Not with a bang or a whimper

As I write this, it is now 2:20 on the morning of Friday December 21, 2012 in Tokyo and as far as I can tell from the news reports, it’s still there.  So much for the Doomsday predictions the world will end midnight Friday December 21, 2012.  Of course, like all these predictions, nobody ever mentions a time zone, so perhaps I’m writing this prematurely and it will happen midnight Eastern time, or some such thing.

In “Who to believe?” of December 18, I promised I wouldn’t say “I told you so” when life carried on, but … .

How many times over the years have we heard these Doomsday predictions?  How many times have we heard some religious fanatic tell us he has deciphered the clues in the Bible, then state categorically the world will end August 32, or some such thing, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon? How many times have we also seen these people  come up with excuses, such as “I made a mistake in my calculations,” or other reasons even more fantastic than their view of the End of Everything when life goes on?

Many people believe Doomsday will coincide with the return of Jesus.  I’m not a religious scholar, so I can’t argue for or against that possibility, but I am aware the Bible does state that no man may know when the Lord will return.  Given that statement from the Bible, I would suggest that these religious groups that make Doomsday predictions are attempting to place themselves above God.

Yes, the world will probably end some day, but I doubt it’s going to happen this weekend.  So if you were using the end of the Mayan calendar as an excuse not to do any Christmas shopping, guess what?  You’re gonna find the mall very, very crowded on Saturday.

Enjoy your week and remember to hug an artist – we need love (and Christmas presents) too.