of this concern has been reinforced by the calendar of the long gone Mayan Indian culture of Central America. Their calendar, in looking toward the future, ended on the above date with no explanation. Yet, this hasn’t quelled our doomsday thought processes. Thus, once again we face disaster: the world will be struck by an asteroid or comet bringing most if not all of life to an abrupt end; missiles with atomic warheads will be launched during a Third World War; celestial alignments, black holes, magnetic pole shifts, solar storms, apocalyptic events of biblical proportions, alien invasions – well, you get the point. We are all doomed, say the soothsayers. Hollywood is at it again having already made a blockbuster sci-fi film with the name – you guessed it – “2012.” Once again, there are books being sold by the millions, and the internet is swamped with websites, all talking about the subject. New survival kits are just around the corner!
But getting back to the ancient Mayans, certainly they were a brilliant people who had delved into mathematics, astronomy, engineering and architecture. They built great cities from 200 AD on, and had developed into the greatest civilization of the New World well before the Conquistadors finally arrived in the 16th century. Their greatness, however, didn’t prevent them from committing some egregious errors in their belief systems nor temper their horrific dark side within their character. For instance, while the accuracy of their calendar remains beyond question, they also believed that the world was created on what we would calculate to be August 13, 3114 BC! We know that too didn’t happen. And any possible prophecies that would have come from the Mayans would have come from a pagan people who practiced human sacrifice, even that of children!
Yet, we of the western world, the world of Christendom, seem to be more willing to accept what the Mayans had to say – or didn’t actually say – than what our own Holy Scriptures have, through the ages, transmitted to us especially from among the Prophetic books of both Testaments, Old and New. I strongly suggest that we cease worrying about what the Mayans and Nostradamus had to say – or didn’t say – and to begin once again to focus our attention on the “Good Book” that came from the Lord Himself to all people of all epoch periods, a book that is 110% accurate in all its Prophecies. We should ask ourselves who we would rather trust, pagans and astrologers who are wrong more often than right, or the Lord Jesus Christ Himself before Whom we should be bending our knees. The answer should be clear to all of us!
Chris Andreas spent a quarter century in the corporate world working primarliy for IBM Corp. before moving on to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in New York where he worked in the Department of Stewardship Ministry for 17 1/2 years. Having now retired he is a freelance researcher and writer.