Skip to comments.Kidney Donor Cries Foul when Recipient Ditches Christianity
Posted on 07/01/2009 9:54:20 PM PDT by This Just In
Kidney donor cries foul when recipient ditches Christianity
TUPELO Aleta Smith, who donated her kidney to a 20-year-old college student last year, wants it back now that the student has changed religions. Smith, a self-described "on-fire Christian," gave her kidney to Hannah Felks, a Lutheran and regular Christian camp counselor, last year after seeing Felks on the local news. "She was going to die unless she got a kidney," Smith says, sitting on the porch at her home. "They portrayed her as this nice Christian girl who works with kids. I saw it as a great opportunity to help a sister in the Lord." The surgery grabbed headlines and Smith was lauded for her selflessness. But shortly after the surgery, Felks embarked on a "spiritual journey" to try out other religions, and settled on a blend of Pagan and Hindu beliefs. "I wanted to get away from the belief system I was raised in and find the truth for myself," she says. She took a semester off to travel the world visiting spiritualists on three continents. Smith was aghast when she heard of the conversion, and she quickly wrote a letter asking Felks to re-convert to Christianity or return the organ, saying it was donated under false pretenses. "I feel helpless," she says. "Part of my body, my DNA, is stuck inside a person who's going to hell." Smith suffers nightmares of her former organ filtering "strange Asian teas, pig blood and witch doctor brews in Africa," she says. She wonders if the Lord really wanted her to donate the kidney, or if she acted on a "triple-espresso high" she had that morning. She is also concerned that when her body is resurrected, it might be incomplete. Felks frets that Smith is an "Indian giver," and says religious affiliation was never an issue. "The kidney's working fine," Felks said by phone from Thailand. "I feel bad for Aleta. She did something wonderful for me, but that doesn't mean she gets to control my life." In the meantime, Smith has alerted several dozen prayer chains, and her women's Bible study group is praying 12 hours a day for the re-conversion of Felks and Smith's former kidney. "I'm all for spiritual curiosity," she says, "but you've got to settle these things beforehand. My kidney belongs to Christ. It will never be Pagan."
There's no math involved in the creation of receptors that receive and interpret electromagnetic waves based on their frequencies? Do you have any idea how absurd that assertion is?
Time doesn’t do the math by itself. You have trillions raised to millions worth of dynamic interactions of atoms and molecules, each of them taking fractions of nanoseconds to happen, and all of this, over a time-span spreading beyond 3+ billion years. It’s not time alone, so let’s get that part clear. The statistical absurdities begin to seep into the realms of possibility now, doesn’t it? On top of that, living things don’t pop up magically, inspite of what Stone Age literature might want to suggest. You have each stage reliant upon the millions of stages that preceded it, and the advancements add on.
Secondly, the real question is not the above. You could have come to the point by asking how the universe came into being, and what we are here for. That, I wouldn’t know. But if you tell me that a magical being in the sky did all this, then I wouldn’t be able to accept it. If you resign to the belief that this God-figure(singular / plural / who knows?) made everything, then I’d ask you who made this God. If you say God was / is eternal, then I’d ask you why did he/she/it/they choose this moment to make everything.
When I see heads blown off, sawn off, children raped and murdered, children born with grotesque deformities, dead in the womb, etc., I don’t see anyone ‘in charge’. If you do, it’s only because you want to see it that way, and you have no proof or evidence for supporting your stance.
When a stone is dropped from a height, and in doing so, seeks the ground, is any major math inherently involved, other than natural physics? Is there any inherent intelligence within the stone, to guide its mass to the ground?
Same way, with electromagnetic radiation falling on structures on the organism, that causes electrical signals to arise from the energy interactions. The "math" acceptable is determined by repeated testing of survivability and utility.
How much "math" and complex calculus did you study at age 4 when you learned to catch that ball you used to play with?
It was built in to me by the mathematician. The calculus came from somewhere, didn't it? And do you really believe that "trillions raised to millions worth of dynamic interactions of atoms and molecules" is sufficient to do derivatives and integrals, which are obviously getting done in some manner somewhere in that four year old noggin? Why is the notion of a entity engineering itself completely absurd, unless it happens over a few billion years. Time must be sort of a god, I guess.
And I'd respond by saying the fact that all of this is way beyond our little minds' ability to comprehend. And given that so much about the infinity of time and space coming together in this moment of life is beyond our comprehension, you look rather silly when you claim to know, by your observations with your five senses, that you have it figured out, and have concluded without a doubt that time and randomness explain all. Agnosticism is a respectable position. Atheism, especially the brand that likes to use mocking phrases like "magical being in the sky" is is the embodiment of human arrogance and folly.
Couple that won lottery twice wins again
Lucky Wisconsin pair claims four (yes, four) $350,000 jackpots
Aug. 22, 2008
A woman and her husband, who claims he's developed a formula for lottery picks, have each claimed $350,000 jackpots.
Verlyn and Judith Adamson claimed two $350,000 jackpots on Monday because each held a winning ticket in the state SuperCash drawing last Saturday. They didn't mention at the time that they also held two more of the winning tickets.
But Steven Post, a mathematics professor at Edgewood College in Madison, wasn't buying it. He said there is no way to devise a strategy for finding the winning numbers in a game that uses randomly generated numbers to determine the winning combination.
No one claims to have known it all, other than people who put blind faith in the ramblings of other people thousands of years ago, and then derive an explanation for everything, purely out of those.
That would be arrogance, and not the intent of trying to explain the things around us using evidence available to us.
Agnosticism / Atheism are the same, more or less. My position is only absolute based on how much I know, right now. If a god appeared this instant and showed me something that I couldn’t explain, my views would change in an instant.
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