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    I saw on the news that NASA put out a video to calm the fears of people who were concerned about the Myan prophecy Doomsday prediction. They were assuring people that the world was NOT going to end anytime soon. That tomorrow will be just like today.
    It occured to me that a lot of people today are looking to scientists for assurance and comfort in things concerning the future (and the past).
    Do you think that it is wise for people to shift their trust in the future from sources such as the Bible ,religous leaders, counsellors ... to the scientific elite?
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    In this case, yes...since obviously their faith isn't helping and might even be contributing to their fear. Science can actually speak convincingly on Mayan Armageddon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    In this case, yes...since obviously their faith isn't helping and might even be contributing to their fear. Science can actually speak convincingly on Mayan Armageddon.
    No they can't.

    Science can only guess at what will happen tomorrow as they have no control over it and no direct knowledge of the future.
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    If you actually literally go for the Biblical interpretation of events, then armageddon cannot be today! Why? Because the Bible prophesies of so many other things, many things needing to happen before the armageddon, that have not yet come to pass.

    There is also an important distinction between an apocalypse, which just means a major change, and armageddon, which is the final battle, culminating in the end.

    So it is quite clear that the end will not be today, though whether it is the beginning of the end, or just another average day remains to be seen.

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    I look to science to answer the questions science is best equipped to answer and I look to religion to answer the questions religion is best equipped to answer. I don't see why we have to choose.
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    [QUOTE=RaptorWizard;2012852]There is also an important distinction between an apocalypse, which just means a major change, and armageddon, which is the final battle, culminating in the end.[QUOTE]

    Well, actually Armageddon is just a reference to Tel Megiddo; in any case, the description in Revleation of what happens after the final battle sounds more like a spiritual matter than the end of the world - perhaps "the end of the world" comes after the "1,000 year reign of Christ" described?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aesthete View Post
    Well, actually Armageddon is just a reference to Tel Megiddo; in any case, the description in Revleation of what happens after the final battle sounds more like a spiritual matter than the end of the world - perhaps "the end of the world" comes after the "1,000 year reign of Christ" described?
    Yes perhaps you are right. I think some religious cosmologies posit the Earth will be transformed into some kind of higher state, after the return of Christ and the millenium of peace, of course.

    Still though, I have a hard time believing it is all literally true.

    Personally, I believe it is healthier to bring the future into our own hands, rather then letting fate and the whim of the Gods dictate its course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    In this case, yes...since obviously their faith isn't helping and might even be contributing to their fear. Science can actually speak convincingly on Mayan Armageddon.
    What would be a case otherwise do you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorWizard View Post
    If you actually literally go for the Biblical interpretation of events, then armageddon cannot be today! Why? Because the Bible prophesies of so many other things, many things needing to happen before the armageddon, that have not yet come to pass.

    There is also an important distinction between an apocalypse, which just means a major change, and armageddon, which is the final battle, culminating in the end.

    So it is quite clear that the end will not be today, though whether it is the beginning of the end, or just another average day remains to be seen.

    Hmm
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