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Straight Down The Middle at 50-50

Given the assumption that God inspired John, the odds would be 1-0 that John would get everything correct in the revelation, as God does not make "mistakes" (as this author well knows from his own writing!). But if then we assume God did not inspire John, we may not use probability likewise, even then there is a modal collapse, so we would certainly have to discount the whole idea of probability and simply state the odds to be 1-1 that John was divinely inspired.

John, a fisherman could then well have had a diet rich in EPA and DHA (i.e. fish oils) which may have much to teach us today concerning mental acuity, but is that enough of a reason? There is the quote from Voltaire, and I paraphrase that "if God did not exist it would have been necessary to invent Him", but even that is no real explanation. So, what is the alternative to assuming that God inspired John?

John, appears to have outsmarted almost every mathematical mind from His time forward, and that for the best part of 1800 years! Then there is one idea left, that John was savant, or even then, it could be claimed that an illiterate fisherman "that Jesus loved" was no savant, but instead a man with a "divinely gifted intellect".

Such a gift of God would account for the lack of inspiration, but are savants divinely gifted?

John's own writing should then account for that divine gift, and the opening verse of John's testimony is:

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: (KJV)

Then, John himself asserts He is no savant, and we should not expect him to prove Himself so otherwise.

In a bizarre symmetry of John 3:16 we find:

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (KJV)

And Timothy, ever the one gifted with interpretation and understanding should, after all, know that very well!

2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. (KJV)

(I.e. as regarding 2Ti 2:1-8)

1Ti 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. (KJV)

So, the alternative is to assume either time travel, perhaps of some modern student pranksters, yet even then, is a paradox made in such a fashion still, not divinely gifted? A good question, one for which there is no good time spent.

So, God, if He had not inspired John had divinely gifted Him with an intellect to which John would not himself state he had been gifted with. If there is a scientific explanation, a super endowed intellect would not have fallen for such an argument from some time travelers or little green men.

The chances I put at 50-50, are not due to any analysis of probability, but down to the choice of the candidate reader. Can they explain this divine inspiration or not? Do they begin to look a little bamboozled? Were the odds as supplied then a cheat? If they were enticed unfairly, perhaps they could explain to God how they would form the rules of such a test? Is it not God they themselves have continually put to the test instead? Then what so of themselves? (Is it a fair test, to be then called by God?)


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