Cleary, Jim Bakker is making a faith claim. It is obviously irrational, but what really agitates me is how moderate, liberal, and progressive believers dismiss people that make these crazy claims and never say why they dismiss it. We have become so used to and desensitized by these kinds of statements that we never ask why they are wrong. I think it’s because it makes the majority uncomfortable to think about it. It creates cognitive dissonance in the mind of the faithful. Here’s’ why…
I have asked the following questions before and never received a single answer let alone an adequate one:
What separates one’s faith claims as valid and another's faith claim as false?
By what mechanism can a person of faith adequately judge and dismiss another’s faith?
I contend that they cannot and it is an important example of why faith is useless. The reason you never hear an adequate (or any) explanation of why various religious statements are clearly untrue is because it is a can of worms for the believers. The problem of faith is a big one. When it comes down to it faith makes a cartoon out of everyone. They run right off the cliff and only realize there is nothing under them when they look down. Most of them never ever look down. They don’t dare to.