Zur Front

22. April 2018


What makes a prophet a prophet, is the relation between his word and people's fate.
Now, according to that Otto Hahn would be one of the greatest prophets, closely followed by Alan Turing - and I have no problem with that.

However, if a narrower understanding of the term is desired, the reasonable refinement is the additional requirement that a prophet's word is about people.

However, the above definition needs to be understood in a certain way, the relation between the word and people's fate must really depend on the word, and not on actions taken to establish said relation.

Since it is not always clear, whether the latter is the case or not, we have to allow for the occurrence of mere appearance, i.e. pseudoprophets.

In any case, the word of a prophet should judge the people, tell them their verdict for their actions. And it's the epitome of prophecy, when that verdict doesn't even depend on particular actions, that is, if it is unconditionally declared.

I have nothing significant and I am nothing significant, but my words will judge mankind, I have no doubt about that. Am I a teacher or a guide? Well, does a teacher or a guide say: Consider what I say, or expect to be probed unprepared. ? I am saying this as one brother to another. Yet this is ridiculous:
for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book
What kind of brotherhood is that? How many such brothers have so far lived on this planet? Is it not so that despite open proof for the existence of this one brother, people firmly believe that he certainly didn't exist, because no such brother could possibly exist?

Yet at least one there is. It might be a perspective.

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