Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?


Fairly often, I hear people debate whether the Bible can be proven to be true (or not true). By that, I mean arguments on both sides suggest, strongly, that the Bible’s history and science is either right or wrong.

I’m sort of used to that from secular (or agnostic/atheist) sources. What surprised me recently was the publication of a new book from an apologetics ministry that listed reasons why the Bible can be trusted as an historical document.

Amazingly, the writer claimed that predictive prophecy is not even bullet-proof evidence, primarily because critics can say that the “prophecies” were written down after they actually occurred.

It’s incredible to me that a ministry leader would make that claim. The “prophecy written after the fact” excuse is an empty one. For example, the numerous prophecies in the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures), preserved as they are in the Dead Sea Scrolls, are thousands of years ahead of the establishment of the modern state of Israel.

That can’t be explained away.

What do you think?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dane

    The fact that Israel was ‘prophesied’ to rise again can be seen as a self-fulfilling prophecy. The Israelis had been trying for years to reestablish their homeland and, in the wake of WW2, were finally able to do so. This is something they’ve been on about for centuries, often citing the ‘holiness’ of doing so.

    The problem with Biblical prophecy-and indeed prophecy from just about any religion-is that it is often vague and ambiguous. Many prophecies have been thought to have come true because the surrounding event could be read into the prophecy. That’s the very problem with the nature of prophecy. You never hear a prophecy that goes like, ‘On November 7, 2012, John Smith, who is from Bakersfield, CA…” etc. etc. They are always worded in a way that makes it hard to decipher the meaning.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Haime52

    You are preaching to the choir, he is not.

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