They believe the Universe was created for this purpose, and that once this naming is completed, God will bring the Universe to an end.
Three centuries ago, the monks created an alphabet in which they calculated they could encode all the possible names of God, numbering about 9,,, "nine billion" and each having no more than nine characters. Writing the names out by hand, as they had been doing, even after eliminating various nonsense combinations, would take another 15, years; the monks wish to use modern technology to finish this task more quickly.
They rent a computer capable of printing all the possible permutations, and they hire two Westerners to install and program the machine. The computer operators are skeptical but play along. After three months, as the job nears completion, they fear that the monks will blame the computer, and by extension its operators, when nothing happens. The Westerners delay the operation of the computer so that it will complete its final print run just after their scheduled departure.
After their successful departure on ponies, they pause on the mountain path on their way back to the airfield, where a plane is waiting to take them back to civilization. Under a clear night sky they estimate that it must be just about the time that the monks are pasting the final printed names into their holy books. Then they notice that "overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out. Gary K. Wolfe noted that the story is "patently at odds with Clarke's scientific rationalism".
Nahin has pointed out that, due to the delay imposed by the speed of light , an omniscient God would have had to destroy all the stars in the universe years earlier so that their "synchronized vanishing" would be visible at exactly the time that the monks completed their task. In , Clarke reported having been told that the Dalai Lama had found the story "very amusing".
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Satyajit Ray , the Bengali movie pioneer translated the story into the Bengali language. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the short story. Novels portal. He held the knife over Isaac. Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son.
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But an angel spoke to Abraham. He told Abraham not to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham had obeyed God. God loved Abraham. Genesis — Abraham looked around.
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He saw a ram in the bushes. God had given the ram for the sacrifice.
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Abraham sacrificed the ram on the altar. God was happy Abraham had obeyed him. Abraham and Isaac went home. He was willing to let his son die.
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Genesis , What Abraham did was like what Heavenly Father did. Heavenly Father was willing to let his son, Jesus Christ , die for us. Heavenly Father and Abraham loved their sons. Jesus and Isaac loved their fathers and obeyed them. Jacob Home ChurchofJesusChrist. Close Video.