Do you want a mathematical reason to believe in God? Would you like mathematical proof that the Bible is accurate? Did you know that 25% of the Bible, when it was originally written was prophecy? And did you know that most of that 25% has been fulfilled?
fact: The dates that the books of the Old Testament were written is verified by scientists. It is an established fact that writings of the prophets and Moses were written hundreds and in some cases thousands of years before the time of Christ. The accuracy of these writings is miraculous. In Israel, Old Testament writings were discovered in a cave near the Dead Sea. These Dead Sea Scrolls, which have been carbon-dated to be around 2,000 years old, contain nearly word for word the same prophecies that our modern Bible contains. No one can dispute the fact that the Old Testament was written before the time of Jesus, and was meticulously cared for by the Jewish people.
Contained within the books of the Old Testament are hundreds of prophecies of the coming Messiah. They describe His birth, His life, His teachings, His travels, and there is a particular abundance of prophecy about His death and what it would mean for Jew and Gentile alike. The Messiah is referred to in nearly every book of the Old Testament, and in some books He is very clearly described. One of the most striking examples is in Isaiah 52:13 to 53:12. Within these few verses are a group of prophecies that are an incredibly clear description of Jesus Christ, written 750 years before His birth. (see "The Amazing Prophecy of Isaiah" webpage)
So, looking from a factual standpoint, we can see that it is proven without doubt that these prophecies were written before the time of Christ, and fulfilled by the life of Christ. Perhaps it doesn't seem like much that a few hundred predictions about a person came true. Well, let's consider this point of view. Try yourself to predict something about someone who is going to live 750 years from now. Perhaps you could think of a few things with confidence--but would anyone be foolish enough to believe that they could predict with 100% accuracy the details of a particular person's life, 750 years before they are born? So, what are the odds, that a group of authors, living hundreds of years apart, could accurately put together the picture of a man who would live hundreds of years in the future?
The odds have been calculated. You see in mathematics, there is a law of compound probability. The odds of one prediction coming true are fairly small--but as we add together these predictions--the odds of them all being accurate become astronomical. A mathematician has calculated the odds that the prophesies about Jesus Christ in the Old Testament would come true. He came up with a figure that is a one, followed by 93 zeros!
1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
This number is so large that it doesn't even have a name! Now, let's consider some questions that skeptics might have. Some will say that the accounts of the life of Christ are arranged to fit the prophecies. Let's explore this question factually. First of all, the four gospels were written by four different authors, in four different places at four different times. Yet they are in complete agreement about the facts of Jesus life. (this in itself is a mathematical improbability!) They are factual, eyewitness accounts, and would be acceptable as evidence in a court of law. If we were to stop and ask the reliability of another historical happening, the evidence of it's factuality would be by written eyewitness accounts. For instance, let's ask the question: How do we know that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln? This event happened only a little over 100 years ago--however, what evidence do we have? Obviously, there are no living eyewitnesses. We don't have any photographic evidence--the only real proof we have would be the written, accounts of eyewitness to the crime. But this is a perfectly acceptable form of evidence, and of course no one disputes the fact, based on the written accounts. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are just such written eyewitness accounts.
Another thing to consider, is that the Bible as we know it was not assembled until over 1,400 years after Christ. Many of the original writings are still in existence and it is proven that they were not tampered or changed to fit the prophecies. Again, think of the odds of all of those writings coming into agreement so completely and at the same time in no way contradicting the writings of the other various authors from Old Testament times! Again, these things are all verifiable by the modern dating techniques of today. The undisputed fact is that the Gospels were written by different authors at different times, and yet all confirm one another and the Old Testament prophecies.
There is really only one explanation to the complete agreement and prophetic accuracy of the Bible...and it is contained in the Bible itself.The Bible says that the scriptures were actually written by one author....God Himself!
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" [2Timothy 3:16] "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." [2Peter 1:21]
The Bible also explains its own accuracy. The prophets did not write by there own will, but were inspired by the Holy Ghost. Now, you may not believe in God. You may not believe in the accuracy of the Bible. But think about it. You are believing something that doesn't agree with the facts! Folks who don't believe in God like to think they are logical...but I ask you to consider the facts..it is illogical to not believe in God!
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