DOUBTING THOMAS DIGS THE GARDEN
Lo, these many years, I’ve been struggling to come up with some sort of evidence which would irrefutably prove that the Bible and the Koran are the inerrant word of Christianity’s, Judaism's and Islam’s hypothetical superbeing. It would be so comforting to be able to know without doubt there’s some sort of higher being in another dimension who looks out for us—specially if we could do so without totally surrendering our grip on reality and taking somebody’s word for it like ignoramuses in the early darkness of humankind. Appeals to authority, we all know, mean nothing as evidence, and, in fact, that’s what current faith is (belief without evidence) since there is no evidence of an immaterial world or superbeing anywhere in the world.
The task of finding and touching this spiritual place has always seemed insurmountable, for how can we ever bring the immaterial world under the microscope of common sense and measure it as one would measure the length of a pickle and taste the taste of a pickle, dill or sweet? No, it seems that there will be those who believe in something which does not exist (in the material world) and those who demand proof before they believe in this nonexistent thing.
Doubting is not new. Many a Doubting Thomas lives among us which like that fictional doubter can not believe until he’s actually touched the gaping wound. Thomas was fiction's original scientist; he demanded sensory data before he believed. Well, and why shouldn’t we take after Thomas and also ask for concrete data? Why should we just take a book’s or people’s word for it? Why should we set ourselves up to be patsies for religious charlatans among us?
I thought long and hard before I came up with the perfect proof. There is one place in the Universe where the spiritual world and the world of the senses meet. It’s the eastward entrance to the Bible’s Garden of Eden. The proof lies there for the Bible tells us so. We know exactly where to look for the entrance. It’s near the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers and it should be easily found because, “After he [God] drove the man out, he [God] placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the Tree of Life.” Genesis 3:24
This eastward entrance must be visible by the flashing sword and the cherubim. They must be visible because they were put there to keep man away from the Tree of Life. God would not be so foolish as to put an invisible flashing sword and invisible cherubim to guard the entrance to the Garden. Cherubim and sword have to be visible to the naked eye or else God is capable of unbelievable stupidity and waste.
So—there it is, under our noses. Someone should get right over there and find that flashing sword. You’d think a spy satellite ought to be able to see it. Perhaps Bush could set the CIA to gathering data from sky cameras. It should be visible from a long distance away, and it’s a sure proof that a spiritual world exists separate from the real world most of us live in. It’s the only place I know of where the two world’s meet for all to see. Or... sorry to say, suppose we can’t find the sword and cherubim and that would mean the Bible has got at least one big hole of a lie in it.
A LIFE VERSE THAT FITS MY IDENTITY
I like the idea of giving oneself a life verse from the Bible to live by like so many Christians do. I had to think long and hard to come up with one sufficient to my needs, then, suddenly, it appeared to me in my dream of life. It’s Exodus 3:14. It suits me to a T; it’s me all over.
Here’s a song title: “I Gave Her a Ring, and She Gave Me the Finger.” —author anonymous