Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A modern miracle

This post is about a modern-day 'miracle' which occurred, witnessed by hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of people, in multiple countries. Most of those people are still alive today. Yet I'd bet a lot of money that the vast, vast majority of Christians have never even heard of it. How is this possible?

The answer is in the name. This miracle is commonly known as the Hindu Milk Miracle. The alleged miracle occurred in 1995. It was believed that statues of the Hindu god, Ganesha (my favourite Hindu god, thanks to Apu!), began drinking milk which was offered to them on spoons. People in India, and in Hindu populations in other countries, began buying milk at an insane rate, and trying to see the miracle for themselves. You can read a bit about the events at its Wikipedia page.

I've done a little more reading on this, and found a website which said something like, "For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, no explanation is possible." Wait a minute! Isn't that the same tactic that the Christians use? I wonder how they would respond.

See, this is the thing that bugs me. When Christians, or people from any other religion (but mostly that's the Christians), try to tell me about their miracles, or their creation stories, they assume that I'm too stupid to know that there are many, many other religions on the planet. There are even many, many religions which used to exist, but are now extinguished. Why do they think that the alleged miracles from their religion are correct and true, but that the ones from other religions are ridiculous? I've covered this before in another post.

And the Christians often argue that their miracles had eye-witnesses, whose testimony, passed orally, and written down hundreds or even thousands of years ago, is accurate. Yet why would they ignore a much more recent miracle like the Hindu Milk Miracle, with all of its witnesses which can be interviewed even today? Oh, that's right, because they're too sheltered under their rocks to even KNOW that there are other religions with the same claims and the same evidence! Even in the face of modern science, these people still believe that the milk miracle was real. Can you imagine how easy it would have been to dupe people before science came along, which is when most of the alleged Christian miracles occurred (interesting coincidence, isn't it)?

None of it makes any fricking sense, and I wish the religious could use their heads for thinking, instead of just as rain protectors for their necks.

1 comment:

Ray Yaegle said...

I'm a Xian, and I like your blog quite a lot. Just found it by sheer, random boredom, actually. It's fun, polarizing stuff, some of it reasonably thought-provoking.

Anyways, I was just commenting to suggest you read Sir John Polkinghorne's "Belief in God in an Age of Science" if you haven't already. Nothing on the conversion topic - really, it's not that kind of book - it just offers a huge variety of great information, philosophy, and hypotheses that you and / or your readers would probably find interesting. I’ve found him just as interesting as Dawkins, Niebuhr, and Newton on several subjects.

I had the honor of hearing a weeklong series of lectures by Polkinghorne in 2007, and – regardless of his audience’s belief system - if the topics of God, religion, physics, and the universe interest them, they will most likely thoroughly enjoy themselves.

Polkinghorne is a Xian, though, so if that alone is enough to put someone off him, I'm afraid nothing I have to say about his writing will help.

I think I will leave this as a signed post... hopefully no one will flame me for the suggestion!