Awhile back, it was a race between Harold Camping and Steve Lerner. Camping had two shots at predicting the end of the world and missed both times. Lerner was mobilizing for the “collapse of capitalism” and he too utterly failed. Now, fiscal and Metaphysical notions are at it again. All this and Christmas too! It just doesn’t get any better.
The American people have a ringside seat to the circus—the clowns and the fire eaters. Can you guess which is which? If the end of the world comes first, we won’t have to worry about the fiscal cliff. If the fiscal cliff comes first, some people will wish for the end of the world. Now, let’s get serious and look deeper.
Myth: The ancient Mayan Calendar predicts the end of the world.
This is the crux of the matter. The calendar stops suddenly. overlaying it with the Christian calendar only takes it to December 21, 2012. Doesn’t it remind you of the horror movies where the Gypsy looks into the crystal ball and gives out with an awesome shriek because she sees nothing but darkness? Does silence and darkness indicate the end of everything? According to Maya scholar David Stuart of the University of Texas “The ancient Maya did not see the world in terms of endings, but rather in terms of constant renewal,” These people “…worshipped and served the creature [creation] more than the Creator… (Romans 1:25). Apart from the true God (Yahweh), the heathen tend to see time as cyclical rather than linear. There are cycles within time, but time itself from the perspective of the Bible has a beginning and an end. Animists have no vision beyond the course of nature.
The Bible refers to cycles, recurrences, and renewals, etc. especially in the Books of Ecclesiastes and Judges. Those who walk in disobedience apply the cyclical notion to time itself because that is all they can see in their Aristotelian world of nature. John Bunyan’s muckraker could not see beyond his own little empirical world.
The Mayans could not even predict their own demise. They thought in terms of cycles of years, namely occurring roughly every 5,125 years. According to an article by Rebecca Lopez Posted on December 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM under the headline Sides disagree on Catastrophe at Mayan Calendar’s End at http://www.kvue.com/news/183502881.html
“Experts say the Maya expected the calendar to end on the 21st, but then roll-over like an odometer and keep going. So December 22nd starts the new calendar.”
Case Closed: In addition to all the above, Dan Vergano, USA TODAY10:13p.m. EST December 13, 2012, under the headline Maya ‘End of World’ is a Mistranslation writes the following:
A doomsday prophecy was the last thing likely to be uttered by these ancient dynasty-builders. What’s more, Stuart was part of a team led by archaeologist William Saturno of Boston University that reported in May from the Guatemalan ruins of Xultun (SHUL-toon) the discovery of a scribe’s hut painted with calendar markings.
The markings tracked Venus, Mars and dates corresponding to a time after the year 3500, the team reported in the journal Science. That shows the Maya obviously expected the world to continue for many centuries. “So much for the supposed end of the world,” Saturno said.
A November study of cave stalactites in Belize added to evidence for how the world actually did end for the ancient Maya kings, with a series of droughts after 660 A.D.
Today, more than 6 million Maya live in Central America. The ancient kings vanished but the people remained.
And if 2012 doesn’t bring the end of the world, “I do know it is helping tourism” in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, Lucero says.
So, go ahead and do your Christmas shopping. Have a merry and blessed Christmas and a happy New Christian Calendar Year!