I left the following comment under a post on the website “Debunking Christianity” in response to “Don”, a Christian, who believes that fulfilled prophecy, the resilience of the Jewish people, and the miracles of Jesus prove the veracity of Christianity:
Here is the question that Don and every conservative Christian must ask themselves about Biblical prophecy: “If Bible prophecies are so accurate why is this fact not listed in any public university history textbook?”
Christians can tout the accuracy of the prophecies in the Bible as proof of the veracity of Christianity, the Bible, and their god but the problem is, the experts do not agree with them. Even if just 50% of the prophecies in the Bible were accurate this is a remarkable feat and would be noted by the experts. Yet, no such statement can be found. I challenge Christians to think very hard about that fact. Either the experts have formed a conspiracy against Christianity, or Christians are reading their bias into these alleged predictions.
Bottom line: Alleged fulfilled prophecy FAILS as a proof for the existence of Yahweh as the Creator.
None of the other “proofs” listed by Don are proofs for the existence of Yahweh. Yes, the Jewish people have had a difficult history and have survived, but so have the Basques, the Kurds, the Armenians, and others. The resilience of any one of these peoples is not proof that they are a “chosen” people, protected by their invisible national deity.
The last “proof” that Christians then pull out of their arsenal is the “Jesus card”. Here is Don: “The inference is that Jesus did things that would be highly improbable for a person to do who was not God. Is that falsifiable? Yes. Show that Jesus did not do those things. Show that those things can be done by anyone. Show that the claims were not made by Jesus.”
Imagine if your neighbor, with a straight face, tells you that last night he was abducted by a one-eyed Cyclops and flown to the planet Neptune where he walked the planet without an oxygen tank for three hours. You suppress a smile and tell your neighbor that he must have been drunk. Your neighbor responds: “No it really happened. Unless you can prove it didn’t happen, it did!”
This is illogical thinking. The person who questions a laws-of-nature-defying claim is under no obligation to prove it did NOT happen. The burden of proof is on the person making the (wild) claim to provide the evidence that it DID happen. Don and his fellow Christians must provide good, convincing evidence that the supernatural tales of Jesus were real historical events. We skeptics are under ZERO obligation to prove they did not happen.