Christianity Johnson on 27 Aug 2008 12:01 am
God may not heal amputees, or save starving children, but he does appear to famous authors to instantly cure them of their addictions:
Here is what Joe Eszterhas experienced. His doctor discovered throat cancer. God would not cure it, so “Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic removed 80 percent of his larynx, put a tracheotomy tube in his throat, and told him he must quit drinking and smoking immediately.” Then God stepped in a few days later:
One hot summer day after his surgery, walking through his tree-lined neighborhood in Bainbridge Township, Mr. Eszterhas reached a breaking point.
“I was going crazy. I was jittery. I twitched. I trembled. I had no patience for anything. â€¦ Every single nerve ending was demanding a drink and a cigarette,” he wrote.
He plopped down on a curb and cried. Sobbed, even. And for the first time since he was a child, he prayed: “Please God, help me.”
Mr. Eszterhas was shocked by his own prayer.
“I couldn’t believe I’d said it. I didn’t know why I’d said it. I’d never said it before,” he wrote.
But he felt an overwhelming peace. His heart stopped pounding. His hands stopped twitching. He saw a “shimmering, dazzling, nearly blinding brightness that made me cover my eyes with my hands.”
Like Saul on the road to Damascus, Mr. Eszterhas had been blinded by God. He stood up, wiped his eyes, and walked back home a new man.
In a phone interview this week, Mr. Eszterhas said it was “an absolutely overwhelming experience.
He went from doubting if he could make it through life without tobacco and alcohol, to knowing that he could “defeat myself and win.””
So there it is. With a “blinding brightness” and an “overwhelming peace”, God cured Eszterhas. Eszterhas clearly sought no other explanation for the brightness and the peace, nor did it ever occur to him to think through the logical implications of a God that would behave in such a capricious way. Why wouldn’t he explore the possibility that he experienced a hallucination or a brain seizure? Or perhaps a drug interaction, exacerbated by withdrawal symptoms from two highly addictive drugs (the effects of which his doctors never bothered to anticipate or ameliorate? That seems highly unlikely)? No, there is only one possible explanation for Eszterhas : the almighty creator of the universe had reason to manifest his greatness upon Eszterhas, and Eszterhas is now a believer.
Given the above account, this paragraph is absolutely fascinating:
Although he is a devout Catholic, Mr. Eszterhas writes bluntly of his disgust for priests who are pedophiles and bishops who have covered up for them. He and Naomi decided they could not, in good conscience, donate a dime to the church because of the clerical sexual abuse scandal.
On the one hand, Mr. Eszterhas believes that God reached down and specifically appeared to him to cure his addictions. On the other hand, this same God allowed Catholic priests – priests! – to sexually molest hundreds of innocent kids without ever intervening.
Such is the delusion of Christianity. Christians are somehow able to overlook these incredible delusions in their own thinking. To the point where they write whole books about their delusions.
If you are a Christian, and if you are starting to understand the gigantic delusions and contradictions in your thinking, you can learn more here:
You may also want to watch this video, which could not be any clearer about the fundamental delusions underpinning Christianity: