I would like to get paid to forecast the weather. Like the people on TV, I can easily be wrong half the time. You may be interested to know that God challenges his opponents to predict the future.
That’s right. Here’s the deal. God has made himself so evident that we have no reason to chase after anything besides him. Here’s his challenge.
Set forth your case, says the Lord; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob. Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come. Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do harm, that we may be dismayed and terrified. Behold, you are nothing, and your work is less than nothing; an abomination is he who chooses you. Isaiah 41:21-24
The bible is distinct in fulfilled prophecy. Compare it to all the documents of other religions. None stack up. From the beginning, God has pointed to one who is to come. That one is Jesus. Over and over, we gain insight to his identity. Some of it is vague. Some is surprisingly vivid. To Moses, God said this, “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it.” (Deuteronomy 18:18-19)
Now, here is where the stakes get very high.
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:20-22
100% accuracy. That’s the requirement.
Predict The Future, And…
God gave us one other thing that we might know Jesus is the one: his resurrection from the dead. It was foretold by the prophets of old. Jesus himself spoke of it many times. That’s why the Jewish leaders put a guard to his tomb after they killed him. Despite that, it was going to happen because God said it would.
Granted, there are many things in the bible that are hard to understand, but there are so many things that I once thought nonsense that now make sense that I have come to trust all of it to be true.