Post by Mr. Jon Donnis on Aug 23, 2006 21:08:42 GMT
I was watching an episode of The Dead Zone the other day. It has a psychic in it who when touching someone can see their history and also one potential future.
In the episode a priest wanted Johnny (The psychic) to touch a religious relic, it was supposedly a bone from the finger of John the Baptist.
The priest wanted to know what John the Baptist saw when he looked into the eyes of Jesus.
Now obiously for TV's sake, Johnny never did it.
But it got me thinking, more about the claims of psychics and psychometry and so on.
If you had a genuine relic from the times of christ, and you gave it to a psychic, do you think this would be a good test of their abilities? Afterall they are unlikely to guess if a bit of bone for example is form the time of Christ And if real what would they see?
A bad ass who will beat you like he's using the fists of god.
Good question,i have just finished watching the documentary on C4 on a Sunday about the life of Jesus and the miracles. Interesting stuff. I can't see it happening simply because of the control the various churches have over such things. But if it was to happen two things come to mind. First there is always the ordinary bloke side to Jesus,would that come to the fore? Also what would occur if any psychic debunked the " story" of Jesus or any other holy figure. There would be an uproar. I know that i would never attempt anything like this. I don't need the crap that would go with it. Also what proof could be accepted on what or who the bone or relic came from. I know i would not take on trust the word of any religion. So not sure if any conclusion would ever come from such a experiment. A good topic to muse on though.
That's a thought-provoking episode of "Dead Zone", for sure. One small correction-- Johnny's friend the Reverend is a Protestant preacher, not a priest. (I know, same diff.) There's another episode of the show that explains how the preacher got his start (as a con-man faith healer!) It's very good, too.
As to your questions, I think I liked the way the episode answered it: Some things must be taken on faith, else faith is meaningless.
Relics-- there's a topic! Every little town in the Middle Ages wanted its church to have a relic of some saint or other, or a splinter from the True Cross, or whatever. Most were frauds, I'm sure. Weirdly, Hitler's gang really did seek out relics of Christ and the Old Testament ("Raiders of the Lost Ark" isnt all fantasy), and people today still claim they've found Noah's Ark.
what would a psychic see? A rather inept carpenter who became a bit of a confidence trickster and started a whole epochs worth of chinese whispers about his ability to pull wine out of a rabbits' hat. Or something.