Faith & Skepticism

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    Since the subject of faith, proof and reason has come up, here are some great quotes on the subject:

    My favorite, from St. Augustine, is in response to the skeptical Academics. St. Augustine said: "Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand." (apparently paraphrasing Isaiah 7:9)

    I also like this one: "To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal."


    And St. Thomas Aquinas summed it up very well:
    "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible."


    Finally, Oswald Chambers:
    "Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time."
     
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    Adults!
     
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    i have faith some will not belive what i tell them to be true no matter the proof i put before them
     
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    "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." - C.S. Lewis
     
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    excellent quote....what if you are blind?
     
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    Well in that case I suppose we would have to make a move from sight, to touch, hearing, or one of the other senses, haha. :)
     
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    I can feel the sun on me with my eyes closed... ;)
     
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    God can not be found using any of the 5 senses. Some claim to "feel" the presence of God but your mind is a powerful thing and can play tricks on you. There is no doubt about that. Perhaps the most amazing thing about God is that literally 100% of everything is made up by fallible men and fallible men still believe it to this day. It's lunacy if you ask me.
     
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    Powerman = No Faith.
     
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