Back to the Future

Why doesn't God let us see into the future?

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Comments (14)

(14) Marc, March 23, 2009 12:34 PM


...because it will take away our free will....

(13) Simon, March 6, 2009 2:32 AM

He does allow to some extent if we are willing to go by the rules.

The big lie in Genesis was told by the Satan/Serpent to Eve our great grandmother bless her soul. “Eat and be wise like God”. The existence of Adam and Eve depended on the superiority of God as the creator. The fundamental rating test was necessary to test trust in man. The fall of man brought sickness to the mind hence selfishness. A sick mind without help is prone to mismanagement of resources including self. Hope and faith are paramount to a Godly life in loyalty to an all knowing God. Why doesn't God let us see into the future? He would be of no use to us, as we would have attained one of the important attributes that connect us to Him for trust and hope and faith.

(12) Shabtai, March 5, 2009 4:14 AM

Anonymous # 9 - that is the truth, great !!

I agree with anonymous # 9

(11) Roz Lipsitt, March 4, 2009 1:55 AM

It''s a Question of Bitachon

We are discouraged from seeing into the future by way of "idol worship" such as tarot cards and psychics. Torah observant Jews believe that "en od milvado"...there is none other than G-d and we have faith in Him, We have "bitachon", total trust and faith that no matter what is happening to us, there is a master plan to which we are not privy. Having this belief, however, does not preclude our taking any precautions necessary for sustaining life health, and material support.
The Torah tells us that we can invest in a good future by observing the commandments and leading an ethical life. The rest is up to Him. Sometimes things don''t make sense to us, that''s because we are human and have a narrow perspective. As for me, I''m just going to continue to be open and as tuned in spiritually as I can in order to make the best decisions. Kol tuv to all.

(10) Rachmo, March 3, 2009 3:16 PM

Let's put these scenes together with what Doc says in the second movie about destiny. (please see the second movie to understand BTTF concept of destiny.) We can say that Hashem has an overview of the 6,000 of history and how the final purpose of creation will manifest itself at the end of time. Creation is headed for a specific path and ultimate goal part of Hashem's plan that will be brought about in the future. Yet this does not contradict human free-will, because every individual that makes up the bigger system has a right to choose their own desiny. Every person has a choice if they want to be part of Hashem's ultimate goal or they can choose to be erased from existence.

(9) Anonymous, March 3, 2009 2:03 PM

There are ways to see the future

G-d's first commandment to us is to be fruitful and multiply. If we follow his comandment then through our children we all see the future if not through our eyes through theirs. So it has been since G-d created man.

(8) judy, March 3, 2009 1:54 PM

ah but...

he lets us see into the past, and that can be equally helpful...if we are paying attention. let's wake up. zachor!!!

(7) Anonymous, March 3, 2009 8:05 AM

Not possible- except for HaShem

Time travel is impossible, as there really are no such things as the past or the future, merely the present which was and is no more, and the present which is yet to be. As it is impossible to visit- or see- what which is no more, time travel into the past is impossible, as it is impossible to visit or see that which is yet to come into existence, time travel into the future is impossible. For those bound by time. HaShem, however, is not bound by space-time, or the laws thereof. We learn this from Sefer Bereshit: at the beginning, there was nothing, except HaShem. Since HaShem preceded the universe, logically HaSham is not bound by the laws of the universe, and that includes time. Therefore, for HaShem, seeing that which, to someone bound by the laws of the universe, either no longer is or is yet to be, is possible. Prophecy is the means by which HaShem grants to time-bound humans a glimpse of that which is yet to be.

(6) Anonymous, March 3, 2009 7:53 AM

Why should He??

We need to rely on G-d to guide us at all times. If man knew the future, things would get worse. Man would only become more self-centered (positive or negivate) and turn away from G-d's insturction, help, worship and Praise.

(5) Berakah, March 2, 2009 11:23 AM

A glimpse

G-d has given us a glimpse of the future in the Tanakh through His prophets. We can see sketches of what is to come at the end of the age. For example the reestablishment of the State of Israel was foretold thousands of years ago by the prophets. But, I believe G-d only gives us what we can take in with our human minds. If we were to know everything as He does, I think that would be too overwhelming for us to handle!

(4) me.conner, March 1, 2009 9:01 PM

Very thoughtful

God does not allow man to jump ahead because of the mess he presently occupies, time- wise.

(3) Anonymous, March 1, 2009 8:57 PM

Do we have the right to be immortal?

If we could see into our own future we might be tempted to change it, as if we were masters of our own destiny. Would we have the right to be immortal if that was our choice?

(2) A R, March 1, 2009 6:57 PM

Special Reservations

Firstly,people close to Hashem are able to have an insite to the future, like niveim and other great leaders of a generation. They reach such a level by using the formula that the Torah provides for us. This is spritiualy elavating the bodies to a degree that Hashem's spirit rests upon him and through that able to see the future. Also the forefathers had it like by Yaakov however Hashem disclosed the information to him.

(1) Moshe Rosen, March 1, 2009 8:59 AM

predicting the future and giving it away

Predicting the future accurately is essentially giving away what will happen. If something is predicted of you negatively and it comes true, you may not have much to hope for. However, we are in charge of our own future and destiny. While the past usually ripples upon the present and future, any predictions that happen occur in particular because we let it...In real life, however, there is no rewind, fast-forward, DVR, or TiVo to go back and correct our mistakes and/or prevent future ones. For whatever reason, G-d set the space-time continuum forward where we only remember the past and not the future. Therefore, we should be in charge of our own destiny, usually thru the natural course of time by preparing and ensuring our legacy. Like in the last BTTF of the trilogy, "your future is whatever you make it to be - so make it a good one!"


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