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FUTURE   5'2m?f Salvation: eternity, past, present and future

VAL -- (enters, speaks over shoulder, crosses to podium DC) 
Welcome to Omniscient laboratories. Well, what do you think?

CAL -- (enters, follows Val) Wow! Look at all these computers! 
What do they all do?

VAL -- They all drive these three screens. (points to audience)

CAL -- The screens are marked PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE. (points 
to left, center and right in audience)

VAL -- 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 by 
pressing a few keys.

CAL -- Everything?

VAL -- From the prehistory and ancient to the very latest 
publications.

CAL -- So, the prehistoric and ancient stuff is displayed here 
on the screen marked PAST (points) and the very latest 
information about any topic in the world is displayed on the 
screen marked PRESENT? (points)

VAL -- Precisely.

CAL -- But, the future. There's now way that even all this 
computer equipment can know the future.

VAL -- No, but thanks to a state-of-the-art turbomultiprocessor, 
we can take information from the past and predict what events 
would happen today if an event had changed in the past. 

CAL -- I don't understand.

VAL -- (types briefly on podium as if it were a computer 
keyboard) Let me give you an example. (points)

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

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

CAL -- I remember that one.

VAL -- Suppose that instead of investing at that bank, you 
chose... (types briefly) this mutual fund. (points at the PAST 
screen, then at the PRESENT screen) According to the computer, 
if you had chosen this particular mutual fund instead of the 
bank account, you would now have...

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

VAL -- Of course. (types briefly) 1978... employment... 
interviews... (points to PAST screen) 

CAL -- There it is: Smith, Cline and French. 

VAL -- Now, we make this change (types briefly)

CAL -- (points at PRESENT screen) Hey, I'd be making $40,000 per 
year more than I'm making now!

VAL -- Uh huh. And you'd still be married. (points to PRESENT 
screen)

CAL -- Go ahead. Rub it in.

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

CAL -- That was a very stressful job. It cost me my health and 
my marriage. If I knew then what I know now, I would have done 
things a lot different. 

VAL -- Wouldn't we all?

CAL -- Hey, you still haven't shown me anything on the FUTURE 
screen. (points)

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

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

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

CAL -- What do you mean?

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

CAL -- Come on, just show me. (points)

VAL -- Well, alright, but I won't take any responsibility for 
the consequences. (types briefly)

CAL -- How bad could it be? 

VAL -- Well, there it is. (points to FUTURE screen)

CAL -- There what is? All the fields are blank.

VAL -- Well, let me show you the rest of the ourself. (tries to 
usher CAL to exit)

CAL -- (resists) Wait a minute. What's it mean when all the 
fields are blank? It means I'm not going to be alive in twenty 
years, doesn't it?

VAL -- Well, the computer is only 99 and a half percent 
accurate. It could be wrong.

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

VAL -- 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. 

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

VAL -- That's the eternity key (punches one key on keyboard, 
points) There. Oh, oh.

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

VAL -- 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. 

CAL -- That's depressing. 

VAL -- Well, it's not hopeless. 

CAL -- That's easy for you to say.

VAL -- No, really. 

CAL -- Say, can you type in the right stuff on the keyboard, and 
change my future, just like when you changed my investment?

VAL -- Well, it's not quite that simple. But, it could be that 
fast.

CAL -- What do you mean?

VAL -- I mean, the moment you receive Jesus as your savior, your 
eternity is absolutely secure.

CAL -- I'll do it.

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

CAL -- Well, I haven't done all that well on my own. Look how 
poorly I did on my investment and my career 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.

VAL -- (Types briefly) Look what happened to your future after 
you made that commitment to the Lord. (points to FUTURE)

CAL -- (Smiles broadly) Wow!! Hey, the fields have names and 
numbers in them now. What's that mean?

VAL -- 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, AND you'll add years to your life.

CAL -- I like this. Show me more.

VAL -- Well, the next thing I'd like to show you is right 
through that door. (points, ushers Cal to exit)

CAL -- But, that's the exit.

VAL -- Right. Now go start living life more abundantly.

(both exit)


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