Question and Answer – September 2015

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What the Bible Says

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QI know that your ministry stresses prophecy, but isn’t it a little bit farfetched to believe that the fulfillment of all prophecy is attributed to God? In other words, what I am saying, is isn’t it possible for many of the prophetic statements of the Bible to be fulfilled by chance? If so, wouldn’t it be true that God had nothing to do with making the prophecy or seeing that is was fulfilled! I am convinced that much of the prophetic ‘fulfillment’ is the product of imaginative interpretation or just pure chance.

AAny student of the Bible recognizes that possibility of a general prophecy being fulfilled by chance. However, there are so many specific statements of the Scripture which have been fulfilled to the minutest detail, that change has been entirely eliminated.

Every detail of the prophecy doubles the chances of the prediction coming to pass. As an illustration, a prophecy which has but one detail has only one chance in fulfillment. It will either be fulfilled or not fulfilled. A prediction with two details has one chance in four of being fulfilled. Utilizing the law of mathematical progression, this illustrates that is would be impossible except that God would have brought it to pass.

As mentioned above, a prophecy with but one detail has one chance in two of being fulfilled. However, when that prophecy ten details, the change of them all being fulfilled in one in 1,024. Were the prophecy to have 30 details, the chances of fulfillment are one in 1,073,741,824. And if the prophecy of combination of prophecies totaled 50, the chances of fulfillment are one in 1,125,889,906,842,624! Since the Bible has literally hundreds of prophecies which have been, are now being or will be fulfilled, it is easy to see that there has to be another reason for fulfillment other than pure chance.

It is the position of this ministry that God authored the Book.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” — II Timothy 3:16

Further, we believe that …

“…no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For 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.” — II Peter 1:20, 21

QDo you think it is possible that Adam and Eve would have lived forever if they had not sinned?

AThe Bible says that the reason mortals die is because of sin.

“Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” — Romans 5:12

The logical conclusion is that since sin is responsible for death, and since there would have been no death except for that sin, Adam and Eve would have lived forever if they had not sinned and had not continued to sin.

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