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6. The Reliability of the New Testament (Internal Evidence)

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Faith vs. Works – a 5 minute explanation

Many Christians and skeptics have a hard time understanding how Christians salvation works. Are you saved through grace, or do we have to be a good person in order to maintain salvation? This video addresses that and points out the issue of faith and works is just an ordering issue.

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Supposed Bible Contradiction #1 (Different Genealogies)

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The Case for the Soul

Is there any scientific evidence for the soul? Are you nothing but matter? This video addresses this topic.

The Introspective Argument

The introspective argument

Photo and VIDEO by InspiringPhilosophy– This is a simple philosophical argument for God’s existence and idealism. Quantum physics has shown us a lot about reality, but the same conclusion can be seen in simple logical deduction, which we call the introspective argument. This was co-written by Johanan Raatz.

The Introspective Argument

Premise 1: The Mind Exists
Premise 2: The properties of the mind are not that which matter can have
Conclusion: Mind is not reducible to matter.
Premise 3: Substance dualism is false.

These 3 premises lead us to a conclusion: If the mind exists, it cannot be reduced to matter, and if substance dualism is false, than no other substance exists. Thus, we conclude:
CONCLUSION: All is mind. The universe is a mental construct.
Without surprise to idealists, this is what the experimental results of quantum mechanics tells us. Matter is not fundamental in and of itself, but cannot exist prior to measurement (Which Inspiring Philosophy points out in his last 2 videos on his youtube channel). And the properties that matter have no independent existence. , beyond how one chooses to measure things.

Thus the argument is not just a priori logical possibility, or just an interesting thought, but, in fact predicts the  philosophical implications of quantum mechanics. The evidence suggests that the universe is fundamentally mental.

„It processes and stores information at the microscopic level in everything that we see around us. And, if the universe is processing information, then it must be thinking and it must be alive.” This would come as no surprise to the pioneers of quantum theory. Max Planck said, ‘There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… we must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.” From „Das Wesen der Materie” [The Nature of Matter] , speech at Florence, Italy (1944).

Sir Rudolf Peierls said, „[T]he moment at which you can throw away one possibility and keep only the other is when you finally become conscious of the fact that the experiment has given one result.. You see, the quantum mechanical description is in terms of knowledge, and knowledge requires someone who knows.” The Ghost in the Atom Page 74-74.

Solipsism

  1. Premise 1: If solipsism is conceivable, then a possible world could exist such that only the mind exists.
  2. Premise 2: Solipsism is conceivable. (Therefore, a possible world exists with only a mind in it).
  3. Premise 3: Possible worlds cannot only consist of properties and processes, but must also include entities.
  4. Premise 4: There is no difference between the mind existing in a solipsist world and the actual world.

This stems from Leibniz’s law of Indiscernability of Identicals: If there are any two things and they are identical to each other, then for what is true of one it will be true of the other.
(x) (y) [(x=y) – P (Px) – (Py)]

Therefor the CONCLUSION is: The mind cannot be a property or a process, but rather must be an entity.

So now, the CONCLUSION for The Introspective Argument 

Premise 1: The Mind Exists
Premise 2: The properties of the mind are not that which matter can have
Conclusion: Mind is not reducible to matter.
Premise 3: Substance dualism is false.

CONCLUSION: All is mind.

Richard Conn Henry and Stephen R. Palmquist point out that… a theistic view of our existence becomes the only rational alternative to solipsism. (http://henry.pha.jhu.edu/aspect.html

One doesn’t have to jump to the extreme idealist view that only your mind exists. Instead, hold to the view that the mental world creates the construct of the physical world. Many philosophers have also noted that we are not in control of the way the world behaves, and therefore, it is not reasonable to assume it is a creation of your own mind.

Bu if all is mind, then we have to deduce that it is dependent on a much larger mind, which is why theism is the only rational alternative to solipsism. Although this position may be rejected by many as unacceptable, and hold to the notion of a mind independent reality, the conclusion still follows. In fact, we cannot even conceive of a mind independent reality without a mind. As Max Planck said, „I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” The Observer (25 January 1931).

So, this argument is not just a clever thought, but in fact predicts the philosophical implications of quantum mechanics. But, what about those that still reject these philosophical implications of quantum theory? As Eaun Squires said, „It is probably fair to say that most members of the physics community would reject [these] ideas… [However], their reasons would be based more on prejudice than on sound argument, and the proportion of those who reject it would be much smaller if we considered only those who had actually thought carefully about the problems of quantum theory.” Eaun Squires in  Conscious Mind in the Physics World (Page 192)

„I think that modern physics has definitely decided in favor of Plato. In fact, the smallest units of matter are not physical objects in the ordinary sense; they are forms, ideas which can be expressed unambiguously only in mathematical language.” Werner Heisenberg.

See ‘Inspiring Philosophy’s’ other 2 video on this subject here:

  1. Digital Physics – Argument for God’s existence
  2. Cosmic Conscious – Argument for Gods existence

Afterlife – Is this all there is? (Inspiring Philosophy)

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Inspiring Philosophy: Why is it that when we look around us we constantly ask, „Is this all there is?” If this it it, and all that there ever has been, why bother even asking the question? It should be instinctively self evident for us. But, for some reason it isn’t. To say that this life is all there is is denying the fundamental question in us all, that never ceases to go away: Is there more to life than just this world? 

„Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.” C.S. Lewis

Theistic Thinker: The assumption here seems to be that size determines value. But, this seems to be grossly false. We don’t think that a grain of sand on a big beach is insignificant to the beach as a whole, because of its miniscule size, but rather, because the grain of sand does not contain any special potentiality that will make a difference to the beach as a whole.

The Cartesian Theist: Relative size does not determine value. If someone told you how incredibly tiny your newborn baby was compared to our entire galaxy, and that on this basis, he or she is insignificant, and therefore of no value, you would think that they were absolutely crazy. And, you would be right to think that way. And, there is no good reason to think that size determines value, and we know it most when we become parents for the first time, when we stare at that tiny little life which has just come into the world. It is for this reason, we should reject the suggestion that a human being, or humanity as a whole is analogous to a grain of sand.

Theistic Thinker: Now, what about the universe as a whole? Take the whole observable universe, which contains billions of galaxies, receding away from us in all directions, as a result of cosmic expansion. Do we have any potentiality that makes a difference for the universe? Yes, I think so. Not only do we, or any other similar species possess the structure to alter the potentiality of the universe for our future. But, arguably, of much more importance, we also bring an element missing in the universe. We bring in concepts such as love and compassion. The universe is not happy, and it is not sad. It is not even emotionally neutral. It is we, as human beings that introduce these concepts into the universe. This is indeed significant, in my opinion.

The Dutch Philosopher: It seems this life offers us opportunities that we will not be able to have in heaven. For example, the ability to be brave- to face one’s fears and overcome them. To express compassion- it can only be done if there is sorrow. But, most importantly, this life gives us the opportunity to uncoerced, choose God to be our Father, Savior, Teacher, and Mentor or to reject Him.

The Cartesian Theist: I think some atheists created the greatest ever psychological crutch, the idea that death is the end, the idea that there is no one other than myself, whom I am accountable to. The idea that I will not be judged. The idea that no one has the right to judge the way I live my life, other than myself. Must be some huge comfort- far from diminishing the idea of living your life well in this life, the idea of a judgment at the end of this life puts the greatest possible motivation on living well in the here and now. But, not out of fear and punishment, so much as a way of showing our appreciation to the Creator for all that He has given us. And, that every breath we take is thanks to Him.

Inspiring Philosophy: Some might say, „Knowing this life is all there is, really makes me want to do something good with it. But, I have to ask: Why? Why care about anything?” You know, in 70-80 years it’s all just going to end. Nothing you’ve done will matter at that point. No one can punish you for the wrongs you’re committed, no one can congratulate you for the good you’ve done. You can live a life of complete selfishness, with no other intention than to please yourself. And, once you die, it’s all over. So, if this life is all there is, why live a life of helping others, where in the end, everyone you’ve helped just passes away.

So let’s say that you can become a very influential person. The effects you had on the world will be remembered in 100 years. After 1000 years, the history books might still mention you. But after years, and years, no one will remember. So, why care, if this life is all there is? Everything you do will end up in the grave as well.

The Dutch Philosopher: In contrast to the non believer, who lives life on a sensual level, pleasing their desires and finds no satisfaction, because, eventually everything gets boring. Or, the nonbeliever that lives life on an ethical level, trying to do the good, but continues to fail. The christian believer that lives life on the God centered level, receives a personal relationship with their Creator, forgiveness of sin, and finds ultimate purpose that starts now. (5:00)

Published on Feb 22, 2013 InspiringPhilosophy

This is a Christian response to ‘Afterlife’ by „TheThinkingAtheist”. He refuses to accept this as a response video so far. The idea for this response video is owed to TheCartesianTheist. A link his channel and the channels of everyone involved are linked below:

The CartesianTheist:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCartes…

TheisticThinker:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheisticT…

The DutchPhilosopher:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheDutchP…

Why is there no visible proof of God ? Here’s one opinion

Why is there no visible proof of God?

People believe that the fact that God hides (or can’t be seen) shows either that God doesn’t exist or He doesn’t love us enough to make Himself known to us in order to prevent us from going to hell.

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