Miracles, Prayer and Prophets - the very idea! If there is a God, it certainly isn't a mys
Miracles, Prayer and Prophets - the very idea!
If there is a God, it certainly isn't a mysterious and strange thing. Awesome
perhaps, but not fogged in the unknown. God would hold the keys to the
universe. The idea of mystery is to cloud the truth, obscure and distort facts.
In this sense then, to God nothing is a miracle. A supreme being of the
universe with unlimited power could just as easily create one star or billions
of them. Therefore miracles don't exist.
Currently, as human beings we have, and are continuing to compile, laws of
nature. When something occurs for which we have no explanation, or is
outside of the laws as we currently know them, we can't call it a "miracle"
since we have no way to determine whether anything that seems wonderful or
miraculous is not within some natural laws yet unknown to us. A person
recovering from an illness cannot be considered a miracle as such events
happen with or without prayer, and just as often fail without or without
prayer and eventually the person is going to die anyway. As with a miracle,
prayer is a subjective tool that one cannot measure the effectiveness of since
there is no way to go back in time and repeat an event without prayer.
Therefore there is no way to prove that prayer works at all or that miracles
exist. The only thing one can prove about prayer is that you can immediately
and always cause it to fail. (Get on your knees and ask that all starvation
in the world be eliminated immediately and forever. Didn't work - how come?)
Ask an octogenarian what they would think if, when they were a teenager, they
were shown modern science from the 1980s? They would probably think they were
witnessing miracles. Since appearances are deceptive, and unreal things just
easily resemble real ones, it is inconsistent and foolhardy to suppose that
a God would use them. That would subject the person who performed or
experienced them to the suspicion of being an imposter, a liar, insane, or a
quack, and the subsequent doctrine intended to be supported would thereby be
suspected as being a fabrication. In this way God couldn't be sure that his
doctrine would get around and sink in sufficiently.
A miracle demonstrates an inherent lame and weak structure of a doctrine so
preached. It is degrading to make a God out to be a showman, performing tricks
for amusement to make people stare and wonder. A real God wouldn't have to
perform magic acts to make someone believe in him. If he's God he can cause
it to occur without demonstrations. A person's belief should not to depend
on miracles, but on the credit of the reporter. If a real miracle were to
occur it would be subjected to the same fate as a lie. And there has been no
world-wide miracle that everyone has experienced. So, why would God have a man
show miracles to a dismal few to prove to everyone that he exists?
A miracle is something that must deviate from nature to accomplish it. If we
have a man who says he saw one, felt one, or experienced one, is it more
probable that nature deviated from its laws, or that the guy would tell a
lie, or have been brain-washed into believing it? We have no documented
record of nature going out of its course, but we have good evidence to show
that billions of lies have been told and that millions of people have been
deceived. The odds are trillions to one, that the reporter of a miracle is
telling the truth.
A prophet is a modern invention and the very meaning of the words have been
changed from originally meaning "poets" to "revealers of the word of God."
Prophesies fall under the same silly category as miracles. The people to whom
a prophecy is being told can't tell whether the man is prophecising or
lying through his teeth; whether it had been actually revealed to him, or
whether he made the whole thing up. And if the prophecy should occur, among
the millions of daily events, nobody would again know whether he predicted it,
or guessed; whether he is another Uri Geller or a real prophet of God.
A prophet, therefore, is as a useless, unreliable and unnecessary instrument
as prayer is. If God knows what you are thinking, why bother to repeat it to
Why would God only pick a single person to have things revealed to, and in so
doing create a stir of doubt in the process? God wouldn't be able to
guarantee that his desires would be distributed and fulfilled. And if he wants
everyone to be saved and go to heaven, why doesn't he just do it? The whole
concept of heaven and hell is ridiculous! No one wants to go to hell and
certainly would make no effort to do so if they knew the possibility existed.
So how can someone be sentenced to eternal hell because the word was
inadequately spread through a shakey, unreliable, unprovable, unbelievable
set of books and men? How many people would go out on a murderous rampage
if the prophet or leaders of their religion asked them to begin an all out
campaign against people with opposing views? Hitler was a Roman Catholic.
Nazis were Catholic and Lutherans and had "Gott mit uns" stamped onto their
daggers. Suppose a prophet or leader became criminally insane or stricken
with Alzheimers disease? Recently, this happened to the Mormon church who
maintained throughout the many months that their leader was incapacitated
that he was "having meetings and conducting business." I wonder what
percentage actually believed that.
CHRIST SUFFERED - SO WE SHOULD ALL SUFFER AND BE HAPPY.
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