Friday, January 6, 2012

Mayan Calendar and 2012

Almost everyday I hear someone bring up the relationship between this year, the Maya Calendar, and the end of the world. It is usually quoted in a joking tone and everyone responds in laughter. However, if you have heard someone make reference to to the end of time I am sure there are thoughts and questions that plague your mind. Questions like "what if this year is the last year?" can create an uneasy feeling that can increase your blood pressure and lead to sleepless nights.

Understand first that the Mayans had plenty of calendars which were based on solar, lunar, and planetary cycles. Some of these calendars were short cycle calendars while a few others were very similar to the 365 day cycle that the modern Gregorian calendar uses.

In any case, one of the Mayan calendars is based on a long count cycle that spanned generations of people. It was considered a great event to live through the turning of a long count cycle. It is also believed that nothing was placed on this calendar beyond its current cycle which ends this year (2012). This observation has led numerous people to predict this year will be the end of time marked my great catastrophic events. The number of books that has hit the market predicting the end of time because of the Mayan calendar is amazing. Why are people making such a big deal about the end of the cycle of this particular calendar? University of Florida anthropologist Susan Gillespie says the 2012 phenomenon comes "from media and from other people making use of the Maya past to fulfill agendas that are really their own."

So, do we have anything to worry about this year? I don't know what tomorrow holds so I cannot answer that question for you. I do not believe the Mayan calendar predicts the destruction of the world so I am not worried about the end of its cycle. Our days can come to an end at any time therefore I would encourage you to ask the important questions now. What happens if I should die tomorrow? Only faith in Christ can offer you the ability to answer that question without worry or fear.

Doug Johnson

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