Saturday, January 10, 2009
The World May Just End Sooner Than We Think
How many ways can the world end?
Do you have any thoughts?
Well, Fox News came up with at least five ways the world could end. I’ll share their list first and then I’ll add one additional possibility that all the smart minds at Fox didn’t come up with.
First, here’s their list of five things. First of all, a massive asteroid impact: Asteroids and comets crash into our planet all the time, with varying degrees of damage. The last big one was 100 years ago in Siberia, but in such a remote area that no one died. Much larger asteroids have been tied to mass die-offs in biological history—the end of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and the even more devastating Permian-Triassic extinction event 251 million years ago in which some 80 percent of animal species vanished.
Secondly, a massive volcanic eruptions. This seems to be an alternate theory that says good evidence for how the dinosaurs on Earth were killed was not by an asteroid, but instead, or additionally, by enormous eruptions in what now is India.
Thirdly, nuclear war. Few people have uttered the phrase “nuclear winter” since the end of the Cold War, but it was a very real fear during the 1980s. The notion was that a full-scale nuclear war between the Soviet Union and United States would kick huge amounts of dust, smoke, and soot up into the atmosphere and blot out sunlight for months or even years, causing mass extinctions as most plants died and most animals starved.
Fourth, a black hole. Black holes are bottomless gravitational pits from which not even light can escape. This was first dreamed up in the 1960s. Since that time, they’ve been “spotted” throughout the universe. It’s now thought that every spiral galaxy, including our own, has a supermassive black hole at its center. Basically, the black hole would eat us alive or cause devastation on earth in countless ways.
Finally, from their perspective: The expanding sun: If all else fails, the Earth will almost certainly come to an end in about 5 billion years when it falls into the expanding sun. It’s perfectly natural—stars like ours simply turn into red giants near the end of their lifespans, and their inner planets become toast. Terrestrial inhabitants need not worry, since they’ll be boiled off much earlier by the sheer heat of the growing star.
Okay, those are the five ideas floated out there by Fox News and various scientists. I’m not a scientist and I don’t play one on TV.
But, here’s a sixth option: Just as the Bible predicts, Jesus appears in the eastern sky and calls His children home to heaven! I don’t want to get into a discussion about pre-this, post-this, or even a-this. That’s not the point of this post, and I’m certainly not smart enough to discuss all of those options with you anyway. So, if you want to have that discussion, go ahead. Just don’t expect me to join you in your fun!
My option is simple: God is in control. When He’s ready, He’s going to bring it all to an end. The way He wants. The way He’s planned along. Period. No discussion. I could have saved those scientists a lot of money—Just read the last couple of chapters of Matthew or the Book of Revelation. The answers are there in black and white (and maybe a little red—if you use a red-letter version!).
I think my option is the correct one!
What do you think?