why do people predict the end of the world?

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#1 Oct 7, 2013
Bob Geldof has said the human race might have as little as 17 more years before "a mass extinction event". Why do people make such bold predictions of doom, asks Ben Milne.

The End is Nigh - it's a simple message, and it gets the attention (if not necessarily the belief) of the passer-by. But Live Aid organiser Geldof - who made his remark at a youth summit in South Africa - is not the first person to walk the streets with this sandwich board.

In fact, predicting the end of the world may be one of its inhabitants' oldest pastimes. It's only a matter of months since the ancient Mayan "prophecy" of 21 December 2012 passed without event. The world - and last-minute Christmas shopping - continued uninterrupted.

Religions are particularly prone to this sort of prediction. In Matthew's gospel, Jesus talks of the "return of the Son of Man", and says "but of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only".
It's a line which has proved too tempting for second-guessing believers ever since. Jehovah's Witnesses have been accused of having made predictions for 1878, 1881, 1914, 1918, 1925, and 1975 as dates for Judgement Day. The US radio evangelist Harold Camping built up a ministry worth millions of dollars predicting that 21 May 2011 would be the big one. Camping later admitted he was probably mistaken, and donations to his ministry suffered an apocalyptic fall themselves.

But in this age of nuclear power and climate change warnings, end-of-days predictions come from all manner of sources. Independent scientist James Lovelock made apocalyptic warnings about the climate in 2006, saying that by the end of the 21st Century, billions of people would be wiped out, and the Arctic would be one of the few places remaining habitable. He later said he might have been "alarmist".

Myles Allen, who's professor of geosystem science at Oxford University, says that "competing hyperbole" is not helpful for actually understanding climate change. "People talk up the rate of climate change in reaction to other people blatantly talking down the problem... which is why we don't make an advance on policy.
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Pineville, WV

#2 Oct 7, 2013
Really the main thing is when we die, OUR world has come to an end. Better have Jesus Christ on your side. No one knows when the age we are in will end but God.
susanblange

Norfolk, VA

#3 Oct 7, 2013
The "last days" or "end of days" is spoken of in the bible but nobody on earth knows when that will be. Only the angels in heaven know but they're not talking. According to signs in the middle east, it's going to be soon and could happen as early as December or January. It should come by the end of 2014. All we can do is wait and sit back and watch the story unfold. The Jews are ready to build the Temple and the world anticipates the manifestation of the New World Order and everlasting peace. All of the actors in the play are here. God is just awaiting the right moment and is right on time.

“Invisible Pink Unicorn”

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#4 Oct 7, 2013
lol wrote:
Really the main thing is when we die, OUR world has come to an end. Better have Jesus Christ on your side. No one knows when the age we are in will end but God.
Astrologers cannot agree upon exact dates for the beginning or ending of the ages. Each age is 2160 years. We are now in the age of Aquarius.

“Invisible Pink Unicorn”

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#5 Oct 7, 2013
susanblange wrote:
The "last days" or "end of days" is spoken of in the bible but nobody on earth knows when that will be. Only the angels in heaven know but they're not talking. According to signs in the middle east, it's going to be soon and could happen as early as December or January. It should come by the end of 2014. All we can do is wait and sit back and watch the story unfold. The Jews are ready to build the Temple and the world anticipates the manifestation of the New World Order and everlasting peace. All of the actors in the play are here. God is just awaiting the right moment and is right on time.
Christians been living in the "end of days" for well over 2000 years now.The only thing that changes are the dates. Getting old!!!
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Pineville, WV

#6 Oct 7, 2013
Jammercolo wrote:
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Christians been living in the "end of days" for well over 2000 years now.The only thing that changes are the dates. Getting old!!!
I guess you can say Christians are like pseudo evo-scientists. We have our own language so you worldly types cannot understand.

Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
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Pineville, WV

#7 Oct 7, 2013
Jammercolo wrote:
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Astrologers cannot agree upon exact dates for the beginning or ending of the ages. Each age is 2160 years. We are now in the age of Aquarius.
I'm not talking about those ages. We are in an Age now and the next one is the LAST, eternal one. You have no discernment about you.

“Wear white at night.”

Since: Jun 09

Albuquerque

#8 Oct 7, 2013
lol wrote:
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I guess you can say Christians are like pseudo evo-scientists. We have our own language so you worldly types cannot understand.
Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
"We have our own language so you worldly types cannot understand."

Say something us 'worldly types' cannot understand.

Please be advised, we already know what y'all and yourn mean.

God bless you.

“Wear white at night.”

Since: Jun 09

Albuquerque

#9 Oct 7, 2013
lol wrote:
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I'm not talking about those ages. We are in an Age now and the next one is the LAST, eternal one. You have no discernment about you.
"You have no discernment about you."

'Magic Jesus Decoder Ring' followed immediately by 'discernment'.

Would you care to go for the trifecta?

“Invisible Pink Unicorn”

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#10 Oct 7, 2013
lol wrote:
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I guess you can say Christians are like pseudo evo-scientists.We have our own language so you worldly types cannot understand.

We do that as well with them assbackward intelligent design quacks.

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Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
That too would all be god fault.
Romans 9:18
Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

“Invisible Pink Unicorn”

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#11 Oct 7, 2013
lol wrote:
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I'm not talking about those ages. We are in an Age now and the next one is the LAST, eternal one. You have no discernment about you.
LOL, The Bible is very much an astrotheological collection. It is them kind of ages all though out the bible.

“Invisible Pink Unicorn”

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#12 Oct 7, 2013
15th Dalai Lama wrote:
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"We have our own language so you worldly types cannot understand."
Say something us 'worldly types' cannot understand.
Please be advised, we already know what y'all and yourn mean.
God bless you.
I do enjoy watching your brain work.
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Pineville, WV

#13 Oct 7, 2013
15th Dalai Lama wrote:
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"We have our own language so you worldly types cannot understand."
Say something us 'worldly types' cannot understand.
Please be advised, we already know what y'all and yourn mean.
God bless you.
From your own "pope" lol

1Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
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Pineville, WV

#14 Oct 7, 2013
Jammercolo wrote:
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That too would all be god fault.
Romans 9:18
Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
Not God's fault. Maybe there are just some people who flat out aren't WORTH saving. You in that line up? Not my problem.
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Pineville, WV

#15 Oct 7, 2013
Jammercolo wrote:
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I do enjoy watching your brain work.
His brain is shut down.

Since: Oct 07

Bangor, UK

#16 Oct 7, 2013
lol wrote:
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Not God's fault. Maybe there are just some people who flat out aren't WORTH saving. You in that line up? Not my problem.
1 Timothy 2:3-5
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 who will have all men to be saved,

and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

“Wear white at night.”

Since: Jun 09

Albuquerque

#17 Oct 7, 2013
lol wrote:
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From your own "pope" lol
1Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
Not the Pope, Wayne, the King James Bible.

Why wouldn't he say that? There have always been people who think Noah's Flood really happened. Perhaps Peter was one of them. Perhaps Paul? Maybe you, in the twenty-first century, actually think Noah's Flood really happened.
Punisher

Massapequa, NY

#18 Oct 7, 2013
lol wrote:
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I guess you can say Christians are like pseudo evo-scientists. We have our own language so you worldly types cannot understand.
Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Your "own language"...! LOL!

Since: Oct 07

Bangor, UK

#19 Oct 7, 2013
Jammercolo wrote:
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That too would all be god fault.
Romans 9:18
Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
Matthew 5:7
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Punisher

Massapequa, NY

#20 Oct 7, 2013
lol wrote:
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I'm not talking about those ages. We are in an Age now and the next one is the LAST, eternal one. You have no discernment about you.
This "special language" you all have is what the rest of us call being immensely vague. This is an "age" and the next is the last...

LOL!

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