According to the Bible, Jesus spat in a man’s eyes to cure him of blindness. It seems like an odd thing to do if Jesus was capable of healing the man without spitting in his eyes. Did Jesus enjoy spitting on people? Christians claim that the spit was symbolic, or that the whole event was acted out in order that its record would speak to people throughout the ages. Even though Jesus could have healed the man just by thinking it, he spat in his eyes anyway so that people would always remember how unfavorably we compare to Jesus and his Sky Daddy. I think that’s the same reason a school yard bully would spit in another kid’s eyes: to set himself above his victim. If there is a God, surely our relationship with him is abusive and we should try and get out. I can practically hear the Christians already exclaiming “What about the good times?” just like a battered wife. Similarly, we can’t help Christians out of their imaginary abusive relationship until they want our help.
On Friday I took my wife to her appointment with Dr. Whitten, and he cured her of her blindness. He clamped her eye lids open, numbed her eyes, cut a flap in each eye, pulled the flaps back and zapped her eyes with a laser. Then he brushed her eyes off a little, and put the flaps back. He gave her some drops to put in her eyes every couple hours, and sent her on her way. The whole procedure took only a few minutes.
My wife was never really blind; at least not by today’s standards. However, in a world without glasses, contacts, or lasik, she would be considered blind since everything farther than 1 foot from her eyes used to be blurry.
In the time that Jesus was supposed to have lived, what Whitten did for my wife would be considered a miracle. I don’t believe that Jesus actually cured anyone’s blindness by spitting in their eyes, but I am positive that my wife drove to work this morning without glasses or contacts.
Science can actually accomplish things religion only claims to do.
Some people would thank God for a successful surgery. I’d like to thank Dr. Whitten for the effort he put in to his schooling, and his career. I’d also like to thank everyone else who worked to develop the lasik procedure, and build the machines that make it possible. Thank you for working to help improve people’s lives here on Earth… the only life we can be certain we’ll have.
In the United States, almost every atheist was raised with religion. American atheists know what it’s like to pray and expect to be heard. We know what it’s like to live to honor God. We know what it’s like to appreciate God’s blessings. We know what it’s like to have a heart filled with warm magic, and have our minds blissfully fulfilled when contemplating the deeper meanings of life. We aren’t atheists due to a lack of experience with God. We’re atheists because we’ve come to understand the truth that there are natural explanations for all the wonders in the world, even those things we once personally believed to be magic. We understand that we experienced God because we wanted to, or expected to, not because we have a personal relationship with Him. We’ve come to understand that at some level we always knew that God was make-believe, like a little kid pretending to be successfully hypnotized by his friend. Eventually, we just stopped pretending. Shouldn’t you?
I named my blog with the number 655321. The computer that stores my blog’s information will use numbers to represent a string of characters, which we use to represent a number. It reminds me that sometimes life imitates art imitating life.