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Other Religion do have many stories about miracles but they are easily able to disprove. And they are said to be a long time ago. They don’t have proof or any miracles that are happening in present time that are such big deals like St.Mary and the light coming out of the tomb. They will say someone was healed from a sickness but it is easily explained.
But I know of no person who has been convinced into faith. Faith should be reasonable, but God is beyond investigation, and to begin by proving God seems to me to be starting on the wrong road.Blind Bartimaeus had it right. He neither saw Christ, nor knew him. But he cried out, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me. This is always the cry of the one seeking God.
I have a lifetime of reasonable experience that supports my faith, but my faith is a living trust in the God who is here with me always. I do not have faith because someone has proved to me that God exists, but because I have met him.
The people of Samaria were drawn to hope in Christ because of the testimony of the woman's experience of Christ. But when they met him for themselves they said...Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
If a person does not meet Christ for themselves they cannot have faith, because faith is trust in a person, not accepting certain facts. They must have a sense of need and even a fragile hope. The journey of faith is not unreasonable but it is not intellectual. If a person has no need and no hope they will not easily find Christ.
I am not sure that any one who has come to faith has done so because evidence has been presented rationally in a compelling way. Therefore I think that you are on entirely the wrong track. It is not until you admit that you cannot find God by your own efforts but still ask him to reveal himself nonetheless that you begin the journey.
Your sights are set too small. There is plenty of evidence of God in the world but you cannot see it.
The way to proceed is to pray continuously in the manner of Bartimaeus. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me. Pray this 100 times a day with care and attention and as if addressing it to one who hears. You will lose 10 minutes a day. Is that a big deal?
Read a chapter of the Gospels each day with care, and respect, seeking to understand what the author intended. What have you got to lose. Stop trying to prove God and start exercising faith.
You will never find God by the mind alone, because the evidence is all there and you will not accept it. It would not matter if hundreds of arguments were presented, you would still find another obstacle. This is because we are not argued into the kingdom.
3. But you are choosing to ignore all the evidence of other people's experience as well. You are self-selecting what evidence is acceptable to you. I only have to read John Cassian's Conferences, describing his conversations with the monks in the Egyptian desert in the 4th century to see clearly that they had experienced something. They describe a human spiritual experience that is not easily described as delusion. The most sane people I know are the great spiritual fathers of the Church. It is not reasonable or scientific to ignore their testimony.
4. The people of the Samarian town DID believe on the basis of the woman's testimony, that is why they all came running to see Jesus. But THEN they experienced him themselves. You are choosing to deny the testimony of all those billions of us who know God and have known God. Our voices are of varying quality and authority certainly, but they add up to a lot.
5. If you are only searching to fulfill an intellectual desire then you will not find Christ, or not very easily. If you know that you are in pain because you do not have God in your life then when you cry out with perseverance you will find him. If it doesn't matter either way whether God exists or not then you will not find God, and even if he sent an angel you would be led to find some other cause for the apparation.
I am deeply sympathetic for your situation and pray for you and for all in a similar situation. But you must find a need for God in your heart, and cry out to God from that place.
God is not a specimen who can be examined in a microscope. Your sights are set too small.
This is why you need faith FIRST, then you will understand.
Father Peter make a great point:God is not a specimen who can be examined in a microscope. Your sights are set too small.
We can not put the Infinite, the Unchangeable, the Immeasurable under our own examination.
Father Peter make a great point:
But rather, He gives us a knowledge of Himself as witnessed in the Holy Scriptures.
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo
Christ is all. What do you say about Christ. Nothing else matters in the same way.
Yet there is no rationality behind an uncreated universe that is structured, ordered and rational.
Why would it be?
and also it is apparent that all of humanity has a concept of a supreme being or supreme beings yet how could these come about out of nothing.
I am amazed at how many people are on this site just to cause confusion. Either that or its multiple accounts of the same person.
but keep an open mind to what advice you are given.
How do you know that it works? The universe you seem to be experiencing surely has many problems?
Surely it would be more reasonable to assume that you are not best served by proceeding as you do? What if you are experiencing some reality in completely the wrong way?
You seem to be choosing to accept your perception of the universe in one way, but without any evidence it is the right way, especially if you are not at peace and 'working properly' as some perceiving being. It would make more sense to consider how the universe could be perceived in some other way that did seem to work better.
But while you are unable to even show that the universe exists you are demanding such stringent evidence that God exists?
This isn't meant as any sort of proof of anything, but I remain confused by your search for God as 'subject of investigation' when we have such little evidence of anything. If in the end all we have is our own perception then that seems to me to give more weight, not less, to those perceptions of God which others express, and which appears to produce in the best of them a more balanced, peaceful and joyful existence.