Originally posted 2015-10-18 07:30:10.
Something occurred to me over the last couple of days. I’ve been typing along as if everyone thinks the same way about things that I do. Running under the assumption that we all know that “Everyone falls short of the Glory of God” and we all understand what that means or even care why that may be an important statement. Some folks may be thinking “That’s great Vaelerin, I’m happy you think these things, but is there any proof to it?”
Which brings me to today! What exactly do we mean by proof? If you’re asking me can I show you where I have God on my Facebook contact list as proof, well you’re going to be sorely dissapointed. I’m reasonably certain He never had a Facebook account and probably didn’t really need one anyway. Anyhow, a proof in this case would be when we form an argument and someone believes it.
Now we’ve got another question. What’s an argument? When I’m talking about arguments, I’m not referring to our seven year old daughter wanting to eat Dirt and Worm Pie for breakfast and the ensuing “conversation” on how she is not going to eat that for breakfast. Actually we could make this into an argument I suppose. Let’s give it a shot! Alright, to form an argument we need two or more “premises” that lead to a conclusion. Now, there are some rules when forming an argument, for example one premise cannot contradict the other. In other words, it needs to make sense.
- Seven year old wants Dirt and Worm Pie for breakfast
- I declare that she will not have Dirt and Worm Pie for breakfast
- I am her father and therefore am in charge of her breakfast food consumption
Conclusion : My seven year old does not get to eat Dirt and Worm Pie for breakfast.
Now here’s the tricky part. If you believe that my seven year old daughter did not get to eat Dirt and Worm Pie for breakfast that morning, I have proved my argument. If you do not believe she didn’t get to eat the pie for breakfast I have failed to prove my argument and you may think I’m a terrible father for letting my child eat a plate of sugar for breakfast. Which is another conversation entirely.
What exactly does this have to do with proving the existence of any God let alone the one that I would claim to be God? Well there are a few arguments that help us understand that there is indeed a God and I plan on taking a look at some of them over the next few weeks and breaking them down a bit to see if we can make any sense out of them.
All I ask is for folks to keep an open mind and we’ll see where the arguments lead us!