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Seeing Is Believing

Chapter 8
Meaning For Religion


2) Religion

"Science Without Religion is Lame,
Religion Without Science is Blind."

(Albert Einstein)

"A religion that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science,
might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.
Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge."

(Carl Sagan)

It is my hope that this theory and model will have a great impact on the world of religion, for both people who are religious or spiritual and for those who are not.

1) For those who are religious or spiritual:

Perhaps, in a world where people are questioning their beliefs, losing hope, need some kind of explanation, verification or reassurance of God's existence, perhaps this will provide you with the answers you have been searching for.

2) For those who are not religious or spiritual, were not previously interested, or do not know what to believe:

Perhaps this will at least provide you with a new perspective from which you may become interested. Perhaps more.

NOTE:

This theory is intended to be nondenominational. It is for everyone. Although I use the Bible as my source of scripture to provide evidence for this theory, if your source is something other than the Bible, I encourage you to also apply this theory to your own scriptures. I believe that the philosophies behind this theory and model diagram are so basic and simple (being 'Love', 'Wisdom', and 'Doing Good'), that they can apply to any faith. I also believe that the foundation of most religions is built upon God, Love, and Peace, and that is the intention of this section of the theory: To promote God, Love, and Universal Peace.


As I stated earlier, the title of this paper is 'A Theory: Both Old and New'. The "Old" refers to the message. It is the same message that we have been told from the beginning of our time, which is, simply put, "Believe in God and be good people." In this section of the paper, I will just be reiterating this same message, in fact, I will even be using the same words - the words of the Bible - to explain and provide evidence for this theory. The "New" refers to the diagram - the model representation of the theory. I do not believe that "The Message" has been explained in this format before, and it is my hope that this theory and model will provide you with new information to consider and possibly even provide you with the answers you have been searching for.
 
To come directly to the point, I believe that I have figured out something very important and I wish to share this information with you. I only hope that I can explain it well enough because it is so very important.
 
I cannot force you to believe what I am about to tell you. I wish only to share with you what I have learned so that you can draw your own conclusions and make your own decisions about what to believe and what not to believe. People have to make the connections, figure things out for themselves in order to totally understand - they have to become "enlightened" themselves. It is the process of asking the questions and figuring out the answers - the answers that make sense to you - that is important in the subject of God and religion. You have to make those decisions yourself. What this theory does is provide you with more information - new information - on which to base your decisions.

Once you have read this theory, please read the Bible. The answers are there. And it is important to read the entire Bible, from beginning to end, because you have to know "the whole story." You must have all the information and know all the facts, not only in order to understand all the meanings, but also in order to make a fair decision about what to believe and what not to believe. (If you find the traditional wording of the Bible difficult to read and sometimes interpret, there are versions available written in contemporary, easier-to-understand language. One in particular that I have found to be of great help as a source of reference is 'The Promise'.) The Bible also holds many hidden clues which, if looked at from this perspective, can be used to figure out many things.



As stated previously, three of humanity's basic problems are:

1) We will not listen.

We have been told "The Way" and warned repeatedly about the serious consequences of not believing in God and obeying His commandments through our scriptures, prophets, and spiritual leaders for thousands of years, ever since the beginning even until today, yet we have refused to listen.

2) If we cannot "see" it (visually), then we cannot easily (or will not) "see" it (understand it or believe it).

3) Many hold the opinion that if you cannot prove something scientifically, then it is not true.

"Many people try to put off personal commitment to Christ by voicing the assumption that if you cannot prove something scientifically, it is not true or worthy of acceptance... Often in a philosophy or history class I am confronted with the challenge, "Can you prove it scientifically?" I usually say, "Well, no, I am not a scientist." Then you hear the class chuckle and usually several voices can be heard saying, "Don't talk to me about it," or "See, you must take it all by faith" (meaning blind faith)."

More Than A Carpenter. Copyright 1977 by Josh McDowell.


What would it take for all mankind to believe in God? The heavens would have to open up and God Himself would have to appear and say, "Look, here I am!" Then we would believe. We would then have no choice but to believe. We would have seen Him, and "seeing is believing."

But, we cannot see God. He, for whatever reason and a fact that we must accept, cannot or will not physically show Himself. (He will and does, however, reveal Himself in other ways.) (Read Signs and Omens chapter.)

The above three reasons are why I believe this theory and model may have a great impact on religion. Why? Because, it is not only words anymore. Now, instead of only being "told" "The Way," we are also "shown" it. When we were told, we did not listen. What if ... we are shown? Will we look?

And also, we can now actually "see" God! No, we cannot look to the heavens and see God, but now, we can look somewhere and see God - at least a representation of God. This theory not only explains God philosophically, but it shows God scientifically! We can now "see" God (visually) so now we can "see" (understand).



But then the critical question arises that you must ask yourself:

"Would you want to see
If seeing meant that you would have to believe
In things like heaven, and Jesus and the saints
and all the prophets?"

(Eric Bazilian)

'One Of Us' From Joan Osborne's Album Relish (1995)


And extending this question even further:

"If we were in the Last Days / End Times, would you want to know?"




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