Secular Prophecy and the Horse-Manure Crisis of 1894

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Just a brief post this morning, but one that some, perhaps, will find interesting.

In the Living Church of God and on the Tomorrow’s World program, we spend a lot of time on prophecy, and this is not a bad thing.  The Bible says that when you see a bad thing coming and say nothing, then you bear guilt (cf. Ezekiel 3 & 33).  The gospel of God’s coming Kingdom is inherently prophetic in nature, and to avoid prophecy is to unnaturally hobble the work and avoid vast swaths of God’s Word, contrary to the admonition to live by every word of it (Matt. 4:4).

Yet, we also have to be careful that we don’t carelessly appropriate every secular “doom and gloom” projection as if it’s predictions of future catastrophe are unavoidable.  As a case in point, I present to you this link to a thoughtful article on “The Great Horse-Manure Crisis of 1894.”

2 thoughts on “Secular Prophecy and the Horse-Manure Crisis of 1894

  1. The prophets of doom come to their despondent conclusions because in their world, nobody has any kind of creativity or independence of thought—except for themselves of course.

    That comment sounds applicable across a wide range of operations, including how we can get to thinking that nobody can resolve Scriptural Crux X except us. 🙂

    Sometimes that’s actually true… but only because one is the runner to whom the Quarterback happens to pass the ball at the time.

  2. Indeed! And, to be clear, sometimes the “Secular Prophets” are completely correct. I don’t know how many articles I read on “doom and gloom” economics predictions concerning subprime mortgages in the Financial Times before, sure enough, it actually did happen.

    Thankfully, we have a more faithful Witness concerning future events!

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