If you are a Christian you may boggle at the inanity of this. If, like me, you are not a Christian this will probably make as much sense as the musical manipulation we normally see in happy-clappy churches.
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The Scotteriology blog has a hilarious and embarrassing series of the stupidest moments in Christian ministry, and yes the “Holy Ghost Hokey Pokey” was in the race, but it’s been outdone by some truly horrible idiocy: Cancer Pastor vs New Mystics.
Argh. I couldn’t even bring myself to watch them. In fact I haven’t even watched the Hokey Pokey one right through. I did skip to the end of it where I saw some people saying how they were healed and I had to wonder how people who believe in healings of this type (done to ecstatic Jesus songs as opposed to Hokey Pokey) square the two. Do they continue to believe that both are genuine healings? Or that one is, one isn’t? Or do they face the uncomfortable possibility that perhaps both are fake (or, at best, placebo)?
I doubt that they think about anything like that very deeply, those unfortunate suckers are on the treadmill of xtian flavoured circus distractions. They’ll be seeking the next fix of junk spirituality for a while.. until hopefully they find a better church, or start to question what they’re doing.
hard to watch indeed. If every miracle ever claimed in such churches around the world were actual, then miracles would cease to be… well… miraculous?
I dunno that quantity has much to do with it, I consider a new baby a miraculous thing yet it actually happens every second.
good point Jack In one sense, everything can be rightly seen as a miracle.
Hey Jack and welcome back. It’s been a while but I check on your blog from time to time to see how you guys are getting on. I see that Archie is growing fast!
Regarding the word ‘miracle’:
The problem is that some people use a working definition of a miracle as being something that is merely amazing whereas I tend to stick to it being something that doesn’t have — indeed, can’t have — a natural explanation.
It bugs me how often the word ‘miracle’ is used in the media. i.e. it was apparently a miracle that the plane landed safely on the Potomac but I couldn’t help thinking that all those thousands of hours of training the pilot completed must have had something to do with the success of the whole thing. It kind of cheapens the word IMO.
I’d probably accept an amputated leg growing back as a miracle (with caveats) but for pain that goes away after singing the Hokey Pokey song to Jesus I’d go with temporary relief through adrenaline or outright fibbing as a more reasonable explanation.
Yep first year of a baby keeps one very busy! I do check by here too, I see you ventured into brewing…am sure winemaking will be next
I interpret miracle as ‘beyond the odds’ so while I don’t see the development of a child from a microscopic zygote as some sort of unexplained magic, I do see all that has to occur on a cellular level and beyond as amazing. Perhaps miracle isnt the right word, perhaps I’ve been influenced by the media! As for the hokey pokey thing, sorry I couldnt even bring myself to press play.
…am sure winemaking will be next
Pffft. Wash your mouth out! (Actually, in all seriousness, one day I just might.)
As for the hokey pokey thing, sorry I couldnt even bring myself to press play.
Heh, really, don’t even bother. It’ll just hurt your head.
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