> I suspect the third, but I don't want to destroy Bill's rationale just
> in case it was the first. So if I were Bill, I suppose I'd persevere
> for the time being, while at the same time remaining well aware he
> could be the victim of a spiritual hoax.
I suspect a fourth. He had a genuine paranormal event that lead him on
a study that resulted in his writings being published in a peer-
reviewed, science journal.
I'm often dismayed that some Christians have the concept that such
events can only have two sources, i.e. God or the Devil (I don't
believe such a being exists). Let's look at this logically. If it was
really the devil, then I doubt the result would be Bill's writings
published in a peer-reviewed, science journal; he would have been
laughed at. There would have to be some nefarious result(s).
Otherwise, why would the 'devil' undertake such a complex set of
I'm not saying there aren't negative entities that can appear and
affect us and objects. I believe they are the product of negative, or
evil, thoughts that, over time, can take on a life of their own and
continue to exist by feeding off more negative thought. I've had
enough experiences to know that thought can affect things and people.
I'll give one example. I'm a musician and one day, when I lived on the
Hawaiian island, Kauai (that's known for it's 'mana' or spiritual
energy) after I, and four other fellow musicians had been playing at
one of the musician's home, we took a break and were sitting on
couches in the living room. There was a basketball sitting on the
coffee table in the middle of the couches. Our conversation turned to
the paranormal and mind over matter. Someone suggested, half-jokingly,
that we try to roll the basketball off the table just using thought,
without any physical external force.
Being that musicians tend to be open-minded and try 'crazy' things
like that, we all agreed to attempt it. Someone asked where on the
basketball we should concentrate and we agreed on the point where the
bottom of the basketball touched the table.
In silence, we all focused on the basketball. From my point of view,
this is what happened: after 15 - 20 seconds my vision went white
around the basketball, like a tunnel. Then someone said, "It's going!"
and it rolled off! It didn't start to slowly roll and increase in
speed like if a gust of wind caused it, but rolled straight off.
Besides the windows were closed so we wouldn't disturb the neighbors.
I do have a scientific, if extrapolated, explanation for what took
place. Scientists have proven that the mind can move objects, like a
computer mouse cursor, by the electrical impulses from our brains via
electrodes from the brain connected to a computer. We've known since
radio was invented that weak electrical impulses, or radio frequency
(RF) radiation, can be transmitted through air and picked up, miles
away, by antennas and amplified to produce sounds.
I think something similar took place. The electrical impulses from our
five minds were strong enough to be transmitted through the air the
short distance (we were all sitting about six feet away from the
basketball), and concentrated on the same point, were able to push the
ball of the table. Obviously, it wouldn't have taken much pressure to
roll a basketball off the smooth surface of a coffee table, but as I
said, there was no physical external force and the ball was
I don't believe, as some have suggested, it was a prank setup
beforehand by my fellow musicians, that would've required some type of
thin wire, or fishing line, since I was close, and observant, enough
to spot it. It was also suggested that someone moved a carpet
underneath the table with his foot that caused the table to move
enough to roll the ball off. I would've noticed even a slight movement
of the table since I was staring at it with all my attention. Also, if
it was a trick the perpetrators would've probably admitted it and had
a good laugh at our expense.
I believe that what are now considered 'paranormal events' will
eventually be discovered to have scientific causes, as has been
indicated by increased electromagnetic readings during such events,