Hi everyone! As we are rapidly approaching the infamous 21 December, 2012, I see more and more news stories of extremists preparing for total annihilation of the human race. But what's really going to happen? No one knows for sure, of course, but here is what I have gathered from my own personal research into the afterlife, the Maya, the ancient astronaut theory, and from the those who have claimed to possess the answer.
1. Disregarding the Nonsense:
Firstly, one must be aware that there is much nonsense related to 21/12/12. Out of mere curiosity, I spent a significant amount of the last two months researching this date and its alleged significance. One of the first things that is plain is that the world is not going end. The annihilation of the human race is completely out of the question, especially when one views things from an afterlife perspective. Advanced beings tell us that we are heading into a time of great learning and spiritual growth. Since the purpose of the earth is to facilitate such growth, it would be extremely counterproductive to impede that ability at this crucial time. It is my own, considered belief that the earth will only cease to become inhabitable when human beings cease to need it for spiritual growth - and we are far from that point.
It is also should be pointed out that the Maya themselves never said that the world would end on this date, as some have claimed. It is curious that they chose to end their calendar at this date, but I'll get to that later in this post. Maya hieroglyphs actually seem to be rather vague, as far as I can tell, about what is supposed to occur at the end of their calendar. However, some authentic sources predict the gods' return on that day.
2. The Mayan Calendar:
The actual Mayan Calendar is a very accurate, intriguing piece of the Maya civilization. Maya culture actually used three different calendar cycles, all of which were of different lengths and thus ended at different points in time. The Maya specified that all three of these calendars started on what we would call August 11 of 3114 B.C.. They have all ended at various times and started again but, the entire calendar itself ends when all three of the smaller calendars line up at 0 again - which is 21 December, 2012 A.D. on our calendar.
Maya civilization did not begin to flourish until around 250 B.C.. For that reason, it is rather odd that they chose to begin their calendar just about 2,000 years before their own civilization began. The Maya called this the creation date. No actual Mayan writings foretell the ending the of the world upon the calendar reaching its end, but they occasionally reference the return of the gods.
3. Other Cultures:
All other cultures and religions share this same prediction: that the gods (or, in some cases, God) will one day return for some purpose. Christians await the Second Coming of Christ; Jews await their Messiah; Muslims wait for the Day of Judgement; Hindus still seek the final incarnation of Vishnu. Almost all native american religions also share this belief, that the gods will return to the earth.
It seems as though all religions are waiting for some major event to happen. Why? These are diverse religions with radically different beliefs, which started thousands of years apart on different corners of the globe, and yet none of them claim to be complete or fulfilled. It could be that telling the people to expect something major will ensure that the populous is faithful and cooperative, but that seems rather doubtful to me. In my opinion, these cultures all started from a common background. Their ancestors all received the same/similar information, but interpreted it differently.