A very exercised religious reader sent this comment, complete with name, which I am putting above the fold. It explains clearly why we don’t see miracles these days, a question raised by Robert Ingersoll in the previous post (my emphasis in the quote). It also shows the power of the religious mind to believe things (and believe them strongly) for which there is not a scintilla of evidence.
Robert Hampson commented on “Quote of the day: Robert G. Ingersoll #3″
It’s because of faithless people like yourself that miracles are not given. Read Betty Malz: My Brief Glimpse at Eternity. Rudimentary Science can’t explain her experiences. It’s so naive to even consider that when you die there’s nothing but blackness. If that were so then there would be no universe, no light. We would not have a mind to think and eyes to see, It’s a simple concept. Before the creation of the universe there was a supreme being and this being created time, and with time came space. Because if there was no God where did all this atomic matter come from? Like I said: we shouldn’t really be here if there is nothing when we die – but we are, and we have intelligent minds to think. This energy that makes our thoughts, controls our physical bodies cannot die, it passes to another plane of existence as a soul, a spirit. It is really crazy to think that our mortal minds, with our earthly sciences, can begin to reason and contemplate with the meaning of life – wishful conjecture, nothing more. Open your eyes and you will see that you only exist because you were created. Science is blind to the true laws of the universe and the man behind the ethereal curtain. Remember one thing: no after life, no universe, that is the law that science contradicts, that is the law that would be sound judgement if there was NO God. But as we have seen: there is a universe, therefore there must be an afterlife. “I think therefore I am”: Rene Descartes’. For him that has faith let him listen!
But what I don’t get is that in the old days, when miracles were a dime a dozen, there were also faithless people: lots of them!