There is one of many impossibilities surrounding the Jewish people concerning being the chosen people of God. If is often said that if you don’t believe in miracles, then one should not come Israel.
There are all manner of miracles that accompanies Jewish history, and the Old Testament portion of the Bible and the Torah have detailed records of the miraculous events manifested to glorify Yahweh God.
One of the most fascinating displays of working in the impossible is the number of times God shows His redemptive and salvation power on the Hebrew calendar on the 17th of Nissan. Those that attribute such happenings as mere chance or fairy tales would be embarrassed to make any such claim once the probability of such events repeatedly happening on Nissan 17 is understood.
Credit for making the following calculation is from Robert W. Faid, a former nuclear engineer who holds a masters’ degree in theology. Faid received the Ig Nobel prize for Mathematics and is the inventor of two 1977 US patents which improved construction of concrete structures for containment buildings for nuclear power plants.
Faid was an agnostic in his early life, but converted to Christianity after recovering from cancer.
An astounding scientific calculation concerning Nissan 17 was created by Faid regarding the probability of redemptive/salvation events taking place at random. Fain calculated that Noah’s Ark coming to rest on Mt. Ararat, Israel entering into Egypt 430 years before deliverance, Moses leading the Israelites through the Red Sea, Israel entering the Promised Land with first fruits under Joshua, the cleansing of the Temple by Hezekiah, Queen Esther saving the Jews from destruction, and Jesus rising from the dead all on Nissan 17 equated to this probability: 783,864,876,960,000,000 to one.
For mathematical assistance, that is 783 quadrillion, 864 trillion, 876 billion, 960 million.
These being chance happenings for these acts of redemption and salvation are nil. One thing that is undeniable regarding the word of God, one can accept what is said in faith as Jesus told the disciple Thomas with, “because you have seen, you believed”, Christ admonished those with “blessed are they which have not seen yet believe”. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
However, God does not expect anyone to check their brain in when it comes to following His word. The Bible stipulates that the heavens and the Earth declare the glory of God, meaning God has left His divine fingerprints on Creation. It does not take much digging to witness the miraculous that will cause even the most stubborn cynic to wonder about existence and the grand scheme of things.
There is a verse in Psalm 53:1 which declares “the fool hath said in his heart, there is no God”. The reason this verse chides those claiming knowledge yet ignore statistical issues as the mathematical calculation of Faid, is the stinging rebuke of scientific facts being ignored to prop up a stubborn belief. Physics challenges those saying "no God" when there are a multitude of dimensions and universes to explore.
As Faid once was an agnostic, there comes a reality when the brutal truth of science and probability must be faced by those claiming atheism, and the fact is there is a woeful lack of information, sampling, and understanding to claim atheism. Scientifically based on the advances by physicists, one can no longer dismiss the probability of God existing in another dimension.
The apostle Paul even as an intellectual of the time stated, “come…let us reason together”.
Fain, as an honest truth seeking agnostic, found the truth under God’s edict which states, “God is the Revealer to those that diligently seek Him”.
One needs to have their heart and ears open when God speaks.