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Friday, January 2, 2015

Hold on a Few Eons for the Final Answer

How can people believe in truths without evidence? (65 Deep 
Philosophical Questions by Operation-Meditation. Retrieved that:

Isaiah 6 New International Version (NIV)

Isaiah’s Commission

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

There is a sense in which the only satisfactory answer to this question lies sometime in the future when the understanding of human cognition becomes complete. How is it exactly that Isaiah perceived dramatic evidence that he was commissioned for the Lord's service? To what extent was his commission induced by a vision, and must we call a vision a type of spiritual evidence? And if it is spiritual evidence, how do we go about collecting data on it and how do we evaluate and process this data?  Surely all perception at some basic level involves biochemistry, but how will we ever determine the ultimate cause of such chemical activities? At what point in human history will this no longer of necessity be an open question?

Sometimes faith is called belief without evidence. In my view Isaiah had all the evidence he needed, and like Abraham before him, he doubted not.  It is my firm opinion that belief held with absolute conviction always is held with what the believer avers is conclusive evidence--however right or wrong, prescient or delusional. this may prove to be in the fullness of time.

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