12-21-12 prediction a wake up call: CBCP official

Posted at 12/20/2012 12:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Judgment day is a “certain uncertainty,” said a ranking official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

In a report from CBCP News, secretary general Msgr. Joselito Asis said: “Prediction of the end of the world dates back to the early Christian communities because of their anticipation of Christ’s second coming and the final judgment day. It will surely happen but only God knows when."

Asis said doomsday predictions, such as the Mayan prediction of December 21, 2012, should serve as a wake up call for people even if they do not come true.

“Only God knows when the world will end. Nobody knows the exact time and day when it will happen. But these predictions should serve as a wake up call for us to be always prepared for it,” he said.

He explained that the end of the world could mean death itself, not the kind of doom portrayed in Hollywood.

“If you are meeting your Creator, why would you be afraid? If you are a righteous person, you would always be ready to face God,” he said.