The Doomsday Crock


     As I write today’s blog, I begin with a prediction. MANY who read this will not really care. On the other hand, a few stand to be fairly offended! I don’t intend to bore OR offend- I just felt the need to discuss! 

     Perhaps you have seen the recent information about the Doomsday Clock. (If you are thinking, “The Whatsday What?” right about now, you are among the many who will not really care!) The Doomsday Clock came into being in 1947. It was begun by a group called the Chicago Atomic Scientists- they had worked on the Manhattan Project. The began publishing a journal called The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the Doomsday Clock has been featured on the cover since the publication’s inception.  

     The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face that represents to possible global catastrophe. And on Thursday, the time got reset! It had been set for 11:57PM- 3 minutes shy of “midnight”- Armageddon. But on Thursday, the group who governs it held a press conference to announce that they had moved the clock 30 seconds closer to midnight- 2½ minutes shy of goodbye! 

     I read the information put out by the group. And I clearly saw words like “symbolic” and “represents”. And, of course, those words point to this not being a literal measurement of time but “a symbolic instrument informing the public when the earth is facing imminent disaster”. Got it. But then I read their rationale for moving the clock closer to midnight and I began to get a different sense of the whole thing.  

     It seems more than a little arrogant to use one’s position as a scientist to espouse political beliefs under the guise of “scientific information”, scaring the living daylights out of a decent subset of the population at the same time. It also seems more than a little arrogant to present “symbolic” information that is clearly built around predicting/announcing, as those great theologians over at R.E.M. would say, the end of the world as we know.  

     Is The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists a scholarly journal? Is it built upon a solid foundation of science? I would argue that at least the Doomsday Clock is…not. The explanation they offer as to why they reset the time is clearly based on political leanings and not anything terribly scientific or scholarly.  

     In the end, there is a book that talks about this very subject. It says, regarding the end of all things, and I quote, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36 ) People have been trying to predict the END of time since the BEGINNING of time. And there simply isn’t any point in wasting precious energy and emotion on something that you can’t DO. Should we care about what the world is doing? Of course. Should The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists worry about nuclear proliferation? If it makes them feel better- sure. But if I hide in the closet with a blanket over my head every time a world leader says something potentially stupid, I’m not going to get a  whole lot of living done!  
     Pray for our leaders. Pay attention to what’s going on in the world. Care. BUT…don’t spend your precious time worrying about how many seconds shy of midnight the Doomsday Clock is set to. In the end…who cares? They’re guessing. You’re guessing. Anybody who is trying address the end of the world is guessing. Live life…plain and simple. Leave the heavy lifting to God. 

     Thanks for stopping by- I pray you have a blessed day. Please make sure and come back again tomorrow, and stick with Jesus!

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