Milo’s home run

A man usually made it to all his son’s games, but missed this one due to an overtime job. The following conversation shows some serious amusement, between the atheist brother and the believer, with a sober summary.

Ring. ring… ring

-Zeke: Hello

Jacob: Hey Zee, Jake here, Carol and your nephew just got back from the game.

-Zeke: Cool, how was it?

Jacob: Milo pitched a two hitter, struck out 10, doubled and hit his first home run.

-Zeke: Wow, sounds great, but we both know Milo can’t hit worth beans. Do you have any proof that he homered?

Jacob: Huh? (Milo heard the conversation with his uncle, as the phone was on speaker)

-Zeke: I need evidence, do you expect me to just take your word for it?

Jacob- Your sister was there. She told me. The crowd went nuts. (Milo was in tears)

-Zeke: Yea well, people see and say things, she could have been mistaken.

Jacob: Zeke,  you just asked me for proof, and I just gave you my word.  Carol was there, she saw it.

-Zeke: Yeah, well…………..

 

Is this narrative insultingly simplistic and unfair? Only if you think faith is a joke. We believe things all day long without thinking to question or verify because of WHO brings the report. Taking somebody at their word is called faith, it is believing without  seeing, fully trusting the evidence because of where and who it came from.

 

Jacob had no reason to lie to his brother about Milo’s pitching stats and his home run. And Zeke showed his foolishness for daring to question his brother in a matter that was incontrovertible.

So the question on the table: Is God’s word better than Jake’s?  Is His word MORE reliable, trustworthy, more impeccable than the word of a common man?  Isaiah asked a question: WHO believed our report? In the same fashion, Zeke would not have believed that report either, for the heart of man is ever the same.

I never hit a home run. Will a man ask for proof that I am telling the truth? At some point, faith must be engaged, else people will be lost in their own delusions. We have faith that the car coming at us at 65 mph will not suddenly veer into our lane and crush us.

We have faith that the food served to us by somebody we do not know nor see,  is not soaked in paint. We have faith that  the gasoline we are pumping is not melted licorice. We have faith that when we turn the switch on, the house doesn’t catch on fire.

We have the utmost faith and extreme confidence that when we balance our checkbook, the same arithmetic used yesterday, will be equally reliable today, and fully trustworthy tomorrow. We can faithfully rely on this absoluteness of fact. We have faith because there is evidence.

We all have faith, (yes, the atheist has faith as demonstrated) and faith in God is simply common sense aimed in another direction, and I submit, it is the right direction.

God’s word is far better than mine, and I safely say yours also. As a matter of fact, it is so good, that He recorded it, preserved it, and it will be hallmarked in eternity, as it is forever settled in heaven. To the HONEST heart it is provable, verifiable, reliable, and indestructible.

To all others it is simply paper with no more value that Time magazine. What will it take for a man to believe in the God of heaven? It’s simple. Can you believe a man hit a home run without you seeing it, based on the report of somebody who is honest?

Carol was insulted, Jacob’s word was questioned, and Zeke had fun in the playpen of his mind, trying to steal the joy from a kid, while passing off his intellect as something marvellous.

There is far more proof of God through life itself, in the heavens above and the earth below;  and the testimony of the good book confirms what the conscience knows, that evidence abounds, and man is without excuse, and I didn’t even touch the concept of love or the spirit of man.

In the beginning God. Yes, a very good word.

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13 Responses to Milo’s home run

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Awesome….just awesome. Prepare for the deluge though lol. Working hard today but will be watching with anticipation.

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  2. Arkenaten says:

    The real problem for me is I have no idea about the rules and terminology of baseball.
    This post is obviously with American atheists in mind, yes?

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Actually, ark

      I think just about anybody could appreciate it, in your case you could easily substitute Ian Poulter and golf.

      A hole in one- read it again if you care with that in view.

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  3. archaeopteryx1 says:

    How is it, CS, that your flawed reasoning never improves?

    Should Zeke have believed Jacob’s story? Jacob said that it happened because Zeke’s sister was there and told him it happened – wait a minute, I thought you said that Jacob and Zeke were brothers, wouldn’t that make Zeke’s sister Jacob’s sister too? Why did he word it so strangely? What is Jacob’s history of lying to Zeke? What is Zeke’s sister’s (but somehow not Jacob’s) history of lying to Jacob? Or of lying in general.

    It’s hearsay information, and of course, as such, it’s suspect – BUT – Zeke knew both Jacob and his (but not Jacob’s) sister, and knowing them, he can reasonably evaluate the likelihood that either or both are lying, mistaken, or telling the truth.

    On the other hand, if a man you never met before and knew nothing about, came up to you and told you that another man, about whom you knew nothing, had told the first man to tell you that your son had done well at the game, you’d have FAR less inclination to believe him, as you have no way of evaluating either his character, or that of the first teller of the story – and so it goes, the longer the line, down which the message gets passed, the greater the likelihood of exponential corruption of the tale.

    And of course, you just HAD to throw that sniveling child in there to tug at the heartstrings. About as schmaltzy as your “dying child” story – is there really no low, beyond which you will not sink?

    But then, you’ve got your single little groupie with you, that should keep the dopamine flowing, at least for a bit.

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  4. tildeb says:

    Yes, it’s simple… simply wrong.

    Why do you continue to conflate the two meanings of the word ‘belief’?

    It seems to me you continue to do so for one of two reasons: it’s either because you’re too dense to understand that there is a difference in meaning or the conflation is just too handy to not use repeatedly… maybe in the hope that nobody will notice your continued reliance on misrepresentation. We in the atheist community encounter this tactic so often that we have given it a rather stark turn of phrase: “Lying for Jesus.” That’s what you’re doing, ColorStorm, after this has been pointed out to you for the umpteenth time or you’d correct yourself.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Tild-

      Yea, most people understand the gist.

      You can’t make the connection with believing something without seeing? It was pretty simple.

      I believe in the resurrected Lord for many reasons, one of which is the credibility of witnesses who saw him alive after he actually died and was buried. I believe their report.

      It’s ok Tild if u do not believe this, but the scriptures are an anchor for faith, and your paltry insults and insolence merely confirm the good book.

      But tkx for reading.

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  5. Yep, ColorStorm, that’s the thing, isn’t it? There is evidence of God’s existence, but we have to look for it. The answer ain’t gonna be served to us on a silver platter.
    Sheesh. Why do all the atheists pick on you so much?

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Ha Louis-

      Some of these folks are good people, just stubborn. Then again, there are the others….who are caustic, insulting, insolent …..the rise of their voice is in proportion to their weak arguments.

      But I am happy to defend the scriptures, as there is a field of dryness larger than the Gobi. And like you appeared out of nowhere, (glad u did, you bring a warm perspective) so will others who may ‘see’ for the first time.

      But evidence? Yea, we got that. Strangely Louis, belief in God should hardly be an issue. The devil believes…………

      Now redemption, thats’ another story.

      tkx for your support

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    • tildeb says:

      Because he makes knowledge claims with a remarkable degree of confidence that have no knowledge to inform them and no means by which he can demonstrate that they are any different than a delusion. His claims are typical for Christian believers who then go on to interact in the world and justify actions based on these knowledge-less claims as if they were reasonably informed. They’re not. They are vacuous.

      These actions based on such religious justifications utilize pernicious motivations called piety and are very often used to cause real harm to real people in real life for the very worst of reasons: because people such as ColorStorm believe them to be not just true – and have unreasonable confidence that they are – but also insist that these actions are sanctioned by a divine agency, which makes this harm done in the service to their piety and submission to a delusion. That’s worth commenting on, isn’t it?

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