Into the Tunnel and Out Toward the Light

A man was preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a public audience.  A fellow in the audience passed a note to the speaker inviting him to a debate that Friday.  It was read to the audience and the invitation was accepted on one condition:

I want for you to bring along one person, who in their greatest despair, riddled with addiction, crippled by society, that through embracing atheism brought about a dramatic change and radically transformed them for the good.  Just bring one.  I shall bring 200.

This a wonderful video that offers a transparent view into a life adopting a secular worldview. I find too much in common to list here.

 

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Existing Unknowable II

The ideas from the previous post can still be expanded.  Chaitin’s constant illustrates that science as a whole is quite limited.  Scientism in itself pictures all of reality as a knowable landscape, say a plane.  However the existence of unknowable quantities illustrate that this landscape is not smooth.  In other words if you were a bug crawling on its surface you may fall through the numerous holes littered throughout!

Consider taking a sheet of paper.  This is the “knowledge plane”.  It represents the total knowledge of knowable and unknowable quantities.  Now take a finite collection of coins, say 10.  Each coin represents what is knowable through an exhaustive collection of tools.  As the coins land and settle they represent an area of the knowledge landscape that is known, or at least can be known.  In order to make leaps in our knowledge means jumping between separate coins requiring tremendous intuition, luck, and perspiration.  This example illustrates why a certain area of science may never “bridge the gap” between areas, albeit how close they actually are.  Science is not exhaustive, rather limited, and nonetheless full of interesting discoveries that await.  However, my fear is that too many people are waiting for the discovery of the unknowable, in that they require exhaustive knowledge to make a definitive decision rather than looking at suggestive evidence pointing toward a certain direction.  This is ever apparent in the existence of God and in his precious son Jesus.  God has the ability to reveal himself and lead us toward him as much or as little as He sees fit.   Indeed, in Jesus, He has.

What evidence is required to trust that Jesus is that very revelation?  This is not an issue of ‘time’, evidence is evidence regardless of its age.   Like a juror in a trial, you must make a decision.  It will not be an unreasoned decision, however the decision will be made on faith.  It is a reasonable faithSuch as casting a guilty or not-guilty verdict, after all a juror in a trial will not have been present at the events in question!  Even Jesus’ followers during His ministry were faced with a similar predicament (John 20:29).  Consequently, after His resurrection and ascension, His followers were also faced with similar issues, such as when Paul was preaching in Rome (Acts 28:24-28).

This leads to a natural question: what evidence is so profound that leads a person to trust that Jesus Christ is who He says He is and to put your life into His hands?  The answer?  The resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In fact, the entire faith rests on that very fact.  If Jesus Christ did not raise from the dead our faith is futile, we are still unreconciled to God, and dead to our sins (1 Cor 15:12-58).  It seems that this precarious thread must be, in fact, quite strong.  In the following post afford me the opportunity to explore this even further.