You know how christian evangelists send missionaries to far-flung parts of the world to tell aborigines and remote tribes about jesus, because the bible says that only when everyone in all nations has been taught the gospels will the world end? They actively seek the end of the world, which I’ve always thought was 1) creepy, and 2) a bit insensitive to the rest of us. Kind of like when a religious person says “I know I should care about global warming, but isn’t the world supposed to end anyway?”, I always think “well thanks for taking the rest of us with you”.
Anyway, the bit of the bible that says that the end will come when all nations have heard about the gospel of christ is actually a false prophecy, because it said everything on the list below (and more) would happen within one generation:
1. The temple would be destroyed (supposedly happened), which has also been interpreted as total annihilation of everything because jesus said “See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” so the apocalypse has been popularly depicted as all bars and bricks and such crumbling to pieces all over the world, such as in the 1991 movie “The Rapture”.
2) Wars, famine, pestilence, false prophets, the usual stuff associated with the “end times” which I am skipping over for the sake of brevity.
3) “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
4) The sun will stop giving light, and the moon will stop giving light (it doesn’t actually give light, but hey), then the stars will fall to the earth (physically impossible since even the smallest star is many, many times bigger than the earth, the earth would, if anything, fall to the stars).
5) All people of all nations will at once see jesus “coming in the clouds” with great power and glory, and he will send his angels with trumpets to gather his “elect” from the four winds, whatever the heck that means.
And then he caps it all off by saying “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
Bunch of false prophecies, some 80 or so generations have passed and at the very least most of this stuff hasn’t happened by any stretch of the imagination. Christians often try to rationalize these passages by citing one translation that has the apostles asking how they will know when the end of the “age” will occur, not the end of the “world”, but it’s pretty clear that what is being described is the apocalypse. And it’s also clear that that is also the popular christian interpretation, as these things are all invoked constantly as signs and descriptions of the apocalypse.
Some christians also claim that because he’s in a temple when he says the “There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down” stuff, that he’s just saying the temple will be destroyed within one generation. Ignoring the huge list of other non-temple related items he says between the first bit and the last bit.
As with the genesis flood account, it makes no sense if these were the inspired or direct words of an omniscient god, but makes perfect sense if they are written by or spoken by someone with a bronze-age understanding of the world. The world is a flat disk with four “winds” and just like everyone around sees thunder or the sun at the same time, everyone will see jesus descending from the sky at the same time (“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”), because the earth is maybe a few hundred miles across. And the gospels could easily be communicated to everyone in the world in a short time because only the romans and the greeks and the jews existed. They would know nothing of native americans or japanese people etc for 15 centuries or so.
And the flood account seems reasonable if you think maybe a few hundred kinds of animals existed. Think about all the animals you’ve seen in person that were indigenous to your area, not in a zoo imported from africa or on tv or something, but that naturally lived right there. Would there even be two dozen? It would be about as many as are on any farm. Easy to gather, relatively easy to feed and manage. But no deity with an omniscient perspective would have a guy build a boat to rescue the vast numbers of species we now know exist.
If you insist on believing the bible is infallible, I humbly request that you not try to silence science or history or belittle/persecute minorities in the name of a literal interpretation of this supposed infallible scripture.