Why God Doesn't Know the
I am disturbed by
of future events
that a number of near-death experiencers
report being shown. They always seem
to be so catastrophic in nature. No
was correct in his NDE-given visions
of the first Gulf War and the fall of
Communism. But when experiencers report
being shown visions of future events,
and these events do not happen in the
timeframe suggested, one cannot blame
the skeptical for believing that they
are discredited. Please tell me how
I could be mistaken.
This may sound like a cop-out but there is a
valid reason why prophecies from reliable sources
do not come to pass. On the face of it, when
a specific prophecy does not happen, it would
appear that it becomes a "false prophecy"
from a "false prophet". In the Bible,
false prophets are especially damnable. The
problem with this apparent "high standard"
for prophecy found in the Bible is that, on
the surface, it suggests that the future is "fixed
in stone" and not subject to change. However,
I am one who does not believe that the Bible
teaches a "fixed in stone" future.
In fact, the Bible for example describes how
Jonah was given a prophecy by God concerning
the destruction of Nineveh. But when the people
of Nineveh repented, God announced to Jonah
that the prophecy would not come to pass. Such
an example demonstrates the true goal of prophecy
which is to make people change their ways and
prevent the prophecy from happening. There are
examples of NDErs who receive a vision of the
future yet it does not happen because some act
of someone was able to prevent it from occurring.
One example comes from
who was shown the future of her children as
it would exist if she decided to remain in the
light. She chose to return to life and the future
she was shown did not come to pass. NDEs agree
with principles found in
that the future is uncertain and is based upon
probabilities which are contingent upon acts
committed in the present. I have much more about
this at the beginning of my
NDE and the Future
If I may infer from that, it is almost as if
the "worst case scenario" were being
offered to the NDEr in hopes that they might
have some influence to avert that scenario on
the Earth. The problem I have with this possibility
is that, surely one person does not have the
power to influence large-scale forces at work,
political, commercial, social, etc., to affect
the course of the world.
From the human viewpoint, it seems that are
separated from everything and autonomous. It
seems like one person has little effect on the
things - not to mention the entire world. But
NDE research, quantum physics, and eastern mysticism
teaches that this is all an illusion of our
own minds. The fact is that everything is intricately
connected. This means that big events are contingent
upon even the smallest of things. For example,
during the Revolutionary War, a British soldier
shot at George Washington but missed killing
him by merely an inch or so. Now imagine what
the world would be like today if that British
soldier had aimed his rifle just a fraction
of an inch lower and killed George Washington.
It is quite possible that the United States
would not even exist today. And if the United
States did not exist, perhaps the outcome of
World War II would have been different. This
demonstrates how a seemingly insignificant act
(a fraction of an inch difference in aim) can
cause such a tremendous difference.
the perspective of the Other Side, they do not
know exactly what is going to happen in the
for example, revealed that even God does not
know for certain what will happen. Because the
future is based on the probabilities of free
actions made today, the best anyone can say
is what will probably happen. However, it can
also be said that God is the "Master of
Probabilities" who knows all possibilities.
And even though God may not know exactly what
we will do, it can be said that God "knows
the heart" and knows better than anyone
else what we will do. On the Other Side, our
lives can be seen from a higher view point.
Using an analogy (see also
Life as a River),
our lives are like a person sitting in a raft
floating down a river where we are unable to
see much further down the river to know what
is going to happen next. But on the Other Side,
their perspective is analogous to an eagle flying
high above the river. The eagle can see the
course of the river from a much higher perspective.
The eagle can see if the rafter is headed for
a waterfall miles down the river whereas the
rafter cannot. So these apocalyptic prophecies
from the Other Side are like warnings from an
eagle in the sky warning us that we are headed
for a waterfall if we don't change the course
of our actions. But at some point, if the warnings
are not heeded, the probabilities "kick
in" and it becomes too late to change.
In other words, there is a "point of no
return" when approaching Niagara Falls
and the probability of going over the falls
is 100%. In my opinion, humanity has already
reached that point of no return and the apocalyptic
prophecies will soon be coming to pass.
Despite this, NDE
research does show how one person can indeed
change the whole world, even as I demonstrated
with the George Washington example. Here are
some NDE insights:
(about the life review):
will be responsible for yourself,
judging and reliving what you have
done to everything and everybody
in very far-reaching ways. Very
small, seemingly inconsequential
things such as the day when I, nine
years old, walked through Seneca
Park and loved the appearance of
a tree. In my life review I could
experience a bit of what the tree
experienced in my loving it, two
little photons of love and adoration.
It was somewhat like the leaves
acknowledging my presence. Can a
tree experience that? Yes, it can.
Don't go kicking trees anymore!
You do have that effect on plants.
You do have an effect on animals.
You do have an effect on the universe.
And in your life review you'll
be the universe and experience yourself
in what you call your lifetime and
how it affects the universe. In
your life review you'll be yourself
absolutely, in every aspect of time,
in every event, in the over-all
scheme of things in your lifetime.
Your life. The little bugs on your
eyelids that some of you don't
even know exist. That's an interrelationship,
you with yourself and these little
entities that are living and surviving
on your eyelids. When you waved
a loving goodbye to a good friend
the other day, did you affect the
clouds up above? Did you actually
affect them? Does a butterfly's
wings in China affect the weather
here? You better believe it does?
You can learn all of that in a life
Rev. Howard Storm:
I spoke with them about the future,
and this might sound like a cop-out
on my part, they made clear to me
that we have free will. If we change
the way we are, then we can change
the future which they showed me.
They showed me a view of the future,
at the time of my experience, based
upon how we in the United States
were behaving at that time. It was
a future in which a massive worldwide
depression would occur. If we were
to change our behavior, however,
then the future would be different.
Asking them how it would be possible
to change the course of many people,
I observed that it was difficult,
if not impossible, to change anything
on Earth. I expressed the opinion
that it was a hopeless task to try.
My friends explained, quite clearly,
that all it takes to make a change
was one person. One person, trying,
and then because of that, another
person changing for the better.
They said that the only way to change
the world was to begin with one
person. One will become two, which
will become three, and so on. That's
the only way to affect a major change."
From my own research
concerning how we are all interconnected, I
have concluded that even a simple smile for
someone at just the right time has the power
to start a chain reaction of love and happiness
that can spread throughout the whole world and
alter the entire course of history and change
the cosmic balance of power in favor of the
light. I have read numerous times in NDE testimony
how even our thoughts greatly affect things
in ways we are not even aware of. See my
NDE and Telepathy page for more information.
"Time and space
are modes by which we think and not conditions
in which we live."
- Albert Einstein
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