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Well, I discovered that Bible prophecy took care of this! I found that the Bible itself declares the test for divine inspiration! The test is established as 100% fulfilled "prophecy".1
In all candor, when I read this, I kind of laughed Yeah right this is the test of the tabloid press too... Whenever a major world event happens, people love the hype of prophecy and urban legend. The tabloids love to showcase the ancient (and not-so-ancient) prophecies of "Nostradamus", Jean Dixon, "Edgar Cayce", and the Bible... Why was the Bible lumped together with all that goofiness ? These so-called prophets get one thing right, and the public could care less about all their other predictive failures. What a game...
Wait. The Bible declares that its test for supernatural inspiration is 100% fulfilled "prophecy". That means no predictive failures whatsoever. Wow, that's really remarkable. 100%. No misses. I really had to absorb that. Would the multi-billion dollar gambling and lottery industries exist today if people could legitimately and consistently tell the future? Of course not. Maybe this prophecy thing wasn't as laughable as I first thought.
OK, I guess the power in the Bible's 100% fulfillment standard is directly proportional to the number of prophecies declared in the Bible. Obviously, 100% of two isn't that staggering... I decided to carefully and honestly study Bible prophecy...
With the help of some study aides, I discovered over 1,000 prophecies in the Bible. Of those, an astonishing 668 of them have been fulfilled and none have ever proven false (three seem to be unconfirmed). The others focus on events that are supposed to take place in the future. Come on! These must be generalized, self-fulfilling predictions that find their fulfillment within the pages of the same book. One religious zealot writes a prediction (God will do something specific and dramatic) and another writes the fulfillment (God did something specific and dramatic). The predictions and fulfillments are confined to the pages of the same "holy book." Not too meaningful... Where's the outside support? What does secular history say, if anything, about these events?
I decided to take a hard, calculated look at some of the "Bible prophecy" that was connected to verifiable history
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