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Does The World Come to an End on Sept 10th, 2008?

When I was a little boy, I was told in church that the end of the world was near.

I was told this by my Southern Baptist Preacher because he had it high authority that it will happen. He said, it was foretold in the Bible and there will come true. He quoted the various passages of revelations, about the end of the world and what the end would look like just before it happened. My preacher cited many modern day times (late 1969) events that foreshadowed the end coming and Armageddon’s arrival. One of course was the Arab & Israel war of 1968. Other were the wildness of the youth as they embraced sin, drugs, sex etc.

Our preacher even gave us a date, starting in 1968 we (mankind) would suffer for 7-years during the visit of the 7-angles as the bible foretells until the end comes and Christ appears on the 8th year in 1976.

Well as we all know, my childhood preacher got hist start dates wrong.

But now guess WHAT !!! It has been 7-years since 9-11 ! Tomorrow, September 10th ends the 7-years.

Tomorrow the physicists of Europe and America switch on the Large Hadron Collider in European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, outside Geneva Switzerland.

Tomorrow, we may create the first Black Hole, the only question is:Is it over in a fraction of a nano-second or does it self-sustain and continue to grow by swallowing surrounding particles, eventually entire atoms, then entire collections of atoms – the containment vessel itself.

“In Walker Percy’s “Love in the Ruins,” the protagonist, a doctor and an inventor, recites what he calls the scientist’s prayer. It goes like this:“Lord, grant that my work increase knowledge and help other men.“Failing that, Lord, grant that it will not lead to man’s destruction.“Failing that, Lord, grant that my article in Brain be published before the destruction takes place.”

The question has been raised by the impending startup of the Large Hadron Collider. It starts smashing protons together this summer at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, outside Geneva, in hopes of grabbing a piece of the primordial fire, forces and particles that may have existed a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang.

Critics have contended that the machine could produce a black hole that could eat the Earth or something equally catastrophic. Coupled with the problem that society has never agreed on a standard of what is safe in these surreal realms when the odds of disaster might be tiny but the stakes are cosmically high. In such situations, probability estimates are often no more than “informed betting odds,” said Martin Rees, a Cambridge University cosmologist, the astronomer royal and the author of “Our Final Hour.” Adrian Kent, also of Cambridge, said in a paper in 2003 reviewing scientists’ failure to calculate adequately and characterize accurately risks to the public, that even the most basic question, “ ‘How improbable does a catastrophe have to be to justify proceeding with an experiment?’ seems never to have been seriously examined.”

As for why they’re doing it, it boils down to the search for the Higgs Boson, also called the “God Particle,” which is the only elementary particle that has never been observed by science.

So, if it is the God particle they search for – is it possible my preacher just had the wrong initiating event and the wrong 7 years to be worried about?I write for all to ponder, if the earth is coming to an end tomorrow maybe an extra kiss for kids and wife/hubby tonight, a phone call to family, and extra prayer or a prayer period might not be such a bad idea. What the worst thing if it doesn’t, your family and you get a little extra care and love before tomorrow.

I have a degree in Physics and I am sure it will not happen, but I am going to kiss my wife and children extra tonight anyway.