Sunday, July 06, 2008

God is Imaginary: #14 Examine Jesus' Miracles

Examine Jesus Miracles.

I must say I have a higher standard for people who claim to be God than they do. My standard is that you have to be crucified, died, and buried, and rise again. If they can do that, I'll listen to what they have to say.

When scientists dig into the mountain, they will find that the bottom of the mountain is also completely smooth and polished, and that the bottom of the mountain in New Jersey perfectly matches the polished plain nearby. Scientists will be able to align the mountain and the plain, looking at it rock crystal by rock crystal at a microscopic level

Remember the argument they used in an earlier reason: science doesn't have an explanation, yet. In 2000 years, the bottom of the mountain would not be perfectly polished--gravitational pressure would have melded it on a molecular level with the rock beneath it. Erosion would have mixed the soils together. Leeching water would have melded the composition of the rocks. The plain in Sinai, similarly, would have been weathered by wind, water, heat, and sun. Exposure to air and sunlight would modify its chemical composition. Besides, if he wrote that, there would be no end to towns in the shadow of a mountain called Newark, NJ, just as there are numerous towns named after places in the Bible. Plausible deniability would remain, though there would be an uncanny similarity between this mountain and the plain in the Sinai. Geologic anomaly, nothing more. Science doesn't have an explanation... yet.

If you calculate Pi out to the millionth trillionth digit, here is what you will find:


More proof that aliens visited the earth and gave ancient peoples advanced technology with which to build the pyramids... and calculate pi to the millionth trillionth place! Or there is some shortcut to calculation that we haven't rediscovered. Or he got lucky. Or simply, science doesn't have an explanation... yet.

If there is something you do not want to acknowledge, you can find a legitimate reason not to acknowledge it. If we found Noah's Ark on top of the mountain in Turkey, carbon dated 2344 B.C., and deciphered a graffito on the side to mean, "Noah has severe hydrophobia," what atheist would not call it a creationist plot? As the Good Book says, "They would not believe even if someone were to come back from the dead."

In Understanding the Rationalizations: They quoted the following writing: "Scripture describes God as a hidden God. You have to make the effort of faith to find him."

Truly, this is not written by a Lutheran. As C.F.W. Walther describes it in The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel, faith is the means by which we grasp hold of salvation. You have no more done something than the sheer biological accident of your having a hand has to do with my putting something into it.

The verse he's referring to is Isaiah 45:15. "Truly you are a God who hides Himself." If they had been reading their Scripture, they would have noticed an obvious contradiction between this verse and Romans 1:20: "
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." God hides himself AND He is clearly seen! Either He doesn't know much about hide and seek or God contradicted himself. Right?

I must admit, the first dozen times I read that verse, I misinterpreted it. I took the obvious meaning of the verse, and ignored its context. All around that verse it speaks of the glory of God. If you look for another occasion in which God hides Himself, in which He also speaks of His Glory, you find Exodus 33:22, in which God hides His Glory because "No man may look on Me and live."

Why does God hide Himself? Because we are sinners. If God revealed Himself in an undeniable way, if He revealed himself in His Glory, we would be damned. God hides Himself so he can save us.

Back to the Fifty Reasons.



Blogger Noumenon said...

This one's pretty good.

I hope someone starts an argument with you over the effort of faith now that you have non-Lutheran readers.

Wow, when you hit Ctrl-+ three times the font in this posting box looks amazingly sharp and pretty. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. COOL BEANS.

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