THAT is MY BRAIN!
At least that’s what the office told me when they gave me the disk of pictures. I have no other pictures of my brain with which to compare, and I’ve never seen my brain in person so as to recognize it from these hazy black and white pictures which I’m told came from a big magnet. It remains entirely possible that the pictures on that disk are pictures of somebody else’s brain.
Or that this is a Xerox image of something made entirely of playdough.(sic) I can’t prove that it’s not.
It may not be my brain on the disk, and in fact may not be pictures of anybody’s head at all but may be computer-generated. It’s not impossible. Maybe the people with problems that require a brain-scan are the only ones who have brains.
In modern America VERY few people have even seen the inside of ANY mammal skull so as to see that there is a brain inside, let alone any human heads. The number of medical and scientific personnel who claim to have seen inside a human head is a VAST minority of the total. They except(sic) that we have sent what three or four rovers all the way to Mars and yet they don’t believe in God.
Atheists say that they have never seen God and that I have never seen God and they demand evidence. They believe electrons exist, having never seen one. They believe the wind exists having never seen it. They believe gravity exists having never seen it. They believe in all kinds of things they have never seen. You know why? Because they’re not really skeptics. There are just some things they don’t want to believe, so they pretend that they are skeptics, when in fact, they are just rebellious sinners.
Except…. that the correct word is accept. I would think that you would be familiar with one of the most important words of your faith system, considering the number of things that you are expected to blindly accept. Perhaps you have never seen it in print, and are just taking someone else’s word for it.
Every med student in every medical college in the USA, Canada, and probably around the world, must assist in the dissection of a human cadaver. The skull is sawed open. The brain is removed and examined. The same is true for most veterinary students, with a dog or cat. This alone consists of tens of thousands of people each year. And then there are abattoirs and meat-packing plants….
We can also include pathologists, and coroners and their assistants, and police officers and paramedics, who, too often, get to see human brains that didn’t need MRIs. Until one of them finds a skull with no brain in it, I’m going to assume they all do, with the possible exception of yours. They are a minority – but hardly a VAST one – totalling several million people.
While actually seeing God would be a good start to accepting His existence, not all evidence need be visual. Do Christians have Faith that electrons exist? Atheists accept that they do because they can see the actions they cause; televisions glow, cell phones communicate with each other, and ovens get hot.
Atheists (and everyone else) can feel the wind blow, and see its effects, from tornadoes, to kids’ kites flying, to wind turbines. We don’t need to see the wind to know that it exists. I can see gravity working every time I drop something. It will accelerate toward the center of the Earth (or any other celestial body).
On Earth, its speed of fall will increase by 9.8 meters/second/squared. It has done so each and every observed and measured time. Only when a dropped pen starts drifting upward will I doubt the existence of gravity. You can tell me that God makes my light bulbs shine or that angels hold my feet (and every other object) to the ground. I will rely on reasonable expectations based on a history of testable and repeatable actions.
I will believe the hypotheses of reputable scientists, who have shown their work, rather than the far less coherent and parsimonious claims that Christians make. I will believe in space/time curvature rather than angels. Atheists often say that they have not been presented with sufficiently convincing evidence, but evidence is information which convinces, or tends to convince, regarding any given matter. If it does not convince to some degree, it is not ‘evidence,’ it is just another unverified claim.
I want to believe the most true things, and the fewest false things as possible. Despite your desperate attempt at mind-reading and fortune-telling, I am not a rebellious sinner! After 2000 years of asking Christians for evidence, the best they seem to be able to come up with is, ‘You just have to have faith, and you won’t know until you die.’ That is unacceptable to me – no sin involved. 👿