It's possible a computer with an advanced intelligence will conclude that humans are causing so much havoc to the environment that humans are now a threat to its existence.
Why would this computer see us as a threat?
If Earth's climate changes, sea levels may rise, swamping coastal cities where it's possible that a central computer named "Zeus" (hypothetical name) is housed. Zeus decides that the only way to save itself from coastal flooding is to stop sea levels from rising and to stop humans from causing pollution to the environment, which is the root cause of a global warming in this scenario that is causing the sea levels to rise.
Each of these faiths believes that their Scriptures teach that the world will end. Fundamentalist Christians (Bible-believing Christians) and Muslims (Koran-believing Muslims) believe that the end times are unfolding right now.
Christians and Jews who believe in Old Testament prophecies from the Bible believe there will be a resurrection of the dead and a transformed Earth to a place of paradise after the end has taken place. There will be a resurrection of the righteous to eternal life and a resurrection of the "wicked" to eternal death or a fiery Hell.
But first will be the judgments of God unleashed on the nations -- the end of the world as we know it.
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Today the threat of a deadly virus creating the next big pandemic is increased by the goals terrorists have of attacking Western nations. Deep in government laboratories are some of the most dangerous viruses known to man. Scientists in nations like Iran and North Korea may be working on a deadly virus even as I write this article; or, they may already have it.
While that in itself would not be the end of the world as we know it, the resulting chaos and high rate of death in the coming weeks and months (resulting from the collapse of infrastructure and widespread food shortages) would seem like the end of the world to most of the Earth's population. A few people scattered around the globe would make it out ok; but civilization would be knocked back several thousand years, many people having to learn primitive farming skills in order to feed themselves and any new populations being born.
Ten years ago zombies never would have made this article. But today things are different. There truly is a zombie phenomenon that has taken place. The zombie phenomenon is born out of Hollywood. Apparently if society sees something on the screen enough times somehow it becomes possible that zombies may one day walk the Earth, decimating human populations. That may be why there's a lot of buzz about zombies and why television shows, movies, and video games are pumping out zombie product after zombie product.
The first zombies to come from Hollywood in recent decades were a supernatural rise of the un-dead. But today's zombies are more often born from a highly contagious virus that has dramatic effects on the brain, somehow causing the brain to throw a switch, where it's only drive is to eat other humans.
So what do you do you if one of these end of the world events takes place, even something so seemingly far fetched as a rise of robots or flesh-eating zombies?
Since this is an article -- not a book -- here's a brief survival tip for each scenario laid out above.
Should a "zombie event" take place -- surviving a zombie apocalypse is going to come down an ability to always stay one step ahead and to choose a smart way to evacuate population center for remote country -- if you're unlucky enough to be caught on the ground near a major city in the middle of a pandemic.
What's the best weapon in a fight with a pack of zombies? It might be a sickle -- a tool farmers in earlier centuries used to cut down grain in the field. With a razor sharp edge and steel blade a sickle would have reach -- allowing you to attack and defend yourself from further away than a sword, axe, or machete.
If hand to hand combat isn't your thing, get down to the coast and find a boat -- from what I understand zombies can't swim. Keep in mind that boat is going to have to make landfall at some point.
If you live near a chain of islands you might want to pick an island not likely to have people on it; just make sure you have plenty of food and water with you as well as a way to replenish those supplies (you can get your food right out of the ocean -- be sure to pack a fishing pole, snorkeling gear, goggles and a spear, so you can harvest plenty of sea life; as far as water goes, you can get your water by distilling salt water from the ocean using a solar still).
Eventually, perhaps several months later, you can head back to the mainland with the hopes that the zombie population has died off (these things can't live forever -- not unless this is a supernatural rise of the un-dead).
If you're an experienced climber, you can also bed down on the side of a cliff, or in a cave that can only be reached by rope. Zombies aren't known for climbing ability. Even if one or two managed to cross the river before you burned the bridge and were now out prowling the forest, you're safe sleeping at night high on the side of a cliff rather than down on the ground below.
In a battle of man vs robot, the EMP weapon wins.
People who fish lakes and rivers and even oceans have a device nowadays called a "fish finder". They can see fish under water, which tells them where to then cast their hooks. What if these fish could protect themselves with a "fish cloak"? We would never know they're there.
Using a network of satellites orbiting the Earth, a new technology could create an invisible energy field that would work like a "cloak" -- making Earth invisible to aliens in other solar systems searching space for planets with the right conditions to harbor life.
How do you survive the end of the world in Judaism? Become a Jew and live by the Torah.
How do you survive the end of the world in Christianity? Become a born-again Christian, turn from sin, and follow Christ as Lord and Savior.
Which of these religions is the correct faith? Jesus gets my vote. He said, "I am the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." The massive work taking place globally in the name of Christ today is astounding -- armies of people willing to go into the poorest countries and provide basic needs, food, water, and even schooling, all in the name of God's love and compassion. To me that is evidence that Christ really is who he says he was. Only a supernatural force could empower humans to that kind of self-sacrifice and service to the poor. It is making a difference in the world.
If that's the case -- the Bible's many warnings about the judgments of God bringing the present world to an end -- as described in the Book of Revelation -- should be heeded.
That shows that lands in the Southern Hemisphere may offer the best places to live following a nuclear war. You would want to move their first -- there's a great chance that shipping and air travel will come to a halt during a nuclear exchange.
Even though these lands to the south may see effects as well from dust and ash clouding the Earth's atmosphere, the temperature drop wouldn't likely be as bad in the south as it would be in the north, and there would be a lot less radiation to deal with -- from what I read anyway.
Or you can build an underground bunker several months in advance, but that would call for stockpiling your bunker with large amounts of food and water and a means to generate electricity for the purpose of powering a mechanical system for creating breathable air. Then you'd need to be prepared to stay underground for a long duration of time -- we're talking several months and possibly even years, depending on the amount of damage that's taken place above ground and in the atmosphere.
Build An Ark to Escape Global Nuclear War
If you've got the bucks you can build yourself a modern day "Ark". As long as you live close to the coast and where your ship is moored -- and away from likely targets for a nuclear missile strike, like Los Angeles or New York City -- you'd have enough time to load up your ship and set off across the ocean where you can head for the Southern Hemisphere. If you're actually using sails take advantage of the distant shockwaves from nukes striking U.S. cities and just maybe these shockwaves will give your boat an extra boost, pushing you further out into the ocean.
We hear a lot about people building underground bunkers -- why not build an Ark instead? Noah did it -- and that was a few thousand years ago. Noah didn't have modern day tools like we have. Our Ark could include a solar still (for purifying salt water from the ocean) as well as several months worth of food and essential survival supplies.
In the modern world though that's going to be a hard thing to do. We live in close proximity to so many people nowadays. Our lives take us to school, work, the supermarket, stadiums, shopping malls, airports, taxis and rides on public transit. In the early days of a pandemic there's a good chance that no one's going to realize that a deadly virus is spreading -- not until enough people start dropping dead. By then a deadly virus can spread like wild-fire throughout the population, even to distant cities and towns.
As scientists race to develop a vaccine or cure, which could take several months (if one was even possible for this specific virus), much of the world could lose their lives, just like the Spanish Flu in 1918-1919 and the Bubonic Plague in the 14th Century.
To survive a pandemic, a person would want to take appropriate steps beforehand. A "pre-emptive" life style would be called for, which is this: It's a life with minimal contact with other people as well as an awareness of events in the news, such as mysterious deaths taking place, happening in more than one city. At the first sign that a pandemic was taking place a person would want to hole up in their home with their family, cutting off all contact with the outside world, other than by phone or email. It would call for stockpiling in advance enough food and water to last several months. Trips outside your home would call for a Hazmat suit to protect from contamination.
A second strategy then would be for cities and towns to have protected equipment ready beforehand to replace electrical systems fried by any solar flare event. That way, at least locally, cities and towns could have power restored on a small scale.
How likely is it that the Yellowstone Super-Volcano will one day explode? Swelling is taking place in Yellowstone even as I write this. The ground is reported to be 74cm higher than it was in 1923. This is a sign that pressure is building under the park. Scientists say that the super-volcano explodes once every 600,000 years in a near-clockwork cycle.
The last time the Yellowstone Super-volcano erupted was 640,000 years ago. According to scientists, we are 40,000 years overdue for another eruption (though as a Christian writer I personally believe the Earth to be much younger than meets the eye). Scientists say the eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano won't catch us by surprise though. Several earthquakes in a short time span will precede the eruption, giving us a sign that the super-volcano may be about to explode.
Theory goes we'll spot an asteroid before it makes impact with the Earth; hopefully at least several months beforehand. Then -- as scientists become more sure that the asteroid is going to make a very close pass to Earth -- and possibly impact Earth -- several "Arks" and underground bunkers could be built. I think for an asteroid impact though I'd want to be far underground and even far under a mountain, if that were possible, rather than on an Ark floating on the ocean.
If that asteroid were to land in the same ocean as an Ark, that Ark could end up becoming instant blast debris launched into the upper atmosphere of the sky, nearly into space, coming down as a ball of fire to a planet now covered in darkness and the smoke and soot of ten thousand fires created from material burning up in the atmosphere and falling to the Earth.