The whole point of "believing" is to take a leap of "faith" that something is true. People "believe" in a certain, say, economics theory, even though
it has never been adequately tested in the real world - it is just in the realm of the mind, an idea.
As to believing in a deity, here is the definition of the word "belief":
1. an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.
"his belief in the value of hard work"
a religious conviction.
synonyms: ideology, principle, ethic, tenet, canon;
2. trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.
"a belief in democratic politics"
synonyms: faith, trust, reliance, confidence, credence
(google search for definition...)
So I can believe in whatever I choose to accept as true, regardless of any facts whatsoever to back it up, including sensory input. That is the very
essence of "belief." I might be wrong, or I might be right, or a little of both, but regardless, it is not necessary for me to look at facts or
science or sensory inputs to create or accept a belief.
Granted, some people say their belief is "the truth" and "fact" with nothing other than their passionate belief to back them up, and that's when you
can nod your head sagely and say "I hear that you accept that belief as your truth and that you think I should accept it as truth as well. Thank you
for sharing it with me..."
ps: If the deity DID present itself to someone's senses, it would only be proof for that individual (or individuals) that witnessed this. Many people
might think that individual was insane!
If the "Kingdom of God is within" as stated in the Bible New Testament and attributed to Jesus, then it is an internal "place" not an external sensory
place. If the inner world and private thoughts of an individual are REAL, then the Kingdom of God is also potentially real, internally. As is the
Non-physical is really ALL we have in the long run, as we are simply turning frequencies into "the world around us" and interpreting all that through
our brains/nervous systems/sensory organs. Different sensory organs tuned to different frequency spectrums = different perception = different
reality. That works between individual humans and species.
Thus the internal world of INTERPRETATION is what is truly REAL for an individual. Perception (sensory input and interpretation) is inherently
limited, even flawed, by our own nature. (By flawed I mean our sensory inputs can be flawed, and thus our sensory interpretation, AND our mental
processing of Life and our psychology, our conclusions about the world, etc, can also be flawed.)
"Belief" is a way of taking all the data we receive and lumping it into something we can hold onto, an anchor, however flawed, in the vast Ocean of
I'm not advocating from a Christian perspective, I'm just thinking out loud here...
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