|Vol. 2, No. 3||Page 6||March 2000|
We have heard doomsday predictions coming from the prophets of doom in the last several months. These people claim to have special scientific knowledge of the future, and claim to be able to predict the future to some extent. For example, some “scientists” have come up with a rather fanciful theory that the dinosaur population was wiped off the face of the earth by a tremendous asteroid that is supposed to have struck the earth sixty or seventy billion years ago, and upon that theory they further postulate that if it has been that long since an asteroid of that magnitude struck the earth, then it must be about time for it to happen again. We do have evidence of rather large objects from space impacting the earth, but there is not one shred of evidence that the earth has ever been struck by a heavenly body of the size of the one they claim killed the dinosaurs.
The plain truth of the matter is that no one knows what happened to the dinosaurs, and no one knows that the earth has been here for billions of years. As a matter of fact, what is called “the young earth theory” (the theory that the earth is less than 15,000 years old) has much more evidence to back it up than the theory that the earth has been here for millions and billions of years. These people gather up bone fragments, and from these they make an animal that may have or may not have looked as they suggest. There are very few dinosaur skeletons found together and in tact so that we can scientifically know that there were such animals on the earth.
But from guesses based upon guesses, they postulate that the earth is ripe for another pounding from the asteroids. They are even suggesting that the government should spend hundreds of millions of dollars to prepare rockets with nuclear warheads for the purpose of blasting these asteroids apart while they are still in space, thus saving the earth from a certain collision with them. These science-fiction tales, along with the greenhouse gases theory, may be good for making movies, but they have little else to make them of value.
The latest scare that the doomsday prophets are thrusting off on the people is that by the year 2050 the earth will be desperately short of clean water to drink. They seem not to know that great desalinization plants have already been built that can clean up seawater by the millions of gallons per day. There may be places on earth where fresh clean water will be very hard to come by in the year 2050, but there are places where that is the case at this very moment. Almost all of the third-world power countries have had extreme difficulties getting fresh water for generations now. People have always lived in filth and squalor, they do so now, and they will continue to do so. That may be difficult for many of us to understand, but it is true nevertheless.
Why do these doomsday prophets predict such “stuff” to worry the people of the world? Because they are unbelievers in God and in the Lord Jesus Christ. They have accepted the warped theories of evolution and because of this they are always coming up with some doomsday story for the finishing of the earth. If they had come to believe the Bible and believe in the God of the Bible they would not waste their time coming up with these ideas because they would know that: 1) Evolution is false and all “science” based upon it is false. 2) The God of our universe is a provident God, and nothing will happen to the earth, or its people, until God brings every work of man into judgment. Those of us who are Christians need not worry about whether the earth will be here tomorrow. If it is not, then we will be in heaven, and if it is, we may, or may not be on the earth.
God still rules his universe, and the end of the world will not be by accident, but by proclamation when, in the good pleasure of God he sees fit to bring all human history to its conclusion. With a deep, firm, and abiding faith in God, one can be amused at the rather ridiculous things that some men who call themselves “scientists” today may say. They are not any better in predicting the end of the world than the religious fanatics have been down through the years. Jesus said, referring to his second coming and the judgment of mankind that, “. . . of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36). Peter testified that the last day will come as a thief in the night. There will be no evidence, either scientific or religious, of when and how the earth will be burned up. Believe in God! Accept his Word! Don’t let the doomsday prophets give you even one moment of worry!