The first post in this series on Bible prophecies can be found here.
The prophecies in the Bible are often touted to be undeniable evidence of the Bible’s inspiration. But this claim is often made in the hopes that people won’t actually examine the prophecies for themselves. It’s the very definition of “Big Lie,” where a falsehood is told so often and so loudly, people begin to believe it even though it’s completely untrue.
In this series, we’ve looked at several examples of failed or non-existent prophecies. What further proof is needed to show that the Bible could not have been inspired by a perfect deity? And there are other examples we could have looked at. Isaiah’s 70 Weeks prophecy, which is also fleshed out in the Book of Daniel, is claimed by many Christians to predict the precise day of Jesus’ crucifixion… or birth, or Triumphal Entry, etc. In fact, they all disagree about what it’s predicting and when it’s supposed to occur. I almost dedicated an entire post to it, but finally decided against it. It’s extremely convoluted. I do recommend looking at ways that different people try to explain it. The twists and turns they have to go to (including creating something called a “prophetic year”) are pretty amusing.
I find it interesting that when people make those kinds of attempts, they already have their finish line all worked out. They assume that the prophecy must reference Christ, so they set about trying to figure out a way to make it fit. In other words, the prophecy itself makes nothing clear. It’s purpose is actually to be obscure, so that any number of things can be attributed to it later and be claimed as a prophecy fulfillment. One of the few Bible prophecies that is clear deals with the destruction of Tyre, as we talked about in part 6. Yet that prophecy wasn’t fulfilled, as we can see just by looking at Tyre on a map.
In reality, it’s difficult for people to see these things because they are afraid of the end result. They’re afraid to realize that their religion is a lie. And that’s a very understandable feeling to have — it’s not pleasant, as I can attest to firsthand. Yet most people won’t let themselves see these issues clearly, even though they think it’s necessary for people of every other religion to see the problems with theirs. After all, most Christians think that Muslims are wrong and bound for Hell unless they realize the beliefs they’ve always held are wrong. But putting your own beliefs under the microscope is very difficult. Most people refuse to do it.
At the very least, the issues we’ve talked about should cause Christians to re-examine their beliefs. The Bible has some real problems that can’t be solved by simply claiming it’s inerrant. We’ll address that further in future posts.