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What are the odds that Christ was a fraud? Ever wondered about that? Or maybe you think he WAS a fraud? Well, either way, just read on. There have been done some scientific studies on that.
“Science has developed a method of studying odds. It is called the science of compound probabilities, a mathematical study of situations and the odds of possible outcomes. One of the most amazing studies conducted using this method, was recorded by Professor Peter Stoner in “Science Speaks.” The purpose of the study was to determine the odds of one man in history fulfilling all the prophecies recorded in the Scripture that point to the Jewish Messiah. There are over 300 Messianic prophecies in the Scriptures. Stoner chose just those that are clearly defined and specific for his study. To begin, eight prophecies were chosen that were totally beyond the human control of Yeshua (Jesus):
1) His place of birth (Micah 5:2)
2) Time of birth (Daniel 9:25)
3) Manner of birth (Isaiah 7:14)
4) Betrayal (Zechariah 11:12, 13)
5) Manner of death (Psalm 22:16-18)Notice the detail even down to the gambling for His robe.
6) Piercing of hands, feet, and side (Zechariah 12:10)
7) People mocking (Psalm 22:7,8)
8) Burial (Isaiah 53:9)
The compound probability of just these eight prophecies being fulfilled is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (1 in 10 to the 17th power). To understand this number, take that many silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They would cover the entire state two feet deep. Next, mark a single silver dollar, fly over Texas, and drop it anywhere. Then blindfold someone and let him parachute in anywhere he wants. He should take his time; he only gets one pick and the coin he picks must be the one you marked. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man. Yeshua fulfilled them all! In practical terms, would anyone fail to invest in a financial venture if the chance of failure was one in 10 to the 17th power? This is how secure an investment it is to believe that Yeshua is the Messiah. (Only the rewards are truly out of this world!)
Now let’s raise the odds using 48 prophecies. We find the chances of one man fulfilling just 48 of these Messianic prophecies to be 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,
000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1 in 10 to the 157th power).
Yeshua fulfilled over 300 prophecies! It would take more faith to deceive yourself that Yeshua is NOT the Messiah, than to accept the FACT that He is!”
Just think about this for a moment:
“Refusing to choose is a form of choice.
Disbelief is a form of belief.
In choosing, we must not only use the intelligence God gave us, but also our hearts.”