Addendum to the Poll Regarding the Messiah

I just wrote a poll about the chances of any person fulfilling 48 of the 300 prophecies in the Bible, noting that Jesus fulfilled all 300. I mentioned that the chances of any person fulfilling 48 prophecies were one in 10 to the 157th power. This number is so large that it deserves an addendum to describe it.

To do so, let’s consider electrons. Everyone knows how tiny an electron is, right? If I had a one-inch line of electrons and started counting them at a rate of 250 per minute, without stopping and counting night and day, it would take me 19 million years to count all the electrons in that inch.

Now, suppose that we could create a sphere of nothing but electrons and that sphere held nothing but 10^157th electrons, with no spaces between them. Are you curious how large that sphere would be? The radius of that sphere would be the greatest distance seen by the Hubble Space Telescope; about 13 billion lightyears. That is the distance light travels in 13 billion years at about 186,000 miles per second. 

The chances of a person fulfilling even 48 of the 300 prophecies in the Old Testament in regard to the Messiah would be like somehow marking a single electron in a sphere the size of the observable universe, and having an astronaut blasting off into that vastness, then having them select a single electron and finding that they’d selected the one that had been marked. 

Put in a different way, a person would have a better chance of winning every single lottery and “Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes” for the next 1,000 years, than to fulfill just 48 of the biblical prophecies regarding the Messiah. 

Yet, Jesus didn’t just fulfill 48 of the prophecies or even all but one or two, he fulfilled them all. The scientific think-tank that figured out the probability of fulfilling 48 of the prophecies didn’t go on to figure out the chances of fulfilling all 300 prophecies, which Jesus did. There is a good reason they stopped at 48. The chances of fulfilling all 300 would be something on the order of one in ten to such a large power that it could take millions of years just to write all the zeroes. 

  • Do you find this number to be mind-boggling?

    • Yes
    • No
    • It is much too large to grasp or imagine


What do you think?

11 points

Written by Rex Trulove

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