(Original post by Medved)
the thing is basically if you don't have faith you'll never accept what's offered as proof coz most of it's going to have holes you could drive a bus through that's just life most things have them. if you have faith you don't need proof i'm not sure where i stand ion it tbh
But the same goes for those with faith, as there could be proof of the opposite nature, proving that something doesn't exist, and those with faith would choose to ignore it.
This is why I don't believe in a god or holy figure. I'd much rather believe in a theory or something that has been scientifically proven to have happened, rather than something that supposedly happened. Just my humble opinion, I guess.
Either that, or it's a completely normal human reaction to have faith in a falsehood strengthen when you come by someone else who believes in it strongly. Either the stranger had heard the person's name, had a lucky guess (I got warned as a kid of paedophiles using that trick), or the story has been altered before it got to you.
Oh and as a side note I spoke to the Flying Feline Prince yesterday, he came to me and told me I should leave kippers and milk outside my door each night from now on. This is irrefutable proof of the existence of his supernatural furriness.
(Original post by Ineluctable)
but addressed him by his name, despite having never met her before.
I forgot to mention in my earlier post that addressing an apparent stranger by name is one of the oldest con tricks in the book. It is very easy to obtain the name of a stranger and then approach them in the street.
(Original post by Id and Ego seek)
Latter: he's referring to the objectivist thesis and subjectivist thesis of religious experience or William James's book 'The Varieties of Religious Experience.' When in fact he should look into Freud's book 'Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices.'
I stand by the whole argument that if there was a God then bad things wouldn't happen like natural disasters & famine and 'God' wouldn't go around telling terrorists to blow up planes and freaks to murder people.
(Original post by Ineluctable)
I know of at least two people who have been spoken to by God when they were in a time of uncertainty, bringing their faith and commitment back. I'll give you an example. Someone I know quite well was on holiday in America and he heard a woman with a small child singing and praying. She came over to him and told him that God sent her to deliver a message to him, but addressed him by his name, despite having never met her before. They prayed together and afterwards his commitment and faith was redoubled. This is not the only time I know it has happened.
I think the only possible explanation for a stranger reaching out to somebody with doubts is because God is working through them and rekindling their faith.
Your friends were spoken to by god? That's nice, I have friends who've been abducted by aliens, went back to the past, spoke to the dead, and travelled through the space-time continuum .