Friday, June 19, 2015 4:13 AM

What Are the Odds

Friday, June 19, 2015 4:13 AM
Friday, June 19, 2015 4:13 AM

What are the mathematical odds of one man either fulfilling by chance or through manipulation over one hundred prophecies written hundreds of years before his birth? Professor and mathematician Peter Stoner wondered himself. Stoner was chairman of the Departments of Mathematics and Astronomy at Pasadena City College in California for many years before becoming professor emeritus of science at Westmont College. He calculated the mathematical probabilities of one man fulfilling a portion of the messianic prophecies and released his research results in a publication titled Science Speaks: Scientific Proof of the Accuracy of Prophecy and the Bible.

Stoner concluded that the probability of one person fulfilling just eight messianic prophecies was 1 in 10 to the 17th power, or 100,000,000,000,000,000 to 1. He then calculated the odds of someone fulfilling 48 of these prophecies to be 1 in 10 to the 157th power, or 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1. Such a number is so large as to be incomprehensible.

If we base our belief solely on the science of mathematical probabilities, Jesus Christ becomes, without question, the prophesied Messiah (Jesus) of the Old Testament.[1]



[1] LaHaye, T. (2009). Jesus. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook.

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