Uncertainty and the Bible

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Uncertainty, a building block of quantum mechanics, information theory, and other modern scientific advances, is addressed in profound ways at different levels in the Bible.

Uncertainty Acknowledged by Jesus

Jesus acknowledged at least three matters of uncertainty:

  • random tragedies that inflict harm on innocent victims
  • whether God would intervene to spare Jesus from the Passion.
  • when the end of the world will occur, unknown even to Jesus.

Uncertainty of worldly possessions

At 1 Timothy 6:17 in modern translations a contrast is drawn between the "uncertainty of riches" and the certitude of God's benevolence to those who place their faith in Him.