Another example of this is God and The Sun at Fatima. She said that something really amazing is going to happen here at this certain date and they told everybody. Everybody showed up and they all saw it. This book is by Stanley Jaki, who is a physicist and a Catholic priest and a science historian. He goes into pages of interviewing people and documenting all this.
This is as close as you can get to a scientific investigation of a miracle. The lab was closed in , but for almost 30 years there was a lab at Princeton and they would investigate paranormal phenomena. They proved that they could send and receive telepathic messages. Now, most of the scientific community does not know what to do with this stuff. This is a fascinating book. So I started investigating this, and I also started looking for personal experiences.
A couple of years ago I was in India with my friend, Jeremy. He has spent a lot of time doing healing and practicing Biblical healing. There was a woman whose whole left arm was paralyzed.
She had had brain surgery a year and a half before. She had an indentation in her head from the surgery. She had been having seizures ever since the surgery and she had no feeling in her left arm. She wanted us to pray for her. A guy came in with a broken wrist, holding it like that; by the end, he was jumping up and down, he was so excited. I put my arm on her shoulder and I could feel this crunching going on in her shoulder and we prayed for her for about 30 minutes. The crunching was all gone and she was moving her shoulder and she was all excited.
I wonder if it did. The church that I attend, a Vineyard Church, we practice this. I have a few friends who actually go to the emergency room every Tuesday night and they pray for people, and trippy stuff happens sometimes. If you want to read some more of these stories, go here.
You can read the whole India story in more detail. This brings up another thing. You know a lot of the people talk about Christians living by faith. Well, I totally understand and agree with that, but I also think that as you mature as a Christian, you live more and more by experience. I think the Kingdom of God is now. I think my brother was right. For more information on documented healing events, see my extensive article on miracles which includes videos of live healings taking place, links to mainstream media coverage and recent reports in scientific journals.
Read and watch here. Let me expand on that a little bit. The idea of a virgin birth, a burial in a rock tomb, a resurrection after three days, eating a body, drinking blood, had nothing to do with Jesus. So Christianity is a snowball that rolled over a dozen pagan religions and as the snowball grew, it freely attached pagan rituals in order to be more palatable to converts. This is a very common thing.
I think the question is this: Does it logically follow? Or how about Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy. The pilot episode was about an attempt to crash an airliner into the World Trade Center. It was a government conspiracy to increase defense spending by making it look like a terrorist attack. It aired in March So the next time someone tells you that Jesus was a myth, ask them this question: They are separate realms that should be kept separate.
Back in the early 20th century there was a great deal of optimism in the mathematical profession that we were closing in on a theory of everything. What mathematicians were looking for was a set of constructions that made all of the propositions of mathematics form a nice, tidy, complete circle.
Let me explain what I mean by this. Well, if you take that high school geometry book, there are always four or five things that the book starts with as premises that everybody knows are true but no mathematician has ever been able to prove are true.
Most people have never heard of it, but let me explain what his Incompleteness Theorem says. This is the kindergarten version.
Now, what does science do? Only past experience shows that to be true. Even a statement about keeping science and philosophy separate requires philosophy. And the statement itself presumes that philosophy gets to say something about science. Where did science come from? It got started in Islam, and every time in those places, it stalled.
Why did it succeed in Europe after failing everywhere else? We all know it launched there and took off like a rocket. That all things are weigh-able, measurable and countable. So far as I know, no one else in the ancient world made a more definite statement about science than Solomon did right here. The reason that science succeeded in the West and failed in all those other places was that in all those other places, there was no theological basis to believe this.
Christian theology believed that God could create the world and then on the seventh day that He could rest and the universe would continue to do what He told it to do. Therefore, the great scientists viewed the study of science as a way of studying the mind of God. I would rewrite the question to say this: Now we all take it for granted, because we figured it out.
Constantine got everybody together and they hammered out what they agreed was going to be the Bible. I want to show you a book that will correct that notion. This is called Faith of the Early Fathers by Jurgens. I have to mention here that this is another Catholic book.
I was raised Protestant. We were uber-studious Protestants. We took ourselves real seriously. He gets a Ph. He went to Iowa State because they had the biggest and best library he could find on church history.
It turned out that most of his professors were atheists. To get a dissertation pushed through these guys was a Herculean task. Anything you could come up with, someone had already thought about it and written about 1, books on it. I thought Christianity started all over again with Martin Luther after this burned-out period…oh, come on! So this is a Catholic book. I have great respect for Catholics and Catholic theologians and all that.
I just brought the first one. Letters from pastors to their congregations, and letters to disciples from their mentors, and it ends somewhere around St. Hilaire of Poitier and St. Pastor Bill Hybels at Willow Creek could use this to preach a sermon out of any page in this book and it would be just fine. It would be scriptural and it would be original Christianity, no different than we have today.
Most of these early letters sound an awful lot like the New Testament letters that Paul wrote. Anyone that tells you that Christianity started in AD is just as ridiculous as saying it started in when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door.
Paul invented Christianity by making a rabbi named Jesus into God. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were just later fabrications. Paul Tibbetts was the pilot of the Enola Gay, which was the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima in He wrote a book in , shortly before he died, called Return of the Enola Gay.
How many years after is that? Fifty-three years after the bomb was dropped. You go over there and he always has The History Channel on. I started thumbing through this book, and the reason Tibbetts wrote the book was to correct revisionist history. Now, does anybody doubt that his autobiography tells you more or less accurately what happened? Is there any reason to think that the Gospels were any less reliable?
And if you compare it to other things in history, a lot of those things were written even further after the fact than that.