I know I have posted on this topic before but it is a very important issue in the debate regarding the truth claims of Christianity. It is a topic which exposes the weakness of the Christian argument that there is good historical evidence for the claim that the first century peasant, Jesus of Nazareth, is the resurrected Creator God of the universe.
“Fulfilled prophecies!” This is one of the principal pieces of evidence that many Christians give for why we non-believers should believe in Jesus the Resurrected Corpse as our Lord and Master. (How ghoulish!)
Yet, if the alleged prophecies about Jesus were as amazing and as good as Christians say, shouldn’t we find these amazing predictions in the Guinness Book of World Records and in history textbooks?? But we don’t. Why? Christians will make up all kinds of silly rationalizations for why these amazing feats are not recorded in record books or textbooks, such as, “historians and record keepers have a bias against Christianity”. Baloney. If the Bible contained detailed, specific, accurate futuristic predictions, the whole world would know about them. The fact is that ALL the alleged prophecies about Jesus in the Christian holy book are contested and/or vague.
Here is an example of a good prophecy:
In 1932, an imam in Pakistan published a book in which he prophesied that on September 11, 2001, two airplanes will deliberately crash into the tallest skyscrapers of New York City bring them both crashing to the ground.
That is an example of a good prophecy! It is specific and detailed. (It is also pure fiction. It is my invention. No such prophecy was ever made.) Fortune-tellers, palm readers, mediums, and bible prophets (male mediums/sorcerers) never make specific, detailed prophecies!
Here is an example of a bad prophecy:
Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask aa sign of the Lord your6 God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” 13 And he7 said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you bweary my God also? 14 Therefore the cLord himself will give you a sign. dBehold, the evirgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name fImmanuel.8 15 He shall eat gcurds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 hFor before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be ideserted. 17 jThe Lord will bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father’s house such days as have not come since the day that kEphraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria!”
Christians believe there is a prophecy in that passage that predicts that centuries after the death of King Ahaz, a Jewish virgin will give birth to God the Creator! How ridiculous. This alleged “Jesus prophecy” is vague and non-specific. It is a joke. Educated Christians should be ashamed to trot out this fortune telling nonsense as evidence for the historicity of their ancient tall tale!
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