Some recent columns have been on miracles, what a real miracle might entail and how God just never did any miracles and sure isn’t doing any today to win friends and influence people.
Reader Sigmund, commenting on these columns, noted that it would be easy for God to prove his power to us through miracles. One of Sigmund’s ideas was to take 500 amputees, have a 24 hour watch over them by doctors and have God regrow their missing limbs. That would be a miracle.
A second thought by Sigmund was to have a prophecy of the World Series teams and winning scores for some five years hence. Either of these events should pretty well cinch it for the God team and put those awful atheists and their secular groups out of business.
(If you want to cinch the miracle thing for me alone, just give me the lottery numbers for the next Mega Millions or Power Ball event. But don’t tell anyone else – After the drawing, I’ll let them know!)
Of the two from Sigmund, I like the one about regrowing limbs on 500 amputees. Atheist Sam Harris (The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation) has suggested the same thing, and all he wanted was a billion Christians praying for the restoration of one limb in one amputee. Of course, theologians have argued for centuries whether or not it makes any difference in prayer effectiveness if the prayer is by one Christian, a few hundred or a million or more.
I don’t like the idea of miracle cures of those stricken with cancer, heart disease, glaucoma, diabetes, and similar ailments. I would certainly want all those cured, but there is too much chance for mistakes, accidents, misdiagnoses, fudging, trickery, etc to make this valid. There has certainly been enough trickery and conning in these areas by faith healers and other religious charlatans.
But with an amputee, there is no question about it. Restore the missing limb or part of a limb through a Godly miracle, and the religious faithful win. The missing limb grows, or it doesn’t. The atheists, agnostics and skeptics go away, heads down, grumbling to themselves if the missing limb is replaced and a miracle performed.
Were a missing limb to be restored, you could see it grow. You could have doctors and scientists watching very move. You could put it on a video and the Internet and if not growing quite fast enough, do a little time-lapse photography.
The Christians and God would have a big stake in all this. Want to have Christianity take over the whole world, as many ministers and faithful believe and as Jesus dictated? This limb regrowth event would do it. Put it in a stadium with constant video, hourly updates and daily reports from the news anchors. Think of the sponsors you could get – just like the Super Bowl.
Want to prove that your Christian God can beat all the other gods of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, etc? This limb regrowth event would do it.
Want to prove that your God can beat all the other gods in the world today, now, in the future and in the past? This limb regrowth would do it.
What a chance, what an opportunity! Sigmund is on to something here. We are all waiting. When it is scheduled, be sure to let Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris know. Hey they would surely want to be in on this.