So here we are - December 21st, 2012 - the alleged end of the Mayan calendar
So after all the media build-up, here we are - Friday, December 21st, 2012 - the end of the world, according to the Mayan calendar. As I type these words, it's 00:00 Universal Time Coordinated, the "old" GMT, so the world east of the Greenwich meridian has already entered Friday!
(Mexico should be pleased: The end-of-the-world hype brought more tourists to the Mayan territories in far southeastern Mexico. Negative publicity from the drug violence has HURT the Mexican economy in recent months!)
No matter that we may have already traversed the end of the Mayan calendar because that civilization didn't take Leap Year Days into account. So by that calculation, the world "ended" at least nine months ago!
For fun, you can read the British tabloid The SUN's account of twelve ways the world could end...
I'm not too worried. If the Mayans were really that good with predictions and seeing into the future, there would still be Mayans....
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 11:02pm
It was just a year-and-a-half ago that the nutty Reverend Harold Camping predicted the end of the world. Well, we're still here, and we'll still be here tomorrow, and next week, and next year.........
Mike from Delaware
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 11:34pm
Mrpizza: We don't know if we'll be here tomorrow, next week, or next year, or 10 years from now. The end could come at any time; Jesus even said he didn't know, ONLY his Father knew. So it could be a million years from now. The point was we as Christians are to be ready like the bridesmaids waiting for the bridegroom who could show up at any time unannounced. Whether you believe in Pre-Trib (Left Behind), Post Trib, or Amillenial, ONLY God know when the end will happen. We are to live our lives as if the end were coming tonight or tomorrow.
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 12:06am
A change of subject. Apparently South Carolina is proposing a state law that would criminalize Obamacare.
For the record, actually, Mayans STILL exist - about seven million of them - but they have no specific nation of their own (rather like the Kurds or Basques!).
Modern-day Mayans live in southern Mexico, including the Yucatan peninsula; Guatemala; Belize (the former British Honduras); El Salvador; and western Honduras.
Some are quite integrated into the underlying Hispanic culture; others remain culturally & linguistically distinct.
To Mike from Delaware:
It's not as if the ENTIRE state of South Carolina is pushing such legislation.
Five G.O.P. South Carolina House members have put in legislation that theoretically would send government officials, employees, and contractors to jail (for up to two years) for trying to implement the President's health-care overhaul in South Carolina.
This is a classic assertion of states' rights (historically ironic that it comes from South Carolina!).
I think it's revealing South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has declined any comment on the legislation, according to U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT and The HUFFINGTON POST.
One suspects if she's thinking about her political future - despite the Republican Party's movement further Right - she'd resist being identified with this kind of legislation. But one never knows!
South Carolina and 24 other states have decided against setting up on-line marketplaces for uninsured folks and small businesses to look for health insurance. Ironically, that then means the hated Feds would run their health-care exchanges.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 6:16am
And so we continue.......
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 6:41am
MFD: It ain't gonna be no million years. Jesus has got to come back fairly soon and break up this mess!
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 8:04am
Didn't Nikki Haley just replace Jim DeMint (very popular Tea Party icon who stepped down to run Heritage Foundation) with Tea Party-type Tim Scott? I think Haley sees the Grand Old Party is finished and is embracing the new Republicans.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 8:41am
They predicted the day, not the exact hour! It's coming!!!
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 1:05pm
Allan, it would be interesting to find out, a poll taken in South Carolina of how many in that state would support such a bill. My guess is the middle and upper class whites would support that bill, whereas the minority and lower class whites would not. Now as to which group has more voters in it, I'd guess the later group, but the first group has the money and of course more power, other than at the ballot box.
There's just something about the South. Must be in the water.
Mrpizza: It CAN be a million years. It's God's timing not ours. The bottom line is we, as his followers, are to be prepared and ready when he comes, whether that day is today or a million years from now, Its God's timing and Jesus will come back when the Father decides its time.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 2:58pm
Bottom line, is if you are truly a Christian you can't be bothered when God will end the world. All your thoughts are tied up in making a difference for Him each day. As far as you are concerned, I'm on earth one second, now I'm in heaven, no matter what the cause. Hopefully you won't be walking down the street and come too in the middle of a bonfire.. lol..
As for South Carolina, all several other legislators have to do, is put a bill on the desk saying anyone who threatens to imprison another for supporting Federal Law, is treasonous, and must to be incarcerated with habeas corpus... Both bills would be treated for what they are, ... little gags.
The funny thing about the Mayan joke is that their great civilization (while Europe was immersed in the Dark Ages), suddenly disappeared... No one yet has a handle as to why. If the Mayans truly could predict the future, one would guess they could have prevented it from happening...
Interesting fact about the Mayans was that unlike the Aztecs and Incas - whose leaders once captured caused the elimination of opposition - the Mayans hand no overall leader and each city-state fought the Conquistadors voraciously. It took 170 years for Spain to finally conquer the Mayan region, (about the same time-frame as us still attacking and suppressing the Dakotas today) because the Conquistadors were driven by their thirst for gold. There was no gold owned by the Mayans, so attention tended to divert itself away from subjugating them and and towards those empires far more prosperous for those working off of commission.
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 10:17pm
kavips said: "Bottom line, is if you are truly a Christian you can't be bothered when God will end the world. All your thoughts are tied-up in making a difference for Him each day. As far as you are concerned, I'm on earth one second, now I'm in heaven, no matter what the cause."
Well said. We are to be about bringing Godly love, kindness, and grace to others and not be so focused on the end.
Thanks for the info about the Mayans.
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