All over the internet people are rapidly discussing whether or not the apocalypse will happen in 2010. According to the Mayan calendar, on December 21, 2012, the world will experience a “doomsday”. However, there have been multiple end-of-the-world prophecies over the centuries, here is a list of 44 failed end-of-the-world prophecies. The first prophecy, according to the First Testament, the world should have ended before the death of the last Apostle. Christians disagree with the Mayan calendar’s prediction because the bible reads that only God knows when the Earth will come to an end.
While other groups believe that the Earth is going to crash into an unknown planet, Nibiru, ending the human race. David Morrison, a NASA astrobiologist, disclaims this wild theory that is spreading through the internet. He reiterates that the apocalypse hoax will be another failed prophecy, but it won’t be the last of the hoax prophecies.
Many astronomers and scientists are agreeing with Susan Milbrath, a Maya archaeoastronomer, who said that “it would be impossible the Maya themselves would have known that [the world would end].” However, author Lawrence E. Joseph contradicts most scientists beliefs about the prophecy and claims he has scientific evidence of “looming chaos and even mass extinction” in his book Apocalypse 2012: An Investigation into Civilization’s End. He predicts that there will be plagues, famines, and drought. Many believers of the prophecy quote his findings and stand behind is so-called convincing evidence.
Although there has been many failed end-of-the-world prophecies throughout centuries, I can’t help but feel a little nervous about this Mayan calendar prediction. I do not think the world will end December 21, 2012, but the prophecy still sends a shiver down my spine. Many astronomers and scientists have disproved the hoaxes that have been blossoming on the internet, diminishing some of the chaos online. However, if the world was definitely going to end in December, I would make a bucket list and complete every item on it before the “doomsday” in December. That is, if it was really going to happen. I think we have a long time before the world decides to give up on us.