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How Skeptical Are You?

It’s a blog thing!

Have a go at this little quiz to determine how sceptical you are. (I will spell it with a ‘c’ because I am British!) I just did the quiz and got this result. Well I suppose I am fairly sceptical so I shouldn’t really be surprised!

You Are Fairly Skeptical

You’re not the type of person who will fall for anything…
But you do keep your mind open to all sorts of possibilities. You figure that anything could be true. After all, the world is a strange place.

However, you’re going to need some convincing before you can believe in aliens or reincarnation!

How Skeptical Are You?
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Having a play with it I can only find three outcomes ‘Very Skeptical’, ‘Fairly Skeptical’ and ‘Not Skeptical in the Least’. So that means I am probably fairly balanced. I’m not taken in by every new flaky idea, But neither do I doubt everything. I actually feel that this is a good place to be as a Christian. I think we should be discerning after all but still people of faith.

I was recently reading a book on aromatherapy. I was really enjoying the book and learning about the different ways to use the many essential oils. But past half way through the book it began talking about using crystals and energy points and even links to horoscopes. I was very sceptical about that!

But what do we make of the claims of miracles by some of the big healing evangelists? Recently I shared the following video on facebook. As a Charismatic Christian I do believe that God heals today and that this could be a real example of God moving.

The woman’s response certainly looks authentic. But I still think we need to be cautious before making such claims. Could this be a result of suggestion? I was recently discussing this on facebook and one comment I agreed with was that there is a lot psychological pressure to believe that you are healed in a situation like this in front of thousands.

I agree that the real test must come later when we hear her testimony a few months down the track. If and when we hear that she is truly healed then we can rejoice that with her and give praise to God. But I don’t think saying that makes anyone a sceptic.

What do you think?

February 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm
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  • April 19, 2013 at 9:17 amSuzanne Olson-Hyde

    Atheists do not believe in a god, or any god, or spirits or miraculous healings of any sort. I am indifferent to what people believe or not believe, so many opinions about one book, why is this?

    Why so many different religions, just in the Christian section?
    If your god’s word is omnipotent, why so many different opinions and interpretations ?

    My problem are the charletans and soothsayers hiding behind cross and cloth, the hierarchies of religions that rule through fear – the fear of god – if people need hope, then religion is fine, but why not be fearful of Thor or Zeus or any of the other thousands of gods through the ages. Atheists know the bible, it is what convinces more and more people every day, logical research, and I personally wondered why people choose to believe a book written, in some cases hundreds of years later, written by goat herding desert dwellers, who were mysogonistic, where your particular god is vicious, vengeful and tribal.

    2 Kings 2:23-25 (KJV)

    23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

    24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tore forty and two children of them.

    I did ask a Christian how could this happen, what happened to a loving god. The best they could come up with was, it is a misinterpretation, child actually means young man, bald may actually mean leprosy.

    These explanations does not excuse a supposedly loving god, to rip apart forty two human beings. The problem with the bible, it is full of violence, rape, torture and murder. Not a book that I could live my life.

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