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The Glitch Master

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 daily life.

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 glitch.

This article is fiction. The article first appeared in October, 2007, in the Virtual Church web site at http://www.findthepower.com

 

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