The Chinese New Year has ushered in the zodiacal Year of the Dragon, and the media in Asia at least is filled with prophecies based on the stars. For example, astrologer Peter So makes the following predictions: “Europe will not recover so soon. ... A recovery for the U.S. economy is possible for 2013. I can predict that in Hong Kong and in China a number of high-ranking officials will be forced to step down. Some may be thrown behind bars or even pass away” (Philippine Star, Jan. 23, 2012). These are typical astrology-type prophecies. They are couched in vague generalities and are therefore meaningless. Any person who reads newspapers could predict that Europe will not recover soon and that the U.S. might recover in 2013! And to predict that some high-ranking officials in China might be forced to step down or might die is an exercise in the ridiculous. Contrast this with the Bible’s prophecies, which are precise. Before Jesus was born, the very town of His birthplace was named, and the details of the events of the crucifixion were described in ancient prophecies by David and Isaiah. These details included the words Jesus spoke from the cross, the mocking of the crowd, the gambling for His garments, the offer of vinegar to drink, the fact that none of His bones would be broken, and His burial in a rich man’s tomb. David’s prophecy in Psalm 22 was written 1,000 years before Jesus was born, and Isaiah 53 was written 700 years before. Believing that the Bible is the divinely-inspired Word of God is not a blind leap in the dark. The evidence is overwhelming for those who are not willfully blind.
(Friday Church News Notes, February 3, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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