Are you hopeful about the future and what is possible?
“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.”
I find William Gibson’s excellent quote mind-stretching and stimulating, though I don’t agree with his premise (quoted in The Economist, December, 2003).
I have a different view of an already-here future …
William Gibson is a popular American-Canadian science fiction writer, working in the sub-genre of cyberpunk, a view of the future that is “high-tech and low life.”
Though there is advanced technology, there is a degrading and breakdown in the social order. Society becomes chaotic and base. Gibson’s meaning is that technology is not evenly distributed. Some have the latest technology, and for them, the future is here.
I don’t see the future as being determined by science or technology. And I’m not buying in to a speculative, dark, dystopian view of the future.
But I resonate with the idea that the future is here.
How do we know what we know?
Everyone believes something. And there is a basis or source of our beliefs.
How do we know what we know? What is the basis for what we know and believe? Philosophers refer to this quest as epistemology, the branch of philosophy focusing on the theory of knowledge.
What is the nature and source of knowledge? Are there limits to knowledge and how can we make claims to knowledge?
This is important, because if we’re really off here, then a lot of our thinking and beliefs will be skewed, inadequate and possibly even destructive.
There is good news. For the honest seeker, truth is self-evident through natural revelation: nature itself, the human conscience, and an authentic interpretation of history. Building upon natural revelation, truth is discovered in the person of Jesus Christ and the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
The real future is already here … for believers
It’s my belief the New Testament reveals the real future is here – it’s actually here for those who know something of it and receive it.
It’s in this sense that it’s available, but not evenly distributed. If there is unawareness, or skeptical disbelief, then the real future is not “evenly distributed.”
But it can be. Everyone can receive the revelation of it and walk in it. “By faith we understand” (Heb. 11:3). Many confirm what the New Testament says with their faith and personal experience.
Issue of Popular Mechanics from February 1950 where they wonder what kinds of innovations will take place by the year 2000.
In the New Testament, the writer of Hebrews wrote we can taste – assimilate, experience, enjoy – the “powers of the age to come” (Heb. 6:5 ESV). We can sample and foretaste the light and power of the new heavens and the new earth. In the Old Testament, David said, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).
What is this age to come? It’s a quantum leap forward, that elusive utopian experience, a mega shift in time initiated at the Second Coming of Christ.
I know this is a meta-focus, a wide-angle view of time. Yet, if we can simply receive and begin to experience the reality of what the New Testament reveals, would not our lives be transformed in a pretty big way?
The future has projected itself into the present
George Eldon Ladd (1911-1982) was a New Testament scholar and theologian on the faculty of Fuller Seminary. He taught and wrote extensively on the central message and influence of Jesus’ ministry – the Kingdom of God.
Ladd advanced what many have believed and practiced since the time of Christ … the life and promise of the kingdom of God, which will come in its fullness at the Second Coming of Christ, has already begun to project itself from the future into the present.
Those who repent and begin to enter into the reality of this kingdom can begin to experience and taste the powers of the Age to Come.
When a healing occurs, this is what is happening. When someone is raised from the dead (and yes, this happens, even in Western nations), the resurrection of the future is projecting itself into our time.
When a demonic force is displaced, it is a foretasting of the time when all Satanic influence will end.
It can be accessed anywhere, anytime, by anyone
The real future is already here. It can be accessed anywhere, anytime, when there is true repentance and an aggressive “pressing into” the world of Jesus Christ.
So this is a challenge to think differently about time. The completeness of what is to come can begin to penetrate into our time and experience.
It is also a challenge to think about the future in a very positive way. The ultimate future is not dystopian, a complete breakdown of everything that is good and noble.
If the future has projected itself into the present, this is a massive game-changer on both a personal and cosmic scale. It’s a mind-bender, a whole new way of thinking and believing with limitless possibilities.
Think about it. Are you filled hope about the future and what is possible? How can you practically apply this right now?
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