For those of you who do not believe in the bible and consider it to be just a book of fairy tales:
How do you explain the fact that of the HUNDREDS of prophecies in the bible, not a single one has failed. Some of the notable prophecies include:
1) David's portrayal of how Jesus would die by crucifixion 1,000 years BEFORE crucifixion was even established as a punishment.
2) How could a mere human pinpoint the birth town of the messiah 700 hundred years before it actually happened?
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I'm sorry but you're just very poorly informed. First of all, there are tons of prophecies that never became true. Just a few examples:
Here God explicitly states that Nebuchadnezzar would completely sack and destroy the city of Tyre and that Tyre's land would never be built upon again. However, this never occurred. After a 13-year siege, Tyre compromised with Nebuchadnezzar and accepted his authority without being destroyed. Despite being conquered and razed by Alexander the Great 240 years later, Tyre still exists.
God sets out a checklist:
- Egypt and everything from the tower of Syene to Ethiopia will be desolate and waste
- God will own the Nile
- No humans will walk through Egypt
- No animals will walk through Egypt
- Nobody will live in Egypt for 40 years
- Egyptians will leave Egypt and be scattered among other nations
- After 40 years of scattering, Egypt will be repopulated by the scattered Egyptians
- Egypt will be a weak kingdom, and will never control "the nations"
This passage is one of the most erroneous in the Bible. Since Ezekiel was penned, Egypt has never been a desolate waste, there has never been a time when people have not walked through it, there has never been a period of forty years when Egypt was uninhabited after the civilization started there, and it has never been surrounded by other desolate countries.
Here the bible claims that God will dry up the Nile. According to scientific recorded history, such an event has never occurred.
Now, let's get to the reasons why you might have heard the prophecies are true. The most frequently used argument to refute the things I've just listed is to say "But it's symbolic!" When you think about this, it's actually a ridiculous statement (any yet, many biblical scholars have used it). It basically says "When God says he will do X, he REALLY means to say he'll do X or Y or Z or W or V... it's hard to tell" Well, I'm sorry but that's not how prophecies work. And here we get to the core of the issue. There are RULES that prophecies have to fulfill to be counted as prophecies:
1. The prophecy has to be ACCURATE. If I make the prophecy "tomorrow it'll rain", it must rain. Grey clouds are not enough.
2. It must be UNAMBIGUOUS. If multiple outcomes are possible to make a prophecy come true, it's not a prophecy. In that case it's just a good guess.
3. It must be IMPROBABLE. Saying "tomorrow it''ll rain" is also not a prophecy because it's not unlikely5