Q&A: Do you believe in the Nostradamus predictions?

Do you believe in the Nostradamus predictions?

I’ve been researching and working on a project on the prophesies predicted by Nostradamus. It really interests me how close his predictions are linked to past events such as 9-11, the French Revolution, the assassination of the Kennedy brothers, and so on so forth. But I want to know what you think. Do you believe Nastradamus could really see future events? And do you believe that the world might end next year?

Answer by Shenaynay
No they are not close predictions, they are undated and vague, it’s only after something happens that people imagine the link between a verse and an event. None of them are any good for actually predicting anything.

There is no reason to believe that the world is likely to end next year.

Answer by Keith Kartiye
Last time science don’t have that kind of computer that we have now at 21st Century, So accuracy of calculation 40/100 of his predictions, Yes he can calculate future coming events but not in accuracy!!

Answer by The Human Torch
Nostradamus was a hoe.

What is it about people and prophecies?

I’m not arguing whether prophecies are real or not. Maybe they are maybe they are not. But what I want to to know is why religious people and sometimes people in general are so obsessed with prophecy. If a book or person has a good track record for predicting future events, people flock over in huge numbers. Especially when it comes to end times sceneraios, people seem to eat it up and cling to whatever sources they believe are the most accurate whether it be the Bible, Nostradamus, Tarrot Cards, the 2013 conspiracy theories, ect. Even if some of these things can actually be proven to prove the future, why do people let prophecies dictate how they live? How is that actually living if you live according to prophecy? Isn’t that essentially living by fear and a false sense of control?
I have no idea why I said 2013. I was thinking 2012. Thanks for correcting me though.
Even if you’re religious but not obsessed with prophecies, if you percieve the Bible or other religious scriptures as holy you’re buying into prophecies as these are mainly prophetic books. In fact Christianity prides itself on some thousands of Biblical prophecies all supposedly fulfilled by Jesus Christ. Part of my question is, even if these prophecies were all fulfilled so what? What makes prophecies so special to begin with that we need to adhere our lives to anything taht can fulfill them? Just by being religious your obsessing over prophecy.

Answer by Ark
i think you mean 2012…its just because the mayan calendar ends on december 21st 2012. they can predict the end of the world but failed to predict the end to thier own empire.

and yes fear is a form of control because people are willing to give up rights and freedoms in the name of safety.

Answer by LustLife
Prophecies can never be proven anyway – they’re all just incredibly vague and could really be associated and twisted to fit any period of time. When someone finds a 2000 year old record that says exactly :”In 1939 world war two will break out and a man named Adolf Hitler will sign the Nazi-Soviet pact with the Russians where they secretly agree to invade Poland and divide it up between the two countries even though they both know the agreement isn’t for real and will eventually battle each other”
THEN, I’ll be impressed.

Answer by yesmar
It is, and it comes from the innate human desire to know the future. If we could see the future we wouldn’t have to learn to make decisions or be responsible for them. Thanks for sharing!

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12 Responses to Q&A: Do you believe in the Nostradamus predictions?

  1. Dawn G May 31, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    Then why are you asking this question on the spiritual section? This is the part i am not understanding???

    You must be reading prophecies or something along those lines to come to that conclusion..then you mosey on over to this section of question and answers only to mock and ridicule??

    why is that?

  2. common sense May 31, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    The people that eat that up are the ones that can’t resist a good sales pitch. You can sell miracle water, underwear, hate… anything you want as long as you mention Jesus loves this product.

  3. Rebecca L May 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    I think that society has gotten so bad that people actually have a sense that some major disaster would be a good thing — maybe wipe the slate clear and let us all start over or something. So they listen to “end time prophecies”. And there are always people who do live their lives based on fear. Generally it’s because some fear monger is profiting from the fear of others, but I agree, why buy into all the time.

    By the way, Ark, the Mayans predicted the end of an age, not the end of the world.

  4. Ceiling Cat May 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    i dun kno but it iz wird dat dey lyk prficis bt don’ lyk et whn hoomans hv sykik pwrs. hoomans r jus odd dat way i gess.

  5. pappy12a May 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    None of those things listed has anything that even remotely resembles a good track record

    And so far every so called modern day “prophet” has been wrong

  6. Ogo Pogo May 31, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Not all religious people are obsessed with prophecies, I’m not. Some people who are obsessed with them are not even religious. Many people who believe in tarot cards are not at all religious and the same can be said of those who take everything Nostradamus said as being accurate. I’ve never heard of a 2013 conspiracy so i can’t comment on that but some people cling to prophecies and predictions and some don’t, it has nothing to do with religion, that’s just another generalization.

  7. The Researcher May 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    I do believe in Nostradamus prophecies, some are undeniable like the ones you mentioned and man on the moon etc, Also have you looked into how he was buried with a date carved in stone and when his body was dug-up 200 years lated the date matched.
    As for the world ending next year ( 2012 ) I dont believe it will happen, the reason for my belief is Nostradamus dated one of his prophecies the year 3797, so this tells me that even if the world ends next year mankind will survive entill atleast 3797. What I believe will happen on December the 21st 2012 is that an event will happen that will change the course of all life on earth, this doesnt mean it will be a bad thing, it could be a cure for all diseases, or something like that.
    The 2012 prophecy is more associated with the Mayans who made a calender that was very accurate and ends on December 21st 2012.
    I have studied Nostradamus for a long time now and truely believe in his words.

  8. Mark F May 31, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Nostradamus has never once PREdicted anything. His fans practice POSTdiction. Because his wretched poetry is so vague and obtuse nobody can make any sense of it. If you try to use it to predict an event you will fail every time. If you wait for an event to happen though, and then try to mangle the translation retroactively whalla! Prediction that works.

    Not very useful though for telling us what will happen in the future. We already know what happened in the past so that makes Nostradamus utterly useless.

  9. Ron May 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Nostradamus never predicted any of the events you mentioned before they happened, what he was clever at was writing his quatrains in such a cryptical manner that devotees of his could read whatever they wanted into them AFTER the event.


  10. xocharise May 31, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    I believe you mean Nostra-dumbass. That’s the answer right there.

  11. evirustheslaye May 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    only specific/detailed predictions are useful, and the fact of the matter is that all of Nostradamus predictions are so vague and nebulous that they can apply to any event you want, where were the Nostradamus scholars on 9-1?9-2?9-3?9-4?9-5?9-6?etc. they didn’t know about 9-11 untill the rest of us and only then were they able to see a prediction of the event from Nostradamus, not because he predicted it but because the ‘scholars’ didn’t know what meanings to parse from Nostradamus’s writings until after the even happened.

  12. DJStormer May 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Every minute of every day since time began there’s been some self-important, attention-seeking idiot predicting “the end of the world” – and even greater numbers of insecure, panicked fools with nothing better to do than to rush to believe him.

    Sure, Nostradamus was good at writing convincing-sounding “prophecies.” Who knows how well-meaning or otherwise he was? But in the long run, belief in all such “prophecies” amounts to lazily settling for unscientific nonsense while convincing yourself that you are somehow privy to esoteric wisdom.

    There is no alternative to reading widely and using rational principles to filter out all the bullshit that’s out there. Bullshit can be fun, but it rots your brain – just like sweets will rot your teeth. Brush regularly with Reason, floss with Healthy Skepticism!

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