Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Prophecy and the Future of Mankind PART I

Siize Punabantu

Humanity can be said to inhabit two worlds. The scientific world where everything is rational, explained and quantified. There is also the spiritual world where God and faith are quantified through emotions and experiences that cannot be quantified in the scientific world and are therefore considered removed from scientific reality.[1] Prophecy fits into this category.

There appears to be an innate human psychological need to comprehend or understand the extent or finiteness of its own existence – to discern a beginning and an end, an Alpha and Omega. Whether this end is discerned by scientific methods such as the life span of the sun in our solar system, the occasional asteroid scraping past earth’s atmosphere or a meteor that poses a threat to modern civilisation. Recently we heard “an asteroid bigger than an aircraft carrier will dart between the earth and moon on Tuesday — the closest encounter by such a huge rock in 35 years.”[2] Euronews further reported that “Up to 400 people have been injured after a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk in central Russia.”[3] There have been many headlines in various media concerning predictions about “the end of the world”. Before and after the Millennium many feared dates have come and gone without much ado.[4] Harold Camping (Wiki 2013) predicted that October 21st, 2011, would see the final destruction of the world. Some people believed the world would end in 2012 according to the Mayan calendar.  These days came and went. Clearly the “Apocalypse” has a mind of its own and it’s easy to see why people can become cynical about inaccurate end time predictions.

Let us see if we can use analysis to put to rest the ambiguity surrounding two religious periods that are important to those who believe in God and are members of the Abrahamic religions; namely the Apocalypse and the Second Coming. To work more effectively let us for a moment suspend disbelief for nay sayers and give credence to the hitherto unexplained ability of some individuals in history to accurately prophecy or see the future.....

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