Thankfully, it’s nothing like this:
Even if you’re not a mathematician, see if you can detect his error:
God gave us about 300 fulfilled prophecies in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Here are 8 of those 300 prophecies:
(1) The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-6)
(2) The Messiah will be a descendant of Jacob. (Numbers 24:17; Matthew 1:2)
(3) The Messiah will enter Jerusalem as a king riding on a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9; Mark 11:4-11)
(4) The Messiah will be betrayed by a friend. (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:47,48)
(5) The Messiah’s betrayal money will be used to purchase a potter’s field. (Zechariah 11:13; Matthew 27:9,10)
(6) The Messiah will be spat upon and struck. (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67)
(7) The Messiah’s hands and feet will be pierced. (Psalm 22:16; John 20:25-27)
(8) Soldiers will gamble for the Messiah’s garments. (Psalm 22:18; Luke 23:34)
There is no way one man could have fulfilled all 8 of these prophecies unless God was making it happen. Who else controls history? Who else could give us such irrefutable proof for Christianity? The odds are one in one hundred quadrillion, or 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.
The error Delzell made is that he pulled the entire proof out of his ass. But the best part is that he keeps going:
You don’t have to be a mathematics professor to see that this evidence is irrefutable… It is impossible that Christianity is false. The math proves it, and the Man behind the math rose from the dead, just as it had been foretold.
Of course, Delzell doesn’t explain how he arrived at the perfectly improbable odds, only that it’s next to impossible for Christianity to be wrong. (He actually got the number from a Christian apologist, Peter Stoner, who died in 1980. Stoner made it all up, too, but at least he offered some reasoning.) Meanwhile, I’m guessing Delzell can’t fathom why anyone would believe in the Big Bang.
I love it when apologists try to act smarter than the scientists and mathematicians…
To their credit, most of the commenters at the Christian Post appear to be completely embarrassed by Delzell’s article.
(Thanks to Brian for the link!)