Saturday, April 12, 2008

Is It True?

Just because a religion has people dying for it doesn't make it true.

It may be an indicator that there may be truth, or that the followers are seriously deluded.

There are religions that have followers committing ritual suicide, some that glorify death as a ultimate act of self-sacrifice and devotion.

I think that the argument that Christianity is true because people are willing to die for it isn't enough. We can look at followers of other religions that are willing to kill themselves (and perhaps others). Even even religion, look philosophies of thinking like the Kamikaze warriors of Japan who died for their country and their Emperor.

It isn't enough.

Christianity isn't true because other people died for it. It's true because Jesus died.

It isn't just dying. Dying is just an act. What is the meaning behind the act? Jesus died for what was right. There are people who died for what they believed was right in their own eyes. Jesus died in the face of suffering. That it was the facing the inevitable fact that life is suffering and the manner in which suffering must be faced. There is no such thing as a comfortable life. No person rich or poor can escape suffering in this world. Neither Bill Gates nor the poorest street urchin wandering the streets of Calcutta.

But then, just because a founder of a religion died, doesn't mean it's true either. Lots of people have died for the cause they founded, look at Gandhi, Martin Luther King.

So, therefore, the final thing that makes Christianity true is that Jesus rose from the dead.

That is the one thing that makes Christianity different. No other religion on earth, no philosophy can compare to that. It is the resurrection that makes everything different.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Idea for Movie

Heart Transplant Man Kills Himself Just Like His Donor.

Sometimes, life is stranger than fiction. The idea of an organ donor doing tricks on the receiver is employed in the movie "The Eye".

But this takes the cake. The receiver begins to act and feel like his donor. Even falls in love and marries the widow.

Really good material for a movie. I can imagine a scene, where Mr. Graham begins to start hearing voices, sees things, begins changing his dressing style, tastes in food, his walk, his gait, starts remembering things he's never experienced. He visits Mr. Cottle's house. Remembers the combination to a secret safe. "How did you know?" "I don't know, just got lucky I guess."

A titanic struggle ensues. The spirit of Mr. Graham and Mr. Cottle fight to gain control of the body. In our real life case, Mr. Graham lost.

Though of course... it could be the wife, who engineered a fake suicide. So instead of a supernatural thriller, it becomes a CSI or Hercule Poirot story.