Some atheist is trying to put god to the test with an updated version of Gideon’s fleece gimmick. This is, of course, completely stupid. It assumes a very primitive view of god. For one, god wouldn’t let himself get suckered into this (he is god, after all); second, you don’t have to believe god intervenes at all in the causal universe to believe in him; third, if this dave guy knew his bible well enough, he would know that god is more likely to zap and unbeliever like himself with a big fat lightning bolt than to link his tabs for him. It’s just not a good idea.
from the friendly atheist:
Dave is putting God to the test.
Which Christians would say is a big no-no. But hear him out on this…
Dave is an atheist. He says he’ll believe in God if he sees a miracle:
Burning bushes, disembodied hands writing on the wall, talking donkeys, water into wine – there are any number of Biblical precedents for things that I’d readily accept as evidence for God. But it doesn’t have to be anything fancy like that. Any small thing, that I could verify as being impossible by natural means, would at the very least force me to reconsider things very carefully.
There’s a standard argument against this, that I wouldn’t really reconsider anything; that my dark atheist soul is too far gone, and that I don’t want to believe in God for my own evil reasons, and wouldn’t change even if Jesus himself appeared before me. Apparently such people have some special insight into my mind and soul that I don’t have, because I’m pretty sure that I would change my mind.
All God would have to do to make Dave reconsider his atheism is take these soda can tabs…
I’m doing this to put my money where my mouth is, and show that my atheism [has] nothing to do with not wanting to believe in God, but rather not having the evidence to believe in God.
Of course the tabs will never get linked. Prayer doesn’t have that kind of power.