(Not so) modern miracles

Mark 9:19 (New King James Version)

19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.”

One of the passages that give us a picture of an annoyed Jesus unlike the one usually found in the conservative religious world, a Jesus with the outworldly, slightly condescending smile.

He would probably be annoyed also at the sight of the kind of experiments like the following one:

Throughout history people have described how they have floated from their bodies and looked back at themselves, often when close to death or on the operating table.

The accounts have been so vivid that they are often cited as proof of the existence of the soul or Heaven.

But scientists now claim they have dispelled this myth by artificially creating an out-of-body experience using computers and cameras.

They believe the feeling of detachment occurs when the brain becomes confused by conflict between the senses – and is not proof of any “spiritual dimension” to existence.

Professor Olaf Blanke and his team at University of Geneva said they had “immersed” volunteers into the body of an avatar – a computer generated version of themselves. (Read on)

He wouldn’t perhaps be upset because people are trying to “prove” the inexistence of a soul. He would be more bothered by the fact that after centuries of Christianity they still believe that performing miracles was the highlight of His mission on Earth.

John 6:26 (King James Version)

26Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

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10 Responses to (Not so) modern miracles

  1. Camix says:

    Speaking of, they didn’t explain how it is possible for so many confused minds throughout the history to “dream” so similarly. Let’s say… they all got confused together, maybe, or they all had the same life experience even in different centuries. Or even better: they must have had the same mind. This is easier.

    • sam says:

      As much as I can understand scientists’ lingo, I say that they are talking about some part of the brain diffferent to the one dealing with actual dreams and more complex so.
      I am more interested in the (possible) connections that can be made between any findings in the science field and the religious or spiritual dogmas. More specifically I am curious how far and how fast can we go in assimilating one into the other.
      Jesus would play here the role of the (not so) silent witness as someone who lived in both worlds.

  2. Agnusstick says:

    Duh… Now that’s really cool, man! I crave for the day when eternal life shall be artificially proven false by some atheist geek. It’s easy, all you have to do is bribe the uninterruptible power source maintenance guy so he would forget about replacing the dead batteries. Power outage is worse than eternal death, it’s unescapable even for the eternal simulators.

  3. Camix says:

    Some have already done it! And they didn’t even have to get bribed for it! You have surely seen this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCm_NMU6Phw
    (One of my favourite actors is there)

  4. jemiol says:

    Vanilla Sky film may be relevant to this issue. It is a very good fantasy film. I recommend it if you somehow miss it.
    The idea of spirit, soul, must be understood in the light of new scientific knowledge.
    Many miracles have had experiences in the same way because we are built in the same way. Mind in certain circumstances cause some experiences that seem very real. We should believe that dreams are real as long we are not sure that is only a dream in the moment that we dream?

    • sam says:

      Not quite a fan of sci-fi or psychological thrillers 🙂

      I have a dream, said Luther once upon a time

      That kind of dream is the only one worth not waking up from.

      My dream is that one day we won’t need science to prove anything because all wil be revealed at once. Now this is a thriller!

      But before that there are still plenty of toys to play with and keep us busy 🙂

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