Nigerian prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, more commonly known by his T.B Joshua moniker, has been desperately scrambling for the past week or two to explain himself, to give a coherent explanation as to how he could get such an important prophesy so horribly wrong.
Joshua proudly declared a few days before the US election that God had shown him the outcome, a win for the first woman President in the history of the United States.
“Ten days ago, I saw the new President of America with a narrow win. The new President will be facing several challenges over many issues, including: passing bills, attempts to possibly pass a vote of no confidence on the new President. The boat of the new President will be rocked. By the way, in order not to keep you in suspense, what I frankly saw is a woman.” he said in church, then confidently blasted onto his Facebook wall.
Presumably, he saw the same opinion polls we all saw pointing to a near certain Clinton win, and decided to do what he always does, which is to take advantage of a situation to boost his prophetic credentials.
Unfortunately for him, Donald Trump won in a shock upset that among many things, exposed him for the charlatan that he is.
For normal people, at least, Christians would do all sorts of mental gymnastics so long as it would keep them believing in the infallibility of their favoured man of God. Joshua’s explanation for why his prophecy did not come true was to claim ordinary humans could not understand the ways of prophets – to literally claim that normal people are not on his level.
Having sat down to think for a while longer, he came back with another explanation – the power of prayer changed the results of the US election! According to him, after his prophecy, many people in the US went on their knees in supplication to God and managed to change the prophecy.
“Thousands of people who heard my prophecy prayed to God, they fasted and prayed that God should change the prophecy. That a prophecy was disclosed and did not come to pass does not mean that it is not authentic,”
But there is a simple rebuttal to this – God being omniscient and all, he would have known that people would pray to him to change the prophecy and he would agree – so if he knew that, why give his buddy the wrong info that would embarrass him so?
There is something called Occam’s Razor, and it states that in many situations, the simple explanation is usually the correct one. The simple explanation here is that Joshua is a liar and a charlatan – one who preys on people’s fears and proclivity to confirmation bias to build a career and make himself a millionaire, and an attempt to capitalise on what looked like a certain election result to gain more popularity for himself has backfired spectacularly, exposing him for the fraud he is.
Next time, he should tell God that since he can see what happens on November 9, he should give him that information straightaway – instead of messing with him and giving him a prophecy he knew would be changed. You can keep believing Joshua is a ‘prophet’ if you want but what most people do not get is that when we are dealing with an omnipresent, omnipotent and seemingly omniscient being as well; there simply is no situation in which error can be accepted and that outrageous premise would still hold.