NASA: 'The world is not about to end. No, really'
"Don't worry, this flaming tongue of hellfire will get nowhere near you or your loved ones. We promise. Really. (Credit: NASA video. Screenshot by Edward Moyer/CNET)"
"We're getting so many reassurances from NASA these days that the world is not about to be destroyed by some space-borne phenomenon that I'm starting to wonder if there's something the space agency isn't telling us. Aside from falling satellites--one of which apparently threatened to rain space junk down perhaps a little too close to a couple of heavily populated Chinese cities--there was that aircraft-carrier-size asteroid that didn't, repeat didn't, sideswipe the Earth this past week (though it got closer than the moon). Now there's the specter of a giant solar flare turning the Earth into a crispy critter sometime next year. But don't worry, our friends at NASA cheerfully assure us in a recent post on the agency's Web site, this version of the apocalypse isn't likely to occur either. The timing of the post (which appeared earlier this week) is tied to the coming expiration of the current year and the arrival of 2012, which, thanks in part to Hollywood, has apparently entered our collective psyches as a strong candidate for the year that will mark the end of the world as we know it." ...
"Given a legitimate need to protect Earth from the most intense forms of space weather--great bursts of electromagnetic energy and particles that can sometimes stream from the sun--some people worry that a gigantic 'killer solar flare' could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth," NASA said in its recent post. "Citing the accurate fact that solar activity is currently ramping up in its standard 11-year cycle, there are those who believe that 2012 could be coincident with such a flare." But, the agency continues, though solar explosions and other sun-related phenomena could conceivably affect satellite control mechanisms, airplane navigation systems, and electronic time-keeping devices that govern global financial transactions, "there simply isn't enough energy in the sun to send a killer fireball 93 million miles to destroy Earth." ...
"Now I'm waiting on the NASA release that will reassure me that NASA releases about the nonimminent end of the world are not in fact signs of imminent oblivion. I'm sure we'll see that one soon. And I'll be happy to report on it, once I've grabbed my sunscreen and my raincoat, sealed up the house, turned off the electronics, and gotten out of the way." In the meantime, here's a nicely produced NASA video that should help you lay your 2012 fears to rest: VIDEO AT LINK"
It is not movies like 2012 that illustrate impending planetary doom that causes panic to the people, settling in the collective psyches. It settles in the psyche for a reason, the reason is that the world really will end. Jesus set eternity in our hearts and we sense the planet's distress and the impending signs that Jesus said He would send.