Chapter-7.2   Defining Faith Based Conclusions

 
The difference between superstition, scientific analysis results and faith based conclusions lies in the methods used to formulate one’s opinion.

 

If I happened to eat spinach on the same days that there also happened to be thunder storms, and I formed an opinion that eating spinach causes lightening, that would be a ‘superstition’ (like, walking under a ladder, black cat crossing my path, knocking on wood, etc.).

 

If on the other hand we study a controlled number of cases, and consistently get the same results, we are typically safe in drawing some ‘scientific conclusions’. These usually are determined to be the ‘norm’ unless proven false by further scientific analysis. Those that stand the test of time move into the realm of ‘scientific laws’: Gravity, Newton’s Laws of Physics, etc.
 
 
If one respectfully reads the sacred writings of Scripture (as we have in these chapters), where God is credited with articulating consequences that will befall people who ‘have sinned against him’ (as in the writings from Ezekiel and Jeremiah that we have studied). And one interprets the events unfolding in our culture against those writings and the backdrop of the reminders given to us in Deuteronomy that God said would be signs to us for evaluating what we are experiencing. And does all of this with the sensitivity of the three guidelines for interpretation articulated in the last chapter (neither seeking to put others down, point a judgmental finger at, nor elevate themselves) I believe they can arrive at reasonable ‘faith based conclusions’.
 
 
 

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