|A child with his imaginary friend|
A young child suffers a psychological trauma. His psyche is highly traumatized. He is anxious and fearful. To cope with his anxiety and fear, he invents an imaginary friend; a very powerful, very wise friend. The child comes to believe that his imaginary friend will keep him safe. His imaginary friend is always with him; always available to talk to.
The child learns not to be too demanding of his imaginary friend. He doesn’t ask for a new bicycle on the doorstep everyday, only the basics: that the imaginary friend will keep him and his family safe and that he will have a good day. However, once in a great while something very unexpected, very extra-ordinary happens that the child attributes to the kindness and powers of his imaginary friend. These extra-ordinary events reinforce the child’s belief in the reality of his imaginary friend.
Rarely some children are able to convince other children of the reality of their imaginary friend. The child promises the other children that his invisible friend will protect them; will help them have “good days”, and will occasionally do something for them that is really extra-ordinary, kind of like a miracle.
All the children who believe in the imaginary friend derive a great deal of psychological and emotional comfort from their belief in the existence of the imaginary friend. However, is it healthy for the children to maintain this belief system? Some child psychologists might say that for the emotionally traumatized child, allowing them to maintain their belief in their imaginary friend is ok…for a while. But would any professional mental health care provider recommend allowing a child to continue to believe in an imaginary friend for the rest of his life? I don’t think so.
So when a grown adult claims to have a “relationship” with an imaginary friend; a friend whom they believe talks to them in their heart in a still, small voice; who “leads” them and “moves” them to do this and that, and from whom they derive considerable psychological and emotional comfort, should we shatter the illusion of the benevolent, imaginary friend by demonstrating to the adult that his friend is not real?
Yes. I believe we should.
I challenge you to prove that your invisible friend Jesus is any more real than the invisible, imaginary friend of a child. I challenge you to prove that your invisible friend Jesus is responsible for extra-ordinary events that you refer to as “miracles”. Remember, I have shown in previous posts that there is no statistical difference in the “cure” rates of Christians than any other group of people. So you may believe that some particular “cure” was due to Jesus, but statistically it is much, much more probable that the “cure” was just an extra-ordinary event, a rare coincidence, and extra-ordinary events/rare coincidences happen to people of all religions and even to atheists.
|An adult and his imaginary friend|