One of the most amusing things that happens all year is when Pat Robertson goes up to a mountain retreat to commune with God and comes back with a list of things God has told him will happen the next year. Those prophecies fall into three categories: too broad to be meaningful, specific but easily predictable, and downright false. A look at his 2014 “prophecies.”
1. The world is going to be chaos.
As generic as this ‘prophecy’ was, it can still be debunked simply by asking whether 2014 was characterized by extreme chaos, or chaos that was somehow different from the chaos of most years?
While 2014 brought some challenges and crisis, compared to say, 2008, the year the US economy went into free fall, creating a global financial crisis, there was relatively little chaos.
I love how he mentions that ‘this year we’re not going to have a unified world,’ as if that’s something we do have every other year.
2. ‘There’s going to be some kind of credit crisis, and I think China is going to lead the way.’
That did not happen.
Rather than going up to a mountain to commune with God, Robertson more than likely consulted some economic forecasts, like this one from Bloomberg.3. ‘The Iranians will have a nuclear device before the end of the year.’
No, this did not happen.
4. ‘Republicans will win control of the Congress, but they will not have a veto proof majority.’
Wow, he got one right. So did every other media outlet in America. Maybe they all have a direct line to God?
5. The president is going to be discredited and withdraw to Hawaii…
Far from going into retreat, President Obama has taken the offensive. He’s more than ready to go head to head with republicans, come what may…
6. ‘It’ll be the greatest year in the history of the church.’
Robertson goes on about how ordinary people are going to work miracles and there will be healings and ‘it will be unbelievable, all around the world.’ He adds that “Islam is going to be in retreat.”
This is about an average year for Robertson, who in the past has “prophecied” that the U.S. would be battered with hurricanes (in a year that no hurricanes hit land in America) and terrorist attacks on American cities that would kill millions. If we were following Deuteronomy 18:20, Robertson would have been put to death by now.