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FUTURE   5'2m?f A new computer predicts the future.

(door open)

LIZ -- Welcome to Omniscient laboratories. Well, what do you 
think?

(door close)

JIM -- Wow! Look at all these computers! What do they all do?

LIZ -- They record all events from the past and present.

JIM -- All?!

LIZ -- Yes, due to a remarkable breakthrough in computer 
information storage and retrieval technology, we are now able to 
retrieve all of human knowledge from the past and present just 
by pressing a few keys.

JIM -- Everything?

LIZ -- Everything from the prehistoric and ancient to the very 
latest publications.

JIM -- So, the prehistoric and ancient stuff is displayed here 
on this TV screen marked PAST and the very latest information 
about any topic in the world is displayed on the screen marked 
PRESENT?

LIZ -- Precisely.

JIM -- But, what about this TV screen marked FUTURE. There's now 
way that even all this computer equipment can know the future.

LIZ -- No, but thanks to a state-of-the-art turbomultiprocessor, 
we can take information from the past and present and predict 
what will probably happen in the future with incredible 
accuracy.

JIM -- I don't understand.

LIZ -- (keyboard sounds) Let me give you an example. 

JIM -- Hey, that's my name. What are you...

LIZ -- Let's pick an investment of yours... This Individual 
Retirement Account that you started in 1984.

JIM -- I remember that one.

LIZ -- Suppose that instead of investing at that bank, you 
chose... (keyboard sounds) this mutual fund. According to the 
computer screen marked PRESENT, if you had chosen this 
particular mutual fund instead of the bank account, you would 
now have...

JIM -- ...$12765 more. Wow! What a great machine! Do it again. 
What if I hadn't refused that job with that pharmaceutical 
company back in 1978? Can the computer tell what my life would 
be like today?

LIZ -- Of course. (keyboard sounds) 1978... employment... 
interviews...

JIM -- There it is: Smith, Cline and French. That's the one.

LIZ -- Now we... (keyboard sounds) change this rejection to an 
acceptance, and we look again at the screen marked PRESENT...

JIM -- Hey, I'd be making $40,000 per year more than I'm making 
now!

LIZ -- Uh huh. And you'd still be married.

JIM -- Go ahead. Rub it in.

LIZ -- I didn't mean to...

JIM -- I know. Hey, you still haven't shown me anything on the 
FUTURE screen. 

LIZ -- Yeah, well, I don't know about th...

JIM -- Show me what my life will be like in... 20 years.

LIZ -- I'm not sure you can handle it.

JIM -- What do you mean?

LIZ -- There's a reason why God only gives you your future one 
day at a time. 

JIM -- Come on, just show me. 

LIZ -- Well, alright, but I won't take any responsibility for 
the consequences. (keyboard sounds)

JIM -- How bad could it be? 

LIZ -- Well, there it is.

JIM -- There what is? The FUTURE screen is blank.

LIZ -- (fading) Well, let me show you our other laboratories. 
Right this way.

JIM -- Wait a minute. What's it mean when the future screen is 
blank? It means I'm not going to be alive in twenty years, 
doesn't it?

LIZ -- (near) Well, the computer is only 99 and a half percent 
accurate. It could be wrong.

JIM -- Golly. What difference does it make what my Individual 
Retirement Account pays? I won't live long enough to retire. 
Bummer.

LIZ -- I told you that you might not be able to handle it. 
That's why the Lord only gives you one day at a time. 

JIM -- The Lord! Say, can that thing tell me if I'll go to 
heaven?

LIZ -- (Keyboard sounds) Sure. There. Oh, oh.

JIM -- That's really depressing, especially since I did so much 
good stuff in my life.

LIZ -- I don't need a computer to tell you that it doesn't make 
a bit of difference how many good things you've done in your 
life. 

JIM -- What do you mean?

LIZ -- I mean, going to heaven is not based on what you do or 
what church you belong to. It only depends on whether you have a 
personal relationship with Jesus.

JIM -- I'll do it.

LIZ -- Do what?

JIM -- Start a personal relationship with Jesus.

LIZ -- Hey, don't be so hasty. Receiving Jesus takes a big 
commitment. You have to give up your right to run your own life. 

JIM -- Well, I haven't done all that well on my own. Look how 
poorly I did on my investment, my job and my marriage. No, I 
want to give my life to the Lord. (to God) Did you here that, 
Lord? My life is all yours now.

LIZ -- (keyboard sound) Look what happened to your future after 
you made that commitment to the Lord.

JIM -- Wow! There's names and numbers on the FUTURE screen now. 
What does that mean?

LIZ -- Well, as soon as you became a Christian, your future 
changed. If you keep letting the Lord run your life, you'll 
start eating better, exercising more, and stop doing things 
that are bad for you, you'll add years to your life.

JIM -- I like this Christian stuff. Show me more.

LIZ -- (fading) Well, the next thing I'd like to show you is 
right through that door.

(footsteps, door opens)

JIM -- (afar) But, this takes me back outside.

LIZ -- Right. Now go start living your life more abundantly.

(door close)


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