[quote="ccmcmg, post:1, topic:347664"]
Can someone help me with this?
This is a criticism rising from a school known as higher criticism in the post enlightenment 17th-18th C which argues "Since there is no such thing as predictive prophecy therefore the incidents of what appears to be predictive prophecy in the Bible must be fakes."
Quite apart from the fact that this is circular logic and therefore self defeating it also has a GREAT BIG PROBLEM!!!!
Namely that the Jews and Romans and Greek critics of early Christianity never managed to make this argument against the claims of the Christians. They argued that the fulfillments and miracles and signs of Jesus were fraudulent but real, but they never argued that they were concocted out of thin air. So the theory has a problem. And to answer this problem it falls back on what C S Lewis (not a Catholic but still smart) called "Chronological Snobbery".
It goes like this...
"Well of course those people would have been inclined to believe in things such as virgin births because they did not have the benefit of the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution. But We in Our enlightened, scientific age know better."
But of course the problem is that this snobbish attitude assumes that people in first, second and third Century Rome, Greece and Palestine must have thought babies were found by young girls in cabbage patches.
No! The folks of the First Century knew just as well as we do from whence babies come and how it is they come to be which is why the Gospel writers speak of the Virgin Birth AS A MIRACLE. The same goes for the other signs. The First Century folks knew folks didn't walk on water, raise the dead, heal the sick, give sight to the blind, feed thousands on a pittance and above all DID NOT RAISE THEMSELVES FROM THE DEAD ON THE THRID DAY!!!
And yet no one produced a body. No argued these signs had happened. They merely argued their meaning.
And so for some critic to come along 1700 years later and say he knows better what happened because he knows miracles just can't be, that guy deserves to laughed to scorn and ignored.