What is prophecy?
Main Entry: proph·e·cy
1 : an inspired utterance of a prophet
2 : the function or vocation of a prophet; specifically : the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose
3 : a prediction of something to come
IF YOU KEEP DOING THAT YOUR FACE WILL FREEZE THAT WAY!!!
How many times were such prophecies uttered to you as a child? Our parents predicted our mistakes, our deformities, our futures and even our demises if we neglected to follow the rules.
The word 'prophecy' in a more serious sense brings to mind thoughts of biblical nature. The Bible is rife with messages of things to come. Those that embrace these beliefs embrace them with a ferocity attributed to life and death situations. They trust in them wholeheartedly and often fanatically. Worse, the fear of the future of our souls has created a lust for financial opportunities, as religious groups become more businesses than havens of solace.
Lives have been changed, forever altered and lost as a result over the course of time. Witness the recent deaths of those in Jerusalem who believed the coming of the messiah on 9-9-99. When he didn't show...riots ensued. To be fair to all religions including agnostics and atheists, if there IS a God, surely he has his own agenda? I'm no expert but I'm reasonably sure that if/when Jesus comes again, he's not going to warn us to give us time to swamp confessionals for our tickets to heaven. Surprise Mom, look who's coming to dinner? And guess who's going to miss dessert?
Dates and calendars were man's invention. To place such importance on the mere coincidence of numbers is ludicrous. It is as well a more modern thought. No mention was made of the end of the earth when the numbers lined up in 1922, 1933, and on up to 8-8-88. Yet in our quest for answers to our futures we rush to believe in anything remotely tangible, too often paying for it.
The Bible claims the end of the world will be preceded by earth's own destruction via natural causes. We have never experienced the intensity and frequency of storms and earthquakes and occurrences of that ilk as we have in recent times. Is it prophecy coming true or simply nature's fury?
Scientists explain the rash of natural disasters with everything from atmospheric pressures to global warming, environmentalists blame man's overuse of our earth and religion once again counters with 'fulfillment of prophecy'.
Perhaps I take a too simplistic and common sensible approach to all this, but put in perspective as far as religion, it must be noted that each and every religion believes that theirs is 'the' correct belief. Basically you are with them or you are wrong. Considering there are thousands of religions practiced today, if only 'one' is the right one, there will be a lot of people burning in the fiery pits of hell if we subscribe to the do or die reasoning.
As well, there are those who believe that certain religious leaders are not only promoting but instigating the emotional and physical violence to bring about the apocalypse in order to be 'right'. Nanner nanner told ya so!
A prophecy is no more than a prediction glossed over to look more important. Otherwise we would lump these in the same category as 1-900-PSYCHIC. Do you ever wonder why Jean Dixon never won the lottery? The net is overloaded with sites that claim to look into your future; this technology replacing the worn and paint-flecked signs that dot the roadways inviting you to Aunt Abigails Palmistry Readings. Still, this knowledge comes with a pricetag whether it be a wad of worn-out dollars or a shiny plastic credit card.
One has only to ponder the most recent Y2K that wasn't and the prophecies of impending doom that prefaced it to wonder at the reality of foretelling. Once again, was it prophecy or seeing profit that led enterprising entrepreneurs to prey on fears, spurring normally sane people to bury cans of tuna?
My face didn't freeze with that stupid look on it, and if the end of the world comes, no one will be around to say, "I told you so". Prophecy today is at best a guessing game, played by those who claim to know, and those who are willing to pay for the knowledge.
We don't know what tomorrow will bring, but we are holding today in our hands. Why not simply choose to live it the best you can?