Originally posted by OldCorp
What other nation or group of people in the history of the world has been conquered and taken away into slavery - THREE TIMES - and dispersed
throughout the entire world, only to be gathered together again after 2,000 years? That in itself is astonishing and unprecedented, but to have it
predicted thousands of years ago defies logic unless there is Someone looking out for them, and using supernatural means to tell us all about it (and
in the process giving that group of people hope that they have NOT been abandoned by their Father in Heaven and that one day they would once again be
welcomed home to the land which was promised to them.)
First, OP, I admit I have not watched any video because I am in a position where I cannot. I did however read your entire post and your supporting
sources. This isn't a new story by any means, and I feel fairly comfortable discussing the material.
A theory I would like to propose, as an alternate to prophecy inspired by a divine being:
Is it possible that because of the history of Israel and the Jews, how it was written into their scripture and then adopted by Christianity, that it
has come to pass as reality simply due to the fact that so many believe in and pursue these ends?
For example; if you were to meet a psychic, and she prophesizes that you're going to meet a short, feisty redhead in the near future, and that this
opportunity should not be passed up, as this girl is your soul-mate (destiny), when you saw any girl fitting that description would you not pursue
this girl as if she truly were your destiny?
It is my argument that these "prophecies" have come to pass, at least in the opinions of the faithful, because of the same texts that predicted these
events in the first place. The Jewish People held together and fulfilled these beliefs, precisely because they had written them for themselves in the
past. The Hebrew Bible was both the plan and the glue to hold the plan together for 2500 years or so. It's a genius plan, and to date it continues to
work on those of us who choose to believe it.
As others have stated, the prophecies in the Old Testament are either generic, as are most prophecies, so they could be applied to any number of
situations; or they are written as an ancient "feel-good" story to keep a society of often-persecuted people together, because now they have faith
that they will be triumphant and liberated in the end.
Do you think this is a possible explanation? I know your faith will fight it, but faith aside, using that right brain you were born with, could this
be even a possibility?
I apologize that these ideas aren't as cleanly articulated as I would like, I'm writing in between moments of busy at work, and am losing my chain of
thought over and over and over.
edit on 28-6-2011 by Backslider because: (no reason given)