Friday, December 5, 2008

Celestial Being smiling down on humanity

Often in the news, people are proud to show off images of Jesus, Mary, and other religious figures magically appearing in mundane articles. These manifestations are always described as miracles and are accompanied by dire warnings against humanities' ills and sinful behaviors.

On the other hand, sometimes God appears to be smiling down on us, as demonstrated by Mike Salway, Australian amateur astronomer and photographer. Salway recently snapped a photo that at first glance appears to be two planets and the Earth's moon in a rare celestial alignment, but when viewed with the right perspective, shows a smiley face in the sky:



Salway said the pictures made him "very happy" although I believe his language isn't strong enough. A case could be made that this happy face in the sky is God's way of letting us know that he is pleased with humanity. As time goes by, we are slowly but steadily eliminating superstition and faith-based reasoning, instead choosing to live our lives based on reality. God wants us to continue our progress, using our God-given brains to cure the ills of our world.

Either that, or it's just another case of pareidolia.

2 comments:

Rhology said...

Just FYI - according to the Bible (as opposed to some photographer's "intuition"), God is NOT pleased with humanity.
And He's not pleased with you, because you use the breath He gave you to deny He even exists. I suggest repentance.

Tommy Holland said...

according to the Bible (as opposed to some photographer's "intuition"), God is NOT pleased with humanity.

Perhaps if you read the links, you would see that the photographer is happy that his photograph turned out. It was my interpretation that the happy face in the sky was God smiling on us. And perhaps you would see that was this posted as humor.

And He's not pleased with you, because you use the breath He gave you to deny He even exists.

Do you have any support for this assertion? I use my diaphragm to draw air into my lungs--to say that God gave me breath doesn't make sense.

And as I stated earlier, I don't believe that the Christian God exists, and I do believe that no god of any kind exists. But I have never denied that God exists.

I suggest repentance.

Repentance of what--using my reason? Not accepting other people's assertions on faith? Not swallowing the superstitions of ancient peoples as reliable truth?

As Robert Ingersoll said, "If God is the author of both the Bible and my brain, whose fault is it if they don't agree?"