The Mayans got it all wrong, everyone knows that now. And let me just say for the record that I didn’t believe any of it. Not one bit.
But there is something more troubling about this “end of the world” brouhaha than it’s being incorrect– and that’s our total mockery of the whole idea of eschatology. In the past few days, my Facebook news feed has been filled with slapstick and mocking posts about the apocalypse. Most of them were correct but the attitude behind the posts were less than charitable.
In the Bible, when the end of the world is mentioned, it is almost always within the context of how we should live holy lives in anticipation of the coming of Christ, not in the dismissive and cocky attitude of being on the right side of the fence.
It is clear that the Mayans were wrong but it should also be noted that the Bible is sure about this. The world is still going to end. The difference is that its time will not be based on the prophecy of the Mayans or of Nostradamus but solely on the plan of God.
Believing the truth of God’s word is supposed to bring godly humility and compassion to those who don’t know any better. If the truth makes you uncharitable to the lost, maybe it’s time to examine what kind of Christianity you have.