Today’s Prompt: Write a post inspired by a real-world conversation.
“I don’t believe…”
I’ve heard this statement so many times, invariably accompanied by an air of self-importance and some sort of tacit understanding that the matter is settled.
“What does your lack of belief have to do with reality?” I’ve often snapped back.
Needless to say, that hasn’t done much for my popularity with the self-styled “skeptics.”
Skeptics, unbelievers, doubting Thomases, whatever you’re calling yourselves these days, look away, for I’m about to serve up some very hard-to-swallow (or fathom, or believe) information.
Last night, I happened upon an unlikely article in which people were discussing unidentified flying objects (UFOs). It’s kind of surprising that calling something an “unidentified flying object” results in so many cries of “I don’t believe….” I could wad up some paper, throw it past your head and out an open window and create, whaddya know, an unidentified flying object. That is, if you don’t quite manage to sort out what just flew past your head.
That’s obviously not what beggars belief. From the hundreds of comments below the article, it seems it’s not unidentified flying objects people have a problem with, but rather the idea that there could be more out there than they can imagine or that any object or person can defy the laws of physics. I’ll leave the aliens and the probing out of the discussion, as those are really tangential to the topic and not value-adding. I’m even going to leave the UFOs out of the discussion at this point, so I really should change the title of this article [21/4/2015: title changed]. I’m going to focus instead on the great disbelief that the laws of physics as we know them can be broken.
There’s one place where we’re given example after example of the laws of physics (as we understand them) being broken, often in front of many eyewitnesses: the Bible.
Of a Person
Acts 8: 36-40
And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
Of a Ship and its Passengers
This one is a double blow to our current understanding of the laws of Physics, or even the capabilities of humans.
John 6: 16-21
And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.
Walking Through Solid Matter
John 20: 19, 26
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Luke 4: 28-30
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
Belief or the Lack Thereof
I could go on, but there’s no real point to that. Jesus explained how He did the things He did, but He added a dire statement on the matter of belief.
John 20: 60-64
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not.
There is some good news, however, which sums up everything that’s wrong with “I don’t believe….”
Matthew 17: 20
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Let’s repeat this for emphasis: Nothing shall be impossible unto you.