Yes, There is Evidence God Exists

On an October day in 1995, I was diagnosed with an incurable disease. I’d been sick for several weeks, with stomach pain so severe and debilitating that I was certain I was suffering from a food-borne illness like E. Coli.  I’d lost almost 20 pounds, I was unable to eat, and I hadn’t been to work in almost two full weeks.  After extensive (and intrusive) testing, my doctor delivered the news. Ulcerative colitis. I’d never even heard of ulcerative colitis.  In those days, I’d just gotten my AOL account and could barely navigate the web, much less skip through WebMD, the Mayo Clinic’s website, or various sources of authoritative or semi-authoritative information, so I did the next-best thing: borrowed one of my doctor’s medical texts.  As I scanned, I found out everything I already knew — that the disease could be painful and debilitating — and things I didn’t want to know — that the disease could cause life-threatening complications.  Oh, and it was incurable.

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In recent years we’ve witnessed the rise of a vocal atheist community, particularly on the Internet.  Some are angry and condescending towards people of faith, some not, but one of the common arguments they make — regardless of attitude — is there is “no evidence” that God exists. This statement has always puzzled me.  I could understand that they may not be persuaded by the available evidence, but “no evidence”?  Really? What is “evidence”?  A decent legal definition is “every type of proof legally presented at trial . . . which is intended to convince the judge and/or jury of alleged facts material to the case.”  This proof can include eyewitness testimony, expert testimony, scientific evidence, and circumstantial evidence.  The types of evidence are too numerous to list.  But whatever its form, the bottom line is the same: It is proof that is intended to convince another person of the truth of the matter asserted. Evidence is often contradictory.  Eyewitnesses conflict, scientific evidence is often subject to different interpretations or can be tainted by mistakes or corruption in collection and analysis, statistics can often be more confusing than illuminating, but as anyone with even a few seconds of courtroom experience understands, the mere existence of alternative explanations does not — by itself — nullify evidence presented.  Conflicting evidence or alternative explanations certainly increase the difficulty in discerning truth, but saying that one is not persuaded by the evidence presented, or believes that the evidence for one proposition is stronger than the evidence for another proposition, is a materially different statement than the assertion that there is no evidence at all.

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 My condition deteriorated rapidly.  I took steroids until my face puffed out like a balloon, reduced my food intake to the most inoffensive and bland items consistent with basic nutrition, and — yes — prayed hard.  Nothing worked.  My weight loss was nearing 40 pounds (to put it in perspective, I was at roughly 125 pounds on a six foot frame).  Within days, I was hospitalized. IV drugs were ineffective.  I was in unbearable pain.  As I kept wasting away, my doctor introduced me to a top local surgeon, who literally started drawing incision lines on my stomach.  He was preparing to remove my colon. At that point, my prayers shifted.  I started praying for courage to face the surgery, for stamina in the recovery, and for the fortitude to face the reality of at least a temporary colostomy bag and a forever-changed life.  To that point, I hadn’t reached out much beyond my close, local friends, but now — in my desperation — I cast the net much wider, asking my extended family of law school Christian friends to pray. [Continued on Page 2]

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  • Leijona

    A fish tank???? You are useing a FISH TANK as proof for a god???

    What about the little kids that die of brain Cancer you freakin Moron! What is your IQ, like 30?

  • Leijona

    The Templeton foundation (Bible Bangers) did double blind studies with respect to the effectiveness of prayers on the healing process. Guess what the results were? The people that were not prayed for healed faster with less complications after open heart surgery.

    Now what do you think? No, don’t tell me, let me guess:

    1. God knew it was a test and he did not want to show his hand?
    2. God was pissed that mere humans would try to play him?
    3. God was out of “Heal Tickets” for the month?

    The Nazis had absolutely nothing on religion when it comes to brain washing. Religion starts when you are an impressionable little kid, and stays at it week in and week out. The moronic Muslims bang their heads on the ground five times a day praying to the big invisible, jealous, narcissistic, masochistic, sadistic psychopath in the sky. Look how advanced they are today from doing this?

  • GCBill

    I know about the Templeton prayer studies, and I do think they show something about the efficacy of prayer (or rather, the lack thereof). However, it’s still nice to have anecdotes for rhetorical purposes, since believers try to discount said studies based on their own understanding of how prayer is supposed to work (that rarely matches what their religious texts say).

    “Now what do you think? No, don’t tell me, let me guess: [wrong guesses]”

    I’m an atheist, so “none of the above” would be most accurate. Also, judging by the irrelevance of the rest of your comment, I’m guessing you think I believe a bunch of stuff that I really don’t.

  • Leijona

    Yeah its called your bodies incredible immune system going to work. Good thing your co-worker didn’t get sick back in the middle ages. The priests would have bled him/her to death, then blamed it on the devil.

  • JSiggy85

    What priests are you talking about? The bible clearly states that blood is the life of the flesh, and therefore you shouldn’t “bleed” anyone. You ought to get your religions straight before you talk about them. Just because someone takes the bible out of context and does something crazy doesn’t mean God told them too. Don’t let PEOPLE’s actions take God and heaven from you. You know deep down you want to live forever. There’s a simple way to do that… Read the bible and study it for yourself. Even compare it to science and see how much science proves the bible’s authority and disproves the evolution THEORY. God loves you even though you don’t love him. Open your damn heart and see how much he loves you instead of bashing him without even giving him a chance.

  • slippy

    One thing all real scientists agree upon is the fact of evolution itself. It is a fact that we are cousins of gorillas, kangaroos, starfish, and bacteria. Evolution is as much a fact as the heat of the sun. It is not a theory, and for pity’s sake, let’s stop confusing the philosophically naive by calling it so. Evolution is fact. The only ‘theory’ involved the the concept of natural selection to explain the fact of evolution. Like the fact of heat is explained by the ‘theory’ of fire; until we understood the fact of the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process ofcombustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products aka fire.

  • Leijona

    It is a simple answer. You do not believe in the Supernatural, and you believe in using your brain to reason things out based on that which you have learned because of the pioneers in science that were not afraid of the witchdoctors and quacks that call themselves “People of the Book”

    The big book of BS put together by religious fanatics that did not have the first clue how the universe worked, so they invented fairy tales to explain life. Anything they did not understand got the old “Only God knows” or “Its all part of his plan” What a crock of Bovine Scathology. They make money on selling God, so why would they want anyone to know the truth?

  • Dalton Reid

    *Looks up infant mortality rates in Africa*

    Well I’m glad you’re here.

  • Leijona

    So where is Kolob?

  • Leijona

    Seems maybe you should thank the Surgeon, no? Or, in your opinion were his hands moved by the angel Moroni? By the way, since photography was in common use when JS dug up the golden plates (Before Moroni flew away with them) how come he didn’t take a couple of pictures of them for us to see?

    Dont you ever wonder why god appears to there “Prophets” when they are completely by themselves?

    Moses- No proof of his existence (God talked to him on a mountain)
    Abraham- No proof of his existence (Mountain again, alone, came down and told all the men to cut off their foreskins)
    Muhammad- Proof of his existence, and what an existence it was. Murderer, Pedophile, on and on with this guy. God talked to him in a cave.
    John Smith- Proof of Existence. Thief, Charlatan, Ultra Scam Artist. And you bought his “Schtick” God talked to him in the woods, alone of course.

  • Leijona

    Why doesn’t he help little kids with brain cancer? What lesson did they have to learn when most of them are not even here long enough to do anything wrong?

    DO people like you have any idea what it is like when some arrogant idiot says to a parent that lost a child: “Its OK, they are in a better place” or “Its all part of his plan” What an incredibly insensitive thing to say to someone.

    God does not have a plan, because if there was a god, he would have a much better one, don’t you think?

  • Leijona

    This is the oldest, and dumbest excuse that has been used by bible bangers since the beginning of time. The belief from fear routine. Don’t you think he will know you are “Fakin it”? I mean after all, he can see you when you are jerkin off, right?

  • Leijona

    You are using the continuous regression theory proposed by Thomas Aquinas. “You cannot prove that there isn’t, so therefore there must be a god” Total BS.

  • Maxximiliann

    Strawman. Try again.

  • Ryan McNally

    Substitute Easter Bunny for God and you come to the same conclusion.

  • Leijona

    So really, where is Kolob? I read up on Joseph Smith, and Mormonism, and if you believe the story that he spun, you are one of the most gullible humans ever hatched. Religious people seem to think that Incredulous means the same thing as incredible. They obviously think that the more outrageous the story is, the more people will believe it. Well, I guess it is true. Some people will believe absolutely anything if they think it gets them a ticket to paradise.

  • Leijona

    People of what faith? Conflict over which god is the real god not only goes on within the branch, but between the various sects within the branch. How people can get specific over something for which there is absolutely no evidence is preposterous. The Jews created Monotheism to concentrate the money making scam all in one central place, the main temple. The Catholic popes and Bishops sold indulgences which were basically “Get out of hell free” cards. IT IS ALL A CROCK OF BS. It all fell apart with Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” yet the same old schtick is still being peddled, and kids are still being circumcised because some old crazy man with a beard said that god wanted all males to cut off their foreskins. IT IS INSANE, JUST THINK ABOUT IT.

  • Leijona

    So is Valium

  • Leijona

    Everybody in the bible was sick, ……………..Mentally. Especially the writers.

  • Leijona

    “it doesn’t mean it wasn’t God either. Unless you can prove conclusively that it wasn’t. Can you?”

    See? read this statement.

    Just because nobody sane has ever seen him, he’s never around when he’s needed, he lets millions of people die excruciating deaths for no reason, and he loves terrorists that blow people up in his name doesn’t mean he does not exist………Brilliant

  • Maxximiliann

    Why do we need to see him?

    He only assists his friends.

    Prove he has no good reason for temporarily allowing suffering.

    Prove he loves terrorists that murder in his name.

  • Ryan McNally

    Prove that Santa Clause doesn’t exist.
    I wished for a new bike and I got one. Prove it wasn’t him.
    When you’re able to understand why you dismiss other religions, you’ll understand why we dismiss yours.

  • Leijona

    What makes one god “truer” than another god, when there has never been any evidence of ANY god? Unless you count Thunder, WInd, Lightning, and earthquakes gods, or acts of one ore more gods. The more gods the merrier, because that requires more sacrifices, which means more gold, and more roasted meat for the priests. Now do you get it?

  • Maxximiliann

    The only true God is our Creator, Jehovah God. He is the only one responsible for the existence of all reality. As such, only he deserves our worship and praise.

  • Leijona

    Whatever you think, but you would think differently if you were born in Pakistan, or India, or China. There have been thousands of gods down through the ages, and I am sure that the people who worshiped their gods were sure they were the right one(s) too.

  • Maxximiliann

    Indirect evidence is frequently and reliably depended upon to ascertain the reality of the world we live in . As a case in point , it’s long been widely-used to show that our Sun generates power via nuclear fusion , hydrogen is present on it or that the our planet features an iron core . In like manner , creation as well as the reality that not a one of fulfilled Bible predictions has at any time been completely wrong constitutes unquestionable attestation for the reality of it’s composer , Jehovah God .

    This is, by far the most persuasive logical reason why millions upon millions of rational people today the world over accept the Bible as the Inspired Word of Jehovah God. Simply no other book – religious or not – comes with such an illustrious prominence. Considering the fact that it’s literally ** impossible ** for any person to foresee with complete precision what’s sure to occur from one hour to the next, there’s no two ways about it: Bible prophecies are not of natural origin. I kindly invite you to examine for yourself numerous examples of these accurately fulfilled prophecies: http://bit.ly/1d0Y82v

  • Leijona

    Good Post. Only the ego’s of the ignorant are bruised by the truth. Intelligence takes an open mind. There is an inverse variable between religiosity and intelligence. 97% of the fellows of the Royal Society are Atheists. The other three percent are undecided.

  • Bob The Sheep

    Everyone just needs to calm down. Everyone has their beliefs. If there is a god (which I personally think there is) then he/she knows what their doing. If there isn’t then there isn’t.

  • Bob The Sheep

    But seriously everyone here that’s an atheist you really hurt me. Keep your negativity to yourself. > = (

  • Bob The Sheep

    Thank you, Jesus, for the great grace you showed to me.

  • Aleks

    If you do not want to believe it you will never understand it and therefore always doubt the existence of God. Give your heart, soul, and mind to God and you will be filled with the holly spirit. I personally guarantee it.

  • JJ

    Yes, the spirit of the holly plant has done great things for the world. What happens if we give our “heart, soul, and mind” to God and said holly spirit fills us not? Is there a money-back policy since you guaranteed it?

  • Aleks

    As Christians, we believe in two forms of healing. God healing you on earth and God taking you into heaven. The latter is ultimately a healing in itself.

  • Aleks

    Im interested in the flayed alive and burned to death for heresy part. Where can i find this information?

  • Jabo77

    God cured this…god cured that…DID HE?? In my opinion, the whole religion thing is for weak minded individuals who cannot cope with everyday life. Hence, why addicts “all of a sudden” find god, and from that moment on, every move they make is because of god! BUT, as soon as they relapse (90%+ of them do, they dont mention their beloved god again). It’s cool that people use religion as a security blanket to get through their days, BUT those of us who have a belief in the true higher power (ourselves), get crap done without relying on some false diety! Fun lil fact, my mom was a HUGE bible thumper, never smoked a day in her life, got lung cancer, prayed everyday through it all and YES god let her die…Gimme a break!!!! OH, and just for the record why is it us so called “non believers” are welcoming to the “believers”, BUT when the bible thumpers hear we dont believe in their GOD, they are SO QUICK to pass judgement…kind of Hypocritical!!??

  • Gregory J Tremain

    It’s man’s sins that injected suffering into this world. And because God gave us a free will he cannot help you until you really want him to (not wishful thinking but believe).

  • Ryan McNally

    What do you mean God cannot?

  • James Crowley

    B.S.

  • Millad Bahrami

    if an omnipotent god really exists, why did he/she/it make the world so that these bad things happen. if a god created a world knowing what will happen, then there is no free will

  • JSiggy85

    The Holy Bible is actually a divinely inspired book. Science has proved this…
    While reading, please keep in mind that this book was written thousands of years ago, long before technology came along to prove these things. Also, these are my own points of view from what I’ve read from the Bible, with inspiration from other sources as well.

    1. The Earth freely floats in space without support (except for gravity).

    Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

    Around the 1600s, Galileo Galilei discovered that earth orbits the Sun, therefore it would have to be floating in space. The concept of gravity wasn’t published until 1687, by Isaac Newton. The first satellite to get a clear view of the Earth from a distance, to further solidify this fact, was the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, launched in 1957.

    2. Knowledge of the water cycle.

    Job 26:8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

    Job 26:9 He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

    Job 26:10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

    Ecclesiastes 1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

    The hydrologic cycle theory was proposed by Bernard Palissy in 1580, although near-correct theories have been recorded from earlier history, but the theory wasn’t proven with a well detailed explanation until 1957 by Jacob Bjerknes, while studying El Nino.

    3. Understanding of single celled-organisms, and other particles that are indiscernible to the human eye.

    Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

    In 1951, Erwin Wilhelm Müller invented the field ion microscope, which was the first microscope capable of seeing atoms.

    4. Aware that it takes time to get rid of sickness, and diseases live in standing water, and washing with running water is key to getting clean.

    Leviticus 15:13 And when he that hath an issue is cleansed of his issue; then he shall number to himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and be cleaned.

    There are still thousands of people in the world today that bathe in standing water, and don’t know that most of their germs can be washed away with running water and time.

    5. Separate waste from your living area.

    Deuteronomy 23:12 Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad:

    Deuteronomy 23:13 And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:

    More people died from disease than war casualties up until WW1 due to not separating human waste from their camps. Yet, this book has been there telling them to do this for millenniums.

    6. Acknowledged the existence of ocean springs.

    Job 38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? Or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

    Proverbs 8:28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

    It was thought that oceans were fed only by rivers and rain until 1977, when a research crew, with the use of a deep-sea submarine first discovered ocean springs. Without a submarine, it is impossible for a human to reach such depths, but with God, nothing is impossible.

    7. Blood is the source of life and health.

    Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

    Up until 120 years ago, sick people were “bled,” or drained of blood to cure sickness. Recent discoveries within the 20th century prove that healthy blood is necessary to bring life-giving nutrients to every cell in the body.

    8. Life reproduces after its own kind.

    Genesis 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

    Contrary to evolution (which is something that the world has never witnessed), there are truly natural limits to biological change. Even today, scientists scramble to create a proof for their theories, yet only end up corresponding with the Holy Bible.

    9. God created humans from the dust of the Earth.

    Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

    Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

    Out of the 60 chemical elements that have been found in the human body, all of them can be found within the earth’s crust.

    10. The first and third verses of Genesis accurately express the four basic aspects of creation. Science expresses the universe in terms of time, space, matter, and energy.

    Genesis 1:1 In the beginning (time) God created the heaven (space) and the earth (matter).

    Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light (energy).

    11. The universe had a beginning according to the Bible.

    Hebrews 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

    Modern scientific evidence agrees. Although the theories and mathematics are questionable and hard to understand, most scientists agree that there had to be a beginning.

    12. During a time when it was widely believed that the earth was flat, the Bible told us that is was round.

    Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, And the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; That stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, And spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

    13. Earth revolves, experiencing day and night at the same time.

    Luke 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

    Luke 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

    Luke 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

    This is saying that some will be asleep at night, while others are at work during the daytime, upon his return. I don’t understand how anyone without divine intuition, or communication and satellite technology would’ve known that people on the opposite end of the earth would be experiencing the opposite hours of the day that long ago.

    14. Existence of other planets

    Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

    Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

    Notice the word world(s) being plural, therefore meaning more than one world. How did people without the technology to see into space know there are other worlds?

    15. Light can be divided.

    Job 38:24 By what way is the light parted, Which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?

    Four centuries ago, Isaac Newton discovered that white light is made of seven colors, which can be parted, and then recombined.

    16. Sexual promiscuity is dangerous to your health.

    Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

    Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    Much data confirms that any sexual relationship outside of holy matrimony is unsafe. Due to the increased sexual activity in the U.S. 1 in 4 people now carry/suffer from an STD.

    17. The amount of stars in space is an incalculable number.

    Jeremiah 33:22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.

    The host of heaven are the stars/moon/sun/angels of heaven incase this confuses you. When looking into the night sky, one can count about 6,000 stars, which is not an incalculable number. Not until the early 1600s did Galileo decide to use a telescope to look into space and learn that the amount of stars in heaven is as vast as the grains of sand of the sea.

    18. All people in the world came from one blood.

    Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

    Modern researchers conclude that we, all people on planet Earth, indeed have descended from one gene pool.

    19. The leaves of trees/plants can be used for medicine.

    Ezekiel 47:12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

    People have used plants for medical purposes all throughout history, but today we have a cure for almost anything thanks to our ability to harness the various medicines from plants.

    20. Healthy and safe dieting.

    Leviticus 11:9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.

    Leviticus 11:10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be even an abomination unto you:

    Aquatic animals that do not have scales, such as whales and dolphins are known to have high levels of mercury in their meat. Other creatures like bottom feeders (shrimp), survive by consuming waste and other unhealthy things from the bottom of a body of water, which leads them to be common carriers of disease.

    Leviticus 11:13 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,

    Leviticus 11:14 And the vulture, and the kite after his kind;

    Leviticus 11:15 Every raven after his kind;

    Leviticus 11:16 And the owl, and the night hawk after his kind,

    Leviticus 11:17 And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,

    Leviticus 11:18 And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,

    Leviticus 11:19 And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.

    In other words, God is telling us not to eat birds of prey. This is because they are known for carrying diseases.

    Deuteronomy 14:8 And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.

    Only recently, scientists learned that eating undercooked pork causes an infection of parasites called trichinosis, a type of worm disease that can be fatal. God doesn’t want us to get trichinosis.

    21. The universe will change and eventually perish.

    Psalms 102:25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: And the heavens are the work of thy hands.

    Psalms 102:26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: Yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; As a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed.

    Astronomers of our time, with the help of highly sophisticated technology, claim that the universe is indeed changing, and one day the universe will die. Haven’t you heard all the stories about the sun going out? Stars go dim all the time, and astronomers even claim that more are going out, rather than being born. This, in time, will lead to the collapse of the universe.

    22. Incest laws were established.

    Leviticus 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the Lord.

    The sequence and understanding of genes were not discovered until 1972, but the ancient followers of the Holy Bible knew not to reproduce with close relatives due to the increased risk of passing on a genetic abnormality because they are more likely to carry the same defective gene.

    23. Genetic engineering forbidden.

    Deuteronomy 22:9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with diverse seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.

    Do a little research and you will learn that mixing one kind of plant with another, or one kind of animal with another, is unhealthy and can be dangerous. Why do you think ligers and mules can’t reproduce?

    24. Circumcision, and the action being performed on the 8th day is ideal.

    Genesis 17:12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations,

    Leviticus 12:3 And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.

    Medical science has discovered that the blood-clotting chemical, prothrombin, peaks in a newborn on the eighth day, therefore making it the safest day to circumcise a baby. Studies also show that being circumcised decreases risk for UTIs and STDs.

    25. God has given the world just enough water for life to survive.

    Isaiah 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with a span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

    Science claims that if the world had more or less water than what is here now, the Earth would not support life as we know it.

    26. Earth is designed to sustain biological life.

    Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it. He created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

    Scientists say that the fundamental characteristics of our earth and cosmos are so finely tuned that if just one of them were even slightly different, life as we know it couldn’t exist.

    27. The universe (heaven) is expanding.

    All astronomers today agree that the universe is indeed expanding at a rapid pace. God has to make room for all his children (this includes you) to play forever!

    28. Animal and plant extinction.

    Jeremiah 12:4 How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.

    Although these ancient people never had a way to study the entire world to be sure if an animal or plant truly became extinct, it seems as though they knew it was capable of happening.

    29. Long distance communication can be obtained using light energy.

    Job 38:35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?

    Radio waves are a form of electromagnetic energy, which is light energy. Today, using radio transmitters, we can send “lightnings” which indeed speak when they arrive.

    30. Stress leads to bad health and happiness leads to good health.

    Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: But a broken spirit drieth the bones.

    Studies show that this is true. Many chronic diseases are linked to overwhelming stress, even in individuals with no prior medical problems.

    31. An animal carcass that has not been immediately killed by the hunter is not to be eaten.

    Exodus 22:31 And ye shall be holy men unto me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs.

    Leviticus 22:8 That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile himself therewith: I am the Lord.

    Today, everyone knows that a dead carcass is a breeding ground for disease causing bacteria, but how did they know so many years ago when they couldn’t see the microorganisms that dwell in the dead carcass of an animal? God told them it is unclean.

    32. Animal fat shouldn’t be eaten.

    Leviticus 7:23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.

    Only in recent decades has the medical community determined that fat clogs arteries and contributes to heart disease.

    33. Blood shouldn’t be consumed.

    Leviticus 17:12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

    Once again, recent medical studies show that blood carries all kinds of harmful pathogens and the human body will naturally reject more than a pint of blood.

    34. Dinosaur description.

    Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, Which I made with thee; He eateth grass as an ox.

    Job 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, And his force is in the navel of his belly.

    Job 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: The sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

    Job 40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; His bones are like bars of iron.

    This is a very accurate description of sauropods – the largest known dinosaur family. The first dinosaur fossils weren’t even discovered (to our scientific knowledge) until 1842, when Richard Owen found large reptile-like bones, coining the name “dinosaur.”

    35. How to control insects when growing crops.

    Leviticus 25:3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;

    Leviticus 25:4 But in the seventh year shall be a Sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

    Insects lay eggs inside of crops, which hatch when the next spring comes. If an entire year is denied from them, they will leave or die off, thus preserving crops and controlling pests. Today, the earth is continuously polluted by pesticides, although this clean, non-chemical tactic is proven to be efficient.

    36. How to preserve soil for growing crops.

    Leviticus 23:22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger:

    The world currently loses about 75 billion tons of soil annually. By leaving the corners/sides of a field without gleaning, this would be avoided. Vital soil minerals will be maintained, the field would be protected from wind erosion, and the poor of the world can have something to eat. God bless the poor.

  • Jan

    Beliefs are not choices – they are convictions. In other words, there’s a reason why you believe. You choose between an apple or an orange, or among a collection of gumballs, but you don’t choose what you believe.

    I think this is the biggest problem with the belief in god..since there’s no good reason to believe, but instead, you need “faith,” then believers chalk it up to choice.

    Tell me, could you choose, right now, to believe in fairies or aliens? Because I can’t. I can’t even bring myself to have faith in these things.

  • Jan

    This video is a clear example of cognitive biases at work and our propensity for seeking patterns where there are none.

  • Jan

    Your friend died because death happens.

    Besides, prayer is nothing more than an attempt to change the mind of that which is claimed to be unchanging and all knowing. Begging would have done nothing if in fact there’s a god who had his own plans for your friend.

    Better to just accept what has been proven to happen time and time again: death is just a part of life..it can happen to a newborn, a toddler, an adolescent, an adult, a senior..there really no why to it.

    No one took your friend’s life, accept this and you’ll be better for it.

  • Guest

    Let us first begin by admitting that we are not gods nor do we possess all knowledge. It is also necessary to remove from our minds and hearts any prejudices and prior notions of how everything came into being and how it is being sustained and perpetuated. This is the critical first step to gaining any true knowledge and establishing facts based on proof.
    Ask anyone the question: “Do you believe in God?” and you are sure to receive a variety of answers. The question should be “What do you believe about God?”

    Think about this:
    • If there is a creation, there must be a Creator.
    • If there is a Creator, He must be the Sustainer
    • The Creator Cannot Create Himself
    • If He is the sole Creator/Sustainer — He must be ONE

    God must be one. Otherwise we would see great differences and competition between the gods if there were one — Alone.
    Do we agree that this is a creation? Or do we accept that nothing came out of nothing to form this entire universe?
    This is a very clear message from Allah, in the Quran. Something does not come out of nothing. So, there must be something in existence already which created all that we know to exist. And that “something” needs to be called upon in times of need and thanksgiving.
    As Allah has said in His Book: “I only created you all to worship Me Alone.”
    He also says that we are all being tested by Him with regard to our wealth, families, children and social status.

    Scientists’ Comments on Scientific Miracles in the Quran:

    The following are some comments of scientists1 on the scientific miracles in the Holy Quran. All of these comments have been taken from the videotape entitled This is the Truth.

    1) Dr. T. V. N. Persaud is Professor of Anatomy, Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. There, he was the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy for 16 years. He is well-known in his field. He is the author or editor of 22 textbooks and has published over 181 scientific papers. In 1991, he received the most distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada, the J.C.B. Grant Award from the Canadian Association of Anatomists. When he was asked about the scientific miracles in the Quran which he has researched, he stated the following:

    “The way it was explained to me is that Muhammad was a very ordinary man. He could not read, didn’t know [how] to write. In fact, he was an illiterate. And we’re talking about twelve [actually about fourteen] hundred years ago. You have someone illiterate making profound pronouncements and statements and that are amazingly accurate about scientific nature. And I personally can’t see how this could be a mere chance. There are too many accuracies and, like Dr. Moore, I have no difficulty in my mind that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which led him to these statements.”

    Professor Persaud has included some Quranic verses and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad in some of his books. He has also presented these verses and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad at several conferences.

    2) Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson is the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA. Formerly, he was Professor of Ob-Gyn and the Chairman of the Department of Ob-Gyn at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He was also the President of the American Fertility Society. He has received many awards, including the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology Public Recognition Award in 1992. Professor Simpson studied the following two sayings of the Prophet Muhammad :

    {In every one of you, all components of your creation are collected together in your mother’s womb by forty days…}2
    {If forty-two nights have passed over the embryo, God sends an angel to it, who shapes it and creates its hearing, vision, skin, flesh, and bones….}3
    He studied these two sayings of the Prophet Muhammad extensively, noting that the first forty days constitute a clearly distinguishable stage of embryo-genesis. He was particularly impressed by the absolute precision and accuracy of those sayings of the Prophet Muhammad . Then, during one conference, he gave the following opinion:

    “So that the two hadeeths (the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad ) that have been noted provide us with a specific time table for the main embryological development before forty days.Again, the point has been made, I think, repeatedly by other speakers this morning: these hadeeths could not have been obtained on the basis of the scientific knowledge that was available [at] the time of their writing . . . . It follows, I think, that not only there is no conflict between genetics and religion but, in fact, religion can guide science by adding revelation to some of the traditional scientific approaches, that there exist statements in the Quran shown centuries later to be valid, which support knowledge in the Quran having been derived from God.”

    3) Dr. E. Marshall Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. There, for 22 years he was Professor of Anatomy, the Chairman of the Department of Anatomy, and the Director of the Daniel Baugh Institute. He was also the President of the Teratology Society. He has authored more than 200 publications. In 1981, during the Seventh Medical Conference in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Professor Johnson said in the presentation of his research paper:

    “Summary: The Quran describes not only the development of external form, but emphasizes also the internal stages, the stages inside the embryo, of its creation and development, emphasizing major events recognized by contemporary science.”

    Also he said: “As a scientist, I can only deal with things which I can specifically see. I can understand embryology and developmental biology. I can understand the words that are translated to me from the Quran. As I gave the example before, if I were to transpose myself into that era, knowing what I knew today and describing things, I could not describe the things which were described. I see no evidence for the fact to refute the concept that this individual, Muhammad, had to be developing this information from some place. So I see nothing here in conflict with the concept that divine intervention was involved in what he was able to write.”4

    4) Dr. William W. Hay is a well-known marine scientist. He is Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA. He was formerly the Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA. After a discussion with Professor Hay about the Quran’s mention of recently discovered facts on seas, he said:

    “I find it very interesting that this sort of information is in the ancient scriptures of the Holy Quran, and I have no way of knowing where they would come from, but I think it is extremely interesting that they are there and that this work is going on to discover it, the meaning of some of the passages.” And when he was asked about the source of the Quran, he replied: “Well, I would think it must be the divine being.”

    5) Dr. Gerald C. Goeringer is Course Director and Associate Professor of Medical Embryology at the Department of Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. During the Eighth Saudi Medical Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Professor Goeringer stated the following in the presentation of his research paper:

    “In a relatively few aayahs (Quranic verses) is contained a rather comprehensive description of human development from the time of commingling of the gametes through organogenesis. No such distinct and complete record of human development, such as classification, terminology, and description, existed previously. In most, if not all, instances, this description antedates by many centuries the recording of the various stages of human embryonic and fetal development recorded in the traditional scientific literature.”

    6) Dr. Yoshihide Kozai is Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University, Hongo, Tokyo, Japan, and was the Director of the National Astronomical Observatory, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. He said:

    “I am very much impressed by finding true astronomical facts in [the] Quran, and for us the modern astronomers have been studying very small pieces of the universe. We’ve concentrated our efforts for understanding of [a] very small part. Because by using telescopes, we can see only very few parts [of] the sky without thinking [about the] whole universe. So, by reading [the] Quran and by answering to the questions, I think I can find my future way for investigation of the universe.”

    After all these examples we have seen about the scientific miracles in the Holy Quran and all these scientists’ comments on this, let us ask ourselves these questions:

    Could it be a coincidence that all this recently discovered scientific information from different fields was mentioned in the Quran, which was revealed fourteen centuries ago?
    Could this Quran have been authored by Muhammad or by any other human being?

    The only possible answer is that this Quran must be the literal word of God, revealed by Him.

  • AZZA

    so your saying god took the time to heal you, someone that lives in a first world country instead of the starving dying children and adults in third world countries?

  • Fatima

    Its the fact that THERE IS NO EVIDENCE!!! Christians use the fact that we are living and that the universe is created to prove that God does exist. I say you need more than a book to prove someones existence. Especially if your going to give your life to him. Think people!

  • Ryan McNally

    So….God doesn’t put a big sign in the sky? What about all the miracles Jesus performed for 33 years? How come people of that time were privy to that, but we aren’t today? Did God get tired?
    Do you think there are people that have had unexplainable medical recoveries that aren’t Christians? What about people from other religions? What if they presented this to you as evidence that THEIR god was real?

  • Ryan McNally

    Just out of curiosity, would you say the 9/11 attackers acted based on faith?

  • Ryan McNally

    This type of thinking impedes progress here and now. If people are trying to hedge their bets they never come to grips with the fact that god isn’t real and that the disposition of our future is up to us. Therefore never take steps to better our situation on earth.

  • Ryan McNally

    Wow, brilliant argument David. I may have to borrow it when discussing medical miracles with obdurate Christians.

  • Ryan McNally

    Um, so then what does make you a Christian?

  • Plow Plot

    What is more likely:

    A) God likes this one guy and not the millions of babies who die every year around the world from starvation, lack of clean water, or disease. So God exists but is a racist, baby killing, asshole

    B) This story is completely made up.

  • kosuru venkateswara rao

    There could be one lucky enough person who was able to get remission from a disease that was probably (?) Diagnosed incorrectly. There are millions of religious and pious people who might not even dreamt of harming somebody getting killed in accident s that are not their fault or even people getting killed in an earth quake or even the flight mh370 that disappeared without even leaving a trace. Have these events masterminded by god to his benevolent presence so that people can turn to follow a particular religion. The Bible or the other umpteen numbers of religious texts are written and modified by human beings and most statement contained therein are ambiguous and general in nature. They could be applicable to a few but may not mean much to million s of others. Based on these books one cannot prove the existence or otherwise of a human creation such as God.

  • Tinker Place

    First off dismiss anything from the Bible that right there shows ignorance. Not one person on this planet anyway can say they know for sure there is a God. Not one of you have seen God, heard God, or other than what you read know anything about God. According to Christians everyone but them are the chosen and everyone else goes to hell. It never ceases to amaze me how a human with a brain can even go there. You were healed by God and the child next door was rapped and cut up into pieces which means this God turned a blind eye to that but healed you? Every Christian I have ever met is royally screwed up and hides behind this God and I laugh as if there is one they are in for a whole lot of explaining. I believe there is something more than faith out there and do hope this is not all there is, but to say you know there is a God is just as always ignorant.

  • soused rat

    And as I watch people around me suffer and die (some young and some really suffering), I guess I just step back and think: God loved you more than them or maybe your prayers were better, and he must have his reasons, etc. but he cured YOU so he must exist.
    This is such nonsense I wonder at your being a lawyer. I though law school helped people THINK and not just react.
    This article is so offensive to people who are ill or who have lost loved ones I wonder at it being published by Patheos.
    To paraphrase Sam Harris: it takes an amazing level of WILLFUL ignorance to believe in god. Or to believe he healed YOU specially.

  • jameses

    atheists may change their mind when they are about to take their 2nd last breath

  • somewhat believer,somewhat non

    I will not say whether God exists or not.i ll not say whether this was a miraculous healing or some other thing.
    But I m wondering “some of you are non believers. Fine.i have very little faith myself. But then, what drives us to browse the internet and comment on God related things?”
    Now, I say for myself that I do not believe in ferries or Santa. And I do not think about it, I do not browse it,I do not read about it nor comment nor care at all.
    But with God?there is something to it, is there not? Actually I have never discussed God longer than with a good atheist friend of mine…

  • slippy

    1000 men go into battle praying for god to spare their lives.
    10 live and return thinking they have their prayers answered.
    That is probability, not supernatural intervention. That is why the plural of anecdote is not data, and prayer is not helping.
    If you get a disease with a 1 in 100 chance of survival, I’m sure you all pray, so the 1 survives believing prayers have been answered, but 99 die. unfortunately the dead can’t explain how their prayers didn’t work. thats a pretty messed up lottery system for god to use. its great that god fixed this girls butt, while other even christian people suffer to death praying for salvation all over the world

  • Crabfish

    “beleivers”

    lol….cracks me up

  • James Crowley

    Why won’t God heal amputees?

  • James Crowley

    Benny Hinn IS a fake and con man

  • James Crowley

    actually it’s more like 2500 years

  • James Crowley

    BS, Michelle Bachmann never called for the death of homosexuals

  • James Crowley

    What if you believe in the wrong God? You’re still screwed

  • Millad Bahrami

    if god exists, can he make a stone so heavy that even he cannot lift it up


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