Part 3: Modern MiraclesA Chapter by SexyParadise
One of the leading reasons people have such strong faith in their respective religion is due to supposed “miracles”. Religions are filled with fantastical stories and miraculous events. Granted, the biggest ones happened a long time ago, but they’re still happening to this day. Not big ones… but small ones, usually revealed to a limited audience. The Hindus see visions from Krishna and Shiva, Muslims see Mohammed guiding their lives, and Christians feel Jesus’ presence, sometimes on a daily basis. But if any of these miracles were really legitimate, wouldn’t there be a much higher number of world-wide conversions? Wouldn’t many of the world’s religions be nearly gone due to the visions of Hindu Gods? Or the insightful wisdom of Mohammed? Or the warm feel-good of Jesus’ presence?
If there is a divine source reaching out to us, wouldn’t it be more powerful than any deceptive social coercion from neighboring religions? The reason why people don’t see miracles outside their faith is because it’s all rationalized and imagined within their own brain. The source isn’t divine, it’s psychological. Most miracles never seem to exist outside personal testimony. “I saw it, I heard it, so I believe it.”
So let me demonstrate the folly of personal testimony, from a Christian perspective...
Here’s a popular miracle from the Hindus! A phenomena that occurred throughout North India. It’s known as the “Hindu milk miracle”. According to Wikipedia:
“The Hindu milk miracle was a phenomenon, considered by many Hindus as a miracle, which occurred on September 21, 1995. Before dawn, a Hindu worshiper at a temple in south New Delhi made an offering of milk to a statue of Ganesha. When a spoonful of milk from the bowl was held up to the trunk of the statue, the liquid was seen to disappear, apparently taken in by the idol. Word of the event spread quickly, and by mid-morning it was found that statues of the entire Hindu pantheon in temples all over North India were taking in milk.”
I know what you non-Hindus out there are thinking. Statues drinking milk? Get the f**k outta here! That’s the most ridiculous thing! Well, just keep in mind that faith is what reasons a person to believe in the milk miracle. This same reason, this same faith, can convince a person to believe in virtually anything. From Santa Claus to Jesus to Mohammed, faith can coerce a person into any belief no matter how ridiculous. And just because your beliefs don’t sound as ridiculous from a cultural perspective as the milk miracle, doesn’t make your religion more plausible. Realize Christians, that you use the same faith to support your religion, as the Hindus do to support theirs. And this milk miracle convinced most of North India! Are you a fervent Hindu yet?
These big miracles are easy to disprove since so much evidence is presented on the table. But what about the small miracles? The household miracles? Most faith is empowered by little things which are incredibly hard to disprove because of their subjectivity. It’s my word against yours. But I think personal stories can also be left bare, naked, and ashamed.
We all know a story, whether personal or from the news, where an innocent person is rescued against all odds. The victim was so close to certain misfortune it seemed inevitable. But through a series of miraculous events, the victim comes out okay. The religious person is quick to thank the divine. Some doctors do it with unexplainable medical anomalies. Football players also do it… when they win a freaking championship!
But these so called miracles are never miraculous, which they should be by definition. Say you have a sick patient expected to die of cancer. And suddenly… poof! The cancer is cured and the patient is healthy again. A doctor, one who is highly religious, explains that only God can account for this. That Jesus himself was present and involved.
But come on! Dissipating cancer cells is rare, but not humanly impossible. If God really is involved in healing patients, why don’t we ever see something REALLY impossible? Which leads me to this question: why doesn’t God heal amputees? It’s a simple inquiry, and it challenges the presence of God in these so called “miracles”.
There’s a six year old kid, he lives in a time and place fraught with war. KABOOM! He steps on a land mine and is now missing both legs. Unfortunately this is not an uncommon story. Many people, especially kids fall victim to land mines. And so again, here’s the windup and the pitch: why doesn’t God regenerate the child’s legs? Many already believe, including doctors, that God performs medical miracles to this very day. So why doesn’t He heal amputees? Why don’t we ever hear about someone growing a limb back? It would be truly miraculous, leaving both atheists and religious people in awe. So why doesn’t it happen? Is a helping hand too much to ask of God? ZING!
It wouldn't be much for God to heal an amputee, but He never has. The reason is simple: because God doesn't perform medical miracles. This statement is far more congruent with reality than the formerly discussed belief. If a religious person just tossed their superstitions aside, then things wouldn't be so inconsistant and the world would make so much more sense. Instead, there is this kind of far-fetched reasoning. Christians will reason that God cured Grandpa of some bad flu, but refused to heal any amputee alive on this planet. What kind of logic is that? Does God have some kind of twisted plan for amputees? Every single last one?
There isn’t much more to say on this matter, I mean really. Why should I show more evidence against something that has such a huge lack of evidence in the first place? Go ahead; tell me some of your personal accounts of miraculous wonder. I’ll show you someone from another religion with an equally astounding story. It in no way asserts your religion to be any truer than anyone else’s. Steer away from your emotions, even if momentarily, and embrace a little sound logic.
© 2010 SexyParadise
Added on July 1, 2010
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