Thursday, December 20, 2012
Matthew 24:36 "But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Acts 1:7 He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times
or dates the Father has set by his own authority. New International Version (©1984) bible.cc
Image: Soviet Mayan Playing Cards - englishrussia.com
Does anyone else find it interesting that the 3 days of darkness that some people believe will follow the "Mayan apocalypse" (which happens to fall on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year) parallels the story of the resurrection of Jesus (and Lazarus, and Jonah in the belly of the beast) after 3 days? (Edited to add: Not to mention 3 days after Dec. 21 is...Christmas.) Is it at all possible that the sun-worshipping ancients saw something like what people in Shanghai saw the other week (link to Business Insider: The Chinese Are Freaking Out About The End Of The World by Adam Taylor | Dec. 11, 2012), and thought, "Holy cripes, it's the trinity of the Sun - like the triple goddesses of the Moon, aren't these the Father, Son and Holy Ghost?"
Image: Nuremberg chronicles - Sun Dogs (CCIIIv) - See Sun dog - Wikipedia
It's fine if people want to gain something spiritual from symbolism, be it "pagan" or "religious," but I don't think the Bible, or any bible, is meant to be dissected for codes to be found as to when our physical world will end. Rather, I believe anyone with respect for spiritual living will find in the words only spiritual elements that uplift us all in love and light.
You've heard this before: "Live every day like your last, for tomorrow is not promised to us." That doesn't mean live without preparing for the future; it simply means be grateful for each day the sun rises. :-)