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2012: What to Tell Your Kids

On November 13, 2009, the movie 2012 will premiere in theaters across the country.  We have seen the ads for this movie in every nook and around every corner in L.A. and in cities nationwide.  The billboard slogans have ranged from 2012:  Google It to 2012:  Will You Survive? to simply 2012.  We have seen ads on the sides of Metro buses and on bus stop benches. 

If you allow your kids to see the movie 2012 (or if they sneak in without your permission), the five minute excerpt below is just a taste of what they will be absorbing into their impressionable minds while munching on popcorn and twizzlers. The clip below shows the total destruction of Los Angeles. Click on it to watch, but make sure the kids are out of the room because it is ridiculously scary.

In addition to the movie 2012 causing a stir, The History Channel should be renamed "The Hysteria Channel" for airing various programs regarding 2012 being the "end times" and "doomesday" while blatantly misleading their viewers to believe that several cultures and sources have predicted the world will end in 2012.  Because the culture of fear has seemed to drown out the voice of reason, I decided to post information for parents on how to talk about all this scary stuff with their kids.

Let's start out with a little background info:
First of all, let me assure you that I know what I am talking about.  I have been researching the Mayan calendar for the past 10 years.  Am I an expert who has written a book?  No, but I have been blessed with impeccable intuition and good, solid common sense.  The Mayan calendar is circular as shown in the image above.  There is no beginning and no end (did ya get that??? -  NO END).  The Mayans believed in a series of cycles, therefore they apparently believed (based upon astronomical observations and complex mathematics) that the end of the final cycle will occur on December 21, 2012.  This is Winter Solstice; it happens every year.  Winter Solstice represents the exact day and time when the days will become longer and the promise of rebirth in the Spring.

What happens when a cycle ends?  It starts all over again from the beginning.  That is what we can expect from December 21, 2012.  A new beginning to a new cycle.  A transformation.  Some say this will be a cosmic and/or spiritual transformation.  The important thing to know is that the Mayans did not leave us any warnings of any kind because they did not see this as the end of the world.  As a matter of fact, the Mayans still exist today and they refute the notion that the world will end on December 21, 2012.  Read this link to learn more about what the Mayans have to say about 2012---> Mayans Say the World will NOT End in 2012

Here's what to tell your kids:

Age birth to 4
Just tell them that 2012 is a big number. 

Age 5 - 8
Tell them that a lot of people think something is going to happen then, but they are wrong.  Make sure that your kids know that you are confident about this and assure them that everything will be fine.  Tell them that kids will be talking about it more and more as the year approaches, but it is just because it is on TV all the time.  Open the door to communication about this subject because they will hear about it from their friends at school eventually. 

Age 9 - 13
Tell them that the Mayan calendar is circular and has no end and that 2012 is just the end of a cycle.  Make sure that they understand that people are making a big deal about this because of books, movies, TV and stuff they read on the internet.  If they ask about catastrophes, tell them that there have always been earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis etc and there might be more because of Global Warming, but even the best Global Warming scientists have not predicted the end of the world.  Once again, keep that door to communication open about this subject.  Kids have lots of questions and incredible insight that needs to be expressed openly and freely.

Age 14+
Communicate with them as young adults.  Don't patronize them or condescend.  Show them that you are confident in your beliefs by planning for the future.  Ask them to help you plan a New Year's Eve party for the year 2012 or some other event past December 21, 2012.  Tell them everything in this  post and incorporate the following talking points.  Show them the links if they are interested.

1.  The Mayans did NOT predict the end of the world in 2012.
As a matter of fact, their hieroglyphs show that the Earth and humanity was still alive and well in the year 3772 as noted in the article mentioned above.  Link --->The Mayans Say the World Won't End in 2012

2.  Nostradamus did NOT predict the end of the world in 2012.
As a matter of fact, Nostradamus continued to make prophecies about humanity well into the year 4000. 
Link --->Nostradamus Made Predictions from the Mid 1500's to the year 4000

3.  The Bible did NOT predict the end of the world in 2012.
As a matter of fact, the Bible states that no one knows the precise date and time the world will end, not even Jesus.  Mathew 24:35-36 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone."

4.  The Hopi did NOT predict the end of the world in 2012.  Period. Their prediction is vague and ambiguous and gives no dates or years.  Link --->The Hopi Prophecy

5.  Scientists did NOT predict the end of the world in 2012.  They have predicted strong solar flare activity that actually began this year which is not unusual since solar flares go through an 11 year cycle of being "quiet" then becoming "active".  Enhanced activity means satellites and even power grids on Earth are at risk of electrical malfunction.  While blackouts are a possible scenario, they are hardly the apocalyptic end of the world. Link--->Solar Flares

6.  The I Ching did NOT predict the end of the world in 2012.  This widely accepted notion was "invented" by two brothers on an acid trip in the 70's.  Link --->The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching

By the way, California is not going to fall into the ocean, so Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool (I am a HUGE fan by the way and I have seen them three times in concert) will not get his wish in 2012.  We won't have to "learn to swim" just yet as suggested in the song Aenima.  Links --->Aenima Lyrics (Warning: Explicit)  Listen to Aenima (Warning: Explicit)

Keep on keeping on.

1 comment:

penman@truegosp.org said...

Your post is good and informative. I am not planning to see the movie 2012, but I was curious about all the popular fascination with 2012 and end-time prophetic disasters in general.

I have watched some television about the subject, and it seems long on "entertainment" (if you are entertained by nonsense) and short on solid information.

Actually, the Bible does predict disasters at the close of the age, but as you correctly pointed out, we do not know the day or the hour that this age will end and Christ will return.

But I notice that in all the popular programming about prophecy, one important thing is left out. As I point out in my blog, they never mention that these disasters are coming as punishment for our sins, designed by a loving God to bring us to repentance for our long-term good. But that is what the Bible teaches.