|(Exsert from an e-mail from Bobby to Carl)Carl,
What puzzle many persons on the other side of the debate however is this. Why would a logical and reasoned superior being choose to exist only as an article of faith when he created inferior beings whose existence is based entirely on the relationship with their physical environment?
The fact is God knows everything, so he would have known that man would have develop science and that science is based on evidence. After all he gave men brains and made man into a thinking machine; so it would stand to reason that men would sooner or later go in search of his existence.
Why wouldn’t a completely logical being not leave something …. a gospel written in his handwriting, a temple built by his instructions, or a celestial phenomenon perhaps, to prove to the thinking man that he exist, rather than choose to exist only in the minds of men?
Bobby, Good questions, and they require evidences. This then put us back into using evidences to answer the questions. Then the evidences are scrutinized and may have us going around is circles (see article on evidence). If the premise that whoever (or whatever for some) can make flesh, light, trees, etc, has a superior ability than man, does exist, then from there we can move further to look at some evidence. But again these evidences will be scrutinized. Lets take your questions step by step.
QUESTION 1: Why would a logical and reasoned superior being choose to exist only as an article of faith when he created inferior beings whose existence is based entirely on the relationship with their physical environment?
ANSWER: We would have to ask the superior being that question if he has not answered this question before. And if he did not answer it, we cannot hold him responsible for the answer, because what law, circumstances, ethics, principle, etc says that he must answer? But if he did answer it, who to say that we would accept the answer as a reasonable one and be satisfied? Maybe, and Maybe not.
As a Christian (whose reference is from a manuscripts – the Bible – of Godly men handed down to us throughout the ages, as far back as the time of Moses), I was given the information that God communed with the inferior beings once before.
|The Bible recorded this: “…when the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” Genesis 3:8-10 . There are many other examples where God communed with humans.
Some may say that is not a good evidence because where is the proof that this event really took place. Also, the question may ask where is the evidence that this event did NOT happen. This is where we go around in circles looking for evidences.
QUESTION 2: Why wouldn’t a completely logical being not leave something …. a gospel written in his handwriting, a temple built by his instructions, or a celestial phenomenon perhaps, to prove to the thinking man that he exist, rather than choose to exist only in the minds of men.
This same question of miraculous signs and wonders were asked of before, and here is the Bible’s account of that question and answer: “Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Jesus, saying, ‘Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.’ But he answered them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah (history). For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man (The Christ) be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth (killed and raised on the third day).” Matthew 12:38-40