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19. Questions: How Do I Know I Can Trust the Bible?

May 17, 2021 Jamie Kirschner Season 1 Episode 19
UncommonTEEN: The Podcast for Christian Teen Girls
19. Questions: How Do I Know I Can Trust the Bible?
Show Notes

On our episode 17, we talked about how the Bible is historically accurate and how it is scientifically accurate. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I highly recommend it! It answers so many questions that the world is trying to throw at us today.

In Episode 18 ,we are going to talk about the prophesies that are in the Bible. A prophesy is basically a prediction of the future that is claimed to be divinely inspired. 

Did you know that there are close to 2,000 prophesies in the Bible? See, the thing about prophesies is this…if you’re going to write it down in a book, you better make sure it’s a true prophesy, because if not, that book would be considered false and no one would trust anything in it. With the Bible having close to 2,000 prophesies, with just even one of those prophesies not coming to pass, it would lose its entire integrity.

And the thing about the prophesies in the Bible is that these aren’t prophesies that were going to happen right away, but they were prophesied some thousands of years before they took place. 

Did you know that there are over 300 prophesies about Jesus alone that span over 1,100 years. The last one that was prophesied about him was 400 years before Jesus was born. 

Peter Stoner was a probability expert who decided to take just 8 of the prophesies found in the Bible about Jesus and calculated what the percentage would be if even just 8 of those prophesies were true. Here's what he found:

8 Prophesies Peter Stoner Looked At and Their Probabilities:

  1. 1. Jesus would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) Probability of that happening: 7,150 in 2,000,000,000 chance
  2. 2. There would be a messenger that would prepare the way for Jesus (Malachi 3:1) Probability: 1 in 1,000 chance
  3. Jesus would enter Jerusalem as a king riding a donkey (Zechariah 9:9) Probability: 1 in 100 chance
  4. Jesus would be betrayed by a friend and suffer wounds in His hands (Zechariah 13:6) Probability: 1 in 1,000 chance
  5. Jesus would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. (Zechariah 11:12-13) Probability: 1 in 1,000 chance
  6. The money that was paid for Jesus' capture would be used to purchase a potter's field. (Zechariah 11-12) Probability: 1 in 100,000 chance
  7. Jesus would remain silent while He was afflicted. (Isaiah 53:7) Probability: 1 in 1,000 chance
  8. Jesus would die having his hands and feet pierced. Probability: 1 in 10,000 chance

Now, putting all of these probabilities together…what is the chance that all 8 of these could have happened to just one person? Probability: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 chance.

To help you wrap your mind around this, I want to give you a picture of what that looks like. So if 1 person was to fulfill just 8 of the almost 300 prophesies, it would be like filling up the state of Texas (we all know how tiny Texas is…haha…it’s massive!), so we are taking the entire state of Texas and filling it 2 ft high with quarters. Out of all those quarters, we decided to paint one red. Now, we’re going to put you in a helicopter, blind fold you and then have you show us where that one red quarter is…sounds pretty impossible right? That’s what that last probability, the 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 looks like!

Now, that’s just Jesus fulfilling 8 of those prophesies, which He did, but what if Jesus fulfilled all 300 of those prophesies? That’s crazy to think about right? And these prophesies weren’t just general, vague prophesies, they were very specific. I mean King David even prophesied about Jesus being crucified on a cross before crucifixion even existed.

Then, the last way we're going to talk about how you can know you can trust the Bible is that it has the power to transform lives.

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