Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Hype About 2012

As you've probably heard by now a lot of people (mostly New Age thinkers, but some Christians too), think some form of apocalyptic event might possibly happen in the year 2012. People who study "ancient, New Age" writings and prophecies claim that this date surfaces in different prophecies in end time writings (or at least that's their interpretation). According to information I read,  some people believe the Mayan calendar (since when do calendars tell the future) will end in 2012, fueling this kind of end time furor, but most scholars dispute that claim. Other people believe that there will be a positive spiritual transformation in 2012 and the beginning of a new era. 
An apocalyptic movie is coming out called 2012. The History Channel with a number of "documentaries," on the end times and doomsday prophecies is also contributing to this interest in 2012. They began airing shows in 2006, with "Decoding the Past, Mayan Doomsday Prophecy," and most recently "Nostradamus 2012." A Catholic recently asked me what I thought about this, as he's watched the shows on the History Channel and believes at least some part of the hype. Some people are unnerved by these shows, so I'm hoping there will be a creative Catholic response to all these false predictions, perhaps on Currents and in Catholic newspapers. 
One critic of the History Channel said this, "These shows have been characterized as 45 minutes of unabashed doomsday hype and the worst kind of inane sensationalism." That is true, but the problem is, people are watching these shows. People are thinking about these predictions. 
So as Christians what are we to think? Of course we know that Jesus said no one knows the day or hour when He will return in glory. I recently quoted this Scripture in another blog entry, But of that hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven nor the Son, but the Father alone.....Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come...So too you must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.
But what if? Are you ready? If the Earth should undergo some cataclysmic event in 2012, (highly unlikely), are you ready spiritually? Are you where you want to be in your relationship with God? This is all hype but it doesn't hurt to reassess our relationship with God and our intentions for spiritual growth, once in awhile.  
Oh, by the way, the only thing that I could find out from reading information from the scientific community is that, according to NASA, there will be increased solar activity between 2010-2012 (it's called solar maximum), but that should only effect satellites and cell phone communications.