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Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, and on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught….All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority.”
I feel so bad for unicorns. In some recent comments, some nasty readers have been so cruel to them! Insisting that they don’t exist! How mean! How awful! Why? Why such disdain for unicorns?
“So, if you say that there is a 50:50 chance that God exists, are you saying that there is a 50:50 chance that unicorns exist?”Hush now, please! I wouldn’t want a single child to hear such horrible lies. After all, unicorns do exist. It’s not a 50:50 chance they exist, it’s for sure they exist! Ask any adult if they have seen a unicorn and they will know exactly what you mean. Ask any young person and they too will know what you mean. They may even draw one for you. Ask a child and they will tell you, a thousand words a minute, not that one exists, but that millions exist!
And they will be absolutely correct! For unicorns exist in movie theatres, in art galleries, on top of desks and computers, in bedrooms and in toy stores!
“Now, hold on a second. They don’t really exist! They are not made out of flesh and bones.”Let me get this straight: in order for something to exist, it must have flesh and bones? Does a rock need to have flesh and bones in order to exist? Poor plants! Poor moon! Poor sky! Poor computers! Poor Internet! Why must you be so insulting? Why can’t you let them “be”? From insulting every child are you now determined to insult every creator, every inventor, every man? Have you no decency, man! Are you jealous? Must you take credit away from someone who deserves it?
What constitutes existence? Do ideas not exist? Of course they do. Do representations of ideas exist! Of course they do, check out any blueprint!
For Plato, Forms (or ideas) were the blueprints of all that exists, and being intelligent meant being able to grasp the world of Forms with one’s mind. For what you build must first be conceived!
As for me, by dismissing unicorns, you dismiss every idea ever conceived. With one illogical thought, you dismiss the world of every video game. With the wild swing of an axe, you chop the heads off of every character ever created and every invention ever made. Why? Because “they don’t ‘really’ exist”??? And they don’t “really”exist because “they are not made out of flesh and bones”?
They do exist, sir, and there is a lot to learn from them, for they exist in a very familiar way: they are an image and likeness of man and his world. There is no shame in saying that we imagined them, created them and made them, and that they dwell in a virtual world created by us! Now, they may be inferior to us, stuffed by us, sculpted or plastered and painted by us, but that’s only because that’s the best we can do…for now. For I have no doubts that one day we will be better at it, just like God is.
The problem with comparing God to a unicorn is that a unicorn belongs to man’s created world, not in the heavens. They belong to us. While man belongs to God’s created world.
Yes, unicorns, as well as computers, the web, the internet, the virtual world, all belong to the world created by man. And unfortunately, just like an atheist, all of them (unicorns included), know not who their creator is.
That’s divine justice for you!
Unicorns exist from the creative minds of men, just like men exist from the creative mind of God; and just as unicorns are made in the image and likeness of horses, so man is made in the image and likeness of God. After all, something cannot come from nothing, not even an idea.
“A man with an unclean spirit cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God!” I have no doubts that one day, maybe thousands of years from now, man will create a “flesh and bone” unicorn. Maybe they will even create a type of “humanoid”. Let’s hope and pray that they are not as ignorant as “Dolly” was or as rebellious at their creator as man is.
Unfortunately, there appears to be a pattern here.
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