December 21, 2012: The End of the World? Experts Think Not

Here's what scholars and scientists are saying about the Dec. 21, 2012, Doomsday prophesies, the end of the Mayan calendar and their potential impact.

Don’t make any rash decisions: Experts say 12/21/12 is going to be just another typical winter solstice.

Killer solar flares aren’t expected. Another planet isn’t on a collision course with ours. And, despite the plans for "end of days" parties in Northeast Georgia and elsewhere, the Mayan “long count calendar” ending on this date has no real significance – they had to end it somewhere!

What is All the Fuss About?

There are a number of theories and predictions that call for earth’s demise on Dec. 21, 2012. They include:

  • The ending of the Mayan calendar. The Mayans, according to a Sarasota Patch article, kept three separate calendars. The “long calendar” ends on Dec. 21. Some say this constitutes a Doomsday prediction; many do not.
  • Nostradamus. That famed French seer from the 1500s has been credited with predicting several end-of-the-world scenarios that some believe will take place in 2012. The website December212012.com points to the potential sparking of World War III on this date.
  • The collision of Earth and the supposed planet Nibiru. This supposed space catastrophe was initially predicted to strike in 2003. The planet in question was supposedly discovered by the Sumerians, according to NASA. When the world didn’t end in 2003, the date was moved to December 2012 for the deadly collision with earth.

What are the Experts Saying?

The intrigue created by multiple end-of-the-world predictions has made many scholars and even NASA stand up to make statements debunking the claims. From professors at Tampa Bay’s own New College to the scientific minds at NASA, they’re all saying the same thing: Go ahead and pay that mortgage bill and wrap those holiday presents.

In regard to the ending of the Mayan calendar, New College’s Gabrielle Vail says this, according to Sarasota Patch:

There are many misconceptions about the Mayans. If you look at their calendar alone, the Mayans kept three calendars. The one that has prompted the end of the world predictions was their "long count calendar" — a 5,125 year calendar. The calendar began August 11, 3114 B.C. and ends Dec. 21, 2012.

She said the Mayans wrote about dates beyond Dec. 21, 2012 "well, well into the future, trillions of years." They also wrote about dates before the 5,125 year calendar began.

Here’s what NASA has to say about all of the collective Doomsday prophesies:

The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

Why do you think people get so caught up in end-of-the-world prophesies? Tell us in the comments below.

Francisco December 18, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Hey Jake, good news man....God does exist! He loves you even though you don't believe in Him. I pray that someday in the near future you will open your heart and accept Him in your life. All the bad things, like Cancer, Viruses, Bacteria, Fungi, affect us humans, because we have gone against nature and tampered with what we eat. Its all human related. God did not mean it to be like this. He loves us so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ to be the perfect sacrifice in order for us to have the hope of Salvation and Eternal Life. Wouldn't you like to live forever? You can and its simple all you have to do is Believe,Trust and Obey Him.
Francisco December 18, 2012 at 06:38 AM
I can assure you that those innocent life's that have been lost are now in God's care and in a better a safer place than here on Earth.Remember God has given mankind free will and eventhough at times it may seem as though God should have prevented this terrible massacre, it is not in our place to question God's actions. I do feel alot of sorrow for all the families that have lost their children, my sympathy goes to all the families of these children. Their great hope is that they will be united again in the Future, provided that they accept and obey God, regardless of what religious group they may belong to.
Francisco December 18, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Josh, its is ignorance of who God really is, ignorance of the love He has for us and what His promise of Salvation and Eternal Life, once we Believe in Him and in His Son Jesus Christ, who died for us over 2000 years ago, so that we can have eternal life. It is ignorance and non acceptance of this truth that make people become athiests. Also, they are an instrument of the Prince of Darknes,Satan, than roams the world and is more amore evident as we come closer to the return of Jesus Christ. You don't have to be a religious leader or fanatic to see all the evil, sickness, poverty, crime, war, etc. that surround us. Likewise, it is not fair to blame God for all of this!
osaniamieko December 18, 2012 at 09:20 AM
Dont blame God for what a human did God did not tell that man to kill those children maybe if the gosh darn government had more tabs on where there fucking weapons went or who got them maybe this shit wouldnt have happen u dont have to believe in God but dont blame him for what man did and created if Those were my kids I would be blaming the school for not having better secruity shit people get on my nerves stop pointing fingers oh n another thing when you abouta crash or when you have kids youll hope there is some kind of God because believing in a God is having hope its praying that your loved one will make it and its not to be taken for granted we only get one life dont judge ppl on their beliefs because your judging them when all they are doing is hoping for something better
michelle strickland December 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM
@Jake! Wow,I feel Sorry for you. You living your life not believing in God,What is your belief? I tell you this; God does exist. He is living God! I challenge you to open your heart to him and pray for your family and yourself,asked him to humble your heart. Let me tell you this,I was studying for an test,overwhelmed by it,so I prayed asking God for guidance and concentration asking him to bless me to pass. I did! I failed in one subject the others I did good on,prayer works. There's power in prayer and there is and always will be a God. So,for you I pray for people like you everyday, for you are lost in the world, you letting whatever happens in the world destroy your faith. Like I said ,I challenge you to believe and trust in him and you see how amazing he is. God will make you liar. He's in control!!!
Elizabeth webster December 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM
No code doesn't mean no care.No matter what happens or we think will happen.Lets go on doing our jobs and careing as if nothing has even been suggested.
Donte December 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I know God is real and he does exists!!! What man that you know, could have created all these things that you see everyday??? The sun, the moon, water, trees, air, humans, or better yet, the 1st 2 humans. If you can show me a man that can do that, then just maybe you can change my mind!!!
Bill Mcalexander December 18, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of Creation), before We clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe? And We have set on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with them and We have made therein broad highways (between mountains) for them to pass through: that they may receive guidance. And We have made the heavens as a canopy well-guarded: Yet do they turn away from the Signs which these things (point to)! It is He Who created the Night and the Day, and the sun and the moon: all (the celestial bodies) swim along each in its rounded course. We granted not to any man before thee permanent life (here): if then thou shouldst die would they live permanently? Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good by way of trial: to Us must ye return.
Bill Mcalexander December 18, 2012 at 01:06 PM
That was Holy Quran, sura Anbiaa (Messengers) from verse 30 to 35
mina December 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I do believe in god.I only have one question from those who don't believe in god,heaven and hell.except God who has the power to create soil, mountains, oceans.humans lifes have a purpose.for the sake of God just question from yourself, why you came to this world? Just living, and dieing? So what's your difference from the animals?
Crystal knutson December 18, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I belive in God and that he is the only one who knows the end of this worlds days the only things i do fear is terroist attacks on this day to put fear in our people once agian things get uglyier and worst everyday and one can only hope the end is near i fear what the world will be like if it continues on and in this direction of crime and violence i pray for the familys of all the victims of that cruel day at the school that inocent children were taken to the lord leaveing behind their familys during this holiday season
Beth December 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Wow. Can't we all just get along :) I don't believe that December 21 will be the end of the world. I think that is too predictable. But, I do think that a lot of people believe it is the end - with that being said, everyone should be be careful. Obviously there are some nut cases out there. I think that everyone should be thankful for each and every day we are given, they truly are a gift.
Whitney December 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
For all the non believers on here I pray GOD has mercy on your soul when judgement day comes!
nick December 19, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Nothing at all truly exists. Things only exist because we believe they exist. Things are only what they are because we named them so. Money only has value because we believe it does. Monarchs only had power because we believed they did. I could say I have a dog named goober, well goober only exists if you believe he does. His name is goober because I named him, he is a dog because i called him a dog. The same goes with anything else nothing and nobody truely exist in this world everyting is just a perception. I dont have a dog named goober by the way, but in your mind since you believed it, that dog existed for that few moments until i told you otherwise.
Jack Bohm December 19, 2012 at 05:36 AM
I choose to believe! What do I have to lose? Hey non believers.....one question, What do you have to lose? ; /
Alexis December 19, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I Think jake needs God in his live and really change his aspect to look things in life. The bible says that people are lost because of ignorance. Saying that you don't believe in God is an act of ignorance. God loves you acept him and he will change your life completely.
love December 19, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I can believe im the wealthiest person in the world, but that doesn't make it manifest. So i think u should rethink that comment nick. I do exist. Y becausr i am alive.
love December 19, 2012 at 08:48 PM
For the ignorant jake i dont believe there is anything anyone can say in the first place to make u change ur heart. I will say this, i agree with science being the start of mankind being that GOD used science when he made man from the dirt n so on.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 09:09 PM
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jake December 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Its one of the other god and science don't work together science has been proven and is clearly real and on the other hand there's a man living in heaven, a world where you live on forever with all dead people, but really you just rot in the ground and god didn't use science that contadicts the theory of creationism ( if it were real) so I ask once again for one proveable fact that he exists , if he did why wouldnt he show himself
jake December 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
If there was a god why would he allow the 22 children to be shot in the sandy hop shooting, why would allow such disatsters that destroy his people HE IS JUST LIKE AN ADULT SANTA CLAUS, all he is is something made up for people to belief in so life and dying later in life has a purpose he was created by a man that was Jewish why would you follow a bible that is based off a Jewish person they believe in a different god which leads to my other point if god existed why would everyone believe in different gods and religons if god was real everyone would follow him. I could make up my own religion and do you think scientology is real its just as real as god or Santa or the Easter bunny HOPE TO GET YOU THROUGH LIFE
jake December 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Everything exists retard money has value because we make it have value your dog goober never existed because you don't have him. And dogs are dogs because we named them dogs if we change the name of the animal it still exists it just has a different name now that's proposterous that you would say anything you said you should lea e this site now and don't come back because of how stupid you sound. We name things so they are able to be described or talked about if I named a skateboard sneezteble it would still exist it would just have a different name MY POINT IS EVERYTHING EXISTS AND YOUR REFERING TO EVERYTHING AS HUMANS IMAGINATING THEM, AM I IMAGINING THAT MY PHONE IS BEING HELD IF IT DIDN'T EXIST BUT IN MY MIND THEN ITWOULD BE ABLE TO DISAPEAR AT TBE BLINK OF AN EYE
jake December 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I believe in nothing I don't waste my time praying for tests if that's the reason you believe in god then you my friend are a moron if god did even exist he would have time to make you pass a test if he did no one would gain education and just skate through life and I go on through my life and believe the worl was created by science probably the big bang theory because that's the only reasonable explanation and because evolution is PROVEN but creating a world with your hands is highly impossible
Ian Ferguson December 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Look, this is my philosophy. How can there be a God who is almighty and loving when there is so much suffering to innocent people in the world? Also, isn't it ironic that the bible was written during a time where the most powerful people were straight, white, men? Christians preach hate towards Homosexuals and the Bible favors white men. Also, the Bible alludes towards witches (fictional supernatural creatures) and tells fictional stories (Moses did not actually part the sea and Noah's Ark did not exist). So why does the "god" that this book that was written 3000 years ago and paraphrased several times by white male "educated" Europeans about really exist? And I hate to break it to the guy saying that things exist only because we believe it so, but that is complete bullshit. Look, I can say I have a dog, which is true, but let's pretend I dont. I say I have a dog, that would be a lie. Im pretending. If I really do have a dog, it exists. I can see it, I can touch it, I can play with it, etc. It exists, it is real. Imaginary things like monsters for example are fictional and are made up. Anyway, the world isn't ending, simple as that.
jimmie December 20, 2012 at 01:13 AM
God is the only to salvation. God made the earth perfect, but the will and nature of man has messed it up. God does get angry when people turn their backs on him and he has destroyed every living creature once already (see Noah). I believe the more society pushes away from god, the more he will push away from us...just as we gain comfort with not even stating his name in the CHRISTMAS season, we act surprised when bad things happen. god does love you but that doesnt mean everything is hunky dory. Its called faith. Its what sets apart God from his creations. Merry Christmas everyone!
xiomara December 20, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Jake, if your premise is true, that God was created just so we could get through the rough times, what about those of us who worship and love and adore Him in the great times, and we know His love and feel His presence? He's an everyday God, not someone we turn to when times are hard. But you would ONLY know this if you come over to this side, otherwise you'll stay in darkness over there. You'll only ever know that God exists if you take that leap of faith and invite Him in. I dare say that after then, He has some proving to do to you then. And He does. That's why those of us to know Him still worship Him even when things look bad: because He's shown Himself faithful to us even amid tragedies like cancer, desease, hurt, and pain. He's here. He's not mad at you Jake. Take the jump to get to know Him. He loves you so much He created you a human. He could have made you a roach.
Ian Ferguson December 20, 2012 at 02:18 AM
There is no difference. We are here because of Science. Not a supernatural figure, whether it be God or another.
Ian Ferguson December 20, 2012 at 02:21 AM
God made a perfect Earth? This Earth is far from perfect, sir. This Earth is filled with horrible people and natural disasters. And as for Christmas, I celebrate, but Christmas these days isnt about Jesus. Well at least it doesnt have to be. Its about giving and being with family.
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