Most people (scientists included) treat the God question separate from all these other claims. They are right to do so as long as the particular claim in question cannot—even in principle—be examined by science. But what might that include?
Most religious claims are testable, such as prayer positively influencing healing. In this case, controlled experiments to date show no difference between prayed-for and not-prayed-for patients.
And beyond such controlled research, why does God only seem to heal illnesses that often go away on their own?
In John chapter 11 we learn of the death of Lazarus of Bethany.
Lazarus' sisters, Mary and Martha, had sent for Jesus with a message stating, "Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick." Jesus offers an odd response, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Odder still he stayed put two more days. Afterward, upon leaving for Lazarus's home he stated, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up" to which the disciples responded, "Lord, if he sleeps he will get well."
True Freethinker will now consider that claiming to base their comments on the very latest astronomical data, some atheists argue that humanity is, on a cosmic scale, insignificant. Following are some examples of this sentiment:
Dr. Steve Weinberg,
The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.
In this segment we will consider instances in which people were healed of some malady and were told to go to people who would have known of their malady so that they may see that they had been miraculously healed.
In Judges chapter 6 we encounter Gideon and his son Joash who lived during a period of Israelite history during which they were conquered by the Midianites and also accosted by the Amalekites "and the people of the East."
In verse 14 God tells Gideon "you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?" What transpires next is interesting; Gideon asks for a sign that he is indeed being sent by God. He is not blindly acting but is seeking confirmation.
I ended the previous post making the following point, "…generally speaking, once secularism removes undesired theistic authoritarianism and superstitious ignorance from the realm of science they somehow manage to end up with many of the same scientific conclusions as theists (I mean hard science and not speculation and interpretation of evidence)." Now, let me offer a few of these points of agreement. I will specifically comment with regard to the Judeo-Christian Bible:
"American Atheists works for freedom from theism, the freedom from dependency on god theories…We accept only that which is scientifically verifiable. Since god concepts are unverifiable, we do not accept them."1
We state that we are dealing with the issue of "ethics/morals" as homage to a young man who, with his secular chest puffed up, told me that he was not into morals. No indeed! He informed me that he was into ethics. Yes, I had to be the one to inform him that ethics is a body of morals. The issue is that considering just how many sects of secularism there are, which of their ethics/morals are we to follow? Let us look at some of their statements on the issue.