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What the future holds?
No one can predict the future
One of the most interesting phrases and clichés out there is, “the future is just around the corner”. To use the vernacular of our time, “duh, no, really?” of course it is.
But with the future always around the corner, it seems like someone or groups of someones are always trying to predict it. From Stock market analyst, accountants, insurance agents and politicians to media pundants and of course scientist, theologians and prophets, the future is being predicted.
As stated, in this writer’s last article, people are all too often played, lied to, promised only to have promises broken and ultimately find out they have been right out “conned”.
Nothing could be truer than any attempt at predicting the future. In fact, predicting the future is nothing more than gambling. Even insurance (considered by most to be one of the safest) as a speculative risks and based on all kinds of historical and statistical evidence is still “predictive” at best.
There are currently at least four predictions concerning the future which seem to be of interest both the media and the public:
- Economic – how and when will the economy improve?
- Environment – if and when the environment will totally collapse?
- Politics – who will be next president and how will he or she accomplish one and two?
- End of the world – what culturally and religiously does the future old and when does it end?
Millions of words and tens of thousands of books and articles have been written about each and every one of these throughout this past century and the current decade especially. The truth is, however, most of the speculation and outright prediction of such has either been inaccurate or simply failed to mature.
The title of this article has been deliberately personified and made grammatically incorrect to point out that the future does not hold us but rather we hold the future.
Another old saying and it is also a cliché is, “The future is what we make it”. This is a very true and significant statement.
Allot of self made prophets are currently forecasting doom and gloom about when the world will end and why. Everything from God’s judgment on man to the Mayan calendar runs out in 2012 is being heralded as to reason for this impending finality to life on earth.
But once again, most of these contemporary prophetic interpretations are almost never accurate and none have ever come true. Without going into the specifics here, except for the somewhat accurate prediction of Israel becoming a nation once again in 1948, none of the contemporary prophetic interpretations even from a biblical perspective have come about either. This doesn’t mean that these predictions won’t come true, just the simple fact that as of yet they have not.
As a conservative theologian (which this writer most certainly and unapologetically is), it is to be certain that the preceding statement will not be taken well by many but the truth is exactly that, truth.
Jesus was perplexed by the many false prophets of his day. The entire twenty fourth chapter of Matthew is all about false prophets and prophecies and Jesus warning to man to be aware of them.
The people at the time of Christ had become so dependent on prophecy, signs and speculation that Jesus made it a point to emphasize the “uncertainty” even about the time of his own return. Although he promised to return (and this writer believes firmly in the return of Christ) Jesus stated in Matthew 24:36. “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” .
We should each be responsible and examine each and every prediction for what they are, simply predictions and nothing more.