Indeed, it may be possible for
someone to fake one or two of the
Messianic prophecies, but it would
be impossible for any one person to
arrange and fulfill all of these
prophecies.

How true, then, it must be that
Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, if
he had 300 identifying
characteristics well in advance, and
fulfilled them all! In fact, what
does the science of probability make
of this?

The science of probability attempts
to determine the chance that a given
event will occur. The value and
accuracy of the science of
probability has been well
established beyond doubt - for
example, insurance rates are fixed
according to statistical
probabilities.

Professor Emeritus of Science at
Westmont College, Peter Stoner, has
calculated the probability of one
man fulfilling the major prophecies
made concerning the Messiah. The
estimates were worked out by twelve
different classes representing some
600 university students. The
students carefully weighed all the
factors, discussed each prophecy at
length, and examined the various
circumstances which might indicate
that men had conspired together to
fulfill a particular prophecy. They
made their estimates conservative
enough so that there was finally
unanimous agreement even among the
most skeptical students.

However Professor Stoner then took
their estimates, and made them even
more conservative. He also
encouraged other skeptics or
scientists to make their own
estimates to see if his conclusions
were more than fair. Finally, he
submitted his figures for review to
a committee of the American
Scientific Affiliation. Upon
examination, they verified that his
calculations were dependable and
accurate in regard to the scientific
material presented.

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