It’s a Miracle

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It’s a Miracle!

 

Do you believe in miracles?

Miracles seem to happen almost daily in the lives of a theist. These miracles may be something as trivial as remembering where someone left their car keys to someone being pulled from the brink of death at the last minute. Of course, these things could only mean it was ‘God’ that performed these ‘miracles’ to the believer.

Never does the believer ever question why their god would be so discriminate in His choices of where to perform these miracles. A young child dying of cancer is not ‘Gods’ fault, nor does the believer not only question why, but goes further in giving their God a free pass on the subject entirely. The go to answer is of course that ‘God’ works in mysterious ways and had a much larger plan for why He did what He did, and we could never fathom the brilliance of such a plan. We should not question this plan because it’s divine.

God seems to have time in his busy schedule to find someone’s car keys, have someone’s favorite sports team win the Superbowl or make sure they get the job they applied for, but can’t seem to be bothered with things like curing cancer, stopping hunger or stopping that plane from crashing killing everyone onboard…but if by chance there is a lone survivor this could only be ‘Gods’ work and it’s no doubt a ‘miracle’…Hallelujah indeed!

Any ‘miracles’ of monumental proportion all would seem to have taken place many hundreds or thousands of years before man was capable of documenting these ‘miracles’ and today there are no ‘miracles’ at all of this magnitude. Parting sea’s, flooding the Earth, turning people into salt pillars, talking snakes, virgin births, all seemed to have conveniently happened at a point in time before such things could be examined scientifically and documented.

Of course, the theist would make the argument that ‘miracles’ still happen all the time. These times would include those rare occasions when someone somehow is cured of a disease, an abducted child is found, that one person survives an airplane crash, or someone finds their car keys….these could only be ‘miracles’ and ‘God’ is most certainly to credit for these things…but what about when in the majority of other times things do not have a happy ending, why is ‘God’ not to blame? The person dies of the disease, the abducted child is found dead, everyone on the plane dies and you never find your car keys.

It would seem that ‘God’ gets all of the credit and none of the blame. Of course to anyone of a rational mind we understand that this is just how it is…sometimes things work out well and sometimes they don’t, but in either case there was no divine intervention.

 

 Who or What Created God?

 

Blind Faith

 

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Blind Faith

 

Fear of the unknown can be a frightening thing. So people believe because they want to have hope that there is something more beyond this life. No one likes to believe that this could be all there is. Even I will admit that I would rather be wrong and a place exist that would be like heaven because their heaven (in some ways) certainly sounds like a nice place to be, but I cannot accept this on faith alone, I require proof.

I have had people of faith ask me if I do not believe in God, then what do I think will happen to us after we die? I answer this question the same as I would answer any question that I do not have enough knowledge to answer, I say, “I don’t know”. Of course, I wait in anticipation for their reply, which is usually something like, “see you just admitted you don’t know!” It is true, I don’t know, but neither do they. They have fooled themselves into believing they do, and that when they die they are going to a much better place where there is no pain and suffering, a place of complete happiness…a place called heaven. Of course, they do not really know what happens after we die anymore than I do, they simply believe in something that they were convinced of, and they have convinced themselves it’s a fact.

I don’t know what happens after we die or what it will be like, no one does. If I had to guess though I would imagine it will be a lot like what it was before I was born, and I don’t remember that either. It makes more sense though that we might go back to the same state of non-existence that we were in prior to our birth.

No, theists have no greater knowledge of what happens after death than do atheists, we just choose not to replace one unknown for another one…or said another way, we do not make up fairy tales to take the place of our lack of knowledge. There are things for which we do not know and understand, we may one day, but as for now we do not, and atheists accept this fact.

Lack Of Evidence →

 

 

What is Faith?

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What is Faith?

 

Why is it considered a virtue to have faith? Faith by definition is believing in something for which there is no proof of.  Would it also be considered virtuous to believe in other things without proof or is faith the only thing that lacks proof that it is considered virtuous to believe in?

If someone were to claim to have an invisible friend hiding under their bed that only they can see, would this be a virtuous belief as well or would this be considered a delusional person?  What exactly is the defining factor that separates ordinary delusion, “I have an invisible man under my bed” from that of faith, “God is talking to me” and could they both be delusional?

The Webster Dictionary defines faith as:

1
a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1) : fidelity to one’s promises (2) : sincerity of intentions

2
a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust

3
: something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs

So if we were to combine the meanings given in the second definition it would mean faith is: a belief and loyalty to a God, which is the traditional doctrines of a religion, and a belief in something for which there is no proof, but that you have a complete trust in.

When a theist says they have ‘faith’ in God, they are really saying they have a belief and complete trust in something for which there is no proof of.  Faith by definition is a belief in something that cannot be proven, so when a theist claims to have complete faith in a God, they are admitting they believe in a fictional being.  How then could they claim to have proof of something that is not real?  Faith is just that, faith.  If it was anything else it would be called something other than faith such as a truth or a law.

When we have determined that something is a fact we call it a law, as in “The Law of Physics.”  Until then is known as a theory, as in “The Theory of Evolution.”  I would like to point out that The Theory of Evolution is widely accepted as fact now, but is still referred to as a theory. For more on this see:

Is Evolution a Theory or a Fact?

To say “you have faith” is not a law, it is not even a theory, it’s a belief.  Beliefs do not rise to the same level as do laws and theories which is why it’s called faith.  People of faith should stop trying to claim they have faith, while also trying to attach some credible basis to that faith because faith has no basis … it’s faith.

If you have faith in your God, that’s all you have as a claim, you have nothing in the rational world of laws and theories to use, so why would you insist on trying to use the laws of the rational world to try and describe your faith?  You reside in the land of faith … the belief in things for which there is no evidence or proof of, this is your world, and you accepted it.  Please don’t try to attach the world of logic and reason to this world, the two cannot coexist…

Blind Faith