Apologetics Pressby Dave Miller, Ph.D.
One direct source of unbelief is the false promotion of Christianity (cf. Job 13:7). It is surely a great tragedy that many people have rejected the Christian religion as the true portrait of reality on the basis of the misconduct that so many who claim to be Christians have displayed. In fact, some who purport to be faithful Christians are nothing more than crackpots and religious wackos.
It is especially intriguing to take note of the so-called â€œmiracle workers,â€ â€œtongue-speakers,â€ and â€œfaith healersâ€ moving about the religious world today. Where fifty to one hundred years ago, to witness their theatrical presentations, one would have to go to the â€œrevival tentâ€ set up outside of town, now one can see these pseudo-wonder workers on several television channels. Willing participants, whose emotional state has been carefully manipulated, swoon at the mere touch of the â€œhealerâ€™sâ€ hand on their forehead or cheek. Prominent religious leadersâ€”who have built financial empires on the funds they have methodically extracted from misguided followers through threats, pleadings, and cajolingâ€”continue to have a heyday, supposing â€œgodliness is a means of financial gainâ€ (1 Timothy 6:5).
But notice that the â€œmiraclesâ€ performed involve highly questionable diseases and illnessesâ€”nebulous aches and painsâ€”that defy medical substantiation. Even the professed â€œtongue-speakingâ€ is highly subjective, and in no way parallels the New Testament practice of speaking known human languages without prior learning (see Miller, 2003).
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