Christianity Admin on 19 Nov 2006 12:55 pm
The article offers a succinct explanation of what has gone wrong with the student’s body:
Stober, a 23-year-old MU student from Sedalia, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disorder affecting one in every 35,000 males who inherit from their mothers a recessive X-chromosome with a mutated dystrophin gene. Dystrophin produces muscle proteins that enable the muscle to stay strong and develop. The absence of dystrophin weakens muscle cells, eventually causing them to die.
One day, there will be a cure for this disease. Science is the force that will create the cure. God is nowhere to be seen. God has not cured this particular patient, nor any other muscular dystrophy patient. If God were to exist, and if God were to answer prayers as the Bible promises, then this disease would not exist.
â€œI couldnâ€™t imagine responding as well as I have to my disability without the strength I got from my faith,â€ Stober said.
â€œHe (God) gives me a hope for the future, a purpose and assurance that heâ€™s going to work things out for my benefit,â€ he said.
â€œAnd this is the dream,â€ he said. â€œWhen I graduate, I want to go to seminary to become more knowledgeable about the Christian faith. Iâ€™m called to write, to teach, to speak, to defend the Christian faith. I think I have a story to tell.â€
Unfortunately for Stober and everyone else who suffers from this disease:
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy eventually affects all voluntary muscles, as well as the heart and breathing muscles. Survival is rare beyond the early 30s. Death typically occurs from respiratory failure or heart disorders.
Why isn’t the story obvious? Why isn’t it obvious that God is imaginary based on the evidence inside his own body?Â If God were to answer prayers as the Bible promises, this student, and millions of people like him, would simply pray for a cure. Instead, every cure comes from science, or the body heals itself. It has been proven without question that every answered prayer is nothing but a coincidence.
Therefore, the question shifts. What is this student, and billions of others like him, gaining from their belief in an imaginary friend? And why would a newspaper write an article about someone who professes such belief?
What is the rational replacement for an imaginary friend?