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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Predestiny


When people adhere to apocalyptic prophesies, they usually do so because they believe in predestiny. Predestiny is the idea that the future is already created and unalterable, and that some people have a special ability to see that future.
Does predestiny really exist?
For the sake of discussion let us assume that it does: at any given moment in the present, there is a future already created that is as solid and real as any moment in the past or present. Perhaps time is not as linear as we have believed.
If such a future already exists, does that mean that it is inevitable and must occur?
No.
Here is a simple two part exercise to illustrate this:
Part 1:   Find a timepiece and note the time. Calculate what time it will be in exactly 30 seconds. Now decide exactly where you will be standing when that 30-second moment arrives. Watch the clock and be sure you are standing at the spot you chose.
You have just created a prophecy and fulfilled it.
Part 2:   Look at the clock again and decide on a new location. Ten seconds before the 30-second moment arrives, rethink whether you want to fulfill the prophecy. If you do, be at the place you decided upon; if you do not, choose a new location at random and be there when the 30-second moment arrives.
Repeat the above exercise several times.
Which of the two parts above created the stronger and more solid future? The answer of course is Part 1. Which of the two futures would a prophet be more likely to forsee? The answer again is Part 1. The point being made is that the future is shaped largely by intention backed by action: the stronger the intention and the better it’s back-up by action, the more solid the future will tend to be.
The future is therefore malleable. A future reality, no matter how solid it is or how many prophets have agreed to it’s existence, can be changed. It will be irreversible only if people continue to perform, or fail to perform, those actions that will cause that future to come about, and no one does anything effective enough to counter those actions or inactions.
Some people would argue that the true seer would forsee the change of mind in Part 2 of the above exercise. If this is true, then the prophet has gained an extraordinary ability to influence the future, for he or she may now contact the subject of his or her vision and persuade that person to change his or her mind, or the seer may take actions to ensure or prevent the consequences of the decision.
Prophesy has really only one value: as a tool to either change or ensure the future.
There have been many “End of the World” episodes in world history. They have all fulfilled the religious prophecies except on one very crucial point: not one of them brought about a new era of peace and salvation as promised. Despite that dismal record, many people today are preaching that yet one more “End of the World” or “Final Battle” is about to make life better.

William Bramley.”The Gods of Eden”  pp.118,119