Bible skeptics sometimes like to point out the fact that the fulfillment of a prophecy always comes after the prophecy itself, giving ‘true believers’ plenty of opportunity to make the prophecies come true.
There are a couple of problems with this kind of reasoning: first, fulfillment of many Old Testament prophecies would be impossible to fake. Second, not everything is as it seems. As one can see from the story of The Wreck of the Titan, it’s simply too easy to point fingers and make assumptions.
What happened? Well, if you’re too lazy to click the link and find out, here are the basics: in 1898, Morgan Robertson wrote a novella about an ocean liner, Titan, which sinks in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg. The sinking of the Titan is obviously similar to the sinking of the Titanic which sank fourteen years later.
- Both were considered unsinkable or indestructible
- Both had three propellers and two masts
- Both launched In April
- Both carried lifeboats for only half of their passengers
- Both struck an iceberg
Coincidence? Sure. Nobody thinks that the crew of the Titanic collaborated to make real a recent fiction. Nobody’s claiming that the writer of the story of the Titan was being prophetic, either. The point is that things are not always as they appear.
There are hundreds of prophecies about Jesus, for example. The chances that they would be fulfilled by one person are beyond astronomical…so skeptics take the path of least resistance. They claim that true prophecy doesn’t exist and that Jesus and His followers conspired to make Him only appear to be the Messiah.
Now who’s writing fiction?