Some 2012 news today: That news being that 2012 may not be “the” date after all.
J&CS passed on to me this news item from msnbc.com: “‘End of the world’ delayed–by Mayan calendar” (LiveScience, 10/19/2010). The subheading reads, “Overhyped 2012 apocalypse could still be decades away, says critique.”
It is nice to see a criticism of the standard Goodman-Martinez-Thompson (GMT) correlation in print. Those of you who read my blog post “2012, Maya experts, Tomorrow’s World, and three bowls of chili” way back when are already aware that some scholars believe the GMT correlation to be off, but often such developments in the halls of academia make it to the public very slowly. (Consider how few know of the controversy concerning Haeckel’s embryo drawings.)
This would be, perhaps, the capstone for highlighting 2012 foolishness. Although many say that the Maya predicted the end of the world–some, specifically by flood–on December 21, 2012, the “end” of their calendar…
- There are no Mayan records predicting an end on that date.
(True all the more when the character of their “prophetic” writings is considered.)
- There are no Mayan records predicting a flood on that date.
- There are plenty of Mayan records showing the calendar does not “end” on that date.
- And, now, some are publicly stating that even the date, itself, may be off by decades.
Regardless of the Mayan resource — the Chilam Balam, the Dresden Codex, the Tortuguero Monument, the Hero Twin mythology, et al. — the only reasonable conclusion given the current state of evidence is that 2012 is a “gringo invention,” just as many of the modern Mayan descendants have dubbed it.
And as a “gringo invention,” it even fails to be significant in that regard. There is nothing cosmologically significant slated to happen on December 21, 2012, and any importance one places in such things is rooted in pagan astrology, anyway (or “pseudo-science,” which I won’t bother to discuss in detail). When one traces the real roots of 2012 obsession, it has its origins in several prophet “wannabes” who enjoyed hallucinogenic drug usage and the thought of “channeling” ancient kings, pagan gods, extraterrestrials, and interdimensional beings. Is this any way to run an apocalypse?
To borrow from Mr. Twain, “Reports of 2012’s significance have been greatly exaggerated.”
All of that said, it’s time for a word from our sponsor… 🙂
There is so much out there for free concerning the 2012-hysteria, that I have no idea why anyone would still spend money on it. For instance, some time back I was in a Christian bookstore with two of my boys while my Beautiful Wife was in Wal-Mart with the other two. Sitting on the front rack a book caught my eye: 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World (or something like that).
What I wanted to do upon seeing it was to run up to the counter and say, “Hey! Instead of having folks pay money for that, why not offer them a free hour-long DVD on the same subject?!? And I just happen to have a copy right here in my pocket!”
Well, I didn’t do that and, no, I didn’t have the DVD in my pocket. But you can still get our free material from the Tomorrow’s World website, even if I don’t have it in my pocket! The DVD has not yet been added to the “Order Free” page, but you can write us on the “Contact Us” page and request it — the title is 2012: Mystery and Truth.
However, we’ve got a shorter television program on the subject: “2012, Bible Prophecy and You!” (click to view or download), also available as an MP3 file. The most recent telecast that brings up the subject, “Prophets and Pretenders,” is due to be out in a few weeks. Also, we’ve featured an article and commentary: “The Truth about 2012: Hollywood vs. Humanity” and “2012: The Hype and the Truth.”
Blog-wise, I’ve written quite a bit. The two most viewed posts seem to be “What the Maya did & didn’t say about 2012” and the previously mentioned “2012, Maya experts, Tomorrow’s World, and three bowls of chili” however, I’ve mentioned it many times, which is, perhaps, easiest found by searching my blog for “2012.”
But the irony is this: The entire point of all of this writing and broadcasting about 2012 is to help people see that it is futile to focus on 2012! Scripture is clear that we should not look to pagan sources of prophecy or that which may be inspired by demons–let alone made-up drivel like 2012. Even if the Maya did predict the end of the world in 2012 (and, again, as best we can tell they didn’t), what difference does it make if a bunch of child-sacrificing, pagan priests predicted anything? Israel’s compulsion to look to other religions and cultures has gotten it all confused and discombobulated — and punished — before (Deut. 12:29-30, Jer. 10:2, 2 Kings 17:15, et al. ad nauseum), and it looks like nothing has changed.
Chunk 2012. If you want some insight into prophetic events based on something more solid than child sacrifices, goat entrails, and drug-induced hallucinations, consider the Bible. Unlike the materials of those out there profiting (propheting?) on people’s interest, all of our material is absolutely free. We believe that when Jesus says, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8), He means it. Check it out: www.tomorrowsworld.org.