Month: April 2015

There is no such thing as supernatural

keep-calm-and-believe-in-the-greek-gods-1All day, every day someone is making a claim to the supernatural. They are seeing ghosts, they are feeling the hand of their god, they are witnessing healing, they are crediting supernatural beings with the creation of the universe and manipulation thereafter, they are urged to “sin” by supernatural demons and devils. And they are 100% sure that they have experienced the supernatural working in their lives.

But what is supernatural anyway? Webster’s gives the following definition:

Supernatural : Unable to be explained by science or the laws of nature : of, relating to, or seeming to come from magic, a god, etc.

Well I’m saying there is no supernatural. How can I make such a claim when nearly all of humanity disagrees? Well, it’s simple. If it’s interfering in our world in a measurable way, that’s natural. Wherever gods or ghosts or demons or devils are manipulating physical objects, that’s a natural process.

Think about the way science works. A hypothesis is proposed. An experiment or multiple experiments are conceived which will both serve to support that hypothesis and stand to falsify that hypothesis. If the experiments all support the hypothesis and do not falsify it, we can eventually consider that hypothesis to be a scientific theory. There is some process that when it occurs, it can be measured and causation known.

In all of our scientific experience, we have never found a natural occurrence where we could measure the cause and that cause turned out to be magical or spiritual. Orbits, earthquakes, lightning, magnetism were all once thought to be powered by supernatural beings and have all be debunked into naturalism by science.

Theistic believers use the term supernatural to hide their claims from scientific scrutiny. After all, if you make a proposal of a supernatural mechanism and I ask, “How can I prove that with scientific measurements?” you will tell me that it’s supernatural. It’s timeless, spaceless, immaterial, eternal, and outside the bounds of physicality.

Well I call bunk on that. If it can be measured, it’s natural. If it can’t be measured, it’s not supernatural, it’s either unknown or non-existent.

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Was Jesus illiterate or just lazy?

hebrew-Scroll-TorahAssume the Bible gospels are true and Jesus was a historical figure who walked the earth and rose from the dead.

And for those who don’t recognize the name, L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of The Church of Scientology (arguably the most recent new successful religion).

During his lifetime on earth, L. Ron Hubbard wrote over 1,000 books. In fact, he’s in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most published and translated books of any human being ever. That is extremely impressive.

Now, let’s talk about Jesus’ accomplishments in the literary field. A naïve person might answer that Jesus wrote the Bible and it’s a bigger seller than L. Ron Hubbard. But Jesus left the story of his life to be written by others. He didn’t personally write anything.

We don’t have even a single note with one word on it written by Jesus while he walked the earth. He let himself be outdone by L. Ron Hubbard! Imagine the autobiography Jesus could have written. Wow, it could have been amazing. All about growing up as God in human form. What it’s like to have pain for the first time ever. How disgusting our toilet practices are. He could have written about germs and how important it was to wash your hands to avoid spreading diseases. Where he was going when he floated into the sky. And on an on. He could have written volumes.

Instead we get second and third hand accounts of his life where the majority of the content is about the last week of his life.

It just doesn’t make sense (unless of course he wasn’t God or didn’t exist).