Hello Gunter, I’m sorry I waited too long to post on your leg #40651, “Are faith and reason opposite ways of understanding the world?” and your leg shut down. So I will start another here. I hope this will answer the statements you made.
But the judgment you are speaking of is what the customer’s faith is based on. Is it not? Wouldn’t the faith disappear if the merchant is judged badly?
A good merchant’s nemesis is an unscrupulous competitor that tries to steal business by destroying a customer’s faith with smear tactics.
But unlike fallen humanity, God whose unchangeable word stands forever is forever faithful. Do we expect the law of gravity to fail? Has it ever? God is the Author of laws and is likewise forever unfailing.
You are speaking at this critical point of the area where faith is the most important and most needed. It is written (documented):
“But without faith it is impossible to please him (Isn’t that also true with the merchant?): for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him(Hebrews 11:6).”
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2z:14).”
With that true, the unconverted natural man must therefore accept by faith truth of the spiritual realm as proclaimed by God’s messenger called the preacher. Ones unawareness of the spiritual realm does not negate the fact that he is daily affected by it. The fact that God is supernatural and unseen does not negate His omnipresence. But He showed Himself as the Son (Hebrews 1:3).
Have you ever seen a black hole? You are sure they exist by your faith in the reporter. Not only has God abundantly proven Himself (Do we care to notice?) He supernaturally proves Himself to the heart of him that accepts and turns to Him. The purchased product proves the merchant’s ability to meet the need.
The scientific search for knowledge through experimentation may be carried out only within natural boundaries. But the scientists that perform the work are governed by supernatural moral laws beyond the natural domain. Otherwise moral laws would be meaningless as in the case of Nazi scientist that performed destructive experiments on live human subjects.
If awareness of God is not needed in science, shouldn’t we all be afraid of scientists that they may end up like the Nazis?
But have we forgotten the possibility of taking for granted the multitudes of things that meet these standards to the point of failure to notice? Isn’t it also possible that the evidence may have been stolen (attributed to another cause)?
What scientific law assures us that the gigantic amount of coded information stored in DNA came about by random chance over megannum instead of having been created by God? What repeatable experiment proves such? Can code arise from randomness? If it takes intelligence to create a simple mouse trap, what about DNA that’s millions of times more complex? If man can’t create DNA, what intelligence did?
How do we determine what’s legal or not other than by law? Is man the ultimate source of law? What makes unalienable rights in the US DOI unalienable?
Convincing evidence beyond the shadow of a doubt surround us is like the trees in a forest that block the view of it to some.
What’s unseen is not necessarily nonexistent.
But you are a servant to someone or something, aren’t you? Aren’t you engaged in an ulltimate effort to meet someone or something’s demands sparring no expense? We may not even realize it. Isn’t there someone somewhere you and I are subject to that’s higher than our bosses and civil government?
But what you say you don’t believe is documented. What are those papers that judges look for and love? But if you prefer not, don’t! You must do it from your heart if you do. But does the choice not to believe the truth you were informed of necessarily make the proclaimed truth untrue? Mr. Reality has his way of graciously making aware.
Is your speech out of denial? If afraid of God, please remember the prodigal son and his father.
Knowledge of God does not arrive from mere religious discussions or debates. It’s simply proclaimed as fact. Can one argue with a witness? Belief is up to the individual. But whether believed or not, the responsibility to heed remains for the hearer once he is informed. But he that proclaims this truth must make sure that he sets a decent example of the character of God.
Final note. When a person drives an expensive super performance sports car, is it only the tangable material the car is made of that he enjoys or is it the vison of the builder brought to reality by skill and heartfelt effort to make the best possible machine for the driver’s pleasure? Which?
As you, a scientist work under the hood of nature to increase understanding of that magnificant “engine,” is it only the tangible material or is it the magnificence of the work done by the builder that you appreciate? Doesn’t the work elicits respect? How do you respect brainless Chance.