Will it be by fire? Asteroid impact? Nuclear holocaust? Global warming? Alien invasion? Giant hogweed attack (listen to Genesis Return of the Giant Hogweed)? Will it be in December of 2012 according to the Mayan calendar? Or will it be In the Year 2525?
Early in the 20th century it was common for many physicists to believe the universe would go on steady-as-she-goes forever. But after the discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation, most had to admit to the Big Bang Theory, that the universe had a beginning. The question then became when and how will it end?
In the latter half of the 20th century there was a debate over whether the cosmos would expand eternally into a big chill, or collapse again into another big bang. That was until the Hubble telescope. Hubble discovered that the universe wasn’t just expanding, but that the rate of expansion was accelerating. The culprit was termed dark energy, although cosmologists aren’t sure if it’s really energy or something completely different.
Now a new theory claims the universe may eventually end by tearing itself apart. The Big Rip Theory postulates dark energy may completely destroy the structure of space. It would be just like in that Mick Jagger song, Don’t Tear me Up. Unfortunately nobody can predict what could happen to the earth after such a big rip. But it may be so far in the future that it doesn’t matter anyway.
How do you think the world will end? Do you believe the book of Revelation is a literal prophesy of the end times? Or do you look to other spiritual guidance for the future of humanity?