7 Apr 2012

Evidence Based Religion

Submitted by Stephen Winters
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Today that thought came to me "evidence based religion". After that thought came to me I did a Google Search on that phrase "evidence based religion." There showed to be 83,500 hits. Evidently I wasn't the first person to have that thought. The website on the top of the list was called Evidence Based Religion. While there wasn't much on that blog, I did find these two useful definitions below.

Evidence 
  • Evidence  includes everything that is used to determine or demonstrate the truth of an assertion. 
  • Giving or procuring evidence is the process of using those things that are either a) presumed to be true, or b) were themselves proven via evidence, to demonstrate an assertion's truth.
  • There can be two types of Evidence: Direct or circumstantial.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evidence
Religion
  • A religion is a of way of life based on tenets (or a belief system) about the ultimate power. 
  • It is generally expressed through conducts such as prayers, rituals, or other practices, often centered upon specific supernatural and moral claims about reality (the cosmos, and human nature) which may yield a set of religious laws. 
  • Religion also encompasses ancestral or cultural traditions, writings, history, and mythology, as well as personal faith and religious experience.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion

Evidence points to the truth about something. So, connecting these two definitions we get "Religion based in Truth". How applicable. A religion of truth. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."

diving  board

1. The item, or action, etc.  There is that which is true, that which the truth is based upon. For example, we can say that the earth is under our feet. That which is under our feet is the earth. The truth about the earth is that it is under our feet. that is what the truth is based upon.

2. The truth. We have seen, touched, and stood upon the dirt. This is our evidence. We have seen, touched, and experienced the reality of the earth.  We know this to be true.

3. We must hold onto and be anchored in the truth. We do this by reminding ourselves regulary of the things we know to be true.

4. Our Faith is represented by the diving board. It is based upon evidence, upon truth, that which we have seen, heard, or experienced. It is not some construct of our imagination. the other part of our faith goes out into the unknown, which is beyond our sight. This is where we are called to go. Faith by itself is of no value. we must put it to use. Just as the diving board has a purpose (to be used as a springboard to dive into the water), so to, our faith has a purpose.

5. The purpose of our faith is to get us walking out to the end of the diving board and dive into the water. The water here represents our mission or purpose in life.

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