COLUMN: Doomsday prophecies are unproven wastes of time

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 11:48 a.m. CDT; updated 5:14 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Aimee Hall, Andrew Jenkins, Laura Li and Austin Fax make up the column-writing team of The Holy Roarers.

Editor's note: This team-written column is one in a series of five about Earth Day, all written from a different life perspective.

Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the recent disaster in Japan fan the flame of the outrageous and ever-changing Apocalypse prophecies. With each disaster, another prediction is made.


Not your typical “preachy religious kids,” Andrew Jenkins, Austin Fax, Aimee Hall and Laura Li look to examine hot topics in today’s society from a Biblical perspective. Hailing from different backgrounds, these four will delve into complex topics, all the while trying to make sense out of the one thing that matters most in their lives: faith.

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Known doomsday predictor and pastor Harold Camping claims the world will end on May 21. The ancient Mayans predicted a little later — Dec. 21, 2012.

To many, these hyper-charismatic predictions are ridiculous and met with rolling eyes and scoffs. For others, it's a genuine fear. The National Geographic reported that some are taking the 2012 predictions so seriously they are considering suicide and murdering their family to prevent suffering when the world ends.

Despite people's reactions, doomsday prophecies should be seen as a waste of time and worry-for-nothing ideas.

For one, each prophecy is filled with faults.
 Scientists are constantly disproving popular end-of-the-world predictions. Pole shifts — spinning as a result of a sudden shift in the Earth's crust and mantle — are a recent apocalyptic scenario. Although a form of this is possible in the long run, it happens slowly over millions of years with little effect.

Other popular myths are also believed to be fact. Contrary to popular belief, the Mayan calendar does not actually end Dec. 21, 2012, according to an ABC News report.

There's no need to fear any prediction until scientists prove a genuine potential threat. This is yet to be seen.

Most doomsday predictions are made in a religious context, especially regarding Christianity. However, the Bible says, "Heaven and earth will pass away ... but about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the son, but only the father." If God says no one will know, then how can Christians who believe the Bible make such predictions?

It is inevitable the world will end one day. The Second Law of Thermodynamics and opening our eyes to the world around us proves everything is decaying. Yet, nothing is gained by knowing when the end will come. It only causes worry, which takes time away from doing more productive things such as enjoying life.

Instead of worrying needlessly, give thanks for each day you have left. Make the most of each decision and opportunity. Relish in the nature around you. Slow down and remember life isn't about money or success; it's about a life well lived. You can't do that if you are worried about the end of the world.

This Earth Day, take a break from the silly doomsday prophecies and celebrate this holiday as one more day to live, breathe and enjoy creation.

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