Prophecy

I just finished reading the sixth book of Harry Potter.  It was another fascinating story in the life of fiction.  While there are a couple of problems with the books just in basic rules and guidelines underlying the story and the structure of parts of the story, I have enjoyed them as a whole.  However, lately I had been thinking of prophecy and all that is related to that subject.  The last Harry Potter book came upon it and it turned out to be one of the central parts of the story of that book.  However, here in the 6th book, it comes straight out.  At one point, Dumbledore and Potter are discussing the subject.  I thought the explanation and description were wonderful.  So often I think many misunderstand exactly what a prophecy is and what it means.  They don’t understand the parameters and rules behind prophecy.  So, I share some of the book’s explanation.
 
"So, when the prophecy says that I’ll have ‘power the Dark Lord knows not,’ it just means-love?" asked Harry, feeling a little let down.
 
"Yes-just love," said Dumbledore.  "But Harry, never forget that what the prophecy says is only significant because Voldemort made it so.  I told you this at the end of last year.  Voldemort singled you out as the person who would be most dangerous to him-and in doing so, he made you the person who would be most dangerous to him!"
 
"But it comes to the same-"
 
"No, it doesn’t!" said Dumbledore, sounding impatient now.  Pointing at Harry with his black, withered hand, he said, "You are setting too much store by the prophecy!"
 
"But," sputtered Harry, "but you said the prophecy means-"
 
"If Voldemort had never heard of the prophecy, would it have been fulfilled?  Would it have meant anything?  Of course not!  Do you think every prophecy in the Hall of Prophecy has been fulfilled?"
 
"But," said Harry, bewildered, "but last year, you said one of us would have to kill the other-"
 
"Harry, Harry, only because Woldemort made a grave error, and acted on Professor Trelawney’s words! If Voldemort had never murdered your father, would he have imparted in you a furious desire for revenge?  Of course not!  If he had not forced your mother to die for you, would he have given you a magical protection he could not penetrate?  Of course not, Harry! DOn’t you see?  Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everwhere do!  Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress?  All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!  Voldemort is no different!  Always he was on the lookout for the one who would challenge him.  He heard the prophecy and he leapt into action, with the result that he not only handpicked the man most likely to finish him, he handed him uniquely deadly weapons!"
 
"But-"
 
"It is essential that you understand this!" said Dumbledore, standing up and striding about the room, his glittering robes swooshing in his wake; Harry had never seen him so agitated.  "By attempting to kill you, Voldemort himself singled out the remarkable person who sits here in front of me, and gave him the tools for the job!  It is Voldemort’s fault that you were able to see into his thoughts, his ambitions, that you even understand the snakelike language in which he gives orders, and yet, Harry, despite your privileged insight into Voldemort’s world (which incidentally, is a gift any Death Eater would kill to have), you have never been seduced by the Dark Arts, never, even for a second, shown the lisghtest desire to become one of Voldemort’s followers!"
 
"Of course I haven’t!" said Harry indignantly.  "He killed my mum and dad!"
 
"You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!" said Dumbledore loudly.  "The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort’s! In spite of all the temptation you have endure, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart, just as pure as you were at the age of eleven, when you stared into a mirror that reflected your heart’s desire, and it showed you only the way to thwart Lod Voldemort, and not immortality or riches.  Harry, have you any idea how few wizards could have seen what you saw in that mirror?  Voldemort should have known then what he was dealing with, but he did not!
 
"But he knows it now, YOu have flitted into Lord Voldemort’s mind without damage to yourself, but he cannot possess you without enduring mortal agony, as he discovered in the Ministry.  I do not think he understands why, Harry, but then, he was in such a hurty to mutilate his own soul, he never paused to understand the incomparable power of a soul that is untarnished and whole."
 
"But sir," said Harry, making valiant efforts not to sound argumentative, "it all comes to the same thing, doesn’t it?  I’ve got to try and kill him, or-"
 
"Got to? said Dumbledore.  "Of course you’ve got to!  But not because of the prophecy!  Because of you, yourself, will never rest until you’ve tried!  We both know it!  Imagine, please, just for a moment, that you had never heard that prophecy!  How would you feel about Voldemort now?  Think!"
 
Harry watched Dumbledore strding up and down in front of him, and thought.  He thought of his mother, his father, and Sirus.  He thought of Cedric Diggory.  He thought of all the terrible deeds he knew Lord Voldemort had done.  A flame seemed to leap inside his chest, searing his throat.
 
"I’d want him finished," said Harry quietly.  "And I’d want to do it."
 
"Of course you would!" cried Dumbledore.  "You see, the prophecy does not mean you have to do anything!  But the prophecy caused Lord Voldemort to mark you as his equal… In other words, you are free to choose your way, quite free to turn your back on the prophecy!  But Voldemort contines to set store by the prophecy.  He will continue to hunt you…which makes it certain, really, that-"
 
"That one of us is going to end up killing the other," said Harry.  "Yes."
 
But he understood at last what Dumbledore had been trying to tell him.  It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high.  Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore know-and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents-that there was all the difference in the world.
 
 
So here we arrive at the end of the chapter.  Prophecy is something that if only given, but nobody gives any store to is of no value.  However, if one party does, then the prophecy has great power.  But just because a prophecy has been declared or given, doesn’t change anything.  It is as Joseph Smith said, that once you have given a prophecy, it is required of you to give your all to see it comes to pass.  Therefore, it is very important that one have the Spirit and power of the Priesthood on their side, otherwise, it is only a prediction and not a true prophecy.  Those who give prophecy know that they are given according to law.  They are given according to understanding.  The Spirit can provide that knowledge, law, and understanding if the giver does not.  But one given by testimony puts a bind on the giver and the receive to see that it passes.
 
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