Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Deluded, or just religious?

Here's an article about a Detroit man who stole his ninety-three-year-old father's corpse and stowed it in a freezer in the hopes of a "miracle." A police officer said, "He is very religious, and he was hoping his father would be resurrected. He was hoping for a miracle."

The average reader would no doubt agree that this poor man is deluded. But really, how different is his hopeful belief from the average Christian's? I used to recite the Apostle's Creed in church every week: "On the third day he (Jesus) rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting."

When you think about it, it doesn't seem like much of a logical stretch from believing in Jesus' resurrection, and the eventual physical resurrection of every Christian who ever lived on the planet, to believing God can resurrect your father. After all, if resurrection from the dead is possible-- and millions upon millions of people believe it is-- then why is it delusional to hope for one particular resurrection?

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