Predicting the future has been a part of religion since recorded history. 3000 years ago Chinese fortune tellers inspected the cracks in turtle shells to predict the future. Babylonian priests used the stars to chart people’s destiny. Christians claim the Old Testament Bible prophesied the coming of the Messiah. Even today, countless newspapers and magazines publish horoscopes, purporting to tell our futures from just our birth dates. Prophesy has taken over for accuracy. Validation of the great religions comes not from studying their content but by interpreting the messages they contain. Considering the enormous amount of literature dedicated to numerology, horoscopes, tarot cards, palm reading, and fortune telling, there seems to be a general tolerance, if not hunger, for prophetic notions. This desire is based solely upon hope—not reason, not facts, and certainly completely without evidence. It is simply a universal hope that something supernatural is within our reach. It is also a big part of the Christian tradition. Its Prophets were God’s way of communicating to us. It was the Apostle Paul who listed prophesy as one of the signs indicating the presence of the Holy Spirit. Every religion proclaims that prophesies validate it. They completely disregard the fact that all religions prophesy. All religions use the same tricks. All religions have about the same record on accuracy. All are certain they are so much better at prophesying than the other guys. All down-play how poor their omniscient God is at concisely revealing His predictions.
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