Monday, January 3, 2011

See the magic

See the magic

When you look at different religions, they usually contain "magic." For example:

The Mormon religion contains the magical golden plates, the magical angel, the magical seer stones, the magical ascension of the plates into heaven, etc.

The Muslim faith contains the magical angel, the magical flying horse, the magical voices, the magical prophet, etc.

The Christian faith contains the magical insemination, the magical star, the magical dreams, the magical miracles, the magical resurrection, the magical ascension and so on.

The presence of "magic" is a clear marker for "imaginary." For example, how do we know that Santa is imaginary? Because (among other things) he has eight magical flying reindeer. How do we know that Jack and the Beanstalk is a fairy tale? Because (among other things) the story contains magical seeds. In the same way, how do we know that God is make believe? Because God is surrounded by magic.

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  1. When I read this article I though of the Book of John...

    John 2
    Jesus Changes Water into Wine
    1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
    4 “Woman, [a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

    5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

    6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]

    7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

    8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

    They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

    11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

    ...if this is religious proof enough to cause these disciples to believe Jesus is the true son of 'God', I can't help but imagine how they would have thrown Jesus aside, replaced by....David Blaine?? Well, after all, I did see David Blaine turn a bums coffee into a cup full of change. Real money! And that materialization was right there in front of people’s eyes. Only the water boys in the Book of John and Jesus know where the wine came from. Nobody saw it change.
    Yes, I know that David Blaine is not really magic. Just pointing out how another mere mortal has accomplished much better and even more convincing 'magic' than Jesus famed wine to water 'magic', which wasn’t really much of a trick if it went down like it says it did in The Bible. Didn't David Coperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear?