That's what atheists think of the New Testament. It's one huge conspiracy, a big lie perpetrated by a group of liars who then went on to begin the greatest movement of human development the world has ever seen.
Critics however have worn themselves out trying to destroy the idea of prophecy as it pertains to the Bible. This is because Biblical prophecy has shown itself in archeology and historical literature to be 100% accurate. The main method of denying or disproving this astounding achievement (Glen and Flute have given us a good example in their comments on my last post) is to try to “late date” anything called Biblical prophecy. What the critics say is that because the prophecies are so accurate (they can't and don't deny this), they must have been written after the events actually happened. When it comes to Old Testament Prophecy in general and the prophecy of Jesus specifically, these people run into somewhat of a problem. Here’s why.
The vast majority of scholars agree that all of the Old Testament Scripture was completed 450 years before Jesus the Christ was born. However even the most sceptical must admit the date of 250 B.C. since that is when the Old Testament was translated into Greek.
In calculating odds of probability, scientists agree that 10 ^ -50 is the same as zero - impossible.
Professor Peter Stoner, himself a sceptic and former Editor of ‘Science Digest’ has calculated that the odds of the prophecies of what happened to Jesus on the last day of His life here on earth, to be 10 ^ -157, against them coming true in one man, accidentally.
This information will have zero positive impact on sceptics like Glen and Flute or even TAM. They will just say something like, "Well, that just proves that those things couldn't have happened the way the Bible says they did."
On the other hand, honest spiritual seekers should give a pause for thought about what exactly took place at the end of Jesus' life on earth.
The following were prophesied from 1000 - 500 years before Jesus was born but were all fulfilled in one day.
. Betrayed by a friend
. Sold for 30 Pieces of silver
. Money "thrown" into God’s house
. His best friends would all run away and desert Him
. People would lie about Him in order to get Him killed
. He never said a thing to defend Himself, such as “That’s a lie” or “I didn’t do that.”
. He was killed by crucifixion
. He asked God to forgive those who were killing Him
. Hated without cause
. Friends stood afar off
. Soldiers would gamble for His clothes
. They’d offer Him a pain killer to drink
. His forsaken cry - “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.”
. Committed himself to God - “Into they hand I commit My spirit.”
. Bones not broken
. His side pierced with a spear
. Darkness at noon
. Buried in a rich man’s grave
Neither Jesus nor His disciples had any control over the prophecies about:
. Place of birth
. Time of birth
. Manner of birth
. Manner of death
. People’s reaction
. Piercing, and
Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I AM.” The life of Jesus was put before us in such a way that no one need mistake who He was or is.
From which race He would be born into, right down to the town He would be born in, we have a record of His life on earth before it even began.