The Bible Supports Science Vol. 6:
The Harm Done by Preachers and Churches Promises of Miracles and Spirits;
There Are No Miracles, Says God;
Belief in “Miracles,” Is Really Belief In Magic, Sorcery
Chapter 2 & 3
Traditional BIG Promises,
Prophesies of Huge “Miracles,”
Are the Foretold
False Promises, False Prophesy,
Lies, Deceit, “Empty Words”;
The False Signs That
Deceived the Whole World
Priests and ministers, bishops and popes, often promised us huge amazing miracles; “bread” out of thin air, like rabbits out of empty hats. But one Apocalyptic “day,” you are supposed to discover that essentially “all” our preachers and holy men, were “deceit”ful. That our “Christian” preachers were engaging specifically, in deceitful “Magic” and “illusion”ism in part.
And here and now in fact, we find, shatteringly, that the Christian tradition that promised “miracles,” was not from God; but was a false idea, from “magical thinking.” Simply, the notion of “miracles” was the magical “delusion” God warned about. It was a false idea, perpetuated by preachers who were really the foretold deceitful “Magicians,” with their “sorcery.” In spite of many sophistical attempts to assert that Christian “miracles,” are not “magic,” in fact we show, they are. The belief in “Miracles” has been a misinterpretation; of the natural “wonders” of the Bible. A syncretistic element of ancient, false belief in Magic, that attached itself to Christianity falsely, many centuries ago.
This is an author’s draft, edited by author, to page 48-52-65-83 END, on 1/3/08, p. 3 Sept. 28, 2010. Note renumbering of points, Sections.
Intro, p. 5-11
Sect. 1 Intro. to p. 21
Sec. 1 The Huge Scale of Miracles Promised: 1) Big miracles described; 2) promised in the Bible itself or preachers’ sermons; 3) BIG; 4) “all the “Works” that Jesus did; 5) Greater works than these; 6) “Whatever” we “ask”; 7) “All things”; 8)”Everyone”; 9) one “day”. But science says no.
Sec. 2 Miracles Promised Promptly: 10) “soon” etc.; 11) whatever we ask means whenever; 12) today; 13) old promises should come true today; 14) pictured as happening promptly; 15) honesty requires promptness; 16) God is reliable; 17) science demands results replicated today; 18) often promised “in a year,” etc.
Sec. 3 False Things in Religion, corrected by Science: 19) false priests; 20) vs. science, 21) personal experience; 22) faith healing not enough; 23) honesty sez no big miracles;
Section 4: The End: 24) All have sinned; 25) earth deceived; 26) heaven destroyed; 27) discernment, sheep from goats, fruitful from unfruitful; 28) release from “illusion,” “delusion”; 29) Second Coming; 30) Average man “first”; 31) priests “last.”
Sec. 5: Science of God: 32) “do all work miracles”; 33) metaphors for spirit or nature; 34) preachers read wonders as supernatural, magical;
Sec. 6 The End
Sec. 7 The Rare Miracle? Science, Statistics Rejects.
:Dozens of Bad Sermons Attempting to Excuse, Explain the Lack of Miracles. P. 49- END p. 83.
APPENDIX 2: the Catholic Position]
A Short Introduction;
The Bible Tells Us
Not to “Whitewash” or Cover Up,
The Sins of Holy Men
Preachers often read to us parts of the Bible that – they assure us – tell us that our preachers and churches are reliable and authoritative. But in earlier writings, we found that God told us that even holy men – and even Catholic churches – often sin. Amazingly, even the latest Catechism of the Catholic Church, admits that the whole Church on earth is not “perfect,” and will not be perfected, until the End of Time (CCC, publ. 1997-2000, 2nd edition, sec. 825 etc.).
Indeed, the Bible itself warned about huge sins in our holiest men, our preachers and angels, in dozens, hundreds of parts of the Bible. Parts of the Bible that however, our preachers have always tried to hide and topspin. Many hundreds of parts of the Bible warn about huge sins in holy men and preachers; and furthermore, they often warned specifically about those who try to deny or cover up or “whitewash” sins in our religious leaders:
“With you is my contention, O priest” (Hos. 4.4).
“For the time has come for judgement to begin with the household of God” (1 Peter 4.17).
“What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you…. As for you, you whitewash with lies…. Will you speak deceitfully for God?” (Job 13.2, 4, 7).
“I have heard many such things, miserable comforters are you all. Shall windy words have an end?” (Job 16.2).
“I saw a great white throne and him who sat upon it” (Rev. 20.11).
“Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, prophesy and say to those who prophesy out of their own minds: ‘Hear the word of the LORD!’ Thus says the Lord GOD, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! Your prophets have been like foxes among ruins, O Israel. You have not gone up into the breaches, or built up a wall for the house of Israel, that it might stand in battle in the day of the LORD. They have spoken falsehood and divined a lie; they say, ‘Says the LORD,’ when the LORD has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. Have you not seen a delusive vision, and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, ‘Says the LORD,’ although I have not spoken?’ Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have uttered delusions and seen lies, therefore behold, I am against you, says the Lord GOD. My hand will be against the prophets who see delusive visions and who give lying divinations; they shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel; and you shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Because … they have mislead my people, saying, Peace, when there is no peace; and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets daub it with whitewash; say to those who daub it with whitewash that it shall fall! … And when the wall falls, will it not be said to you, ‘where is the daubing with which you daubed it?’… I will break down the wall that you have daubed with whitewash, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be laid bare…” (Ezk. 13.2-14).
“His hand was leprous, as while as snow” (Ex. 4.6).
“Prophets have daubed for them with whitewash” (Ezk. 22.28).
“From prophet to priest, every one deals falsely” (Jer. 6.13).
“You are like whitewashed tombs” (Mat. 23.37).
“God shall strike you, you whitewashed wall!’ (Acts 23.3).
“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness. For we all make many mistakes, and if anyone makes no mistakes in what he says he is a perfect man…. So the tongue is a little member that boasts of great things…. But no human being can tame the tongue – a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 2.1-2, 5, 8).
“There is a change in the priesthood” (Heb. 7.12).
“Outside are the dogs and sorcerers” (Rev. 22.15).
“He leads priests away stripped” (Job 12.19).
Therefore it seems, we should not have too much faith in any churches or holy men no doubt, and their alleged “perfect”ion; or their vision of God. Rather in fact, as we have found elsewhere, we are supposed to apply a critical Science of God, to our holy men and churches and all their doctrines and sayings; to see exactly where they might have sinned and erred, after all (as we will have seen in our volumes on the Science of God).
But if our holiest Churches and holy men, are not perfect, then where exactly have they, most likely, made errors in the past? Suppose we look at our holy men, our churches, with a critical eye at last? Where might we find imperfections … or simply, sins in our churches?
In fact, science has often looked into traditional Christianity – and immediately found something in it, that it objected to: specifically, science and common sense, have often objected especially, to … promises of physical “miracles.” But as it turns out, there are problems with our churches “spirituality” as well. So many problems that as a matter of fact, as we begin to look closely into these matters, it seems as if our childhood heaven itself, is collapsing. And yet amazingly we find, in fact, one “day” this is supposed to happen; one “day,” our heaven itself is supposed to be destroyed. In order for God to show us something better.
The Bible itself often warned us that essentially everything in our religion, our churches, can be false; and therefore, rather than simply trusting and believing and having “faith” in our holy men, instead, we are supposed to look critically at them, looking for their possible sins and errors. (As we saw in our earlier books).
So what do we see first of all, if we begin doing that? If we begin to look more critically at the church – at the Roman Catholic Church, say – what things seem to stand out, as possibly false, imperfect things? One of the most obvious candidates, is “miracles.” Which cannot be verified; and which in fact look suspiciously like false legends. Or metaphors. Or say, magic tricks. Even in ancient times it seems, there were magicians and priests, who could perform sleight-of-hand conjuring tricks. So, if we are to use science to examine religion – and since the Bible itself told us to look specifically for magicians and “sorceries” – then after all, the first thing that strikes our eye, are “miracles.” Which seem out of keeping with the scientific view of life; and which indeed if anything, at times look like classic sleight-of-hand magic tricks (among other things).
Essentially all our mainline Christian priests and ministers to be sure, long promised physical miracles to us. And not just small miracles either. Not just faith-healings. But the power to make real actual literal “mountains” move; the power to walk on water; the power to make bread appear out of thin air. And so forth. And yet today, many of us don’t get most of the specific physical miracles that the Bible promised. No matter how good we are; no matter how we pray; no matter what we do.
Our holy men, our preachers, promised us, that many miracles happened in the past; and they often promised that many huge miracles would come to us today. But today, most of us don’t get all the miracles that were promised in the name of Christ and God. Now and then, a preacher claims to be healing a sick person unexpectedly; but sick people often get well unexpectedly, just from natural causes, their immune systems and so forth; so that is not a very large miracle. More importantly, we don’t see anyone at all, claiming to be able to work the really huge miracles often promised in the Bible: when was the last time you yourself saw anyone really, literally, walk on water, for example?
So what should we now say? In the past, whenever we prayed for miracles but didn’t get them, our preachers came up with many different sermons, to try to explain, excuse, the lack of miracles. Indeed, dozens, hundreds, millions of sermons were developed by ministers; to assure us that everything was still fine in our religion … even if the miracles it promises do not arrive much, today. In particular, our preachers often told us that if God or our ministers did not seem to be delivering all the miracles they promised, then we are supposed to just ignore that; and just continue to have “faith.” Which is reward enough, in itself.
When miracles don’t arrive, our preachers have dozens of sermons to try to explain or excuse that; and probably the main idea they deliver to us, is that the lack of miracles is a “test of faith” from God. A call just to believe and have faith, without seeing any material results, here on this physical earth. But actually, we are about to show here, what we always heard from preachers’ sermons in churches all over the earth – particularly their stress on “faith” – is not really what the Bible itself actually said, overall. The fact is, we are about to show here that the Bible itself actually told us, that if our preachers promise things that they do not deliver – like huge miracles – then actually the Bible said, we are supposed to simply conclude that our allegedly holy men’s promises – of miracles for example – are just, simply, “false” and wrong.
The fact is, as we will have been seeing in our books here, the Bible itself often 1) warned that there have always been “false” and bad things, in even the highest saints and angels on earth, and even in heaven itself. And therefore 2) far from telling us to follow them and their ideas about God with total “faith,” 3) the Bible actually told us to critically examine them with science; to see if our holy men and their promises are true or false. And 4) if one “day,” we should discover that essentially all of our preachers are essentially, false deceived persons? Then after all, the Bible said, one apocalyptic “day,” we are supposed to discover precisely, that. While 5) in our present book we add that we are supposed to uncover specifically, magic, magicians and sorcerers, “sorceries,” have been deceiving our “worship.”
Could promises of “miracles” be simply, one of the forewarned, sins of priests? Today, many people note that we do not see quite as many big physical miracles as our preachers often promised; not “all” and “whatever” we “ask.” But does this mean that the Bible itself therefore, is simply, false? Here, we present a different explanation, that is consistent with the Bible itself and God himself: we simply suggest that, as many have suggested, those who found supernatural “miracles” in the Bible, misread the Bible, and its promises of natural and technological “wonders.” That the Bible seldom if ever actually promised supernatural miracles at all, but promised wonders that are, on second sight, compatible with what science observes in nature and technology. So that promises of miracles, specifically, are simply, the foretold “sins” of priests. The forewarned “false proph”esies. Or even, deceitful magic.
Of course, priests do not want to face this devastating, humbling, Apocalyptic conclusion; that a major element of their own religion, was false. And yet we will have begun to show in our own works here, that actually, the Bible itself finally demanded this conclusion: that if our holiest men and angels are not delivering, physically, the things they promised – like miracles – then, far from continuing to follow them with total “faith,” instead, we are actually supposed to come to this shattering but eminently biblical conclusion: that, exactly as foretold by God, our preachers and holy men and their promises and prophesies, were often sinful. And simply, false. And that specifically, their promises of miracles … were the “false” element in religion, Christianity, that God himself, the Bible itself, often warned about.
Could the old Biblical warnings be true? Could “all have sinned” … even our preachers? Is this possible? Could nearly all our holiest men and angels and churches, all our priests and ministers, have been “deceived” or “false”? At first, it seems impossible or heretical, to say that. And yet, we will have been finding in our books here, that amazingly, God commands us – to come to this conclusion: that essentially “all” our holy men sinned and erred; specifically, 1) when they promised “miracles” to us. In fact, the Bible allows us to come to this shattering conclusion: that miracle-promising Christianity was the foretold false religion, following a “false Christ.” That the Bible itself, Jesus himself, warned about. So that our traditional “heaven” itself begins to dissolve.
This is hard for the faithful to believe, or face. But here we show that in fact, a) all this should finally be compelling to those raised to believe the Bible; since all this in in the Bible itself. And then too, b) there is an immensely positive side to this painful, even literally heaven-shattering finding: and that is that even as we discover a massive falsehood, a false idea of Christ, deep in the very core of traditional Christianity, the Bible confirms that we are also about to see another, “second,” better, “full”er vision, “appearance,” of God, Christ.
Even as our “child”hood heaven of faith in miracles (and spirituality, as it turns out) “dissolves,” this actually does not deny, but “fulfills” many Bible prophesies. And reveals after all the pain of disillusionment … the first glimmerings of the foretold second and better vision, appearance, of Christ.
So let our believers at last, learn to simply “face” a long hard, science-based, critical look at traditional Christianity. Especially, its promises of “miracles.” In order to see after all, next, a second and better “appearance” of God, on earth.
But 2) what then, is the second and better appearance to God? For centuries, preachers seemed to have almost thought that their own new “spiritual” idea of God, was the second appearance of God; the final and last word from Christ. And yet to be sure, we will be finding in our books here, that if promises of physical miracles, were not quite entirely right, neither was the spirituality of preachers the final view of God, either. As we will see in our books on Over-Spirituality.
Before looking at the problems with spirituality though, let’s continue to look at the very serious problems, with traditional promises of physical miracles. Anyone who reads a little (unexpurgated) history, knows that essentially all our churches, often promised the people giant, physical miracles: “all” the wonders that Jesus did, like walking on water and so forth. And even “greater things than these.” (Preachers here, working largely off their own bad readings of mere misleading fragments of the Bible; especially say John 14.12-21). But here and now we will show that what essentially all our churches said, in (since partially deleted?) everyday sermons and conversations, the giant miracles they promised, was not really what the Bible itself finally promised. And that furthermore? When preachers went on, and from sermon to sermon promised Christians giant miraculous powers? All our preachers did an evil and destructive thing; they did massive harm, to all of mankind.
What Did the Bible Itself Actually Promise
In the Way of Miracles?
The Parts of the Bible that Preachers Used
To Promise Miracles
Here, we will want to remain absolutely true to the Bible itself. But can we doubt say, miracles … and still follow the Bible itself? Ultimately we will find here, we can and will do that. Because ultimately we will find that though preachers constantly, explicitly or implicitly, promised miracles to us, the Bible itself, more carefully read, did not really unequivocally promise miracles at all.
To be sure, we need to admit that there are indeed, many parts
of the Bible, that seemed
to promise miracles to us. Parts that were constantly quoted to us in church (up to about 1970 or so). In fact, anyone who remembers a few sermons from many different churches, up to about 1970 or so, remembers preachers promising hundreds of big, huge miracles: the power to move “mountains” and so forth. Indeed, the way the Bible was read to us for centuries, in churches all over the earth, the Bible was presented as promising us an ever-growing list of bigger and bigger and bigger, eventually gigantic, miracles.
1) Indeed, essentially all our preachers constantly quoted to us in churches all over the earth, many parts of the Bible, that, taken by themselves, definitely seemed to describe huge, supernatural miracles to us. At first. Like the following:
“And the dead man sat up and began to speak” (Luke 7.15).
“And behold, a leper came to him…. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed” (Mat. 8.3).
“And he said, ‘Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been wrought in all the earth or in any nation” (to date?; Ex. 34.10).
“If you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Mat. 21.21-22, Revised Standard Version, RSV. Italics, mine).
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover …. While the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it ” (Mark 16.17-18, 20 NRSV; not in every Bible).
“As he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick…. They said to him, ‘We have only five loaves here and two fish.’ And he said, ‘bring them here to me….’ And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Mat. 14.14-21).
“‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body… All these things shall be yours as well'” (Mat. 6.25-33).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go the father. Whatever you ask in my name I will do it …; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14.12 ff).
Whatever the Bible might have said about miracles in the end, these passages, taken by themselves, to be sure, definitely seemed to, first of all, describe what appeared to be supernatural miracles.
2) Then too furthermore, these and other parts of the Bible, were constantly read to us, in church, by preachers; who intended the clear implication (and often the explicit claim) that through such passages, a) God was not just describing huge, wonderful supernatural miracles. But also that God was promising such miracles, to us.
To all those who trusted and obeyed and had faith in the preacher … or his idea of God:
“‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body… All these things shall be yours as well'” (Mat. 6.25-33).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go the father. Whatever you ask in my name I will do it …; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14.12 ff).
Generations of preachers read these and similar parts, these fragments of the Bible, to us, more or less by themselves. And indeed, these parts of the Bible, taken by themselves, definitely seemed to describe amazing supernatural events; and to promise miracles to us.
And indeed, b) anyone who remembers a few sermons until about 1967 or so, remembers preachers sermons, doing precisely this: constantly quoting these and similar parts, fragments of the Bible like the above, with the firm implication – and often the explicit promise – that in such passages, God was describing – and promising to churchgoers – huge, amazing, spectacular powers and miracles. If only we trusted and believed and had faith in the preacher and his idea of God.
3) And furthermore, based on such passages – and others emphasizing the omnipotence of God – the promises of our Christian preachers, were not small. In fact, whatever we find the Bible itself might ultimately have said about such things, “generation”s of preachers definitely read their Bibles to us in such a way, that it would seem impossible to ask God for too much; since the fact is, we were all promised not only just a few minor faith healings … but really, huge, amazing, BIG miracles.
a) For example? We were often promised the power, for example, to move real, actual, physical “mountains” with just faith and a prayer;
“If you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will be done” (Mat. 21.21 ff., Revised Standard Version, RSV. Italics, mine).
This is not a small promise at all. It is a promise of gigantic powers, note: the power to move real, actual mountains.
b) Indeed, most preachers even said that our old holy books promised not just a few small miracles, or limited powers … like faith healings only. But many wonderful things. Like these:
c) The power to make bread appear out of thin air (as Jesus was said to have done);
d) The power to walk on water;
e) The power to raise the dead, among other things:
“And the dead man sat up and began to speak” (Luke 7.15).
“As he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick…. They said to him, ‘We have only five loaves here and two fish.’ And he said, ‘bring them here to me….’ And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Mat. 14.14-21).
These promises were big enough; the power to raise the dead and make bread appear out of thin air, etc.. But big as these promises are, in fact, as we will see, the promises of our preachers, just keep getting bigger and bigger.
The promises get of preachers, got bigger and bigger … and even bigger. We were often in effect, a) promised not only that such wonders would be done for us; but preachers used parts of the Bible to assert that we ourselves as believers, would be able to perform, get, such wonders.
4) And furthermore, the size
of the powers we are supposed to have, becomes truly huge. Here for example, we were promised the power to do all the “works” that Jesus did.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and.…”
This was a huge promise; it would mean that – since Jesus made bread appear out of thin air and so forth – we ourselves should be able to do these things too .
5) But if these promises were not truly spectacular enough, then note, this is not the end of what preachers often promised us; next, amazingly, incredibly, by quoting some other parts of the Bible, our preachers’ promises got bigger still. After promising that we will be able to do all the works that Jesus did, then we were promised … even “greater works”
than Jesus himself performed.
Based on parts of the Bible, like this one:
“‘Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these….'” (John 14.12; cf. Mat. 21.21; Mark 16/17; Luke 10.17 RSV).
“The works that I do … bear witness to me…” (John 10.25).
6) It would seem impossible for anyone to promise us more than this; all the “work”s (or “miracles” it was assumed) that Jesus did … and then, even “greater works than these.” But Then, the promises just get bigger still. Just when it would seem that our preachers could not possibly even think of something bigger to promise us … then, based on yet another passage in the Bible, we were promised even, “whatever,” “anything,” we “ask” for:
“Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him” (1 John 3.22 KJE).
“Ask, and it will given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one
who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Mat. 7.7-8 RSV; cf. 21.21, John 14.14, etc.).
Whatever you ask in my name I will do it…; if you ask anything in many name, I will do it” (John 14.12 ff).
“Again I say unto you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Mat. 18.19).
The promises of our holy men to the people, therefore, were, typically, in the end, huge; gigantic. In countless preachers’ sermons in fact, the promises just keep getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger. Finally, the promises become gigantic: we are promised “whatever” we “ask.”
7) Indeed, based on passages like the following, preachers eventually promised us in effect, “all” things:
“For I can do all things in Christ Jesus” (Paul, n.p.).
“Do not worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’… Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Mat. 6.31-33).”Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on…. Your heavenly father knows that you need them all. But … all
these things shall be yours as well” (Matt. 6.25-33).
“All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9.23).
The “promises” – or also in effect, “prophesies” – that preachers made to us, by quoting such passages without critical comment, where therefore for huge, gigantic, miraculous powers.
And just when you thought no more could be promised, then if anything, the promises of holy men just kept getting bigger and bigger.
8) Eventually, we might now add, some preachers found parts of the Bible, which allowed their promises of miracles, to often get even bigger still: not so much in physical size, but in the number of people who are promised these things. Adding still more, to the already gigantic, colossal, stupendous promises, these miracles were not just promised to a few, but to … “every one who asks,” (Mat. 7.7-8). Or “whosoever” asks:
For every one
who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Mat. 7.7-8 RSV; cf. 21.21, John 14.14, etc.).
Huge promises were therefore, made to basically all of us, by our priests and ministers. Promises that if true, would – as it was often implied in countless sermons – mean that any average believer, who asked for a mountain to move, right now, should be able to work such a miracle.
9) Indeed, no doubt, when they find that many of the promises of holy men are not working out, many believers begin to abandon their faith, as “false.” Which is to be sure, something that preachers do not want. And so preachers and holy men over the centuries, began to try to come up with possible explanations as to why the promises of God, might seem to be “delay”ed. And among the many explanations that were developed, were promises, prophesies, that even if our preachers had not delivered all that was promised in the past, in terms of rewards and punishments, then however, one “day” he would deliver it; one “day” soon.
And so eventually, one of the biggest promises of all developed: the promise of an Apocalyptic a) “Day” of the Lord. In this huge, omnibus promise, it was suggested that if God has ever been slow about delivering on all these magnificent promises in the past, then it was said, there was an excuse for this: because one “day,” “soon,” the Lord is to show up in person on earth; to at last make good on the old promises. To punish the wicked … and reward the good. While related to that, it was even said that b) God will even deliver at last, a promised ideal “kingdom.” To make up for any shortfalls in delivery of miracles in the past, finally God would deliver everything at once; in an ideal “kingdom.” A place where Jerusalem would become the capital of the world … and an ideal place to live; an ideal “kingdom.” Where believers would be given a place, and kingdom, where there is no death, dying, or pain or weeping any more. Where indeed even the “wolf” and the “lamb” live together peacefully, it seems:
“For behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy… No more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress…. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit…. They shall not labor in vain…. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent’s food” (Isa. 65.17, 19, 21, 23, 25).
And so finally, if many of the old wonderful promises alleged to have come from God, did not seem totally true, then after all, all of them were eventually lumped into a sort of master, omnibus promise: they would all come true at once, it was implied. On a special “day.”
On that “day,” God is to punish doubters, unbelievers; and reward the good. Or even perhaps, unite nearly all the people of the earth in peace or prosperity (or at least, vassalage to Israel?). Many people today, mistakenly think that only a false Christ unites the world (in Rev. 13?); but in other parts of the Bible, it seems as if the real Christ, God himself, unites the world, too. In a kingdom that is so good, that it is in effect, heaven come to earth:
“And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘see, the home of God is among mortals'” (Rev. 21.2-3 NRSV).
“For I know their works and their thoughts, and I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and shall see my glory” (Isa. 66.18 RSV).
“‘Behold the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.’ And he who sat upon the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.'” (Rev. 21.3-15).
Thus, again, if there was ever a delay, in some of the promised wonders arriving, now it was said (among many other things; see Sermons as Excuses for the Lack of Miracles) that finally, a) any shortfall in the actual delivery of such wonders, might be made up on this special “day.” Many wonderful (and terrible), seeming miraculous things, are to finally happen, especially on one or another of such days as these. Many of which were promised “soon” long ago (Rev. 22.20); the “Time is near” (Rev. 22.10).* As they said, two and three thousand years ago.
Were any of these promises of huge wonderful miracles, true? Or were they all false prophesies? c) Indeed, we will find the truth in these claims. d) Yet to be sure, many scholars for some time have become rather cynical about promises of miracles; especially, promises of the “kingdom.” In part, scholars are doubtful about the promised “day” of the “kingdom” and so forth. Particularly, scholars complain such things as the “kingdom” were often promised “soon,” “at hand,” without “delay,” “quickly,” “in a generation,” the “time is near” and so forth. Though to be sure, nearly two and three thousand years have passed, since such promises were made for wonders “soon”; and yet, even two thousand years later, most of us have still not quite seen wonders as good as those that were promised “soon” so long ago.
e) And though St. Peter was then to say, as yet another further excuse for the lack of miracles, that perhaps “soon” meant thousands of years, to God … after all, this seems to “twist” the meaning of “soon” unreasonably, dishonestly. To the point that no doubt, Jesus was justified, when he began to call Peter “Satan” in Matthew 16.23.
To be sure, f) often, historically, this or that church or kingdom on earth, would claim to actually already be the foretold, promised kingdom. Yet, though many claimed to be the “fulfillment” of the promised kingdom, observing what “came to pass” in real life, we found that … actually, no place on earth has ever yet been quite as good, as the ideal kingdom the Bible is thought to have promised. Especially, no place on earth was ever quite as good as – or in other words, completely “fulfilled” prophesies of – Isa. 65-6 & Rev. 21 especially. Passages that promised a place where there is no more weeping or pain or war; a place of “peace” where …
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb” (Isa. 11.6).
Tragically, shatteringly, it may be that such huge promises – and giant miracles – were exaggerated, partially false, some would say. But let’s continue to examine the scale of what was promised, for a second. As it turns out, not only were these things promised to us … but they were normally promised to us in a timely way; “soon,” “at hand,” “presently,” “quickly,” the “time is near.” So that if these promises are true, then they should be happening … essentially all the time; even right now; whenever we “ask.”
Miracles Are Promised “Soon,”
In a Timely Way
Today, many preachers tell us that the miracles promised by our preachers are not necessarily supposed to happen in our own lifetimes; but perhaps one day, at the end of time. Yet note here and now, that not only were many physical, huge miracles promised to many of us, by preachers reading the above passages to us in church; in effect, if we look closely, they were often promised to us in a timely way; to happen “soon,” “quickly,”
10) Indeed, some of these promises – like the promises of a “kingdom” – were promised “soon,” “at hand,” (q.v. don’t believe “at hand”) “quickly,” the “time is near,” in a “generation,” without “delay” * (q.v. in Bible concordance).
Many huge, wonderful miracles were therefore, prophesied and promised to churchgoers. And such promises often packed the churches. With people eager or desperate, to get the miracles that preachers promised. Yet to be sure, elsewhere we found that God warned us that there have always been “false” and “deceit”ful things, in every aspect of religion; from “priest” to “prophet,” to the very angels in heaven. Indeed, the Bible warned there are many false things issued, even in the “name” of “Christ,” “Lord, Lord” (as we found in our writings on false priests). And so therefore, rather than just trusting and believing and having faith in such claims, as it turned out earlier, we are supposed to actually … take a long hard look, with “science,” at all such promises and prophesies. To see if they really came true … or not.
So let us continue, at last, to take a critical look at these gigantic promises of miracles, by our preachers. Let’s look at the full, gigantic size and scale of what was promised; and then compare it to what we actually see “come to pass” in real life. And especially, now, let’s consider the time constraint on such promises: they were often promised “soon” and “at hand,” in a “generation” … two and three thousand years ago.
Many parts of the Bible, were written to hint to many, that such things were finally promised to us, at the end of time. So were huge miracles really promised to us – in a timely way? In fact, not only were huge miracles often promised to us, but also, miracles are supposed to arrive in a timely way; a) “soon” after we “ask” for them. As we will have just seen here.
In passing, regarding specifically the miraculous “kingdom” we were promised, we might note for example, that many scholars say there are some famous apparent sins in, promises of an ideal “kingdom.” Many say that the idea kingdom was supposed to be in a “peace”ful Jerusalem; or a place where there would be no more “pain” or “weeping”; where Israel would dominate the whole earth, and be rich; but these things did not happen with Jesus. Who himself was killed; while many of his followers were likewise painfully martyred; and Jerusalem itself was burned to the ground by Rome in 70 AD. While indeed, no place on earth was ever quite “full”y as good as what was promised by God in Isa. 65-6; Rev. 21, etc..
To try to explain this, it was said in the New Testament that even if God had not yet delivered such things in the past, God would deliver them “soon.”
Thus God eventually promises things in a timely way.
To be sure, regarding the kingdom promised soon, fully two and even three thousand years or more have passed. Indeed, some of these promises were promised “soon,” “at hand,” (q.v. don’t believe “at hand”) “quickly,” the “time is near,” in a “generation,” without “delay” *… and yet, though such promises were made two and even three thousand years ago, the promised kingdom has still not yet fully appeared. No place on earth, has ever been quite as good, as all that our Bibles promised. For this reason, many have come to doubt promises of miracles, “soon.”.
To try to fix this, eventually even more arguments to excuse this next apparent, catastrophic failure in our religion and its promises (of ideal kingdoms “soon” and so forth), were generated. Specifically, there were developed many different theories about the timing of the “kingdom,” and the meaning of “soon” and so forth. aa) Parts of the Bible, seemed to suggest that Jesus’ aim and accomplishment, was to realize that kingdom in his own lifetime. And some parts suggest that just trusting, having faith in Jesus, fully realizes the old promises. Yet bb) other parts began to speak of the kingdom, the day of the Lord, as a promise not yet in fact, fully fulfilled, even by the end of the Bible. Speaking of many things as being something yet to be accomplished, at the end of time perhaps. On the last “day” of “judgement” and so forth. (See the many academic discussions on the “already/not yet” double nature of characterizations of the Kingdom?). While cc) St. Peter was to suggest that “soon” might mean … thousands or even millions of years, in God’s sense of time.
Yet to be sure, it does not seem honest, to promise something “soon,” “at hand,” the “time is near,” “quickly,” in a “generation” … and then, tell us that “soon” means … thousands or even millions of years. (If a “day” of the Lord is like a thousand years to us, and the kingdom is to come in a “generation,” or twenty years of days, then, doing the math [one thousand years, times 365 days, times 20 years], the things promised soon should arrive in little more than … seven millions years. Which would seem to semantically “twist” the meaning of “soon” all out of any sense of honesty. (Would you be satisfied with a furniture salesman, who promised delivery of your new couch “soon” … but then, years later and no couch delivered, is explaining to you that “soon” means millions of years? It is no doubt for such reasons, that Peter’s proclamations eventually caused Jesus to call Peter “Satan” in Mat. 16.23; and to suggest that such ideas are not credible).
In any case though, whatever the actual historical record of Christianity may be, in making good on its promises, in any case, the Bible itself often began to specify that any promises that were really true, would come in a visible way – and would come in a timely way. Would happen “soon” after we asked for them.
11) The promise that miracles would arrive in a timely way, was made in many different ways; not just by explicitly promising things “soon,” “at hand,” “quickly,” and so forth. But also timeliness, promptitude in God’s supplying miracles, was firmly supposed, implied, in many parts of the Bible. For example, consider some of the logical implications, of many earlier promises; that would imply that we could and should get miracles in a timely way; even right now, if we ask for that.
Note especially, for example, the earlier promise that “everyone” is to get “whatever” we ask. Notice that if this promise is true, then logically, we should be ask, say, for a miracle with a time specifier – to ask say, for “God to fly our car to the moon, right now” say – and see it happen. Right now. Since we were promised “whatever” we “ask” … and we asked for it to happen in a timely way; right now.
So finally, we will find that many huge promises of gigantic miracles were make to us by millions of preachers, in millions of churches, for thousands of years, to billions of people. And yet, not all the things that were constantly promised, have been delivered; even after two and three thousand years. And moreover, finally we will also find, none of the common excuses or explanations that preachers’ sermons and homilies and apologetics have tried to make for this, are actually good or honest or true arguments. So that finally, in point of fact, simply … there are irrefutable signs of an enormous sin or error, deep in the heat of all that we were taught is absolutely true and holy: in … promises of miracles.
Anyone who remembers a few sermons up to about 1967 or so, remembers: we were made some very, very, very BIG promises by holy men. The promises of holy men were normally, gigantic. In countless sermons, we were promised huge, amazing things: not just the power to heal the sick; (which is a smaller miracle; one that doctors can often do today), but in fact, our preachers picked and constantly read to us, parts of the Bible that seemed to clearly promise us HUGE powers and wonders.
Whenever our preachers quoted these passages, they normally used them to tacitly, implicitly (and often explicitly) assure the people, that the Bible promised them many huge miracles; to whoever asked. So that gigantic promises were made thereby, by preachers, to billions of churchgoers. There is really no doubt; anyone who went to church until about 1967 or so, knows perfectly well that most our preachers constantly (if not always) gave the impression – and often even explicitly said – by quoting the parts of the Bible like those just cited above, that God would give everyone big miracles.
But many of us don’t see such results today. And so … what if we don’t get such miracles today? What if people come up to the preacher after church, and complain about the lack of such things today? Then our preachers have dozens, hundreds, millions of sermons designed to try to excuse, explain, the lack of miracles. But we will examine dozens of the most common sermons you heard in church … and find they are false. (For a quick summary, see our longer writing on Sermons as Excuses).
For example, when we complain we are not getting such miracles today, many preachers will deliver a sermon, that tells us that God will deliver them “soon”er or later. But not today. But actually, this very common sermon is false. Consider next, how often were such miracles supposed to come? Next we will find, we were often promised in effect, lots of miracles … today; on demand; every time we ask for them. So that if we ask for a miracle today, we should get one.
12) Furthermore, regarding when such miracles will arrive? Our preachers themselves, often told us one or more of the following:
Indeed, many preachers in fact, explicitly promised such miracles as happening in their own time. Therefore, there are many religious traditions, that promised miracles arriving … in our own lifetime.
So that we ourselves today, were promised miracles – today. In yet another way.
13) Indeed, the normal implication of many (if not all) statements in the Bible, is that they are timeless, or for all times; that what was true in the past, is true for all time – for today – as well. Therefore, if miracles happened in the past, they likely should happen today as well. (Miracles arriving, note, even for the “evil generation” of Jesus’ time, by the way).
14) For that matter, note that most of the miracles, as they were described in the Bible, were normally pictured as having been delivered in a timely, prompt way. When God tells Moses he is going to work a miracle … it happens usually, very soon; shortly after the request or promise is made. Not years later. Not thousands of years later. But in a reasonable time frame. As one would expect.
As an example, consider this passage:
“‘Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe…. Go; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was living. So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to him, ‘Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.’ The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, ‘Your son will live’; and he himself believed, and all his household. This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee” (John 4.48-54).
If anyone believes for a moment, before a specific miracle, still, they follow an authority who has an empirically proven track record in the past; who has worked other miracles or wonders, in the past. While in any case, note here that … we ourselves are not required to believe … unless or until, Jesus presents real material – and in this case, timely – evidence. Indeed, here, the household does not believe, until it is proven that … material wonders, healings, happen simultaneously with the command that sickness be healed.
15) Indeed, simple honesty would require that someone who promises something, should deliver it in a timely way. What would we think of a furniture salesman, if he promised delivery of something we bough “soon” … and then, after waiting months for what he promised, he told us that “soon” meant millions of years; that he would give us what he promised, years later; at the end of our lifetime. Or maybe, in heaven. Obviously, we would quickly deduce in such a case, that the furniture salesman was dishonest; was committing a form of fraud, informally called, stringing us along, and playing semantic, “twist”ing word games with us (see Sermons; as excuses for the lack of miracles). Rather than being honest; as a man from God should be.
16) Indeed: would God promise anything that was not absolutely reliable, timewise? Would God promise something that is less reliable than a human artifact; less reliable than a light switch that works 100 times out of 100 tries? Is God like a furniture salesman, that says he will deliver the couch he bought you … and then tells you that he meant, five hundred years later, say? (If St. Paul suggested as much, recall that Jesus called Paul “Satan” in Mat. 16.23).
17) Then too, the Bible told us to honor “science” … and generally science says that something, any old claim of marvelous results, is not true, or cannot be firmly confirmed by us …
unless or until the claim can be “replicated” or repeated, in our own time; here and now, on this material earth. (See God commanding Moses to perform a miracle, when the Pharaoh asks, etc.).
Therefore, there were many passages, in the Bible, that have rightly been used to imply that we believers in God should be getting miracles – and in a timely way; here and now, today, too. Miracles essentially, whenever we ask. So that, if the promises of preachers are true, then we should be getting many huge miracles, here and now, today; right now.
18) Huge, amazing, gigantic promises, of spectacular miracles were definitely made to us by our holy men. Not just small miracles, like faith-healings. But big miracles. And even some have said, miracles that would arrive in a timely, reliable way; here and now, today. Indeed, the Bible says that “fruits” are often expected for example, within a year or so:
“I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree…. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down” (Luke 13.7,9).
There are plenty of indications therefore, that those who promise miracles, should be required to produce them … and in a timely way; within minutes or days at most. Or a “year” or two. At most. Since this is what they promised; or what the parts of the Bible they quoted, seem to imply.
“Signs” of Sin, “Fals”ity, “Deceit,”
In Promises of Miracles:
Are We Getting Miracles As Large and Reliable
As Preachers Promised,
Reading the above passages, it would seem that the Bible itself made to us Gigantic promises; promises of huge, wonderful – and often, timely, prompt – miracles. Or in any cases, whatever the Bible itself finally said, these passages were often used by preachers, to make such promises. Anyone who remembers a few sermons in a few churches, till about 1970 or so, remembers hearing many of the above-mentioned passages from the Bible; hearing them read over and over. The above passages or others like them, were read to us by preachers over and over in church; with the clear implication – or at times, even the explicit promise – that such passages promised that we believers would get huge, incredible miracles. If only we were good; if only we just trusted and believed and had faith.
Indeed, the whole earth was entranced by such passages, with their apparently gigantic promises; and ultimately, millions, billions of human beings flocked to churches. Joining Christianity … essentially to get huge material rewards. Even amazing miracles, and miraculous powers: the power to get bread out of thin air; the power to make “mountain”s move. And so forth.
Thus, reading these passages as Biblical promises of miracles, was immensely successful, in creating the success of traditional Christianity. And yet however, we now come to a critical, and shattering moment. Where we ask … whether Christianity typically made good, on these gigantic promises.
There is no doubt, that passages from the Bible, like the above, can be used to promise people lots of miracles. And those of us who remember many sermons, remember that they were used constantly by preachers, to promise them.
19) And yet to be sure, as it turned out, elsewhere in our Bibles, in parts of the Bible our preachers did not tell us so much about … a) God himself often warned that there were many “false prophets” and false prophesies, false promises, in our holy men and angels; God even warned there were many bad things in “priests” and “ministers” too. b) Specifically, God warned our holy men often made many false “prophesies,” false promises.
20) And therefore, because there are often false things in our holiest men and angels – and preachers – ultimately, we will have found, God told us not to entirely just trust and believe such promises – of miracles for example. But instead, we were commanded by God to look more critically at our priests, and their promises. Look at them with science. To see if priests and ministers really produce all the wonderful things they promise … or not.
Yet here were come to a shattering revelation: overwhelmingly, the vast bulk of science suggests that … priests are not actually delivering miracles as big as they promised.
21) Indeed, consider your own private experience: what happens, when you yourself pray for miracles, of the full size and scale that we were promised, above? Today, many ordinary people might try to get such miracles; and notice informally that however, the larger, more obvious miracles are not happening around them. Look around you: how many people are really, literally, physically …walking on water?
22) As will be seen, today many preachers believe they can defend miracles, by pointing to “faith-healings”; cases where sick people were prayed for, and got unexpectedly well. And yet however, our major point here is that a) much, much more than faith-healings was promised by our holy men. b) While we be finding later, that even faith-healings are questionable.
The fact is, there are many “signs” that such promises of miracles were false; an “abomination.” Especially, consider the huge scale – and even at times, timeliness – of what we were often promised by preachers. Whatever the Bible itself ultimately promised, and whatever churches might have formally, technically committed themselves to in their formal doctrines, most of us who remember a few sermons, remember that many of the most popular sermons offered in probably every church, every single Christian denomination, constantly presented fragments of the Bible, in such a way that these fragments definitely appeared to promise believers … lots of huge, wonderful, spectacular miracles.
In countless church sermons, for example, we were constantly read the following:
“If you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Mat. 21.21-22, Revised Standard Version, RSV. Italics, mine).
Historically these lines – and others like them – were constantly quoted to billions of people, by preachers in churches, over and over, week after week, sermon after sermon. For thousands of years. To ultimately, billions of people; indeed, such promises eventually entranced the whole earth.
Parts of the Bible like those quoted above, were often quoted by preachers to us, and to billions of human beings. With this implication, and often this explicit promise too: that a) God had often worked miracles in the past; and b) if we were good and did what the preacher said, we would get these miracles ourselves, too.
23) Yet Christians are supposed to be honest. And to be good honest “witness“es. So, if you are an honest Christian, then you should ask yourself here and now: when was the last time you yourself, really, actually, saw anyone at all – even a preacher – work the bigger miracles that were promised here? When was the last time you yourself, saw even a preacher, move a real, actual, literal mountain, through the sky, and dump it in the sea?
If you are an honest person, and not a liar, or a simply delusional person, then as of this date – c. 2007 – you will have to say, that though many such things were claimed to have happened in the past, you yourself, have not seen anyone do these specific things, in your own time.
Many people claim to believe in miracles. But do they really, fully believe? Do they really believe all the promises of miracles made to us? Those people who claim to believe in miracles, or to have gotten miracles, should consider just how huge the promises made by preachers were.
Let’s in fact, take yet another example, of one the promises that were made to us:
“They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isa. 40.31).
Yet let’s consider this specific promise. This passage is often read to us in church, as a miracle. In countless church sermons or homilies, we were also constantly read this passage of the Bible; which was read in such a way – straight, without comment – that it would definitely seem to imply that if we just followed our preacher or his idea of God, then we will, for example, “run, and never tire.” The above quote, is indeed a very, very popular quote. One that was repeated in sermon after sermon, in nearly every church in the world, in the 1950’s for example. And in those sermons, was almost always implied – or often even openly stated – that we were being promised, by God, the power to run and not get weary, for example. So that we were to be given the power to run forever, without getting tired. But suppose we look more carefully at this promise; and ask ourselves if it is true.
Over the centuries, many people have come a) to question not only whether such things really happen; they even b) question whether God really exists. Or more moderately, c) they question whether God really ever even promised such things.
The Bible itself warned that many things done in the name of “Christ” are “false”; and therefore, we should look at them very, very closely. And in fact, many people today have looked closely at promises of miracles … and have decided that those promises were in fact, false. Because of what they themselves have seen “come to pass” – or “not come to pass” – in real life. In this case, many people have tried hard to follow priests; or to follow “God,” as God was described to us by priests. In order, in part, to get the miracles they promised. And yet, somehow, many of us who tried this, found that we did not get the things promised. For many of us, the things preachers firmly promised to us, in the name of God, as the promises of God … did “not come to pass” for them. In fact, ask yourself: when have you yourself, live and in person, personally, ever seen the above prophesy “come to pass”? When have you yourself seen people run indefinitely, without stopping – for a week; a thousand miles say – and not get weary, at all, ever?
Then next, you might also ask yourself, whether you personally have ever seen anyone perform some of the other big miracles preachers promised: walking on water, or making bread appear out of thin air. Chances are, if you are an honest and intelligent person, you will frankly admit you have never ever seen any such a thing, yourself.
Here therefore, we begin to come to a heaven-shattering, apocalyptic conclusion. Many huge, wonderful things – huge wonderful miracles – were often promised to us, over and over, for centuries, my preachers. And yet, we will be seeing here, that there is every indication, every “sign,” that no one today is really getting all the miracles that, our preachers assured us, the Bible promised.
And so what should we begin to conclude? In the past, whenever we began to notice things that seemed false in our holy men and angels, our preachers generated dozens of sermons to try to explain, excuse, (or cover up, “whitewash”), their apparent failures. Yet we will be finding that finally, there has been an immense failure or falsehood, right in the heart of traditional Christianity; and that there are no valid excuses or explanations or sermons, to explain or excuse this massive failure, this falsehood. For example, priests often told us, that whenever we saw apparent signs of falsehood in our faith, we should ignore all such signs, and just continue to have total “faith” in our preachers, or in their picture of God. And yet however, we found earlier that this is not what the Bible itself actually said. Actually, the Bible warned us that “all have sinned,” even our holiest men; and therefore, we are not supposed to have more “faith” than a “grain of mustard seed”; but instead, we are supposed to “test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21); with “science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE). To those who say we cannot “put the Lord to the test,” this phrase is better translated to mean, we should not “tempt” the Lord’s patience, with immoralities; since, otherwise, if this is taken as a prohibition on scientific “test”ing of religion, this part of the Bible comes into direct conflict with the many other parts of the Bible … where God even told us to “test” even he himself; “put me to the test, says the Lord” in Malachi 3.10, for example.
The fact is, we will have been finding here and earlier, the Bible itself constantly warned that there have always been many false things, even in our highest saints and angels; and even in their holiest promises and doctrines. Like promises of miracles for example. And, because our holy men have not been reliable, finally God told us to observe them carefully; to compare what they claim, or “promise,” or “prophesy,” with their “words,” their sermons … to what we see actually, materially, physically “comes to pass” in real life around us. But now, finally, we will see, when we at last actually “hear” and “see” this part of God, and at last follow him more “full”y at last, then the normal experience of most of us – or even the most elementary science of God – immediately shows us, that miracles are not arriving; not in the full size and scale or regularity, that was typically promised by preachers, churches.
So what finally, should we say? Finally, there is only one finding or conclusion that is authorized both by the Bible itself, and by the science it advocates: that – precisely as foretold, our holiest men and angels, were often false. And specifically, among the many false things they promised, were … miracles.
In the past, whenever we seemed to find something that seemed false in our holy men, we were told that God commanded us to ignore all such evidence; and that God told us to simply continue to follow and believe, with total “faith.” And yet however, the fact is, here we find that this stress on “faith,” is not really what the Bible itself really, finally, “full”y said.
In point of fact, a) the Bible constantly warned there were many false things in our holiest men and angels; and b) therefore we were commanded to use science to find out who is actually from God; who actually produces material good. (As we will have found in our writings on the Science of God).
And c) specifically, as for those many priests who promise specifically, miracles? Or who stand behind traditional Christianity, and the priesthoods that promised them? God told us to not to listen to any mere verbal arguments, words, or “sophistries” or sermons; since ultimately mere verbal promises can be “lies.” (If Jesus is a “word,” note that he is the word of the Bible … which tells us to test things). Since many words, “tongues,” are often “ly”ing and “false,” finally God commanded us not to just trust verbal arguments or sermons; but to demand real material evidence. So if a preacher promises “miracles,” or stands “faith”fully behind the “tradition,” the “Christianity” that promises them, rather than just continuing to faithfully follow him, instead, we are commanded by God, to ask him to produce real material proofs of his abilities. To produce in fact, wonders or miracles, live, and in front of many expert witnesses.
Preachers tell us to follow them, or their idea of God, with total “faith.” But the Bible often warned of false things in holy men. And to find out what those false things are, and to help us move beyond those false things, God gave us a science; a way of examining, even “test”ing holy men. To find out which of their promises came materially true, in a timely way, here on this earth – and which could therefore be said to have truly come from God:
“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule as the prophets direct; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” (Jer. 5.31 NRSV).
“From prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely” (Jer. 6.13 NRSV).
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4.1; see also ref. to “men of Spirit” deceived, n.s.).
“Beware of false prophets…. You will know them by their fruits” (Mat. 7.15).
“God did not spare the angels … but cast them into hell ….” (2 Peter 1.4).
“Call heaven and earth to witness” (Deut. 31.28; Italics, mine).
“Wisdom is proved righteous by its works” (Mat. 11.19 NWT; Luke 7.35).
“We demolish sophistries” (2 Corin. 10.5 NAB)
“We destroy arguments” (2 Corin. 10.5 NRSV).
“Wisdom is justified by its deeds” (Mat. 11.19).
“Prove yourselves by working a miracle” (Ex. 7.8).
“Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs.… declare to us the things to come…. That we may know that you are gods (Isa 1.21).”
“You may say to yourself, ‘How can we recognize a word that the LORD has not spoken?’ If a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD but the thing does not take place or prove true, it is a word that the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; do not be frightened by it” (Deut. 18. 21-22 NRSV).
Priests always stressed blind “faith”; faith in themselves, in their own authority … and/or, in their idea of God. But that isn’t what the Bible itself demanded. Far from continuing to follow conservative, miracle-promising traditions, with such total “faith,” instead, we are supposed to ask them to “pro”ve that their promises and tradition are truly from God, by getting real material results. And in the present case, any priest who promises miracles, or who stands behind the tradition, the Christianity that promises them … must be required to prove that his promises of miracles are true, and really from God. By working real material miracles. In our own time; in front of expert witness; and as verifiable by real, hard science.
d) And if your preachers who promise miracles, cannot do this? If your preachers stand behind traditional Christianity, the churches, but cannot produce miracles on demand? Then, far from continuing to follow them with such total, (in effect, blind) “faith,” instead, we are supposed to simply conclude that they and their tradition were false; and that all those who follow them are not true believers, but “an abomination”:
“Behold, you are nothing, and your work is nought; an abomination is he who chooses you” (Isa. 1.21-24).
Today, churchgoers listen to priests and ministers. But God himself actually told us a) not to trust priests, or their words about God. But to b) test them with science; to see if they are really materially fruitful, or not. And if our holy men do not produce material results? Or c) if they promise miracles, but they do not produce them? Then, far from continuing to follow them – as they insisted – with total “faith,” instead, we are supposed to simply find them, at least partially, “false.” Or “deceived.”
Yet to be sure, the results of such a careful examination of our holy men, and their actual material “fruits,” will be hard, even Apocalyptic, shattering, for many to “bear” or “face.” Since even the most casual examination of our preachers, finds that none of them today are doing most of the major miracles that we were so firmly promised: we don’t see anyone at all today, literally, physically, walking on water; or moving real actual “mountain”s with just faith and a prayer; or making bread appear out of thin air. Or delivering “all” and “whatever” we “ask.”
So that therefore, the shattering conclusion that we must reach is that … our priests made huge promises of gigantic and wonderful miracles; but those specific promises (of miracles) were basically, false.
And since essentially all our Christian priests either promised such things, or did not explicitly, publicly denounce them, thus essentially, “all” our priests were simply, largely, false. Lying, or deceived.
24) Could this be true? In fact, the Bible itself guides us to a way to accept and face this. There is a way therefore, for Christians to simply accept these very negative findings on miracles, by science … without abandoning the Bible. Remember, first of all, that a) God himself warned that all our holiest men, have sinned.
b) And remember that one “day,” especially, God is supposed to begin to expose massive deceits, errors, sins, in essentially all our holiest men and angels.
And so, in fact, if we now find that our priests were false, deceived, when they promised us miracles? Then c) after all, we are not going against God, or d) abandoning the Bible. Indeed e) in fact, we are hereby, partially “fulfill”ing prophesy; End Time prophesy. We are simply seeing at last, exactly what God told us one “day” we would see. We are here and now finding that indeed, God was right: all our holiest men were often false, and have sinned. Specifically, among other sins, their promises of “miracles” were false.
Thus, amazingly, by noting that the old priestly promises of miracles were largely false, we are not contradicting, or going against, the Bible itself. Or against God. Actually in fact, we are doing the Lord’s work; we are witnessing to the “day” that indeed, the Bible told us would come, after all. We are confirming that God was right: all our priests have sinned. They, and some of their most “inspired” “doctrines.” Specifically, their promises of “miracles” were mostly false.
25) And if the whole earth believed in miracles? Then after all, on that “day” we are supposed to discover that the whole earth was deceived, even in what it “worship”s (Rev. 13).
26) And if this finding, seems to utterly demolish our oldtime religion? Or to destroy our heaven itself? Then after all remember, one “day,” our heaven itself is supposed to be destroyed. (As we found in our book on the destruction of heaven; citing 2 Peter 3, Rev. 21, Mark 13.31, Isa. 34.4 & 65-6, etc.).
27) And if this still seems impossible to “face” or “bear”? Then remember that after all, not only is all this authorized, commanded, by God himself, the Bible itself; but furthermore, all this is to the good. Since those who are learning to “see,” to “face” failures in our holiest men … will be able to however, see what was true, after all. To separate the “sheep” from the “goats”; the “fruit”ful from the unfruitful “branches”; the “wheat” from the “chaff” or straw; the true from the “false” Christs and holy men.
And thus, we are able to at last, find the greater truth.
28) In fact, those who at last can find the courage to discover and face and “confess” these sins, this “beam” in the “eye” even of their holiest religion … are to be rewarded greatly. Because they will be released from many crippling, “illusion”s and “delusions” and “enchantments.” To learn to think, to see more realistically … and more effectively.
29) Indeed among other things, they will begin to “see” another, a) “second,” b) “full”er, c) more “mature” vision, Second Coming, of Christ. A d) more correct idea of God; in the science of God. Which cuts through illusions and delusions and magical thinking; to teaches us a far more effective, fruitful, adult way of getting through life. A far more effective way than praying endlessly for bread to fall out of thin air. But that teaches us … agriculture, and mechanics; and the sciences and technology that have been fruitful after all. And that have therefore proven (even in spite of their own occasional avowed atheism) … to have been from God, after all. To have been from God in fact, more completely that our priests have been.
30) This may be apocalyptic for many priests. But in fact, it is already normal for many average, good working adults, “Men.” Who have always had a little “religion,” a little “faith” … but also, have always known to value practical knowledge and work; a materially productive job. As engineers, businessmen, waitresses, medical doctors, and so forth.
31) So that ironically, yet another Biblical prophesy is fulfilled. Just as foretold of the End – our very spiritual, “faith”ful priests, who seemed superficially “humble,” but who really thought they were “wise” and “heroic” and “perfect” – and in effect, “first” with God; well above “secular” people and “laity” – are found to have actually been … “far from the Lord.”
In fact, our priests, who secretly thought they were “first” with God – well above “secular” culture – are in fact found to have had an extreme and false theology; and to be actually, in the end, “last.” Last to really understand and see … the “Full”er, more balances, theology, vision, “appearance,” of God.
Which we will find, emerges after all, not from the blind “Faith” (and “vanity”) of priests; but from the … more critical, science of God.
The Science of God
What happens when we take a second, more mature, more critical view of traditional holy men? Specifically their promises say, of miracles? Actually, we begin to find most such promises to have been simply false.
At first, this might seem to contradict the Bible. But actually, we will have been finding here, this conclusion is allowed by the Bible itself.
32) In fact, among other ways the Bible allows this, is a comment by Paul. In the past, some preachers have in fact, noticed problems with miracles. In fact St. Paul himself asked, in the Bible itself, “do all work miracles”.
33) Yet, when many of our preachers began to note some shortfalls in promises of miracles, they attempted to try to fix all that, just by finessing the Bible.
Specifically, by suggesting that … the old promises might not be said to be totally false; but could be said to have been however, just “figures” of speech, “parables,” “allegories,” or as we will stipulatively refer to these, as “metaphors.”
a) Especially, many preachers tried to see these as metaphors for spiritual things.
Some preachers, theologians today, will still maintain, that there is nothing seriously wrong in our religion, Christianity, even if there are few miracles today. One of the grounds they use to try to claim this is to say that after all, if you read the Bible a little closer, you will find some fine print … that tells us these promises were not what they seemed at first; that they were metaphors for spiritual things, for instance.
But we suggest this is just aa) “twist”ing some of the Bible’s words, its bb) “tongue.”
In fact, we will find, there is much fine print in the Bible. And arguably we will find, the Bible itself did not really promise physical miracles. But after all, it all might have been metaphors; especially metaphors for spiritual things. So for example, if Jesus was at times said to have made real, actual, literal, physical bread appear out of thin air, after all, other times he offered a metaphorical version of that; suggesting that he himself, and his spirit, were a kind of metaphorical bread; which was “bread indeed.”
b) But we ourselves will argue later that in effect, we should read miracles as metaphors – but not as metaphors for just “spiritual” things. Since God knew we needed more than spiritual words to live on. But rather, we should read promises of miracles either as simply false … or as metaphors for things in nature and technology. As we will see. So that “fire from heaven” might mean not just “spiritual” acumen or caustic criticism, but say, meteors; or burning oil poured on enemies from high places.
Indeed in fact, as we read our Bibles more closely, we find that most passages on “miracles” – or “wonders” – include naturalistic details; details that would allow us to explain these wonders not as supernatural miracles, but as natural and technological wonders. In the case of Moses parting the seas, for example, in parts of the Bible it explains the “wind” blew back the sea. While current experience in Venice, confirms that the wind can raise the sea many feet.
In this way we find, we can all still believe in all the Bible, and its wonders. But we need to read its “miracles” as in effect, garbled “tongues” or metaphors or “figures” of speech … not for spiritual things; but for things in nature and technology.
Verifying the whole Bible as true; but true in a way that our priests have not, until now, understood.
34) Most preachers have read the Bible’s wonders, a) as if they happen somewhat like this: we wish or hope or pray for something wonderful to happen … and God makes it happen, by amazing miracle; totally above and apart from, the rules of nature as we know them. So for example, if we want “bread,” we pray for it … and God makes it appear out of thin air. Like magic. Something that doesn’t really happen in nature, as we know it through science today. Something which in fact, seems to totally over-rule the laws of nature. And which therefore we call, “supernatural”; meaning “super” or superior to or “above” the rules of nature.
This is the way most priests have understood miracles; as happening supernaturally – or we might say here, “unnaturally.” Priests seem to think of life as behaving in such a way, that things happen almost by direct control of the mind or spirit over nature: we wish for something … and all the rules and laws of nature can be overthrown; things can appear out of thin air, the second we wish for them. We might wish for a bicycle for instance … and it might just pop into existence right in front of us, out of thin air. Or we might wish for God to save us from our enemies … and God might appear out of thin air, sword in hand, to strike them down. Or we might be sick, and pray; we might be lacking an eyeball for example. And God will just make one appear out of thin air. In complete contradiction to nature as we know it today, through science.
b) Most priests therefore, have thought of miracles, wonders, as happening completely above and beyond the rules of nature; and as happening in large part, as a direct result of our simply wishing or praying for things. Without any other help. More moderately though, priests sometimes think of many wonders, as happening … in part with human help. A priest might pray for more money for his church for example; and though some might wait for that money to appear magically, out of thin air … others might ask churchgoers to write checks. A more natural way of doing things. A way that seems realistic. Some priests might call someone writing an unusually large check, a “miracle.” But this is not a supernatural miracle; human beings overriding natural laws. Money here is not appearing out of thin air, by some kind of mentalism or conjuring; rather, money appears by a more natural route.
Some priests to be sure, will ask for money … and when some anonymous donor puts cash in their collection plate unseen, they assume that this work, done in large part through human hands, was done totally supernaturally; things appearing out of thin air. And this indeed is the great sin and error of priests: failing to perceive the importance, in realizing God’s wonders, of human work, and practical science and effort.
But indeed, we will find out here, that the way our priests have spoken about wonders, prayer, is wrong. Actually, the best way to understand the “wonders” of the Bible, in fact, is as happening far more through more natural means, than supernatural. And if priests think this denies God, this is not true: God after all, made nature in turn. So that all it does, he does.
Indeed, the Bible often pictured God as operating through things in nature; like rain and floods and so forth. So that indeed we will find, God operates through – not over and above – nature. Indeed c) in fact, our Revised Standard Version bible, never mentions the word “supernatural” except in one part of the text; and there it mentions it in order to note that supernatural or spiritual things, were not enough to save us (1 Corin. 10.3-4).
While if God gives us “water” and “fruits” … it is often by causing rain to water our crops. So it is not fruits appearing out of thin air; but by way of our own human effort in part.
d) While indeed, the Bible told us to honor “Science” … while science tells us that bread and money do not appear out of thin air; but mostly only through the help of human labor and work. Through working at farms and so forth. If people are healed, it is not just by praying … but more by doctoring them. And indeed, in many parts of the Bible, if Jesus heals people, it is by laying on hands, and setting bones, or washing their eyes; by various natural, physical, manual methods. Not just by praying and hoping, and waiting for just that to do it.
e) And as it turns out, we will be finding that, with perhaps the sole exception of curing psychosomatic or mind-caused illnesses, overwhelmingly, all the allegedly supernatural miracles of the Bible, can be found to have been natural and technological events. (Or to have been just spiritual metaphors). And thus all the wonders of the Bible can be given an interpretation that is consistent with science. (While we find that with our new science, even the spirit is real: as real as our minds).
Thus our science does not contradict the Bible itself. There is (so far as we know), no “wonder” in the Bible at all, that we need to deny, or say it is untrue, because it cannot be found to be consistent with science.
h) But to be sure, if the Bible itself can be found to be true – and verified in fact, with science – our priests however, and their ideas of the Bible – particularly their supernatural superstitions; their belief that only mental or spiritual things are necessary; or that just praying makes material things happen – must now be found to have been seriously false. To have been in fact, influenced by … belief in magic. When they speak of the total unimportance of human effort; and speak of wonders as if they appear out of thin air. And when they speak of “miracles”; implying “supernatural” things. In fact, we find here, belief in miracles and the supernatural … is superstition. It is false Christianity. And since nearly all our priests spoke that way? Then after all, all our priests were deceived, by belief in magic, magicians; conjuring. Belief in miracles, in things appearing out of thin air, overriding all the rules of nature, we will see, is really belief in magic. Thus indeed, all our priests – as foretold – were deceived by … “magicians,” “sorcerers,” “enchantments.”
The Huge Mass of Evidence, Statistics, Against Miracles;
No Big Miracles Today … in a Trillion Tries
For many centuries, our priests have spoken of wonders, miracles, as if they acted essentially, supernaturally, unnaturally. That is: we pray with our mind or spirit; God hears us … and then God makes what we want appear, our of thin air; often in total contradiction to the rules, laws of nature as we know them. So for example, we wish for “bread”; and God does not give us bread, by causing “rain” to fall from the sky, to water our wheat, from which our work, milling and baking, makes bread; no. (As in Deuteronomy?) Rather, priests constantly spoke as if they thought that … God just makes fully-baked loaves of bread appear out of thin air. Just like magicians pretend to make rabbits appear in empty hats. Even though science and experience tell us this never really happens.
Even though science and experience tell us that life just does not work this way, priests however, have long continued to defend their idea, that just prayer and spirit alone, can (with God’s help) commonly overrule the laws of nature and experience; and make things happen supernaturally; out of thin air. And priests often speak of many such examples; where they claim, God has acted completely over and above the rules of nature. To work “miracles.”
Evidence Against Miracles In General;
Even the Occasional Exception
But let’s think about this for a while. Let’s look at the evidence against priestly ideas of miracles.
1) First note, most of us don’t really see the bigger supernatural miracles that priests often promised, today: we don’t really see … people walking on water. Or parting the seas with just faith and a prayer. Or making bread appear out of thin air.
2) While science confirms … these things just don’t happen.
And so right away, just the most casual, informal look at the scale of most promises of miracles … yields numerous signs of something massively false in our faith: the big miracles are not happening.
3) And yet however, to be sure, the minute we begin to note such things in public, someone will point to however, one or two alleged cases where, they claim, some kind of supernatural miracle did show up. But let’s therefore, address even the stragglers; the one or two cases where, someone said, someone walked on water … in China, or somewhere. And at times, they claim, there are reliable witnesses to such things and so forth. But let’s look and see.
a) As it turns out, any such cases are far less important than anyone would think; because they are exceptional; contradicted by the vast majority of the evidence. There is so much evidence against supernatural miracles … that even the occasional wonder that is alleged to have shown up … can be written off as being statistically insignificant. Or as being almost certainly, a false report.
The important thing to remember, we will see here, is that the vast majority of attempts to work the big huge miracles, that were often promised to us in the Bible (and/or in many millions of sermons), are today overwhelmingly, unsuccessful. So that the preponderance of the evidence is firmly against miracles. Certainly they are nowhere near as reliable, as many preachers told us, or implied.
In fact, anyone can easily use even the most casual, informal science, a very simple experiment, to show that the vast majority of prayers for, promises of, miracles, are failures: just pray for God to move the real, actual mountain next to you now, and see how often that happens. Unless you happen to be standing next to Mt. St. Helen’s, the promised miracle will probably not arrive; not even once out of a trillion tries.
So what do we find then, in real life? We find that a) promises of big miracles have been overwhelming, statistically, a huge failure. Even if it did work now and then, still, praying for big miracles is fantastically ineffective. Indeed, b) statistically, from observing what “comes to pass” in real life, praying for miracles is such a complete failure, that in religious terms, it is a promise so false, that those who believe or have faith in it, are an “abomination” (Isa. 41.24).
Try a few more simple experiments: pray for God to make a pony appear out of thin air in front of you now … and see how often that happens. Or pray for something selfless; pray for God to fly your sick grandmother through the air to the clouds, to get well; and then return her. What you will find is that statistically, prayers for such big miracles never happen; not once in a thousand, a million, tries. So that eventually we find that statistically, and scientifically, promises of huge reliable miracles are disastrously false; totally false. They do not come true, not one time in a billion tries.
Therefore, even if there were alleged to be a few occasional miracles out there, overall, prayer for miracles would still be a fantastic failure.
Indeed in fact, consider your own
failure rate of prayer for say, big miracles today; probably it is about 100%. Pray a thousand times for God to fly you through the air, without an airplane or rocket, to New York … and see how many times he does it. Changes are overwhelmingly, that he will not do it one; not one time in a thousand tries. Or for that matter, if you have the time, not once in a million or a billion.
Indeed, a billion people can pray a thousand times each, for God to say, make bread appear out of thin air, for thousands; thus generating a total of 1,000,000,000,000 prayers. And yet, not once in many trillions times in effect, does the promised miracle come true. So that the evidence, the score against miracles, is one trillion to one against them.
So what do even the most casual experiments now tell us? They tell us that the failure rate on many promises of, attempts at, big miracles … is massive. That overwhelmingly, praying for supernatural miracles does not work. Or simply: there are few if any supernatural miracles.
So right away, already, the evidence from God’s science, of even the most casual experiments, is against miracles in general. And in fact, the evidence against miracles is already conclusive, crushing.
b) Further, this failure of supernatural miracles, is all the more shocking, more dramatic, since these promises were not just issued to us as things that are sort-of true; they were issued to us as the Word of God. So that therefore, as the word of absolute truth, they should not be just, say, kind of reliable; they should be absolutely reliable. They should work every time; not once in a billion tries.
Would something promised by God, only come true once in a million tries? Would a promise from God … be less reliable than a furniture company that delivers the furniture it promises, nine times out of ten? Surely, the things that were really promised by God, should happen reliably, every time. Yet in fact, not only are these alleged “words of God” much less reliable than the word of an ordinary furniture company; these promises don’t work one time in a billion, a trillion. They are for all practical purposes, totally unreliable. And for all practical purposes then, these promises are just simply untrue.
So what about reports of an occasional, real miracle? Something appearing out of thin air, as it were, in complete contradiction to natural explanations? c) First, such reports are not typical. They are at best, a highly, highly misrepresentative “part” of the “mature” and “full” picture. Which is that actually, overwhelmingly, promises of miracles, were again and again and again, not true.
d) Indeed, since even the most casual experiments and observations of what comes to pass in real life, finds that praying for miracles is so ineffective, it seems overwhelmingly likely, that any reports of a rare miracle happening here or there in some remote part of the world that we ourselves have not seen, are overwhelmingly likely not to be good, honest, reliable reports; but are most likely to have been from confused – or even deceitful – in biblical language, unreliable “witnesses.” We need “many counselors” and much evidence, before we are required to believe. But that is not showing up here. Indeed, the vast bulk of evidence is overwhelmingly against miracles.
Or in more scientific language, the few cases of alleged successes that many priests still report, are “statistically insignificant.” Though to be sure, since most priests don’t listen to reason, let’s use Biblical terminology: such reports are by “false witnesses.” And if they are reported by priests? Then after all, most priests are sinners. And are not reliable witnesses. Particularly, since they have not learned the science of God. And have therefore, ignored, disobeyed, much of what God commanded.
The fact is, “miracles,” as priests have typically spoken of them, do not really happen; our priests’ promises are false. Natural “wonders” however, we will find, do happen. Indeed, the Bible is true; just true in a way that our priests have not until now, understood. Things do not happen the way priests thought: just praying, and waiting for the things we pray for to appear out of thin air, as if by magic. That kind of thinking is in fact, not from God; but is belief in Magic.
And since so many of our priests thought this way? Then after all, in effect, this warning from God came true: most of our priests were deceived; and especially, by magic, magicians. Just as the Bible itself, after all, forewarned. Specifically, we will find, priests’ belief in “miracles,” was really in effect, belief in … Magic. And those priests that promised miracles were really … magicians and sorcerers.
But while this is so, it is now time to “bear swift witness against” the false prophets and sorcerers; and to “refine” our wayward priests. With the fuller, better, second vision of God.
Many excuses or explanations have been attempted by preachers to explain, excuse the lack of miracles. One of the more important, is the claim that miracles would arrive, if we were praying for something that “God wants” for us. As a) for example praying for others, and not ourselves. Yet indeed, many of us have prayed even for something more selfless; something that God often promised for us in fact we were constantly told: we prayed for food to appear in front of all the poor, hungry people of the world; and yet, that did not happen.
Or b) we might pray for precisely the very things that God promised us, and that therefore God logically “wants” for us – the power to walk on water; something that Jesus himself did, and which “works” were also promised specifically to us – and yet, even then, the promised things do not arrive. Even when we pray for what “God wants” for us.
It is for this reason, in fact, that the Bible itself began to doubt “miracles.” As Paul for example began to a) doubt how common, how frequent miracles were. While b) hinting there were “higher gifts”:
“Do all work miracles….? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way” (1 Corin. 12.29, 31).
Here and now in fact, in this very book, we will have begun to aim for the “still more excellent way.” One beyond belief in miracles. (And for that matter, also beyond the allegedly higher “spiritual”ity too). Moving past many old false beliefs, old false prophets. To find a second, better appearance of God and truth. In the science of God.
To be sure, this is a heaven-shattering, apocalyptic change, in what was presented to us in our theological childhood; it seems to shatter our heaven itself. But one “day” after all, as we will see here, God himself is supposed to expose sins and errors, even in the highest saints and angels in heaven itself; in them personally, and in their allegedly most Holy-Spirit-“inspired” doctrines. While here and now, we will begin to see many standard religious ideas collapse. Like 1) the general impression, that priests and popes were quite reliable; the 2) notion that our religion, Christianity, was supposed to therefore be based on strong “faith” in holy men, and/or their homilies and sermons on God. And the notion that 3) we must believe in physical “miracles.” All these and more common ideas in our churches, are beginning to collapse. But if so, then all this is as foretold: because amazingly, the Bible told us that one day or another, God is supposed to reveal huge sins in our holiest men and angels; and on that “day,” our Heaven of a) faith in b) miracles and even c) spirituality, is supposed to collapse. In order for God to show us a “second” coming.
[And if Jesus himself seemed to promise these things? “All” and “whatever” we “ask”? Then many scholars simply say that 1) Jesus used exaggeration or “hyperbole.” Or more radically, that 2) the apostles like John who wrote such things of Jesus, got Jesus partially wrong. Or even more radically, that 3) the first coming of Jesus was just not adequate; it did not deliver fully, all that Jesus and others promised. So that yet another, “second” coming of Christ will be needed, before our religion is “full”y was good, as its promises. While even more radically of course, atheists and agnostics simply suggest that the New Testament, and its promises, even conceivably elements of its picture of Jesus, were simply in part, false; were even part of the “False Christ” that the Bible itself warned about. While still others, tired of two thousand years of endless excuses and “explanations” and topspinning and priestly whitewashing, are ready to say it was all simply false; and move on. Here though to be sure, we honor the entire Bible itself, ourselves. While perhaps acknowledging that the Bible itself to be sure, has Jesus at times doubting, questioning himself.]
Trying To Excuse
The Lack of Miracles;
How to Refute Them
To be sure, to try to explain or excuse any apparent lack of big miracles today, preachers have always resorted, to several dozen common sermons or homilies. Most people who have gone to church a few times, have already heard one or more of these sermons, that tries to either asssure us that miracles are arriving exactly as advertised; or that attempt to excuse or explain any lack of miracles. Yet we will be showing later, in a chapter-length discussion
To try to deal with the lack of miracles, there are dozens of standard, but dishonest, strategies and sermons that preachers use. We will show that all the main sermons and homilies and apologetics that priests use, are false; the most common sermons you hear are not true to what even the Bible itself said. Much less true to honest logic and science.
First, preachers often say: 1) the Bible is holy. And then they mention parts of the Bible that seem to promise miracles. Thus implying that the Bible proves that miracles are real. But we will find, preachers don’t mention the other parts of the Bible. Like Paul’s. That question miracles. As when Paul asks, “do all work miracles?”
Or most often, 2) preachers just never mention the lack of miracles today in church, and hope people won’t notice. Even though God told us to “observe” nature and what “comes to pass.”
Then 3) preachers note accounts of miracles in past ; but they forget to notice that the problem is that there are few miracles, here and now, today.
Then, 4) especially, if we complain about the lack of miracles, preachers tell us God commanded us to have “faith“; faith in the old promises of miracles. But they forget a) God’s warnings of many false things in religion; and they forget b) God’s commands to use science, and demand real “proofs,” “signs,” “works,” material results, from religion … or else, find it false.
They also tell us to 5) ignore the “signs” that there are few miracles; even if the Bible told us to “ask for a sign,” for real material results – not mere verbal excuses or sermons – from preachers.
Then 6) preachers imply that if miracles don’t arrive, it is because you are asking for more than God “wants” for you; yet even when you ask for exactly the very things God promised by name, and therefore must “want” for us (like the power to move “mountains”) and still the things promised don’t arrive.
Then they try to suggest that miracles will arrive sooner or later in time. Among these sermons: 7) miracles don’t arrive they say, because we are an “evil generation,” and don’t deserve them; though Jesus delivered miracles even to an “evil generation” or era; like the miracle of his own ascent from the tomb they say. Or they say 8) miracles don’t arrive now … because you are not good enough yet; though no matter how good they are, no one is walking on water today. Or sermons say miracles 9) will arrive “soon”; even though things like the full kingdom of God on earth, were promised “soon” fully two thousand years ago, and still aren’t here. (While we can ask for other miracles too, and they don’t arrive in a timely way either). 10) Or miracles will arrive, they say, “later”; but again, we find from science, experience, they don’t; no one is walking on water in our lifetime. Or 11) miracles will arrive they say, at the end of time; but the Bible usually pictured things prayed for as arriving in a timely way, in our lifetime.
Shifting tactics slightly, then we are told 12) miracles will arrive in heaven; but much of the Bible pictures it as arriving on earth.
Or – indeed the general strategy of preachers – preachers tell us that if miracles do not arrive, it is not because their promises are false, but because we ourselves, believers, are not good enough to get them. Especially, many sermons imply, 13) miracles will arrive if we do just one more thing for the preacher. Even though experience teaches us it doesn’t matter what we do, still no one is walking on water today. Especially, they often claim that14) miracles will arrive … if only we give more money, contributions, expecially; though what “comes to pass” teaches us even then, miracles still don’t arrive. Or related to this, 15) holy men tell us read the fine print in the Bible, and again do one more thing – have more “faith”; be “sanctified,” etc. – and then miracles arrive (see also “later”); yet again, experience tells us no matter what we do, still nobody is walking on water today. Or they will say, 16) miracles are not arriving because we are not praying the right way; though experience tells us it doesn’t matter how you pray, still the promised miracles don’t arrive. Or 17) miracles will arrive, they claim, because of the “power of prayer.” But again, the answer to all of this is that God told us to honor promises that get real material results; and the results of praying for miracles, tell us that it doesn’t matter how good we are, or what we do, or how we pray; even if we pray for the very things God promised like the power to move “mountains” … still, the things promised don’t appear.
18) When we refute one sermon after another, priests will often resort to sly, Coded Sermons; sermons that don’t advertise their purpose to explain any lack of miracles; but that secretly advance what might be seen by many in the audience, as an explanation for the lack. But again, no matter what secret sermons they give us, the miracles still don’t come.
Or 19) Miracles are arriving, they claim; and at times they even claim Science says that. But actually of course, real science doesn’t say that. 20) Or miracles are arriving, say personal testimonies. But the Bible warned about “false witness”es. And told us to use real science to verify or disprove such witnesses; while science says miracles are just not happening.
21) Or miracles, some will admit privately, are not arriving, and promises of them are not true – but the promise of them is just a While Lie to promise them. Because 22) telling people miracles will arrive, even when they don’t, gives the people “hope.” Yet no lies are allowed in Truth, in real religion. Thus any promises, hopes of miracles, are just the foretold false hopes, “delusions,” illusions, lies.
In general, when preachers cannot produce miracles, preachers often place blame on everyone else; priests telling us miracles don’t arrive for us because we the people, are bad; because we are not good enough yet to get them. 23) Miracles are not arriving for example, because we are being craving, greedy to ask for so much as big miracles; yet Jesus promised us huge miracles, all his “works” and “greater things than these”; and “whatever” we “ask.” So it seems impossible to ask for too much here. Then anti-Semitic preachers say 24) only “materialistic” Jews want miracles; but Jesus and God promised them to Christians too. Or preachers say 25) only saints and priests should get miracles; but the Bible promised them to “whosoever asks” and believers. Or 26) miracles are not arriving, they claim, because you don’t believe or have “faith.” Though we found here that the Bible decided against “faith”; and in any case, experience tells us that even very, very faithful believers are not walking on water. Or 27) priests claim they are deliberately not working miracles. But they should; God said he wanted them for believers.
Sermons often attack those who ask for them: we are not getting miracles because we are bad, priests say; not because priests are inadequate or promises false. 28) First, we are called heretics to doubt them – though God told us a) there would be many false things in holy men; and b) so God himself ordered us to look carefully at all pronouncements of holy men to see if they are true.
29) Shifting tactics, preachers then say miracles by definition are rare. So we shouldn’t see many of them. But this is not a biblical argument. We note that if the Bible is true, then the wonders it promised, should not have been rare; since we can ask “whatever” we want, and therefore ask for many miracles “now.” And get miracles on demand
Because their verbal and written sermons are not convincing, next churches often all but give up on honest persuasion and arguments, and resort to suppression, social strategies of control of dissidents. Churches 30) typically, seek to coerce, control society, by allowing only one voice from the pulpit; the one that promises miracles. While not allowing any other opinion to surface; not allowing people to complain of shortfalls of miracles, in church. If people object to such things, 31) churches then also try psychological terrorism: threatening us with eternal torture if we don’t believe. 32) While if people complain about lack of miracles, churches historically also resort to actual torture, and execution of such dissidents; torturing and killing them as “heretics” and so forth. Or more recently, churches simply seek to 33) control the media, and suppress any complaints of shortfalls, there. Or they 34) try to control, write the law of their countries, to do the same.
Or 35) churches resort to obscurantism; they come up with an infinite baffle, an infinite web of hard-to-understand statements, excuses.
Sermons, writings that can never be refuted … because it is never clear what they are really saying.
There are therefore, dozens, hundreds of false sermons out there, that try to excuse or “whitewash” the lack of miracles. But are there better, more honest sermons on miracles? Finally, there are a few that … at least begin to admit the lack of miracles. One sermon says that 36) God after all does not give us all we want; he allows us to be a suffering servant. Yet even here this sermon is not quite true: God most often wanted to give us not suffering, but “prosperity.” Then they will say, simply, 37) this is not the age of miracles; though God promised even the “evil generation” of his time many miracles. While promising “whatever” miracles we “ask” for logically implies we could ask for miracles, say, “now,” and get them now. Or especially they will say, 38) promises of material miracles were just metaphors, probably for spiritual things; yet God clearly often promised us not just spiritual things like “hope” and “Faith” and “love,” but real material, physical things. Then some preachers claim, 39) promises of miracles were just hyperbole, or exaggerated speech; but to say this, is after all, to partially admit after all, the promises were not quite true. Indeed finally, some sermons begin to admit in various forms of Veiled Language, that miracles might not be true (see White Lie; Metaphor, Hyperbole, above); which is good – though we need more honest, open admissions or confession. So we can see the falsehood … and fix it.
Among dozens of other arguments, preachers will say that 40) we live by Grace, not material things; so that even if miracles don’t arrive, still they claim, whatever God chooses to give us is good, since Grace is enough, “sufficient.” Yet note that God clearly promised us material miracles too; not just Grace. Indeed, God pointed out that preachers who give us only spiritual things and not material food, often leave us literally starving to death (James 2.14-26).
Shifting tack, some sermons next say 41) common events – like a nice person leaving a big check in the collection basket – are miracles. But we note that though these common events are good, they are still not the big huge supernatural miracles often promised.
All sermons that try to explain, excuse the lack of miracles then, fail; are found false here. In fact finally, there is 42) an argument against all sermons: the Bible itself noted that ultimately, no mere words, speech, is every good enough; words are often “empty,” “lies,” the dry “east” “wind”; so that we must evaluate old promises, prophesies, by real material results only: “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “proofs,” “prosperity.”
Given the manifest failure of their sermons, excuses, some preachers will finally admit that there are no miracles – but then they ask, 43) what harm do promises of miracle do, even if they are false? But we will show in a long argument (see White Lies too), that the harm done to humanity, by priests false promises of “miracles,” is immense. Being taught to believe in miracles, bread out of thin air, people are taught to rely on magical thinking, delusions; which fail them, and cannot feed them. And which therefore, leave them in poverty and ignorance, starvation and death.
There are dozens, hundreds, millions of deceitful sermons, designed to try to cover up or twist, the lack of miracles today; none of them are really honest, or true to what the Bible finally said overall. And indeed, there are no really adequate sermons at all; all are mere words, not actions. But are there, say, some partially good sermons? better sermons than these? Some better, more honest sermons would 1) quote parts of the Bible itself that began to doubt miracles: quote Paul asking, “do all work miracles”?. Better sermons might also show 2) qualifiers, conditions, caveats, on the old promises (cf. “fine print,” “metaphors,” above). Which would warn that many things must happen before wonders arrive.
Or historically, in addition, many disillusioned churchgoers and former priests simply begin to abandon much of Christianity; to 3) adopt and champion something like atheism. Or 4) they stress love, not miracles. Or they stress 5) spiritual things only. Or 6) agnosticism.
Or better, many finally begin to notice that the Bible, the
stories of Jesus’ “miracles,” closely examined, are not necessarily promising miracles after all. Note that 7) those who said Jesus was God or Son of God, for example, the Bible itself says, are “unclean,” have “demons,” and so forth. While Jesus himself ordered his disciples not to say he was working miracles.
8) Indeed, probably the best option here, are writings, sermons, that suggest that the Bible never really promised “supernatural” miracles at all; but that say that if we read the accounts of miracles more closely, we find that they have naturalistic details in them … that suggest that what was happening was most often a natural or technological event. So, if Moses was lead by a column of smoke by day and of fire by night … he was lead by signal fires. If Moses parts the sea … then the Bible itself notes that a “wind” blew the sea back. And indeed we will find, this is probably the best sermon on miracles: to say they were misunderstood, natural and technological events.
Many, many sermons in fact, have been delivered to try to excuse the lack of miracles today. But to be sure finally, we find that most of the sermon you heard in church were false; that almost no traditional sermons on miracles, have been good enough or honest enough or true enough, to really deal with miracles, or explain their lack. And so eventually, 9) the only good sermons and statements, were those that would simply, mostly, give up on miracles. And those that would simply suggest that our holy men, preachers, simply made false promises, false prophesies, when they promised miracles.
And so finally, the only real solution, the only honest and good conclusion to the lack of miracles, is Apocalyptic. The only honest thing to say here, is to reveal the Heaven-Shattering conclusion: to simply say, frankly, that the promise of miracles was just, false. And to allow this conclusion, we find many parts of the Bible. Like the ones that a) warned that “all” our holy men and angels “have sinned”; they and their “doctrines.” That therefore, b) we should not just have “faith”; that “faith” is not enough at times. But rather, c) we should use “Science” to find out what is true in religion and life. This is part of d) the foretold better, more “mature” theology. A e) “still more excellent way” of looking at life and God.
And f) if we use this science of God, we will in fact, begin to more clearly see that just as God foretold, promises of miracles, were the forewarned “lies,” “delusions,” “illusions.” Indeed we see, g) the
whole earth was deceived in what it “worship”ed (Rev. 13), when it prayed for “miracles.” Which are only the foretold religious lies, that we were told would dominate “worship.” Indeed, h) promises of miracles were more specifically, examples of magical thinking; or in effect, we confirm that yet another ancient prophesy of the Bible came true: much of the whole earth was following … magic, magicians; was deceived by “sorcerers” and “enchantments”; by false lying “dreams” and false hopes … of miracles.
Here we find that in fact, there is only one way to deal with ancient promises of miracles; and that is to say that those promises, were the realization of many apocalyptic prophesies and warnings: that much of traditional Christianity was already deceived, deceptive; following a false idea of Christ, even in the time of Jesus, himself.
Were all those priests who promised miracles, false? Was most of the earth deceived, when it believed in miracles? At first, this seems impossible to “face” or “bear.” But actually, believers should be able to face it … on remembering that the Bible itself foretold this. So the Bible is not being found false here … but true.
10) Indeed, one “day” especially we are to discover, precisely this. As God himself shows us that our priests – and many of their promises and prophesies (like promises of miracles, we suggest) … were false. First, on the day we “mature”; but also on the foretold, Apocalyptic a) “day” of fire, b) initiation; c) atonement; d) Judgement e) Day of Lord. A day when f) our heaven itself is supposed to be dissolved; as God exposes sins in our holiest men and angels.
And if facing this is g) painful? “Fiery”? Then after all, the darkest hour is just before dawn. All of these negative, painful insights and moments are necessary … before at last however, we get 11) a real reward for passing through all this: which are part of indeed, furtheremore, the Second Coming. Involving – after the Apocalyptic destruction of many things – the revelation of a “second,” “full”er, more “mature” vision, “appearance,” of God. Which indeed, we begin to see even here and now. In the science of God.
All this might seem hard to face or bear. But finally, as our old heaven of “miracles” (and for that matter of “faith” and “spirituality”) is shattered, there is a huge benefit: we get the 12) revelation of the foretold “hew heaven,” and 13) new earth. One which comes down to earth, to show real material results at last (Rev. 21.1-11).
Thus finally, those who find the courage to simply “face” sins in priests and holy men, rather than cover them up, will come now, to the first signs of the foretold Second Coming; the second and better, “full”er, more “mature” vision, coming of God. 14) Which begins to emerge, through the biblically-supported, Science of God. Which involves, among other Biblical commands from God: a) “observ”ing material “things”; and b) “visible” c) “nature“; c) “works“; d) words not empty, e) “deeds“; f) “fruits“; g) “signs“; h) “test“ing; looking for what i) really “comes to pass” in earthly life; and what j) comes true “soon,” “at hand,” “quickly,” in a prompt way; looking for what produces real, material, literal k) “prosperity.” Trusting, having faith in, only things that get real material results. As God actually commanded, we will have been seeing here.
And as for miracles? We will not deny any part of the Bible here; but will say that we can acknowledge the parts of the Bible that seemed to promise miracles, by re-reading old miracles as metaphors for natural things. Which 15) is not a “strange new doctrine” as many might say accusingly. But is a theology which is found in a massive way, throughout the entire Bible itself. In the hundreds of parts of the Bible, of the word of God, that our preachers ignored, and disobeyed.
And so the Bible is true; but true in a way our preachers have not, until now, understood. We 16) do not deny the Bible or God here; but confirm, witness, “fulfill” it. But the aspects, the prophesies, the promises of the Bible that are coming true now, is the ones that preachers wanted to hide from the most: the warnings from God that all our holiest men and angels were sinners; that our heaven itself therefore must be destroyed. And our preachers “refined.”
But to be sure, our preachers surely, must be strengthened by the positive side of this vision; the promise that after all, those who pass through all this painful self-criticism of the “beam” in the “eye” of our own faith and religion … will come after all to see the “second” and more “mature,” vision, “appearance,” of God. A vision that is appearing even here and now in part; in the science of God.
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The Catholic Position
Miracles have been promised over and over, by Roman Catholic priests for example, in the past. In fact, promises of miracles were a core promise of Catholicism. But the current church often supports “science”; while science says there are effectively, no supernatural miracles. And so, what does the current catechism do about miracles?
The current catechism – like many religious documents – is always deeply ambiguous and double in its meanings. God, life is complex; and therefore any simple statement about God, any simple theology, is likely to be too simple; simplistic to the point of being wrong. In particular, most official Catholic documents try to be open to two major readings: 1) a conservative, traditional understanding of God and truth; which promises miracles and so forth. But also, 2) nevertheless, the definitive or “universal” Catechism, from the Vatican, is written in a way that it can also be read to say that says that miracles are simply, superstition. (Cat. 2110-11, 2138; see also “prayer,” unanswered 2613, goal is faith, not miracle.) Or a very low, un”intelligen”t, largely false, understanding, of natural signs (Cat. sec.156, 434). According to the current Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, from the Latin c. 1994-7, signed and approved by Pope John Paul II, Aug. 16, 1997, p. xvi; English trans. signed and approved by John Paul II, Oct. 11, 1992, p. 6; “Imprimi Potest + Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger,” later Pope Benedict XVII; ISBN 1-57455-110-8. Back cover says “revised in accordance with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1997”, carrying “The decree of promulgation of the official Latin text”; called by the Pope, and in the text, “a sure norm for teaching the faith”).
The Catechism today at first, still seems to support miracles. But then it hints the possibility, in one reading, that miracles are “signs” for persons of low or common “intelligence”; that belief in the saving nature of mere objects and so forth (aside from our internal disposition, or psychological conviction), are “superstition”:
“What moves us to believe is not the fact that revealed truth appear as true and intelligible in the light of our natural reason: we believe ‘because of the authority of God himself who reveals them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.’ So ‘that the submission of our faith might nevertheless be in accordance with reason, God willed … external proofs…. Thus the miracles … ‘are the most certain signs of divine Revelation, adapted to the intelligence of all’; they are ‘motive of credibility (motiva credibilitatis), which show that the assent of faith is ‘by no means a blind impulse of the mind.'” (Cat. 156, from Dei Filius3 : DS 3008-10; cf. Mk. 16.20, Heb. 2.4).
“Superstition in some sense represents a perverse excess of religion….
Superstition is the deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performances, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand, is to fall into superstition.
Idolatry” (Cat. sec. 2110, 2111).
“SUPERSTITION: the attribution of a kind of magical power to certain practices or objects, like charms or omens. [And relics and the host and so forth?]. Reliance on such power, rather than on trust in God, constitutes an offense against the honor due to God alone, as required by the first commandment (2110)” (Cat. glossary, p. 900).
The Catechism seems quite spiritual; it supports “reason” and “external proofs” or empirical evidence; though it might even be taken to hint very faintly that “faith” is better than Reason; and even that asking for material signs, is a sign of low intelligence. Yet finally it hints at, or is consistent with, the position we take: that 1) “miracles” per se are false superstition; material miracles don’t happen much if at all. But 2) nature is filled with material evidence of things; we should always look for signs or empirical evidence of whatever preachers claim.
To be sure, to move the Roman Catholic Church away from promises of “miracles,” is a chore. The Church, and/or millions of its priests’ homilies and conversations, have a) historically promised many spectacular miracles, billions of times, in countless lectures and homilies, in the past. Indeed, promises of huge spectacular “miracles” were one of the major messages and promises of the Church; or of priests. b) However, in light of growing scientific knowledge, promises of miracles now appear false. c) Therefore, in an attempt to deal with this, the latest catechism of the church, becomes at least ambiguous, polysemic, on this subject. On the one hand, it might be read as aa) supporting miracles; as (even real?) evidence, signs, from natural reason, to strengthen our faith. But in bb) another reading though, miracles might not be all that certain. They are signs … “adapted to the intelligence” of many. Which is to hint that they might not be true signs at all. Or more specifically, they may be signs … adapted to the intelligence of simple people.
How certain is our Catechism? Indeed, the current Catechism is a bit more modest about even the Church itself; admitting that the church is not yet perfect, and will not be perfect, until the End of Time (Sec. 670; 769; 852 & thereabouts). While the current Catechism also notes that not only believers’, but also many catechisms’ own sayings, say slightly different things; as the various catechisms adapt themselves to the education and culture of different audiences:
“Our human words always fall short of the mystery of God” (Cat. 42).
To be sure, the big, main – universal – Catechism, says it does not (deliberately) set out its ideas in form adapted for different audiences; but it admits other catechisms and sermons, homilies, do:
“By design, this Catechism, does not set out to provide the adaptation of doctrinal presentations and catechetical methods required by the differences of culture, age, spiritual maturity, and social and ecclesial condition among all those to whom it is addressed. Such indispensable adaptations are the responsibility of particular catechisms, and, even more, of those who instruct the faithful” (Cat. 24).
This, the main, universal Catechism therefore, presents itself as reasonably authoritative. But to be sure, even this one admits that the word of God, is taught in various other local catechisms, to different people, in different ways;
to suit their age, level of maturity, culture, and so forth. And when it says it does not “by design” set out to adapt Christianity to any particular audience, it leaves open the possibility that it might have done this not by design, but inadvertently. While indeed, other parts of the text speak of the inadequacy of all “human words.” To be sure, the Catechism might then claim its own words are not human; yet still, here again, the Catechism is open to two understandings. One which sees itself – and say, the tradition of miracles – as authoritative; but another, that does not.
Thus the way is open finally, even in the catechism, to suggest that whenever we speak of “miracles” we are speaking to a class of people who cannot really understand the fuller truth; or who have not been taught the natural history, or the higher theology, that would more exactly explain, what is happening in our universe. As we will see.
To be sure, modern priestly religion, is quite spiritual; and thinks that the real essence of religion and truth is encouraging spiritual things like “hope, faith, love.” Therefore, even this catechism is not sufficiently respectful of God’s science, and his material nature. The current catechism, conflates “signs” and “miracles” and empirical evidence. And hints at subordinating them all, in any case, to spiritual faith. Indeed, it begins speaking say of the “miracles of the multiplication of the loaves,” (1335), as in effect a mere symbol, metaphor, or specifically a mere “prefiguration,” of the apparently more spiritual Eucharist:
“The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, when the Lord says the blessing, breaks and distributes the loaves through his disciples to feed the multitude, prefigure the superabundance of this unique bread of his Eucharist” (Cat. 1335, p. 337).
(To be sure, the host, the bread, is supposed to be at least “substantially” real or physical. Though to be sure, at times even the Eucharist itself is spoken of as a “sign,” rather than actual body: “The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life”; sec. 1325; cf.1333. Here, a “sign” being only an incomplete or partial – if material – bit of evidence).
Such matters as the matter of science, vs. faith – like the subjects of faith vs. works; symbolic hosts versus real hosts – are matters of wide debate. But the Catechism does not speak loudly where angels fear to tread; the Catechism also speaks in a veiled language; in a “tongue” that attempts to compromise with many major theological debates; giving us language that can be taken at least two ways. (As does the Bible itself: see James and Bible, on “tongue,” on metaphors, duplicitous languages that say different things to different people).
Thus again, the text begins speaking of miracles in connection with, or as “oriented” to, “Grace” and charity.” Regarding such “gifts” or “charisms,” they seem subordinate to “charity” in some way. Perhaps 1) promising people miracles is thought to be charity; or 2) giving people gifts, charity, anonymously, allowing people to believe they happened by miracle, is OK. Or 3) perhaps allowing people to believe in “miracles,” is a (albeit condescending) act of charity? All these and other ideas come from reading the text:
“Special graces, also called charisms after the Greek term used by St. Paul and meaning ‘favor,’… such as the gift of miracles or of tongues – charisms are oriented toward sanctifying grace and are intended for the common good of the Church. They are at the service of the charity which builds up the Church” (2003).
The Catechism – like the New Testament – is always radically ambiguous; and lends itself to many different understandings. Yet somehow, in one way or another, it seems promises of miracles, are subordinate to – “at the service of” – “charity.”
Since most religious writings have many different layers and readings, suppose we chose this one, here: let us read this, as at best a call for some of us to be “charitable” about promises of miracles; in the theory that such promises as miracles, even if they are not quite true, encourage simple people to believe. Yet if this is what the catechism is hinting at on one level, then … while we might partially agree, we must note that however, 4) on the other hand though, any alleged charisms or alleged charities, gifts, Grace, which promise things that are not true, ultimately do not “build up” the church … but destroy it. By founding the church on false promises, false prophesies, a false idea of Christ and truth. Therefore, any alleged Grace – like promises of miracles – that says things that are not true, might be good over the short run (like White Lies); but have failed to be of service, over the longer run. And should be firmly, adamantly, repeatedly, rejected. To do this in catechetical language? We might say that ultimately, “miracles” are subordinate to “Charity”; while ultimately, it is not charitable to tell people lies, or let them continue to believe in miracles that do not come to pass. Since ultimately we will find, those who believe in things that are not true, have their lives undercut and destroyed.
To be sure though, the current catechism does not say as much that is positive, as one might think, about miracles; there are less than a dozen references to the word “miracles” in the Catechism’s index. And the few references there – most of which are spoken of here – do little, except to try to explain why miracles might not come today. Which indirectly suggests after all, that there are sins, shortfalls, in such promises: promises of miracles are not coming true, after all. So there is need of an explanation here. Where there is smoke, there is fire.
While, furthermore, as for the answer? As for the key question: why many “pray” and do not get miracles? The church, we will find, does not actually pose a real explanation for this; it merely asks as an open question, whether we are praying as we ought to; for what God “wants” for us (Cat. 2731-41):
“Are we convinced that ‘we do not know how to pray as we ought’? Are we asking God for ‘what is good for us’? (Cat. 2736).
Here note, a fine point of semantics that most churchgoers and priests miss: here, the Catechism poses many leading questions – note the question marks – but not firm answers, or statements. “Are we” saying anything firm here?
Here is a fine point of semantics, that most preachers miss. Many simple people misread open – if leading questions – in the Bible, and the Catechism, as if they were statements. But in fact they are not. So that when the Catechism asks us, after all, “are we” praying as we ought, note that it is not here, actually, firmly, technically, proposing any statement at all. Or therefore, any explanation at all, as to why miracles might not arrive. It is only asking an (albeit leading) question.
This is is side of the Bible and religious language that simple people have always missed; they constantly take leading but open questions, as if they were firm statements. If the Catechism in response to the question why aren’t there many miracles today, asks “are we praying as we ought?” … this is inevitably read by stupid priests, as being a firm suggestion that this is why miracles are not arriving; we are not praying in the right way. But in fact, remember, that technically, the text is only making a suggestion or hint, only asking a question. While indeed, a smarter person than most priests, might well simply say in response, “Yes, I am praying as I ought; I am praying for example the very miracles that God promises – walking on water and so forth; and yet still, the promised miracles do not arrive.”
Indeed, we will show later, this apparent apologetic, could only be advanced in the very tenative form of an open question, not as a firm explanation, in both the Bible itself and in the catechism … because indeed, posed as a flat statement, it is easily proven false. The fact is, God often promised us many specific material things, like the power to walk on water and so forth; and therefore of course, he “wanted” these things for us. Logically: would God promise to us things he did not want for us? The fact is, we might simply say “yes” to query above: tell your priest that experience teaches us that we can pray for exactly what God promised to us – and that logically therefore, he must have “want”ed for us; in the “way” that is approved – and yet still, even then, the promised things do not appear. This indeed is the reason the Catechism poses this as an open question; because as a statement, it is quickly proven flatly false. Though to be sure, since it is false, the Catechism should not even have hinted this either. To be sure.
Later on, to be sure, James was to present what appear to be firmer statements, positive explanations and not mere questions, as to why some prayers for miracles, apparently does not work. As the Catechism spins James:
“Our Father knows what we need before we ask him, but he awaits our petition because the dignity of his children lies in their freedom. We must pray, then, with his Spirit of freedom, to be able truly to know what he wants. ‘You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on you passions'” (Cat. 2736-7; citing Rom. 8.26, Cf. Mat. 6.8, Rom. 8.27, James 4.3 cf. context 4.1-10, “What” causes wars, 1.5-8, 5.16).
Yet we will see later, that James himself here poses a series of possible explanations for the lack of some miracles … but James rejects them himself, one by one. James a) first, incredibly, admitting the failure of Christian promises of wonders and miracles: You do not have. Then b) James suggesting that we don’t have because we don’t “ask” … and yet then admitting that many do ask, and yet still do not receive. James thus admitting the failure, not only of the original promises, but also of his own first apologetic.
James therefore, indirectly admits the failure of his own first two ideas, on miracles. And c) then, if James finally seems to suggest a good, valid explanation for the lack of miracles – that we don’t get what we ask because we ask for the wrong things, to spend on our “passions” – note then after all,
problems with this final position in turn. Note for example, that aa) if James means to condemn asking for our “passions,” and that means ask asking for money and so forth, note that this contradicts what God said elsewhere. Elsewhere, God promised us whatever we “crave” after, and he promised us “money”:
“Spend the money for whatever you desire, oxen, or sheep, or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves; and you shall eat there before the LORD your God and rejoice…” Deut. 14.26);
Especially, after bb) noting many mistakes, many contradictions between their own thoughts and sayings and writings and those of God, indeed, finally, James and other disciples admitted that he himself – and all “we” apostles – “make many mistakes”:
“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness. For we all make many mistakes, and if any one makes no mistakes in what he says he is a perfect man … but no man can tame the tongue” (James 3.1-2, 8).
Indeed. Even our holiest men made many mistakes. Both in their original promises, and in their attempted, all too “sly” and “serpent”tine explanations. Therefore, indeed, we should not take any of this too seriously. But should move on, to a better truth.
By the way, regarding the untrustworthiness of all sermons, speech: speaking in “tongues,” (foreign languages; or metaphors and phrases, with two or more meanings) is a “sign for unbelievers”; but not for those who know better. Indeed, no one should trust mere language, words, tongues, at all; but only proven material results:
“You choose the tongue of the crafty” (Job 15.15).
“Under his tongue are mischief and iniquity” (Ps. 10.7).
“My tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe” (Ps. 45.1; cf. “scribes”).
“Your tongue frames deceit” (Ps. 50.19).
“Confuse their tongues” (PS. 55.9).
“They use their tongues to deceive” (Rom. 3.13).
“The tongue is an unrighteous world” (James 3.6).
“Be serious, not double-tongued” (1 Tim. 3.8).
Our priests have generated many verbal and written promises; and many verbal excuses. But finally, the science of God says that no mere words are good enough; words can be mere “empty” “wind,” “empty dreams,” “empty consolations.” It is all too easy to promise things in words … that you do not deliver in reality. Or, it is all too easy, to generate pleasant fantasies or illusions in our mind or “spirit”; it is much harder to make things happen in real material life. Thus we move past the Catechism, this assemblage of words and sly evasions; to see what really works in real life, and what does not. By their real material “Fruits” – or lack of them – you will know who is true, and who is false.
God warned that even our angels – and therefore, even our preachers (who followed the angels) – have sinned. And therefore, God told us not to trust them and their endless words, verbiage, sophistries. So let us move past, even the catechism. To find out what is real.
Were Miracles Ever Promised?
The fact is, promises of miracles are overwhelmingly, false.
At first, this seems impossible. But one “day,” the Bible itself said, God is supposed to dramatically call to our attention, sins and errors, in our highest holy men and angels on earth, and in heaven itself. And so in fact, rather than following our religious leaders with total “faith,” instead, we are supposed to use “science,” to look carefully at our holiest men and their promises, their prophesies; to see if their promises really “come to pass” in real life, are truly “fruit”ful in real life, or not. And if even promises made in the name of God, as sayings of God, do not “come to pass” in a timely way, here on this material earth, then, instead of continuing to follow those sayings with total “faith,” instead, we are supposed to simply conclude that those promises, prophesies, sayings, were “false”; were not really from God at all. If following a given saying attributed to God or “Christ,” Jesus, does not bring real material prosperity, here in this physical earth – and in a timely way – then, far from continuing to follow it with total faith, instead, we are supposed to conclude it is a saying that the Lord did not really utter; but was really a figment of a false prophet’s imagination. Far from faithfully following sayings attributed to God that are not materially productive, instead, we are supposed to abandon them as false … and look for God to show us a better, “second,” more “mature,” “full”er, better “appearance,” a Second Coming, of God.
One “day” especially, we are supposed to notice huge sins, false sayings, in our holiest men and angels. But if there are numerous “signs” of a huge sin or error, in the heart of Christian tradition, would your priests and ministers tell you about it? In fact, as it turns out, there have long been actually, countless signs of a number of huge, fatal falsity, deep in the very core, the heart, of traditional Christianity. A falsity that is extremely obvious; but that most preachers more or less know about – and most believers know about deep down too. But it is a failure so troubling, that most believers cannot tell anyone about; that they are all keeping quiet.
God told us that one “day” he would expose sins and errors, deep in the heart of Christianity. While in fact, we will show today, a great number of them; but one great sin in particular. And so more specifically, what is an obvious, massive, dirty elephant in the middle of the living room of Christianity? The great sin that deep down almost everyone (except a few women) knows about … but that no one is talking about? The obvious and deeply shaming problem, the massive sign of a great error in the heart of Christianity, is … the lack of big miracles, today.
We will see here, that our holy men and preachers and angels, once promised us lots of huge, amazing, miracles: the power to walk on water; the power to move “mountains”; the power to make bread appear out of thin air; the power to raise the dead. Priests constantly read to us parts of the Bible, that seemed to promise all these things to us – and “greater things than these.” And yet however, as it turns out, good, honest people will acknowledge that there have long been countless “sign”s of something catastrophically wrong in these promises of miracles. Because, the fact is, most of us today, have not actually seen many of the specific miracles that the Bible promised. Though we read of such wonderful miracles happening in the past, we don’t see many of them happening, today. No matter how good we were, most of the miracles that the preachers promised us in the name of God, do not show up for us, here and now, today.
When indeed, was the last time you yourself, saw, live and in person, anyone, say, walking on water? Or moving real, literal, physical “mountains”? Or making bread appear out of thin air? The fact is, all these wonders and “greater things than these” were solemnly promised to us by preachers. Until about 1965 or so. And yet we will see, though today a few preachers, televangelists especially, claim to be working a few smaller, “faith-healings,” still, we don’t see many miracles of the full size and scale or reliability, that were once promised to us. We don’t see anyone at all, say, walking on water. Or moving “mountains.” Or any such thing.
So what should we say therefore? If most of the miracles that were promised to us, in the name of God, by generations of preachers, do not seem to “come to pass”? In the past, whenever things promised by preachers did not seem to come true, preachers read to us parts of the Bible that seemed to show God himself, commanding us to simply ignore such things; and to continue to believe those promises, with total, blind “faith.” And yet however, we will have been finding out here and elsewhere, that … God himself did not stress “faith” as much as our preachers did. That actually, we are supposed to look very carefully and critically at whatever things holy men and preachers said, and use real “science” to see whether the things they promised really do come true, or “come to pass” … or not. And if the things they promised – like huge, wonderful miracles; the power to move real, literal “mountains” for example – do not come true, in a timely way (a year or two) here on this material earth? Then finally – and contrary to what you always heard in church – far from continuing to follow and believe in those promises, finally, we are actually supposed to conclude that those promises were not really from God at all. We are supposed to conclude that the prophet that told us the “Lord said” this, were “false,” “presumptuous” prophets (Deut. 18.20 ff, etc.).
So that finally, if we look around us today, and don’t see many of the miracles that God is alleged to have promised us, then, far from continuing to believe and have total “faith” in those promises anyway, instead, we are actually supposed to come to a series of Apocalyptic, heaven-shattering conclusions: including first of all, this: that, 1) exactly as foretold by God, essentially “all” our holiest saints and angels were partially deceived, or deceptive; partially “false.” And 2) if they were false in the past about one thing, like miracles, then they can be false today, in other things as well. (Like “spirituality” and “faith,” say). So that 3) we need to cease having such total “faith” in our religious leaders and holy men – prophets, angels, priests and ministers. But instead, we need to examine all their doctrines … and learn to reject those which are not materially “fruit”ful. In order to 4) cut off the false, un”fruit”ful branches of Christianity; and 5) move on to another, “full”er, more “mature,” “second” and better “appearance” – a Second Coming – of God and Christ.
And so in fact, we are here coming to realize … many End Time prophesies. The fact is, we are about to show here and now – just as we are supposed to find, in the End – that there is a huge, hidden crisis or awful secret or “mystery,” deep in our faith; a buried secret or “mystery” that, when revealed, clarified, would seem to destroy our entire religion; to dissolve our traditional “heaven” itself. Or rather, it is not a secret really at all; but an extremely obvious thing, that however, no one talks about. And what is that thing? The great unspoken problem in religion? The thing (almost) everyone knows about, but nobody talks about? It is … that our preachers promised us many huge, wonderful “miracles,” as the solemn promise of God, sworn on a billions Bibles as a true and sacred saying … and yet, we don’t see many preachers walking on water today; or making real, literal “mountains” move. So that the great dirty elephant in the middle of the living room, that almost everyone knows about, but that no one is talking about? (Like the secret of Santa Claus?). That would be first of all … the apparent failure, falsity, of ancient promises of big, amazing miracles.
Looking around us today, we just don’t see anyone at all literally, physically walking on water, for example. Even though there would often be a great use for such things; rescuing drowning people for example. And even though we were firmly, solemnly promised – and in a billion sermons for thousands of years – that Jesus did such things; and that we believers, “whosoever asks,” could do “all the works” that Jesus did. (And even “greater things than these”).
And so here is the great and dirty “secret” that most of us know about deep down, but that no one can “face” or “bear” or talk about openly or confess: that part of our holiest religious tradition, in the heart of Christianity itself, appears to many people, to be simply, false. There is something catastrophically wrong, false, in our religion; in the middle of things we were always told were absolutely sacred and holy and true.
Can we really face or believe this? It is the main purpose of our books here, to show the believer, that in fact, the Bible itself – and in effect, God himself – commanded us to face, accept, such findings.
In the past, whenever we seemed to notice things that did not seem true, in the middle of Christianity, of religion, we were told to simply ignore such failures, and continue to have “faith.” But in fact, we will have been finding in our books here, that this is not actually what the Bible itself finally said, overall. The fact is that amazingly, thought parts of the Bible seemed to stress faith, finally, Bible itself overall, ultimately, did not stress “faith” that strongly, after all. Finally, actually, the Bible itself told us that 1) there have always been great sins, even in our holiest men and angels; in them personally, and in their allegedly “inspired” “doctrines” and sayings alleged to have come from God. And therefore, 2) we are not supposed to have much “faith” in them, or their ideas, sermons about God. Instead, 3) we are supposed to examine “everything” in religion (1 Thess. 5.21; Mal. 3.10), even Christianity, with “science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.21-39; etc.). To see if the things promised “come to pass” in a timely way, here on this material earth, or not (Deut. 18.20 ff). And in order to expose any sins in our holy men, and angels. And 4) if this seems to find many false things, deep in our holiest men and angels – even those in heaven itself – then after all, we will have found, the Bible itself told us that one “day,” we are supposed to see precisely, this.
One heaven-shattering “day” in fact, our heaven itself is supposed to be exposed as being full of “false” things. And 5) in that moment, we are supposed to simply pass through this painful, “firey” revelation. To simply move on, next. To a “second” and better, “full”er, more “mature” vision, “appearance” – a Second Coming – of God.
Which in fact, amazingly, we will begin to do, even here and now. As we read this very book. As we move beyond the too-simplistic vision of God; to a second and better vision, of God.
To be sure, it will be unbelievably painful and dis”illusion”ing, for traditional believers, to at last simply “face” the possibility that much of what they were taught is sacred, is simply, false; was the sayings of “false prophets,” a false idea of Christ. If is hard for people trained to absolutely believe and have faith in their religious authorities, to discover that most of them were partially wrong, deceived. And yet in fact, it is one of the major points of our books here, that at last, believers should be able to simply accept and face such things, in all humility; on discovering with us in fact, that … amazingly, all this is part of God’s Plan; all of this was foretold, authorized, by the Bible itself. By God himself. Amazingly, in an ironic way, even as our heaven itself comes crashing down around our ears, finally, this does not really prove the Bible to be false; in fact, it means the Bible is quite true. But true in a way our priests have not, until now, understood. Or have not been willing to tell you about, openly and honestly.
The fact is, indeed: the Bible is true. But true in a way that our priests have not been able to tell you about … until now. The fact is, you can come to see a Second Coming, a second and better, more materially productive, sense of God. But you cannot see it … unless and until, you have passed through the “fire” … of examining, uncovering, sins, errors, in our first, “child”hood vision of a God. More specifically, you cannot see the Second Coming … until you see the falseness of the vision of God, as promising us supernatural “miracles.” (As opposed to natural “wonders”; the real meaning of what the Bible promised).
So if at first the findings of scientific investigation – regarding religion, and especially miracles – seem entirely negative; to “debunk” our religion totally. But in fact, let all the people at long last learn here and now to … take a long critical look at promises of miracles. Secure at last, in the knowledge that – amazingly enough – the Bible itself authorized this. And in the knowledge that all this is necessary .. in order to move on next, to a “second,” “still more excellent way,” of seeing God and good. Indeed, the whole point of our books here, is that at last the ordinary strong believer, can face the negative findings of science on religion and miracles … on discovering here, that amazingly enough, these findings were authorized, predicted, even commanded, by the Bible itself; by God, himself.
At last, the ordinary believer or priest, should be able to face science, and practical sense, and their negative findings on elements of Religion – like promises of miracles. On discovering that such findings are not against God; but are, amazingly, actually, in conformity to his (albeit Apocalyptically painful) plan. And believers should also be able to at last face and accept even allegedly “secular” science and reason, not only as part of God’s Plan, but also because … after all, God assures us that those who face and accept this at last, will be rewarded, with a second and better vision of God and Good; one that, furthermore, brings real material affluence with it. Even – if not “miracles” – then real material “wonders,” “powers,” and “prosperity.”
So, armed with this deeper knowledge of the Bible, armed with the knowledge at last that this is allowed, even commanded by God, let not just a few intellectuals, but all the people of the earth, begin to at last, take a critical, scientific look, at their religion; their Christianity. Especially at, promises of miracles. We should look closely at them … and then reject them.
Is the Bible itself therefore, partially false? As it turns out, it is not. We find to be sure, that 1) the Bible at first appears to promise huge, supernatural miracles; but 2) we will read it more closely to find that it promises natural “wonders,” not supernatural “miracles”; it promises wonderful things that however, we can now describe with science, as being things in nature and technology. Which means to be sure, that “supernatural miracles” are false; but which also means that … actually, the promises of the Bible are real; scientifically real. As we will see.
Thus we do not “disprove” or “debunk” the Bible; we just show it is true however, in a way that our holy men have not, until now, understood.
Or been able to “see.”
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The Destruction of Heaven
Preachers, priests, televangelists, have always proudly told us or implied, constantly, that they are the voicepieces of absolute, sacred, holy Truth; that they are the reliable voicepieces of God. And that, therefore, we should have total “faith” in them, or in their idea of God. But actually, we found out earlier, that isn’t what the Bible itself said. Actually, we found out that the Bible itself said that “all have sinned”; even our highest saints and angels and holy men … and preachers. The Bible told us that there have always been great sins in our holiest men and angels … and in their most sacred and holy doctrines and sayings from “God” too. So that therefore, we should not be having such strong “faith” in our holy men at all; but should instead, carefully “test everything” in religion, in Christianity (1 Thess. 5.21; Mal. 3.10), with “science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE). To see if it is really true, or not.
Amazingly therefore, we found out earlier that religion, Christianity, was never supposed to be faith-based; it is supposed to be science-based. The Bible warns that “all have sinned”; even our priests and ministers especially. And so, it does not demand that we just faithfully follow and believe and have trust in ministers, holy men, and their ideas, sayings, writings, about God; but instead, we are supposed to … look very carefully at “all” holy men and their promises, with science; to see whether their claims and promises “come to pass” (Deut. 18.20 ff) or not. To see whether they are true, or false holy men.
So keeping this in mind, let’s now look at traditional promises of … miracles.
Does your own minister today, promise you lots of huge physical miracles? Many preachers today are privately embarrassed by promises of huge, amazing miracles; by promises of bread out of thin air, the power to move real, physical “mountain”s and so forth. Many ministers today try to ignore the old promises of physical miracles; or to suggest that the old promises, were all just metaphors for spiritual things. But anyone who can remember a little religious history, who can remember back before about 1969 or so, or anyone who consults many old sermons, will soon find that until very, very recently, the main content of many sermons, was promises of miracles. To attract followers, most of our preachers promised us all huge, incredible, physical (and not just spiritual) miracles.
Until not too long ago, in fact, truly huge miracles were constantly promised to believers, by preachers, in the name of God. Anyone who remembers a few sermons until about 1969 or so – or indeed, anyone who watches televangelists even today, to about c. 2006 and on – has probably heard countless sermons and homilies, where preachers promised us big, huge, amazing miracles. Until very recently, historically, preachers constantly read to churchgoers, parts of the Bible that implicitly or explicitly seemed to promise us, many incredible, wonderful miracles. Including: 1) not just occasional faith healings; but also things like 2) the power to walk on water; the 3) power to move real “mountains”; the 4) power to do all the miracles or “works” that Jesus did, and 5) “greater things than these.” The power to get even 6) “whatever” we “ask.” Furthermore, in many sermons, these wonders were promised 7) to be delivered in a timely way: “soon,” and “at hand,” and without “delay.”
Therefore, 8) in fact, promises of physical wonders – and especially, physical miracles – were one of the major pillars of Christianity; one of the major reasons poor and suffering people came to Christianity, was to get the wonderful miracles that preachers promised. a) Starving people came to Christianity, because it promised that real bread would fall from the sky for them, to feed them. b) Weak and sick people came to Christianity because it constantly promised them that (or constantly spoke as if; allowed itself to be perceived as promising that), if they just followed the preacher, and did everything he asked in the name of God, then they would be miraculously cured of their diseases. While c) poor people came to Judaism and Christianity, because it promised “prosperity” and even “riches” to them too. And d) then even greater wonders and powers than those: the power to move real, literal “mountains” and so forth too.
The fact is, the promises and prophesies of Christianity, have been truly spectacular, and gigantic. And billions of people were enticed to become Christians, on the basis of these promises. Indeed, probably the main reason for the worldwide success of Christianity, was its promises of not only big material rewards for those who followed it, but even more than that, promises, prophesies, of huge spectacular, physical miracles, and powers. Christianity promised heaven and earth – and giant miracles too – to believers. And often, in a timely way too; “soon” and “at hand” and “quickly” and “without delay.” As we will see here.
As we will see here, many huge, spectacular promises were made to us by preachers, and our religious traditions. And 9) yet to be sure, as it turns out, there are signs of a sin, an error, in such promises. Though Christian preachers often made gigantic promises to the people, and though we were told that such miracles were delivered in the past, in biblical times, still, if we look around us today, we don’t see many people getting all the bigger miracles that were promised to us. Though a few preachers claim to still be working faith-healings, healing sick people of diseases through just faith and prayer and so forth, still, we don’t see many of the more spectacular miracles today, that preachers promised: we don’t see many people walking on water, today; or making bread appear out of thin air, for example.
Amazingly, ominously, there are countless “signs” that – as foretold – there was something false in our religion; even in historical Christianity. And that false thing was … in part, promises of miracles.
10) Indeed, for whatever reason – through doubting miracles, or their own abilities, or whatever – today, though a few preachers on TV are still promising us lots of miracles, as it turns out, a) many of our more sober, circumspect preachers, have eventually come to secretly doubt whether the old promises of physical miracles, are really, actually true. Or in any case, b) today, since about 1970 or so, many preachers stopped promising so many huge physical miracles. And they have subtly shifted the attention of their sermons and homilies, to offering mainly “spiritual” things.
In fact, many preachers now read, interpret, the old promises of physical miracles, as being essentially metaphors for spiritual things. If Jesus was said to have made real, literal, material “bread” appear miraculous, in mostly empty baskets, (rather like a magician making rabbits appear in empty hats), many preachers today, prefer to read to us the parts of the Bible that seem to suggest that such material miracles, are really just metaphors for the mental or spiritual wonders that religion gives us. Reading the parts of the Bible where it suggests that the religion and spirit of Jesus, the “hope” and “faith” he gives us, is “bread indeed.”
Today in fact, promises of physical, material miracles – promises of making real, literal, actual, eatable “bread” appear out of the sky for example (cf. Eucharistic host) – are privately questioned, doubted, even by many of our more intelligent and educated ministers. 11) And such promises of material miracles (and in fact, of all material riches) are now often thought by preachers, to be embarrassing lapses in primitive minds, or in “Old Testament” theology, with its primitive and crass over-materialism; that were eventually replaced, it was thought, by an allegedly higher spirituality of the New Testament and Jesus, and/or the “new covenant” of Christianity. (“The relation between the Testaments was understood as a unilinear historical development from lower to higher stages of spiritual evolution”; “Biblical Theology, by Bernhard W. Anderson, in The Oxford Companion to the Bible, p. 82).
12) Yet to be sure, there is no doubt that promises of big physical miracles, has always been a major part of traditional religion. Indeed, anyone who remembers a few sermons up to about 1969 or so, can probably remember many preachers promising many, many huge miracles to churchgoers. 13) In fact, turn on your TV set today; even in 2008 AD, you can see many promises of miracles – especially faith-healings- are still being made. By TV preachers or televangelists, like Benny Hinn and Rod Parsley, of TBN; or Pat and Gordon Robertson, of CBN. In fact, whole TV networks are devoted to (and get their money from) assuring us that if we just trust and believe and follow them, or their idea of God, then God will reward us with huge, amazing miracles.
Turn on your TV set; even today, you can probably see many TV preachers, televangelists, promising miracles. And not just a) spiritual things; but at least b) faith-healings; promising that those who follow them, will be miraculously be cured of physical diseases. And at times, sometimes ministers c) also even explicitly promise us even the traditional, bigger, even gigantic miracles described in the Bible, it seems; the power to move real, actual “mountains” for example. Or indeed, we were personally often promised the power to get “whatsoever” we “ask.” (For lots and lots of promises of faith healing miracles, see CBN, Christian Broadcast Network, Pat and Gordon Robertson’s network. Or TBN, Trinity Broadcast Network, owned by Jan and Paul Crouch – though Jan at last report, has cancer, and may be dying. Leaving the network to her husband or son?).
14) No honest, informed preacher will deny it: deep in the very heart, the very core of Christianity and its promises, as one of its major pillars – indeed, perhaps as the most important, central pillar of Christianity itself – were promises of not just big material wonders; but big, spectacular, physical miracles. Indeed, 15a) there were so many such promises of miracles, that if such promises of miracles were not true, then we would have to come to a rather shattering, Apocalyptic conclusion: we 15b) would have to say that a major element in Christianity itself was false. A conclusion that many Christians will find it hard or impossible to face or bear.
The fact is, promises of not just spiritual things, but real – and often huge – physical miracles, form part of the beating heart, the main attraction, of Christianity. As we will show here and now in part, Christianity presented itself to the people, for thousands of years, as promising them gigantic physical miracles. And if those promises were not true? Then we will have to face an extremely painful moment of disillusionment. Indeed, we would have to come to the heaven-shattering conclusion that … 16) the very Christianity that most of we “Christians” had, for two thousand years, was substantially, actually, a false religion, a false worship; offering, following in effect, a “False Christ”; “another Jesus” than the right one.
In fact, shattering as this idea is, we will be showing here that, 17) promises of physical miracles, were mostly false. The fact is, no one is walking on water today.
This seems impossible to believe or face. But we will be showing that God told us to face this. Shattering and impossible as this seems to be, we find here that the people, believers, can at last learn to face this; on finding that 18) saying this, does not refute or deny the Bible; but is in effect, the “fulfillment” of the Bible. The uncovering of promises of miracles as false, is first of all, here and now, the foretold exposure of false things, in “all” our holy men and angels.
The fact is, we are not denying or going against the Bible here; but are fulfilling it. We are finding here and now that, exactly as foretold, the whole world was long deceived by, under the enchantment of, “false” priests, “false prophets,” and so forth. The fact is we will find here, the Bible long warned that there would be false things in even our holiest Christian men and angels; in them, and in their most “inspired” “doctrines,” as we will find here. And the Bible told us that one “day,” we are supposed to see this, in a very, very dramatic way. As God returns to earth, to correct not just unbelievers, but to correct our priests and ministers too, especially; them and their promises and prophesies.
Amazingly therefore, we can find that our priests and their promises of miracles were simply false; we can do this in a way that is absolutely consistent with, obedient to, the Bible itself. The Bible itself often warned that essentially “all have sinned”; even our highest angels and saints in heaven itself. While furthermore, one “day” in particular, God is supposed to uncover those sins … and correct them.
So all this is as foretold, as authorized, by the Bible itself; by God, himself. Furthermore, we are about to discover that 19) not only was the whole earth – and most of our priests – deceived, by the “strong delusion” of belief in miracles; more specifically, they were deceived – just as the Bible foretold – by “magicians” and “sorcerers.” We will find here that belief in “miracles” is basically an example of what Anthropologists would call “magical thinking.” Or by what in Biblical language would be called, just miracle-promising magicians and sorcerers and witches. (And by over-spiritual enchantments too, we will find). The fact is, belief that bread appears out of thin air, is very much like the belief in the common magician’s stage trick: making rabbits appear in empty hats.
And so indeed, we will be showing here, if the whole earth was taken over by belief in miracles, then it was – in fact, as foretold – taken over by magicians. The many preachers who promised miracles, and who perhaps sincerely thought they were good Christian ministers … we will find here, were really deceived by Magic, and sorcery. To become themselves, really, magicians and sorcerers. Promising “miracles,” bread out of thin air … the same as stage magicians, promising rabbits in empty hats.
And so after all, just as foretold, just as the Bible warned, belief in “Christ” or the “Lord,” was long ago taken over by “false” elements; including magicians. Indeed we will show here that belief in miracles, is really belief in magic, magicians. 20) But while we will show here, that most of Christianity – and through it, the whole earth – has long since been deceived, taken over by magic, by false promises, false prophesies of miracles, then after all, by about 1970 or so, many elements within Christianity had begun to throw off those false, deceitful beliefs. To cease believing in “miracles” (and for that matter, “spirituality” too); and to begin see the first glimpses, of a “second” and better vision, “appearance,” of God and Good.
21) In fact, some our more educated or intelligent priests and thinkers, began long ago, to hint at some shortfalls, sins, in the actual performance of miracle-promising priests. As long ago as the time of Jesus, the Apostle (and to Catholics, Saint) Paul for example, began to question whether all believers could really work gigantic miracles:
“Do all work miracles?”(Paul, in 1 Corin. 12.29).
22) In fact, then, the Bible itself began questioning physical miracles. And after questioning them, finally the Bible itself, went on to hint at a “second,” higher, “full”er, more “mature” understanding, “appearance,” of Christ and God. One beyond miracles perhaps. As, after questioning miracles, Paul went on to speak of another, “still more excellent way” than traditional religious roles:
“Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way” (1 Corin. 12.29-21).
Paul also told us that there was a more “mature” vision, understanding, of God, too:
“Be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature” (1 Corin. 14.20).
“Let us … go on to maturity” (Heb. 6.1).
“Even a child makes himself known by his acts” (Pro. 20.11).
“As for prophecy, it will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned liked a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood” (1 Corin. 13.8-11).
Paul and Jesus and many apostles were at times humble; Paul admitted that he himself, for example, was not yet “perfect,” even as he was in the act of writing half the New Testament (Php. 3.12 & above). And Paul and other apostles often admitted that they “made many mistakes” (James); and saw things only in “part.” While suggesting too that they themselves had often been im”mature” and “child”ish in their religious ideas and writings; while asking us to go on to a “full”er,” “second,” more “mature” “appearance” and understanding of God and Good. But the second manifestation of God is not just in the “spiritual” idea, as perhaps Paul thought at times. Indeed, 23) the Bible told us that one “day,” even our spiritual heaven itself is supposed to be exposed as unclean – and is supposed to be “dissolved” (2 Peter 3.7-12; Isa. 51.6, 65-6; Rev. 21).
So the fact is, therefore, we were never supposed to remain fully loyal, faithful, to the childhood idea of God and good, that we got in Sunday School and most churches, and their simplistic – and substantially false – “heaven.” Instead, we were supposed to begin to note sins and errors in our holiest men and angels; even by their own admission. We are supposed to note such sins … and then move on. To a second, more mature vision of God and Good. One that is, as it turns out, beyond the old promises of “miracles.”
One “day” in fact especially, we are supposed to move on; beyond some of our simpler religious beliefs. To a “second,” or more “mature” vision, understanding, appearance, Coming, of God. But what is the second, more mature, more excellent vision of God? Let us all in fact – not just a few intellectuals, but all ministers, and all the people – now try to discover a more mature Christianity. To learn first of all, here and now, to a) have the courage to simply “face” the possibility of immaturities, of sins and errors, in ourselves; and b) in traditional Christianity. Let us all now, first of all, learn to acquire the courage to simply face and accept this … on discovering that after all, all this was foretold, authorized, by the Bible itself. (Which told us, after all, that one “day,” we were supposed to discover sins, “false” things, even in the religion that dominated the whole earth; as we found in the Destruction of Heaven). Which warned us after all, that the whole earth is supposed to have been found deceived by magicians and others, one “day.” Let us now have the courage to begin to see this; armed with the strength that comes from knowing that after all, all this was authorized, commanded, by the Bible itself. And armored with the knowledge that even as we begin to see sins in our traditional religion, at the same time however the Bible itself showed us a way out of this. As the Bible itself authorized us after all, to expose these sins and falsehoods. And c) we should have at last the courage to face signs of sins in holy men … in order to move on to the Second Coming; the second and better, “full”er, more “mature” appearance of Christ. (“After overthrowing every authority and power” 1 Corin. 15.24? Cf. “despisers of authority”).
What Did the Bible Promise? Miracles? Or …?
Today, ancient promises of “miracles” are something of an embarrassment to our more intelligent preachers. But rather than frankly and openly “confess” this, in order to salvage some of their old “authority” and prestige and standing in the community, before the congregation, many preachers will try to finesse all this. Many will say that they or their churches, their traditions, never really promised miracles to us, at all. And yet, no honest person would ever say or imply this. Anyone who remembers a few sermons from ore than once church or two, knows that until about c. 1970 or so, most of our preachers promised us many, many “miracles.” And not just mental or spiritual miracles. But indeed, our preachers implicitly and explicitly stood behind, or did not openly oppose, a tradition that promised real, material, physical miracles to us, over and over again. And indeed, preachers constantly quoted to us parts of the Bible, that definitely seemed, taken by themselves, to promise lots of gigantic physical miracles, to all those who believed and trusted and followed.
To any honest person, who remembers the kind of sermons that were actually delivered in churches (and not just the sermons that were written down in books), there is no doubt: most Christian preachers either a) explicitly promised us physical miracles; b) or supported “miracles” in some way; or c) implicitly supported them. Or d) did not oppose them, when they stood behind “Christianity” and “The Bible.”
Many have been unable to face this … because they have thought that if we don’t believe in miracles, then the whole of our religion collapses.
20) Now though, it is time to ask this all-important question: whatever our preachers and churches and sermons may have promised us … did the Bible itself, really promise miracles? The fact is, a) we will show here, there are many, many parts
of the Bible, that have been used by preachers, to assure us that indeed, the Bible itself, and God himself, promised us lots of huge, wonderful miracles. Though b) to be sure, when we look more closely at what the Bible itself actually said, we will find that it is not certain at all, that the Bible itself, was really promising what our preachers said. On a second, closer look at the Bible, it is not certain that the Bible itself, really was promising supernatural “miracles” after all.
As it turns out, scientists and others have noticed that the accounts of “wonders” and “miracles” in the Bible, can actually be read as being more about things in nature and technology, that science and common sense can confirm. (As noted in our writings on Natural Christianity, and specifically a scientifically-verifiable reading, of immortality and resurrection).
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