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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Puzzle Is in the Proofing

Isaiah 41:~9 & 10 NIV

I said, ‘You are my servant’;
    I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Matthew 16:1-4  NIV

1Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came and tested Jesus by asking Him to show them a sign from heaven.
2But He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘The weather will be fair, for the sky is red;’ 3and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but not the signs of the times! A wicked and adulterous generation demands a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Then He left them and went away.

It seems a curious thing that believers can see the assisting hand of God daily while non-believers never see it at all. There are here two perceived realities, yet it is fair to ask is there only one set of facts?—is God in some sense absent from not only the perception of non-believers but also from actual ad hoc micro assistance as well (the Bible holds that the benefit of macro blessings obtains to all).—So then, if a probability study were to be made regarding the egregiously small likelihood of a related chain of micro events (a miracle) obtaining to the benefit of believers, it would be difficult if not impossible to devise a tenable control group to assess the sway of perception as distinct from fact.

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