End of the world or just Hollywood hot air?

By Fred Childers – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –  Solar flairs, giant cracks that swallow vehicles and buildings, shifting continents and global chaos - it's all part of the "edge of your seat action" in the movie 2012.

"Well, the likelihood of all those things occurring, are not great at all, based on scientific analysis," said John Claeys, a Bible scholar from Marshall.

The movie is based on the real Maya calendar.

Claeys teaches bible courses in East Texas and recently wrote a book on this very subject, before the move was released.

"We've been getting some interest from all over," said Claeys as he watches part of the movie on his computer.

In the book he researched the date that has become synonymous with doom.

"That began from a science fiction writer and then it was propagated by a lady who claims to be channeling aliens," said Claeys.

The book debunks what the movie is based on.

"We lay out what it is, and we look at the predictions regarding might the world end as we know it on December 21st 2012, and we pull in the experts and lay it out in the courts so to speak," said Claeys.

Claeys is finding that contemplating the destruction of all we know is popular these days.

"I'm hearing more and more people asking about … something coming on 2012, what's going to happen on 2012, and they're seeing the tremors and earthquakes," said Claeys.

The growing interest in the 2012 prophecy can be seen in just about any bookstore. One Shreveport bookstore has them stacked from top to bottom of an eight foot shelf, they even have an Idiots Guide to 2012. There's also a growing interest on the internet.

"If you went to Youtube and you put in 2012, and the end of the world you get over 70,800 videos pop up, and if you Google 2012 and the end of the world you're going to get over six million hits," said Claeys.

Most people we spoke to on the streets said they believed no person can predict an end of days.

"The bible tells us no man knows the day or the hour," says one man.

"Well I don't think god gave anyone here on earth that ability, I think you can find that in the scriptures," said another passerby.

And Claeys agrees, he says the Book of Revelation gives indicators of end times, which he says can be seen with current events, like in the Middle East, where Israel has been battling for land.

"And they would obtain control of Jerusalem, well that has happened in June 1967," said Claeys.

But we've yet to see anything from the film happen.

Even beyond Hollywood, the thought of such an explosive demise has people paying attention.

As for the truth behind it, I just don't think it's true.

Most agree the film's entertainment is was drives the popularity of this story - not the belief that this will happen anytime soon.

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