#### Statistical Odds and the Gospel

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, November 18th, 2016 at 02:59 PM (253 Views)
This could also be titled "How an Aspie learns to accept something as fact that many people take on simple faith". Kind of a wordy title though.

I love numbers. I love mathematics even though I am not a mathematician. I got through the engineering undergrad math sequence, plus a bit more, and I've taken a few upper level statistics courses. It's all pretty useless to me in my career, but at least I can calculate a tip at a restaurant and can tell when statistics results being presented are malarkey or not.

Would you like to hear some math associated with the Bible? It's kind of interesting, or at least I think it is.

There were 353 to 360 prophecies in the Old Testament (depending on source material used in different versions) that foretold the coming of Christ.

The odds that one single person could fulfill just EIGHT of those is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. 1 times ten raised to the seventeenth power.

The odds that one single person could fulfill FORTY-EIGHT of the prophecies is 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,000,000,

000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,00 0,000,000,000,000,

000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,00 0,000,000,000,000,

000,000. 1 times ten raised to the 157th power. How big is that number? Well...it's massive. Cosmologists have calculated that every single atom in the entire Universe is only 1 times 10 raised to the 80th power. So 1 times ten raised to the 157th power is every single atom in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, billion universes.

Now, the odds that one single person could fulfill all the prophecies is a number that is 1 times ten raised to the 10,159th power. A one followed by 10 THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY-NINE zeros. I don't even have an example to put a number like that in context that any of us can fathom. It's just too mind-bogglingly large a number.