Show me the evidence. . .
How many times have you either said that or read that?
Well, don't we all have the same evidence?
Are there any scientific studies where the results are held secret?
Are there any written scriptures that may be seen only in the inner sanctum?
Let me know if I missed anything. . .
So, should we not be more concerned with how we evaluate
the evidence? What is proof?
Well, there is a thing called logical proof. A good example is the syllogism.You may have encountered syllogisms if you studied geometry. But then, you must know that syllogisms are valid only if you accept the axioms. Is a straight line the shortest distance between 2 points? In plane geometry, yes. In reality, no. But without geometry, we would struggle to build things like our houses. When it comes to logical proof for God's existence, I know of no logical argument that can survive scrutiny of its axioms.
Well then, there is scientific proof. Just think of the fine things we enjoy provided for us by science. How could we enjoy this forum? Nevertheless, even the most rigorously established scientific laws are subject to falsification. 100% certainty, to my knowledge, is never seriously claimed.
I've always found entertaining the proclamation of many philosophers that everything is relative - there are no absolutes. That is, except the proclamation itself.
Well, how about the proof established by the circumstantial and anecdotal evidence we may encounter in matters of law? We couldn't have an organized society without our laws. Nevertheless, we have heard many stories of innocent men swinging from the gallows.
So, how can we find spiritual proof, if it even exists? I suggest that knowledge of God is available to us only on a personal level unaffected by erudition. You have to dig for it as Solomon said ". . . search for it as for silver. . ." Why silver? Because silver is harder to find than gold.
Well now, does that seem like I'm taking about faith? Yup!
We all have varying degrees of faith in some things, right? The sun will rise tomorrow, I'm sure. We'll have food tomorrow, most of us. Our families will stick by us, we hope. Personally, I have faith in these things. But how did I get it? Answer: I got faith in these things by experience.
For me, the passage at Psalm 34: 8 has much merit.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Perhaps this is more than many are willing to invest. It was too much for me, as well, until I found reasons for me to make it worthwhile. I can get to that later. But for now:
I leave it for my fellow a2kers to slice and dice my above text.