Question about conflicting events with Bible prophcey

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Question about conflicting events with Bible prophcey

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Post by cubeus19 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:04 pm

Hello guys, this is the question I was trying to ask in this thread http://discussions.godandscience.org/vi ... =6&t=34477 Which is basically, can Christian theism still be true even if the real life cataclysmic future events contradict or greatly differ from the best known or even proven (if that is even possible) interpretation of Biblical eschatology? In some ways (I'm assuming hopefully it's more emotional than reason) I'm scared that it could in a way disprove the God of the Bible if that does indeed happen but at the same time I feel like there is a way around this for apologists like you and me. I would attempt to solve this problem by saying that back in the Old Testament times there were all sorts of prophecies or prophecy interpretations about the coming of the Messiah and most of the theologians and 'experts' on the subject along with the general public thought the Messiah was going to be a ruler and free the Jews from the oppression of the Romans. But now looking back in hindsight, those popular interpretations were wrong and the real time events took nearly everyone for surprise. So wouldn't it be no surprise then, if the universe, the world, and humanity would end in such a way that would surprise most Christians and the theologians who are the current experts? As far as you know guys is this a good way to respond to this de lima? If so, is there anything you would like to add to or point out or do you all have any other explanations to solve my original question? Thanks and God bless.

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Re: Question about conflicting events with Bible prophcey

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Post by narnia4 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:57 am

If the human race ends we won't have to worry much about this, will we?

Well, first I'd like to point out that there are numerous different interpretations of Revelation and prophecy in general, and plenty of the more liberal theologians wouldn't be bothered by any sort of major catastrophe. I don't agree with their interpretation of Scripture, just throwing that out there.

For me, it would depend on what the cataclysmic event actually is, the scale of it, etc. Obviously some sort of cataclysmic event(s) will happen if the interpretations of more conservative Biblical scholars are correct. If the human race was nearly wiped out with nothing else happening, that would be an issue yes. Things from the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the earthquakes in Haiti to hurricane Katrina... while these things are tragic, they don't conflict with Scripture as far as I'm aware.

As far as unknown future events, I really wouldn't worry about it. It seems like lots of Christians (and I've been guilty of it too) sit around expecting their beliefs to be disproven. Why fret about something being discovered or happening that will disprove Christianity? I don't think that will ever happen, because Christianity is true. I don't believe the world will be devastated by global warming to the point that human life can't exist.
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