In a black ops project, buried in the center of a mountain in the
desert, a team of the nation's most brilliant computer programmers
assembled a future viewing program. The program was future viewing in
the sense of being able to see into the future. The program utilized top
secret super computers linked together in ways not done before. The
super computers housed virtually all relevant known facts of recorded
history as well as all data digitized since computers made their
appearance in the 1950's. In addition, over a thousand people were at
work inputting current and historical data about human behavior and
motivation extending back into the dawn of recorded history. The idea of
the project was to take views of current events and overlay these views
into a historical perspective never done before. From these views,
predictions were being made about the future.
The results of the project were outstanding. Predictions could be
made about what would happen in the future with incredible accuracy.
That is, as long as the data output was only read by project team
members. However, there was one glitch or problem. Every time a
prediction was used to try and change a predicted event in the real
world, the predicted event would never take place. Because of this
seeming glitch, it was decided to call in Von Pelton, the glitch master.
Henrich Von Pelton III was regarded as the most intelligent man on
earth. His value to the government was considered to be higher than the
President. He was surrounded by security 24/7, and an entourage of
health and medical people were with him every minute, all at the
government's expense. His name, location, and identity changed often for
his protection. He worked for the government in above top secret
projects. His location, identity, and intelligence were considered to be
above top secret.
When Von Pelton was given a review of the mission, he immediately
declined to work on the project…an action he had never taken in his
life. His rationale for declining was, in no uncertain terms, based upon
his fears of destroying the world. Von Pelton reasoned the course of
human and world events could not and must not be changed based upon what
was certain to be known about the future, from the future. Von Pelton
reasoned the project was actually accessing the future rather than just
making projections about it. Von Pelton suggested the project managers
call in a theologian as a consultant.
The suggestion of calling in a theologian brought laughs and guffaws
from every project manager. Every upper level project employee held
multiple PhD's in varied disciplines except theology. This is not to say
these employees were atheists. Most of them believed in God. However,
they simply did not see how God could be involved in the output and
implementation of a computer program.
After much wrangling, and because no solution could be found for the
project's failure, a team of eminent theologians was called in. However,
the team concept did not work because of disagreements among the team
members over essential issues about the action or inaction of God in
Finally, the project director called in a retired pastor who had
spent his whole ministry and life tending to the needs of the poor and
downtrodden. The project director could never explain his actions, other
than saying he felt a hunch using this pastor would be best. Since the
project was, at this point in time, a failure, nothing would be lost.
The project's key people met with the pastor whose last name we will
call "Simpson." Rev. Simpson listened intently as the project
managers presented the project outline. At the conclusion of the
presentation, Rev. Simpson said he would pray over the matter and get
back to the group in a few days.
A few days went by and Rev. Simpson arranged a meeting with the key
people to give them his input. Here is what Rev. Simpson had to say.
"I am just a simple man. I do not understand computers. I use a
simple computer but I would rather just write things out longhand on a
piece of paper. As I understand your project, you want to change history
before history takes place. I must tell you, on the surface, the aims of
the project could be considered godly. Who would not want to prevent
war, famine, pestilence, and plague? Who would not want to stop a
terrorist attack that would take the lives of thousands or millions? Who
would not want to change the world for the better ahead of time?
However, the more I think about this project, the more there is a danger
to destroy the world with the information about the future. As I see it,
your problem is not the information you get about the future, but what
you are trying to do with the information. In regard to this matter, I
believe God is preventing the project from working in the outside world.
Here is why I believe this. God is preventing the project from working
so the project could never be used against His will for the world. We
must remember, God has a destiny for the world. God also has a destiny
for each individual of the world. To try and rearrange this destiny
would go against the will of God in all possible ways. I am certain it
is the will of God the world or individuals should not suffer from war,
famine, pestilence, plague, terrorist attacks, or any other form of
darkness. I cannot explain why God does not prevent forms of the
darkness from attacking, maiming, and destroying men, women, and
children as we sit here today. It is easy to say attacks by the darkness
are somehow the will of God but I do not believe this to be true. In
your project, you could conceivably be trying to prevent what God would
want to prevent on his own, but He does not prevent for reasons unknown.
Your project, if implemented in the world, might take away or change the
destiny of the world as God has written the destiny. In our relation to
God, we live, breathe, and have our being with God who is still a
mystery to us in many ways. God remains hidden because He wants to
remain hidden. Your project might, in some respects, expose parts of God
He does not want exposed. Your project might be too accurate and too
good. God does not interfere with our making predictions about the
future using our normal worldly and even spiritual methods. However, our
ability to accurately make specific predictions about the future using
our worldly and spiritual predictions is, to tell the truth, pretty
lousy, which, I assume, is the reason your project was created. To sum
all this up, I believe you are trying to fool with the will of God,
although I know that is not your intention. I can assure you, as any
teacher, pastor, minister, rabbi, or clergyman on any level would
attest, you cannot fool with God without getting burned. Perhaps at this
point in your individual lives, you should be thanking God for keeping
you from doing what He does not want you to do."
Editor's Note: The project has been abandoned but only for the time
being. Staff members of the project rejected Rev. Simpson's argument.
Another project has been started to try and overcome the problem of the
article is fiction. The article first appeared in October, 2007, in the Virtual Church
web site at http://www.findthepower.com