2013?Thursday, February 09, 2012 By Abby Williams
Will there be a year 2013? Some say yes, and some say no. If you’ve already started selling your things, storing food, and preparing for the supposed “apocalypse” in December of this year, it would be my advice to not quit your job quite yet. Both sides of the “end of the world” issue agree that 2012 is an important year, but for very different reasons. Skeptics claim that 2012 is simply the beginning of a new era, while sensationalists say that December 21, 2012 will mark the last day of the world as we know it. These claims started with what many think is the Mayan belief that since their calendar ended on this day, the world must just come to an end. Yes, it is as ridiculous as it sounds. According to Mayan experts, this simply means that it is the start of their new calendar cycle. Just like our calendar ends on December 31 of every year, the Mayan calendar happens to end on December 21 of this year. Experts have also said that this cycle has already happened five times, so there’s no need to start worrying now. The Bible says that “God will use cosmic events as means of his judgment on earth before the final day of judgment.” Those who trust the Mayan theory also believe that the end of the world will come about by “cataclysmic” or “transformative” means. Some say that this will happen by a planet named Nibiru, which is supposedly on track to collide with our planet by the end of this year. This idea has been around since 1995 when scientists predicted this event in May of 2003. This assumption was quickly deserted, however, once the day passed and nothing happened. NASA has spoken out about this theory and states that “Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012. This is not the first time people have been worried about the apocalypse. “Gnostics” believed it would happen in the first century, “shakers” thought it would end in 1792, and Jehovah’s Witnesses predicted years between 1914 and 1994. Now, it’s 2012. No one can really know when the end of the world will be, and no amount of science and hypotheses will change that. So, before you start creating your survival plan and selling your belongings, maybe you should take one last look at the other side of the story.