Of Fake Prophets And Fake Miracles

I am concerned with the level of crime which is taking place in some Pentecostal churches in Zimbabwe. I’m singling out Zimbabwe because I have family and friends in Zimbabwe some of whom have become victims of the deceit which is taking place in these churches.

The churches show before and after images of people that have been miraculously healed of certain incurable diseases like cancer. I question the authenticity of these claims based on my understanding of science.

I will just give one example. There was one particular miracle in which the prophet claimed to have made someone lose weight. Using a bathroom scale, the prophet demonstrated how much wage the person had lost after laying hands on them. But if you watch closely, initially away was measured with this scale on a hard surface. The second reading was taken with this scale on a softer surface like a carpet or a mat. There’s a simple physics explanation for the apparent loss of weight.

We need to understand how a scale works. It applies Newton’s Third Law of Motion which states that to every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. Our bodies exert a force on the scale which exerts a force on the hard surface. The ground then exerts an equal but opposite reaction on the scale which reflects a correct reading of the person’s weight.

If you carry out the measurement on a soft surface, it is ‘travelling’ just like when you are in a lift which is hurtling towards the ground floor. You feel weightless or lighter as the lift comes down but heavier as the lift goes up. The same experience you get when you’re on a rollercoaster ride. So the scale will show a smaller weight on a soft surface. The person has not lost actual mass.

There’s plenty other fake miracles. I don’t care what they do but I get concerned when they advise patients to stop taking prescribed medication leading to eventual deterioration of health and possible death. The euphoria of the ‘healing’ may just provide a placebo effect and the person feels ‘healed’. Once it wears off, the pain returns. This is not just opinion. The research is there.

I have friends who have lost relatives after paying for ‘healing’ sessions.