Posts Tagged ‘metaphysics’

The Reality of the Unreal

March 24, 2011

Some people think that only the material realm exists.  They judge everything by the evaluation of sensory perception.  Anything that does not register on the senses, at least to some degree, is unreal.

I believe in the reality of the unreal.  There is more to existence than that which meets the eye, or ear, or nose, or taste, or touch.

I believe in God.

God exists outside of the material realm.  God cannot be located using sensory perception, but He is very real, just not in the material sense.

At times throughout history God has revealed Himself in a way that could be perceived by the senses, but those apparitions were only temporary, performed for our sakes, so that we could gain clarity to our faith.

You see, it is by faith that we perceive God.  We recognize in our hearts the reality of the “unreal”.  The peculiar thing is that with an acceptance of the reality of God, the natural world around us makes more sense.

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Who Are We?

September 23, 2009

Who are we?

How are we known to others?

I will deal with the second question first.  Others know us by our words and our deeds, what we say and what we do.  Other people can only process that information that is available to them.  This means that they will definitely have an incomplete picture, because no one knows everything that we do and say.  The more that they have observed us, the more complete a picture they will have of us.  The problem is, that it is very incomplete; and we may only be willing to allow certain people to see us in certain ways, giving an intentionally distorted presentation.  To different people, we may appear as different people.

So who are we?  We are the sum total of all that we say and do: and experience and think.   

The things that we have experienced form us to a large degree.  No one else has identical experiences.  We are unique in our perceptions of life from an experiential point of view.  These experiences have a profound impact in our identity as individuals.

Our thoughts are uniquely our own, and are private.  No human being knows what we are thinking.  They may be able to read our body language, they may observe what we say and do to some extent, but they can only guess what we are thinking.  Our thoughts reflect on our experiences and, hopefully, influence our words and deeds. 

We are the sum total of what we say and do; experience and think.  We are known by others only in part; except of course, for God, who knows ALL … and still loves us and is willing to forgive us if we turn to Him with faith in His son Jesus, who loved us enough to die for us.

Time Travel

September 8, 2009

The other day in my philosophy class we discussed the possibility of time travel. 

We first had to come up with a definition of time that would work.  We decided that time was a means of measuring the relationship of events.  We recognized that there was a standard frame of reference with the revolution of the earth,  divided into hours, minutes and seconds; and the orbit of the earth around the sun divided into months, weeks, and days. 

We also recognized that our perception of time is varied.  There are events that make time seem to pass quickly, and other occasions where time seems to almost stand still.

As to the possibility of time travel, at least for now, it appears to be a one way street.  It is like traveling in a vehicle.  We can look out the rear window and see where we have been, we can look through the front windshield and see where we are heading, and we have some control over the direction that we travel,  but we are always inside the vehicle, which is the present moment.  We are leaving the past behind, traveling towards the future, but we actually exist, only in the present.

Beyond Words

September 3, 2009

“The spirit may grasp truth that breaks beyond the barriers of human language.”

Last night in Bible study, one of the older members of our congregation, (She is 97!) commented that the topic was so deep that she was having trouble expressing what God was saying to her.  After the study was officially concluded, we were still sitting around talking and the line that I wrote above, came to me and I quickly got up wrote it down on the board so that I wouldn’t forget it. 

I believe that God communicates to us in a variety of ways.  God will utilize the natural means of verbal communication, such as reading, dialogue, and rational thought; but additional truths are grasped by an internal comprehension,  a revelation on a spiritual level, which allows us to understand, but that may be difficult to express.  These truths have a profound impact on how we comprehend the things of God, and of the world, and even though our attempts to put them into words are only partially successful; they enrich our lives, and our cognition of metaphysical reality.