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Why do Atheists reject the Bible when prophecies are constantly getting fulfilled?
10/26/2013 by Kevin
Article Found At http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130919093143AAJeNwK

***ValueOfTruth's Notes***
Perhaps to answer this question of 'why' requires an understanding of the atheist. Atheists are notorious skeptics. No matter how much proof a Christian may present to a skeptical person, it amounts to nothing in the eyes of the skeptic. Take for example the skeptics in the time of Jesus. In John chapter 9, we read about a blind man that Jesus had healed and sent to the religious leaders as proof of his divinity. Since the Jews require a sign (1 Cor. 1:22), God gave them a sign by healing this particular blind man. The Bible says, "They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, 'He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.' Therefore said some of the Pharisees, 'This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day.' Others said, 'How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?' And there was a division among them." - John 9:13-16.

Notice that despite this clear proof of a miracle, the Pharisees were still skeptical of Jesus and his power. Likewise, the same still rings true today. Despite numerous fulfillment of prophecies, and countless miracles, we still have unbelievers who refuse to believe. It's not that they can't believe, but the fact remains that they REFUSE to believe. It's a matter of rebellion, not simple unbelief.

Notice how Thomas reacted to the testimony of his fellow disciples that saw Jesus after he was risen from the dead: The Bible says, "But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, 'We have seen the Lord.' But he said unto them, 'Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I WILL NOT BELIEVE,'" - John 20:24-25.

Thomas was not satisfied with the eyewitness accounts. He wanted to see Jesus for himself. Likewise, skeptics will always refuse to believe unless they see God for themselves. But faith in God does not require seeing him because Jesus went on to say the following, "Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed," (John 20:29).

Oh foolish skeptics. When will you believe? What will it take to convince you of the truth of the gospel? Unfortunately, the answer is that they will need to see God for themselves. And no doubt, they will see him, but it will be on judgment day, and then it will be too late to believe.

**End Of V.O.T's Notes**

Unique among all books ever written, the Bible accurately foretells specific events-in detail-many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter—no errors.

(The remaining 500 or so reach into the future and may be seen unfolding as days go by.)

(1) Some time before 500 B.C. the prophet Daniel proclaimed that Israel's long-awaited Messiah would begin his public ministry 483 years after the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25-26). He further predicted that the Messiah would be "cut off," killed, and that this event would take place prior to a second destruction of Jerusalem. Abundant documentation shows that these prophecies were perfectly fulfilled in the life (and crucifixion) of Jesus Christ. The decree regarding the restoration of Jerusalem was issued by Persia's King Artaxerxes to the Hebrew priest Ezra in 458 B.C., 483 years later the ministry of Jesus Christ began in Galilee. (Remember that due to calendar changes, the date for the start of Christ's ministry is set by most historians at about 26 A.D. Also note that from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. is just one year.) Jesus' crucifixion occurred only a few years later, and about four decades later, in 70 A.D. came the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus.

(2) In approximately 700 B.C. the prophet Micah named the tiny village of Bethlehem as the birthplace of Israel's Messiah (Micah 5:2). The fulfillment of this prophecy in the birth of Christ is one of the most widely known and widely celebrated facts in history.

(3) In the fifth century B.C. a prophet named Zechariah declared that the Messiah would be betrayed for the price of a slave—thirty pieces of silver, according to Jewish law-and also that this money would be used to buy a burial ground for Jerusalem's poor foreigners (Zechariah 11:12-13). Bible writers and secular historians both record thirty pieces of silver as the sum paid to Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus, and they indicate that the money went to purchase a "potter's field," used—just as predicted—for the burial of poor aliens (Matthew 27:3-10).

(4) Some 400 years before crucifixion was invented, both Israel's King David and the prophet Zechariah described the Messiah's death in words that perfectly depict that mode of execution. Further, they said that the body would be pierced and that none of the bones would be broken, contrary to customary procedure in cases of crucifixion (Psalm 22 and 34:20; Zechariah 12:10). Again, historians and New Testament writers confirm the fulfillment: Jesus of Nazareth died on a Roman cross, and his extraordinarily quick death eliminated the need for the usual breaking of bones. A spear was thrust into his side to verify that he was, indeed, dead.

(7) The exact location and construction sequence of Jerusalem's nine suburbs was predicted by Jeremiah about 2600 years ago. He referred to the time of this building project as "the last days," that is, the time period of Israel's second rebirth as a nation in the land of Palestine (Jeremiah 31:38-40). This rebirth became history in 1948, and the construction of the nine suburbs has gone forward precisely in the locations and in the sequence predicted.

(9) Jeremiah predicted that despite its fertility and despite the accessibility of its water supply, the land of Edom (today a part of Jordan) would become a barren, uninhabited wasteland (Jeremiah 49:15-20; Ezekiel 25:12-14). His description accurately tells the history of that now bleak region.

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