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when exactly do you think the world will come to an end?no

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chacheebear | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 7, 2009 at 10:47 PM via web

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when exactly do you think the world will come to an end?

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 8, 2009 at 9:07 AM (Answer #2)

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The world will be destroyed when our sun, Sol, enters its final stage. At the end of a star's life, it violently explodes. This explosion is called a supernova. When our sun explodes the Earth will definitely be destroyed in the explosion. This will be in about 5,000,000,000 years time (five billion). So we've still got a few years yet!

 

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mapriem | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 8, 2009 at 9:07 AM (Answer #3)

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Earth as we know it is subject to many disasters that could eventually destroy it.  Studying the environment is a worthwhile pursuit if you are truly interested in this.  I believe that the environment would be the natural cause of this planet to erode and become uninhabitable. This could take as long as a hundred centuries depending on how the resources are destroyed by factors including the solar system disruptions, natural disasters, and the interaction of human life with destruction of the environment.  The other condition for the world to come to an end would be a human factor such as the development of nuclear weapons of mass destruction controlled by thoughtless leaders who could care less about this issue.  And a final thought involves one's religion in relation to the World. The Bible states that God created the Earth. It is wise to believe he can destroy it as well.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 8, 2009 at 9:07 AM (Answer #4)

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This question was asked in 'science' group, there is absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest that a god created this planet. The Earth was formed from cooling stellar gases drawn together by gravity roughly 4.5 billion years ago. And there is no reason that young people should be taught scare stories that a god could destroy their planet if he feels like it.

Chacheebear, the bible is not a science book so feel free to completely ignoring it during science. The bible is full of hundreds of basic scientific errors. Earth was created by chemical and physical processes and will end the same way.

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 8, 2009 at 1:33 PM (Answer #5)

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It is important to distinguish between the planet completely ceasing to exist -- such as when the Sun goes supernova -- and changes on Earth that bring an end to civilization as we know it or even jeopardize the ability of life to survive. 

Global warming is certainly right up there as a possible cause of radical changes on earth.  Unchecked population growth is also a very dangerous trend.  Of course, the use of nuclear weapons or as yet undevised mega weapons could endanger our existence.  With the ever-increasing interaction of people and other life-forms on the planet, a massive outbreak of disease could wipe out whole populations.

This is not a cheerful topic, but we CAN do something to reduce these risks.  The question is, will we?

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted April 8, 2009 at 4:47 PM (Answer #6)

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As #2 explains, the definitive ending will be when our Sun goes nova (not supernova, by the way....there is a difference!) current calculations have it expanding beyond the orbit of Venus, so it will envelope the inferior planets.  If Earth is not taken in as well, it will certainly be uninhabitable by life as we know it -- the oceans will have boiled off along with the atmosphere (and when the Sun goes nova, it's expansion will be within seconds!)

But long before that happens, we humanity will come to an end.  Even if we don't destroy ourselves, in the near term, the cosmos will eventually long term.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 18, 2009 at 4:08 AM (Answer #7)

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It's difficult to imagine that the earth will ever come to an end, but because it is a piece of the natural order, it must eventually. I have always expected that the sun would one day become a nova or supernova, and that would be the end of that. However, I do believe that human beings are doing much to destroy the earth and may render it uninhabitable if measures are not taken to correct the terrible wrongs that have been committed against nature, such as global warming from greenhouse gas emission.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 20, 2009 at 5:18 AM (Answer #8)

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No one can answer this question. Any answer you do get will be pure speculation. Every religious group has its own belief about "the end of days." The Aztec calendar is getting a lot of attention these days because it ends in the year 2012. Many people take that to mean that the world will end in that year. However, the Aztec calendar runs in cycles, according to which the world has "ended" and begun again many times. See this web site: http://www.adishakti.org/mayan_end_times_prophecy_12-21-2012.htm

Some Christians believe that the world will end, and all good people will go to live in heaven. Other Christians believe that there will be a great war and that God will establish a new kingdom on earth.

We won't know for sure until something actually happens!!

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted April 21, 2009 at 10:12 AM (Answer #9)

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I disagree with #8.  Although no one can answer the question definitively in terms of philosophy or religion, it has been answered through our current understanding of physics.  A college-level astronomy course will explain the birth and death of stars, and our Sun is no exception.  Enjoy the ride!

 

 

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jovona | Salutatorian

Posted April 21, 2009 at 1:52 PM (Answer #10)

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The impact event should be included in the list of astronomical possibilities that could cause the extinction of most, if not all life, on earth. Impact events of this magnitude are estimated to occur roughly every 500,000 years.

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted April 21, 2009 at 2:45 PM (Answer #11)

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No one can answer this question. Any answer you do get will be pure speculation. Every religious group has its own belief about "the end of days." The Aztec calendar is getting a lot of attention these days because it ends in the year 2012. Many people take that to mean that the world will end in that year. However, the Aztec calendar runs in cycles, according to which the world has "ended" and begun again many times. See this web site: http://www.adishakti.org/mayan_end_times_prophecy_12-21-2012.htm

Some Christians believe that the world will end, and all good people will go to live in heaven. Other Christians believe that there will be a great war and that God will establish a new kingdom on earth.

We won't know for sure until something actually happens!!

  I think you mean the Mayan calendar rather than the Aztec.

http://www.13moon.com/prophecy%20page.htm

http://www.adishakti.org/mayan_end_times_prophecy_12-21-2012.htm

Considering that there are a number of things that could cause a catastrophic end of earth's ability to support life as we know it, we might be living on borrowed time.

I am thinking of the Yellowstone Caldera which is overdue for a major eruption. There are other Caldera types of volcanoes over the earth which are long overdue for an eruption.

If several of these volcanoes were to erupt at one time, the ash and lava would create a tremendous amount of dust in the atmosphere blocking available sunlight.  That would possibly plunge the earth into an ice age, create conditions of acid rain that would destroy crops and make surface water so acid that it could not support life.

I find it interesting that no one mentioned the possibility of a massive volcanic eruption.  Maybe we think that the threat is more from an external source like an asteroid or the sun going nova.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 22, 2009 at 5:46 AM (Answer #12)

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I find it interesting that no one mentioned the possibility of a massive volcanic eruption.  Maybe we think that the threat is more from an external source like an asteroid or the sun going nova.

 

The world won't end from volcanic eruptions. From Earth's point of view, a volcanic eruption is a constructive event. So a few million here-today-gone-tomorrow species get wiped out? So? Life on Earth goes on. The planet doesn't end. It's happened before. There is a huge difference between the destruction of an environment that supports mammilian life and the destruction of the entire planet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deccan_Traps

 

 

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lololo | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM (Answer #13)

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no one knows only god knows when the world will end !!!!!!

 

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alohaspirit | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted June 10, 2009 at 1:29 PM (Answer #14)

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That is hard to say since there are many ways the Earth can come to an end.  Either all life on Earth may become extinct with just one major asteroid impact.  When the Sun finally dies out then that will destroy Earth, or at least all life on Earth.  Supposedly in the news today there was article on Earth and Venus colliding in 3.5 million years...here is the link:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090610/sc_afp/scienceastronomyearthmercurymarsvenus

 

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hello1259 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM (Answer #15)

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ok people listen don't worry the world is not going to end because the sun. the world will end in fir ans flames and God and the devil will fight and God will win proving he is the almighty but if you believe in God he will take you up with him before the devil gets to rule  for 7 years and you will not feel a thing it will just happen it could happen tomorrow or 50000000 years but nobody knows.people you may think you know even i don't know and nobody ever will. God does not want us to worry and he will never tell us so we don't worry it will just happen. so don't make up ways the world is going to end if you don't believe me open the bible and read it and it will tell you what i just did.don't worry the world will end but you will not know when

love,

God lover 

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nsprasad | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 26, 2010 at 8:29 AM (Answer #16)

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Firstly, let us reconcile to the fact that none of the present scientific theories can predict any natural disasters, let it be earth quakes, climate change, economy or anything to that matter.

Secondly, we all know that our planet is precariously balanced in this universe, especially in our solar system. Two-thirds of our planet is already submerged under water. A population of 7 billion survive on th little land left. Our planet can support probably a maximum population of 10-11 billion based on th present resources and the rate of our consumption and population increase.

Let us recall under what threats we are living..Nuclear proliferation into terrorists, war due to food shortage, water shortage if not land shortage. Natural disasters like Earth quakes, Volcanos, Tsunamies, etc. can strike any time.

Science, unfortunately turning to be more complex as we probe more and more, either at cosmic level ot at subatomic level..

A scientists can only  be a mute spectator amidist all speculations.

N.S.Prasad

(Author of Book " Will Science Come to an End" )

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rawrcakesterz | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2010 at 6:55 AM (Answer #17)

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This question was asked in 'science' group, there is absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest that a god created this planet. The Earth was formed from cooling stellar gases drawn together by gravity roughly 4.5 billion years ago. And there is no reason that young people should be taught scare stories that a god could destroy their planet if he feels like it.

Chacheebear, the bible is not a science book so feel free to completely ignoring it during science. The bible is full of hundreds of basic scientific errors. Earth was created by chemical and physical processes and will end the same way.

In all due respect to your idiotic beliefs,

The world indeed was created by God, How are to propose that the Universe and the Earth was just created from nothing. You really should do some more studying and may God have mercy on your soul. This Earth was created and will be destroyed by God. Not Science.

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rawrcakesterz | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2010 at 6:59 AM (Answer #18)

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I do believe that some of these events could happen, But the likliness of them killing off man-kind is absolutely riduculous. We have survived this long haven't we? Through all the disasters. As for the Caldera Volcanoes; They may be a major setback. But I'm sure humanity will find a way to overcome it. Whether it be underground Vaults to finding away to create some kind of force field around it.

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rawrcakesterz | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:00 AM (Answer #19)

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But if we all just continue to pray, And repent for our sins: God will protect us. I know he will, Until he is ready for us to come to the Kingdom of Heaven. And he is right, Only God knows when the world is going to end. END OF SUBJECT.

 

Sincerely,

Brandon.

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sweetpea3500 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 22, 2011 at 6:09 AM (Answer #20)

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wow. well, im gussing that your not christian concitering the fact that you said no god created the earth and that the bible is full of scientific errors. im sure that you will be sorry for saying that one day.

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