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Watch out for people who call themselves religious make sure you know what they mean-make sure they know what they mean 572 In the novel written by John Irving A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY the protagonist Owen Meany developed an unusual religious significance Owen experienced visions of future events he had a unique type of faith in God that most do not attain and Owen spoke endlessly to inform people about God Throughout Owens life he demonstrated the same characteristics as a prophet through his actions and his words Thus one could conclude that Owen Meany is a prophetSimilar to a prophet Owen was given precognitive powers that allowed him to see into the future Owens first prophecy came to him on New Years Eve 1953 during the community production of A Christmas Carol The most obvious inference concerning the play was that Owen played the part of the ghost of Christmas yet to come In reaction to Owens portrayal of this character the audiences faces which were so amused so curious so various-were rendered shockingly similar each face became the model of each others fear 42 Owen had dehumanized this character to the point that children were leaving the theater crying and some were even wetting their pants One reference which could be made concerning Owen and Scrooge was that GOD HAS ALLOWED them TO KNOW MORE THAN MOST PEOPLE KNOW- 366 Both of them were told their futures however Scrooge made an effort to change his where as Owen did not Owens revelation came through a vision he experienced during the graveyard scene of the play He immediately fainted The curtains went down and members of the production all ran to Owens aid yet he seemed ungrateful He appeared to be sullenly embracing his vision like the typically doubtless prophet he so often seemed to be 246 Owen believed he had seen his name on a gravestone along with the date of his
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