Occam’s Razor & Understanding Prophecy

Occam’s Razor and understanding prophecy

Occam’s razor is problem solving principle which many have associated with the phrase, “the simplest explanation is most likely the right one.” That definition is not entirely accurate. What Occam’s Razor actually means is, “when there are competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest new assumptions is usually the correct one.”

The reason for the importance of understanding this principle is that the world of Christianity is filled with people, all of whom have, and want to share, their opinions. It doesn’t matter whether it is a lay person, a preacher, or a scholar. Everyone wants to share their opinion. And those opinions range from the extremely well-informed to absolute gibberish.

One of the subjects where you find some of the dumbest (forgive me, the least thought out) opinions is the field of biblical eschatology, the study of the end-times. For example, on the subject of the rapture it seems like every Christian has an opinion, but when asked to outline all of the events in the book of Revelation that would give them that opinion, they haven’t got a clue. They pick one phrase or passage and attempt to build and entire biblical timeline around it.

Christians on the subject of the end-times (especially the Rapture) can’t see the forest because the trees are in the way

The fewer the assumptions, potentially, the better you argument. But if you can’t prove it, if you don’t know the other arguments and you can’t counter them, then yours is just another meaningless opinion, which most people feel the need to share.

Do your homework or research – know what you are talking about before you open your mouth

You only serve to discredit the whole body of Christ if you are spouting out opinions without the knowledge to back them up. Keep your assumptions to a minimum and understand ALL the arguments before making decisions about what things mean.

Study to show yourself approved to God, as a workman that needs not be ashamed, teaching accurately the Word of truth. –2 Timothy 2:15

Gregg F. Swift, J.D.