• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

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    Elementary education

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    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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The End of the World? Well, We’re Still Here….

I have never been one to jump on the “end of the world” prediction bandwagon, and yesterday’s 12/21/2012 prediction was no exception.  While hundreds of thousands of people across the nation took over the top precautions (which for some even included building make-shift fall out shelters and buying tons of non perishable foods), I feel that it was pretty clear that nothing was going to happen (just like in all of the dozens of other times the world has been predicted to come to an end).  Some institutions managed to capitalize on the event, however, and I applaud them for taking advantage.  A local bar up here in the Northland had a zombie party late last night to salute all of the walking dead, and naturally, it was a huge hit.

Yet, if you were one of the souls roped into believing the end was coming (or that is in constant reluctance and worry when each of these days is predicted), here are some things to think about:

a. The Bible:

But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only (Matthew 24).
——->Humans are unable to know the time or hour that the world will end.  It will end when we least expect it.

then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, gathering you again from all the peoples among whom the Lord your God has scattered you. Even if you are exiled to the ends of the world,[a] from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will bring you back (Deuteronomy 30).
——–>God is our Savior and loves each of us beyond words.  For all of those who love Him and do His will during their time on Earth, He will come back and save them before the world is brought to an end.  They will not be left behind.

24 By his dauntless spirit he saw the future,
    and comforted the mourners in Zion.
25 He revealed what was to occur to the end of time,
    and the hidden things before they happened (Sirach 48).
——–>Only He knows what the end of time will look like, what will occur, and who will be affected.  It is not something that we as humans are capable of knowing.

b. Movies, Literature, and the Media

-In the majority of movies, have you ever noticed that the people who try to outsmart the end always end up getting killed?  Or seriously injured?

-Think about the majority of circulars that you read throughout the course of the year.  How often are those stories about celebrities, relationships, and politics actually true?….Enough said.

-If we have amazing technology like photoshop, special effects, and editing software to make the people in movies, on the cover of magazines, and in stunts look perfect or incredibly successful to increase their marketing and make more money, what makes you think that they wouldn’t try to create a bogus day to make a couple extra bucks?


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