Thursday, December 20, 2012

The End of the World!?!

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12/21/12 is finally here! The next end-of-the-world tsunami has hit the shores of our culture, and the people I talk to jokingly speak of eating all the ice cream they want, maxing out their credit cards, and partying like its 2012--just like they did in 1999.

Earlier this month I blogged about the end of the world on 12/21/12. You can read it here. Since Friday is supposed to be the end of the world, I wanted to post on last time on the subject. And, since I expect to be here next week, I will post then as usual and as the Lord wills.

"Fear is the opposite of faith," Someone once said. I agree with that statement. Christians do not worry about tomorrow because Jesus made it clear that while he did not know the date or time of the end, we can be sure God's got the final say on when all we know is over. (Matthew 24)

The words of Jesus we usually read at funeral services are appropriate here. Jesus was comforting his disciples when they began to realize his end was near.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. My Father’s house has plenty of room; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.You know the way to the place where I am going. (John 14:1-4)
Jesus promised that whatever we face here, we can trust He has a place beyond here with Him. Now, that's good news in the face of hype about the end of all things.

By the way, the end predicted by the Mayan Calendar is not the only way the world is supposed to end in 2012. USA Weekend recorded at least six of them. Read their list here.

I also published an article about this in More Living Magazine. You can order a copy for you or your church here.

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