Originally posted by louisXIV
Tell me what you want to know, and I will answer further questions as far as I am able to.
It doesn't quite answer my question about the accuracy of the Bible, but it is a start. 🙂
I've read much of Genesis (because it's in the beginning of the Bible, and evolution is an interesting topic to me), much of Psalms (because those are comforting) and some of Revelations (when the Left Behind series became relatively popular, I wanted to know what the fuss was about, and I would never want to read those books.).
Thank you for offering to answer questions; that's very kind of you and I really appreciate it. 🙂
For any theist (any person who believes in a god) :
How do you sense the supernatural?
If I want to listen to music, I can turn the radio on. If I want to listen to God, how can I listen to Him?
If God is in my life, he operates in ways so subtle, I cannot detect Him.
How do you know that there is an afterlife? When somebody dies, their body and mind rots. Without a brain, one loses consciousness or awareness of oneself, and enters oblivion.
I bring up consciousness because it is alterable. Altering one's brain significantly can completely change a person. Mental disease can completely destroy a person. Too often.
For instance, I know somebody (not my father) who was a good Christian man, and then he developed schizophrenia (the paranoid type). Symptoms started appearing around the age of 22, and he gradually declined.
He became paranoid; he thought people were after him. Delusional. To this day, he thinks that people "are after his documents," documents that don't exist.
He became hurtful. Easily agitated. His hands and feet constantly shift uneasily. Abusive. His family was forced to abandon him. If I recall correctly, abusive behavior is not often associated with schizophrenia, yet sadly it was in his case.
Eventually he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and received the proper medications. But he lost his family in the process. Of course they support him now. But now he suffers from dementia. He has shrunk; he is about four inches shorter than he used to be, and his hands have become smaller.
Why would God allow a good, practicing Christian develop paranoid schizophrenia in his prime, causing him to come agitated, then abusive, hurting his family, and finally to allow him to develop dementia?
Mind and body are physical entities, and so they are observable. What, then, is a soul, if it is not a physical entity? Don't we lose our soul when we lose our minds?