I hope you have all looked at that cool video I told you about yesterday. If not do it now before reading further.
Because I want to ask you something.
If you were walking through a large space in a public building – like the departure hall of an airport or the ticket hall of a railway station – and all of a sudden you noticed that there were tens and tens of people frozen in place around you… ordinary folk who were doing ordinary things but are now suddenly looking through you blankly. And not moving.
That man there, about to take his next step, that one over there, doing up his shoelaces, that girl eating an icecream with it now dripping all over her fingers, that guy frozen as he bends to pick up some sheets of paper he dropped, that group of people looking at a map…all not moving. Several hundred people, in fact, not moving. They aren’t laughing. They are just…fixed. For minute after minute.
If you were there and saw all that happen in front of you, what would you think?
Aliens have come from Alpha Centauri and stolen their souls away?
They are aliens, and have suddenly all succumbed to earth’s toxins?
They are aliens and have been recalled home, so they just shucked off their borrowed bodies?
They are all good Christians/Muslims/Whatever, and God has whisked their spirits up to heaven as a mark of His favour, leaving their bodies behind ?
They have all somehow breathed in a poison – released by wicked terrorists – which has stopped their ability to move or speak?
They are an acting class sent out by the teacher to see how good they can be before an audience?
They are just a group of people having fun just for the heck of it?
Bet you’d come up with something along the lines of one of the last two explanations.
Now, if something odd happens to you – e.g. you are about to ring your dad – first time in two weeks – you reach out to pick up the phone when it rings. Lo and behold it’s your dad.
You immediately think:
Wow, I’m psychic
Wow, he’s psychic
Wow, we have a psychic connection
Aliens are at work
God’s ways are mysterious to behold…
Not to be wondered at, seeing as I haven’t rung him in two weeks…
So tell me, why do so many people NOT go for the logical non-magical answer with things like the phone call, when that was the kind of answer they looked for in the first scenario? (Which I deduced from listening to the sound track of the video, and from the fact that none of the normal, non-frozen people were running screaming from Grand Central Station or even punching in 911 numbers on their mobiles…)