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Re: Lourdes

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:29 pm
by Scorpio
You know that people have been going to Lourdes for over 100 years to seek 'treatment'. Approximatley 50,000 handicapped people go every year. How many recorded 'miracles'? 66. Statistically, this is nothing. So, instead of wasting your money on flights, and to save your eyes from the Vegas-like commercialised bulllshit, take a dip in the water of the Atlantic instead or indeed your own bathtub. Exact same chance... :)

Re: Lourdes

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:14 am
by aZerogodist
Well it is big business, I suppose any Holiday would make people feel better.

Re: Lourdes

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:09 pm
by ThinkForYourself
Scorpio wrote:Approximatley 50,000 handicapped people go every year. How many recorded 'miracles'? 66.
so thats what 2 people healed every 3 years? thats 2 people out of 150,000. which is 0.00001%? ridiculous! especially since most if not all of these people are undergoing some kind of treatment at the time! and over 100 yrs ago we were no way near understanding medicine as we do now!

Re: Lourdes

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:13 pm
by Scorpio
ThinkForYourself wrote:
Scorpio wrote:Approximatley 50,000 handicapped people go every year. How many recorded 'miracles'? 66.
so thats what 2 people healed every 3 years? thats 2 people out of 150,000. which is 0.00001%? ridiculous! especially since most if not all of these people are undergoing some kind of treatment at the time! and over 100 yrs ago we were no way near understanding medicine as we do now!
True, true words... :wink:

The fact is, this is statistically negligible! If this is a known fact, how can people still be stupid enough to go... :lol:

Re: Lourdes

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:04 am
by ThinkForYourself
Scorpio wrote:If this is a known fact, how can people still be stupid enough to go... :lol:
I think it has less to be with being stupid more to do with being desperate? or is that the wrong word too? i can't speak for others but for myself if for some reason i beleived in god i know i would try anything i could! Although i don't understand it some peoples belief is so strong that they genuinely believe this will work for them! maybe a little hope is all they're really striving for? as i said i don't know! :wink:

Re: Lourdes

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:39 am
by Ygern
I don't think that the majority of the pilgrims wending their way to Lourdes are hoping for a cure.
Some of them are going for the experience, rather like Muslims on their way to Mecca. A lot of comfort is gained from seeing tens of thousands of other people who seemingly believe in the same things that you do, and know all the right chants, incantations and hymns.

Its probably an uplifting experience. I would imagine its much like attending an international match where your favourite team are playing and you experience the exhilaration of being one of a sea of like-minded supporters.

So in short, its a pilgrimage to boost flagging faith and renew ardour and commitment to their religion.

And, also, I'm given to believe that some of the parties at night are huge social and not particularly religious events.
Think of it as Lanzarote for the Credulous.

Re: Lourdes

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:29 pm
by ThinkForYourself
ye i spose your right!! It's the same way this site has shown me im not completely alone in my views! :wink: