No doubt about it, 2012 and doomsday prophecies are big nowadays. According the Mayan calendar, the world as we know it will end sometime around December 21st, 2012. Of course, if it doesn't, that won't mean we'll be out of the woods. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ may return at any moment to destroy the armies of the Antichrist and reestablish his throne in Jerusalem, thereby ushering in a thousand years of peace. And if that doesn't occur, there's always the chance that the Mahdi will arise to institute a kingdom of justice and, alongside the returned Isa Al-Maseeh (Jesus), will fight against the Dajjal, the Antichrist of Islam. Then, of course, there's always the chance that—at least according to the Hopi Indians—a blue star will suddenly appear in the sky to signal the start of a great atomic war which will destroy the white man and other ancient races.

So what's the harm, you ask? After all, it's just a few people who really believe all this stuff, right? Not really. The problem is that doomsday predictions can be a problem. At a minimum, it can leave one living beneath a cloud of pessimism that can color everything a gloomy shade of gray. In extreme cases, they can even kill (as evidenced by the Heaven's Gate suicide cult and Jonestown). As such, I believe it is important to take a critical look at these ideas and the people who promulgate and adhere to them so we can protect ourselves from being caught up in the paranoia that has become such a part of our society. Hopefully, in doing so, we might find optimism in the future rather than dread.

To assist in this endeavor, I've set up this page to explore some ideas about end-times beliefs. If anything, they will at least provide a few ready answers to some people as they try to understand what all the fuss is about. Enjoy the articles below and, as always, I look forward to hearing your opinions about what you think will happen in 2012 (or beyond).

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