The end of the world?

United States
August 10, 2009 9:50am CST
I have often wondered why a number of people seemed so preoccupied with "the end of the world," "the second coming," etc. And also, how is it some think they can actually predict such a thing, right to the day, with any accuracy? Do you have any ideas on this? Please share them! Thank you :)
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
10 Aug 09
If the world is going to end, and it is some day, we will never know it. It is often said about things like a meteor strike that, "we will probably never see the one that gets us comming". People have been speculating on the end of time since time first began and man was a self aware species. I spend times in other forums and am astounded at how many people are convinced this event or that occurence is right around the corner. Many go as far as to even say "they" know about it aren't telling us (always a proverbial "they" out there isn't there?) because they want to survive themselves. SOme good examples of some REALLY out there theories would be the whole Mayan calender/2012 thing, sided with the whole "pole shift" thing, planet x/nibiru, and I will even put man made global warming in that catagory. Most of these things are based on junk or non existant science.
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• United States
10 Aug 09
LOL, yes, the proverbial "they," and I've always wondered exactly who "they" are. You're right, though, just as often as humans wonder where they came from and why they're here, they try to pinpoint exactly when it will all end. If/when the world ends, do they truly think there will be suvivors? We all die someday, and the world goes on...so far. Thank you for your insights. Karen
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@jb78000 (15163)
10 Aug 09
i've got a non-existent science link for xfahtor from new scientist. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11654-climate-myths-many-leading-scientists-question-climate-change.html otherwise completely agree with that comment.
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• United States
10 Aug 09
Well now, so much for the credentials and expertise of the "theys" in the world.
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@Wizzywig (7858)
10 Aug 09
I dont see the point in even considering the end of the world. If it doesn't end on one of these predicted dates, then people have worried themselves over nothing. If it DOES end... who's gonna know anything about it afterwards?? Best thing to do is just get on and live life
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• United States
10 Aug 09
Hello Wizzy. I agree. To my own way of thinking, there is no point. I suppose that is one reason I wonder why any number of people focus on it, try to pinpoint it, etc. Are they "trying to save souls?" Do they think if they actually pinpoint the date, they can prepare or dodge it? Yes, best to just get on and live! Karen
@Wizzywig (7858)
11 Aug 09
I think it would make a great pick-up line. If the worlds going to end, there's no need to think about the consequences of any actions...
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• United States
11 Aug 09
LOL, Sag...mystery solved!
• United States
10 Aug 09
Hello PeacefulWmm9! I agree with you. We have so many other things to concentrate on, eventhough sometimes when I see such horrific news like mothers killing their own babies it sure makes you wonder and it sure feels like the end of the world. However, we need to just live our lives and be good to one another and don't think about that. Nobody knows when that day will be. According to the Bible not even the Son knows when that day will come. "It comes like a thief in the dark". I remember when people were saying that the end of the world is in year 2000...LOL....Hmmmm...what year is this? oh yeah...2009! lol... Anyway, that's just my opinion! Everybody has their own! Take care my friend and happy Mylotting! :)
• United States
10 Aug 09
Hi SurveyP. The news and the knowledge of what some humans are capable of make me suspect the world will long survive the species! Like you, I've wondered how so many who base their dire predictions on Biblical knowledge keep missing the part you've quoted! I'm with you...be kind, live, and do good! Karen
• United States
10 Aug 09
Amen to that Karen! You know, the sad part is that I don't even know the Bible that well. And yet, we have all those what so called Christians out there that do know the Bible inside out and they missed that quote...lol... Take care Karen, your friend, Olivia :)
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• United States
11 Aug 09
I think many pick and choose from the Bible as though it were a buffet. They do not "know" it, or they would not so often misinterpret it. I hope you have a happy day, and a long happy life :D Karen
@aiwener (37)
• China
11 Aug 09
I think this thought about the "the end of the world" may have some connetions with religion or custom.As a chinese, this thought is rare in our country,we have an very ancient traditional belief that world,nature,and everything like the endless circle,if it approaches its extreme, it will change to another way to exist, so,there is no end or edge.
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Hello Aiwener. There is much I admire about your country's philosophies. I also look at the circle form to explain "eternity" to myself, which used to be very hard for me to grasp: no beginning; no end. Thank you for you wise insights. Karen
• China
12 Aug 09
Hello Karen,I'm very sorry I cannot express my opinion fluently like native english speaking,I used 'circle' to describe world moy not be very suitable.In our philosophy,this belief does not just emphasis on endless loop,but also concentrated on change,perhaps like spin upward. So,I think if there really exist the end of the world,maybe the world will change into another way of existence, but,this new existence just as the beginning of the world is probably have out of the ability of human beings and the extent of science. Nevertheless, these no answer questions are amazing indeed and can arouse curiosities of people. Thank you :)
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• United States
12 Aug 09
I thought you expressed yourself very well, Aiwener. And your idea of the circle and existence changing its form was truly interesting. Karen
@dpk262006 (56756)
• Delhi, India
11 Aug 09
Hi Karen! I live my present life, without bothering about the second coming or end of the world. If the world has to end, let it end, we will also get vanished/finished if it so happens.
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Deepak, as with all things, you approach this with wisdom. The present is all we have moment to moment, so yes, best to leave all the rest out of mind. What happens, happens. Enjoy your day! Karen
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@dpk262006 (56756)
• Delhi, India
11 Aug 09
Karen! I believe that - "Past has gone (it cannot come back), future is yet to come, therefore, what is in our hands i.e. our Present, let's enjoy that and stop worrying.
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• United States
12 Aug 09
I am all for that, Deepak :D
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
11 Aug 09
Hi PeacefulWmn, Well there is the beginning and there is an end to everything, and from that logic, maybe there is what they call the "end of the world". But when it's going to come and how, that is something everyone can just keep on guessing. Because people want to have an answer to all their questions, they come up with predictions, theories to explain their predictions, use religion to support their statements, etc. But come to think of it, no one really knows. Nobody will ever know until we're actually there.
• United States
11 Aug 09
Hi Dory. You make sense in saying that many people just feel a burning desire to have answers for all of their questions, so yes, they try to develop answers where none may exist...such as these exact predicions as to the 2nd coming or the end of the world. You're right. No one can know until we are actually there. I appreciate your insights. Karen
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
12 Aug 09
Exactly. My own prediction? Come 2012, we'll all still be here, and right here at myLot exchanging thoughts waiting for yet another prediction .
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• United States
12 Aug 09
Your prediction has my vote lol. Karen
@vijayanths (7878)
• India
10 Aug 09
There is a hot discussion going on about the end of world on 21st December 2012. It is a very interesting debate. In fact I made a blog on this subject which brough a huge traffic from the USA. Here is the blog for you peacewoman. I bet you will love it. http://vijayanths.blogspot.com/2008/12/will-earth-die-on-21-december-2012.html
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• United States
10 Aug 09
That was very interesting, Vijay. In fact, your whole blog has things from a large variety of subjects on it! Nice work. Now, what is your own opinion on the 2012 predictions? Karen
• India
11 Aug 09
Thanks for visiting my blogs Karen. In my opinion the Earth will suffer a major set back in 2012. May be on 21st December 2012 there will be a big destruction. But I don't think Earth will end its life on that day. Earth is TOO young to die so soon.I hope I will mail you that I am safe on that day and ascertain your safety as well. hahahaha
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Vijay, I will be looking forward to hearing that you ARE okay on that very day. Take care. Karen
@jb78000 (15163)
10 Aug 09
isn't there a number of different exact dates for the end of the world?
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• United States
10 Aug 09
Many many. And isn't it ironic? They've all been wrong, so they "fix" on a new date.
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@jb78000 (15163)
10 Aug 09
i suppose you can get hours (well minutes) of entertainment out of it every time an end of the world day rolls around.
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• United States
10 Aug 09
Bahaha! Yes, seconds or minutes is about it :D
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• India
28 Aug 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, I do understand, to know about our future, but never to the extend that I should get worried about that, when we discuss about our existance by linking Darwin theory, we can think of some people trying to attract with their superior knowledge of prediction. Here is something extra ordinary, which I totally discard: http://www.endoftheworldpredictions.com/ [b]"DECEMBER 21, 2012 The End Of The World? We are intrigued by the prophecies of Nostradamus and the Mayan Calendar signifying the end of the world on December 21, 2012. It is human nature to want to know the future especially when there is an hint of mystery involved. If you are a Bible Scholar you want to know how current events are beginning to fulfill biblical prophecies. We use actual data (facts) to predict events that will occur in the near and long term that don't necessarily have to coincide with prophesies. In fact we prefer that data stand on its own as do the resulting predictions without any biasness to prophesies. But our book 2012 Predictions is proving to be quite uncanny in lining up with prophecies. In fact, we provide many prophetic books as a bonus so you can see the proof for yourself. Here are some of the topics we cover: Environmental - Two lakes, two different continents, two years apart completely disappear. How does this impact the United States? Social - There is a group currently recruiting for an American Jihad. They are using a very prominent social web site to do so. Your teenager may be or become part of this movement. Economic - If the stock market hasn't crashed in late 2007 it will without a doubt when this happens in 2008. Your Congressman and Senator knows about it. You may want to look at moving to all cash positions. Planetary - Did you know that the Mississippi River once flowed backwards? It did and several states are getting prepared for such an event again. It will be more catastrophic this time around. In our book 2012 Predictions we cover other topics including diseases, nuclear war, global warming, World War III as related to biblical prophecy, water shortages, future oil supplies, and weather changes. Also, we examine the real intentions of Russia and China. The Bear sleeps and the Red Dragon slumbers but not for long (These two countries are taking advantage of the U.S. right now and it will get worse in coming years, a lot worse)."[/b] May God bless You and have a great time.
• United States
28 Aug 09
Hello my friend. I also do not believe the world will "end" in December 2012. Predictions like this have come and gone for many centuries, and yet, we are still here. As for Biblically based predictions, even Jesus has said he knows not the time or the hour, but that only God the father knows when that day will be. So again, one who believes in and follows the Bible should be aware that they cannot predict with accuracy the second coming or the end times...much less the day the world would end. Of course, there are so many "threats and problems" to face and that mankind brings upon himself! But in most respects, the end is theory and no one knows for sure in what form or when that might occur. As always, I respect and appreciate your knowledge, research, and wisdom. Blessings, Karen
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• India
29 Aug 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, So nice of your positive comments. It satisfies me taht my friend is a relegious one and has belief in Almighty and it is HIS World. HE only should decide as HE has created. But a million dollar question, why creator should destroy HIS own creation. WHY?. I faiol to understand. So let's enjoy till then. May god bless You and have a great time.
• China
13 Aug 09
I don't agree with this view. We can do good things than thinking about these matters. I think the most important is positive and optimistic.
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• United States
13 Aug 09
Hi Ixa...positivity and faith are the best things anyone can use their mind and spirit for. I appreciate you bringing that to the forefront here. Have a nice day :) Karen
• Philippines
12 Aug 09
I believe i got tired of watching youtube and hearing about this end of the world crap! the thing is that we believe in it because we want to put at end to it..to our world i mean with all of these pollution and killing of animals for food.soon , nature will find it's way to have her wrath..nature will survive with out bu we won't.
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• United States
12 Aug 09
Hi Letran. We have not been kind enough to our planet or to those other species and the plant life and waters with whom we share it. Sometimes, destruction comes from self, rather than from any outside source. Karen
@colydf (913)
• China
11 Aug 09
I think "the end of the world " is too far away from us. We do not have to worry about it. It only lives in my imagination.
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Hi Cloydf. I, too, think the end is far away, but wherever that moment is, it is not within the reach of any human being to control it, so yes, it is mainly in one's imagination. Have a beautiful day! Karen
@Canellita (12052)
• United States
11 Aug 09
There is enough to worry about just living in the present and planning for the future. If the world were to end tomorrow there is nothing anyone could do about it.
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Hello Canellita. You've given a very pointed and common-sense response. True that there is not a single thing humans can do to control the "end of the universe," when and if that should happen. Karen
@Olusanya (16)
• Niger
11 Aug 09
it's good if unbeliever worry about the end of the world because a life without christ will end up in hell fire!jesus said in the bible jh 14 v 1-3 that in my father house(God)are many mansions;if it were not so, i would have told you. i go to prepare a place for you........ note this I will come again, and receive you unto myself;that where I am, there ye may be also.that sound great for only born again xtain.so world will come to an end one day,live life in the fear of GOd so that you will not perish. Thanks Babajide Olusanya
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Hello to you, Olusanya. I do know many use the scriptures to try to predict the time of the "2nd coming," but Jesus said in those scriptures that not even HE knew the exact date or hour of that, but that only God the father knew. I appreciate you sharing your opinions and insights here :) Have a blessed day. Karen
@staraevp (81)
• Kenya
11 Aug 09
Well, End of the world is associated with religion and anybody who is religious can explain what it is all about. The big question is: Does it matter if one is not religious to know about the end of the world?
• United States
11 Aug 09
Hi Star. Both religion and science make these predictions. Does it matter? It must to some, but in reality, should such an "event" occur, there is nothing anyone can do about it, so all worry does is interrupt any happiness in the present. Thank you for sharing your input :) Karen
• China
11 Aug 09
We think the problem should be the overall positive aspects to think about it,always think about if this kink of problem,thinking it would be negative,there is no spirit of life,I think it is better not to think of these issues,this will only affect the mood,no benefits.
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Hello to you, Apzheng. You have a very wise way of looking at this matter. All those who dwell overly much on the past or try to project into the future are missing any enjoyment of their lives in the "now." Thank you for adding your insight here. Karen
@rwr246 (3)
11 Aug 09
I think its foolish to try and predict when the world will end. I don't understand how some people can claim they have worked out the exact date from Scripture.... I'm pretty sure there is nothing in there about when it will happen or it would have been widely publicised. And like someone else already said, we can't do anything about it, so just live a good life and you'll be ok. Sometimes people get so caught up in looking to the future they forget to live in the present.
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Hi Rwr. I also believe it is not a worthwhile endeavor to try to predict such things. And for those who base their predictions on scripture, there is a very definite verse in which Jesus is asked at what day and hour he will return. He replied that not even he knew that, but only his father in heaven knew. I guess they keep over-looking that part. And yes, we can in actuality live no where but in the here and now. Karen
@jshekhar (1562)
• India
11 Aug 09
hello friend, I have heard about this a lot of times in the past decade or so. There would be some astrologer or "guru" who would predict the destruction of Earth on a particular date. However, we just live through that date normally.I am not sure how or why they come up with such predictions but it spreads panic to the masses,which should not be the case and such people should be punished.
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Hello to you, Jshekhar. Indeed, such predictions have been around for ages and do cause some to panic. I believe the predictors of "doomsday" believe in what they think they've discovered, and then again, some do such things expressly TO cause panic, and that is just plain wrong. Thank you for your insights here, and have a nice day. Karen
• China
11 Aug 09
I think people today have a very strong curiosity about the world around us. They want to konw what will happen in the next decades, of handerds of years, or even the end of the world. I have no idea about whether or not the end of the world exists, because it is a matter of long long away from us. We can predict many things accurately, so it is quite hard to say the end of the world definitely can't be forseen.
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Hi Donna. We do have a lot of curiosity about ourselves, others, and the world. This has been true ever since the beginning of time, I imagine. Like you, I believe the end of the world, should that occur, is a long time off. I appreciate your input here. Karen
• India
11 Aug 09
Who Knows .. - It's All Guess Work Until Proven ..
It's Said the World Has To come to an End .. But the accuracy of the Statement Cannot Be verified unless We Experience it .. Which Doesn't seem to Be A Possibility .. So Just Laugh it Off .. I Am Being Practical Not Funny .. Thanks ..
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Hi Prashant...your practicality makes a good deal of sense to me. Obviously, no one CAN predict such a thing, as many have tried with no success. Laughing it off does make the most sense. Thank you for that :) Karen