The continuing significance of prophetic experience

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  • The continuing significance of prophetic experience
    • Disagree
      • For literalist's the bible is true...must believe in the importance of prophets as they are mentioned so much
      • For religious believers, Old Testament prophetic experience provides inspiration and guidance
        • eg.Elijah shows courage, Samuel shows wiseness
      • Old Testament prophetic experience, particularly, as exemplified by Elijah, 'reflected' in modern prophetic figures/moments.
        • Figures eg. Martin Luther King Jr, Desman Tutu, Oscar Romero
        • Movements eg. Protest against world poverty and exploitation of workers, campaigns against corruption in multinationals and governments
        • Oscar Romero- Bishop of the catholic church. He was made a saint by Pope Francis on February 3rd 2015. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture.
        • Elijah spoke out about all the injustices of his time
    • Agree
      • Prophecy as seen in the Old Testament was a cultural phenomenon of the ancient world
      • The activities and oracles of Old Testament prophets were meaningful only to be Israelites of their day
      • People invented / developed ideas that present us with answers now rather than looking too far ahead
      • Science and technology today can explain and lead to answers for the future
        • Less of a guessing game
  • Some features in particular of Old Testament prophecy are alien to the 21st century
    • eg. Visions, prophetic  ecstasy, prophetic symbolism
    • Agree
      • Prophecy as seen in the Old Testament was a cultural phenomenon of the ancient world
      • The activities and oracles of Old Testament prophets were meaningful only to be Israelites of their day
      • People invented / developed ideas that present us with answers now rather than looking too far ahead
      • Science and technology today can explain and lead to answers for the future
        • Less of a guessing game

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