Since the thread in An Atheist Prayer has been closed, opened this thread to continue this topic. This is response to Drew.
You see design. I see random mutation and natural selection.
And yet a small voice in your head would convince you that God exists? To you this may be proof that God exists. To a psychologist …
But even if I was convinced that an “intelligent designer” existed that still wouldn’t tell me what he/she/it wanted me to do with my life. Or even if the designer cared what I did with it.
He did reveal this to you - through the Bible and the His Church.
But lets say, for the sake of argument, that God did appear to every person, who sincerely prayed for it, to tell him what to do. And lets say, for the sake of argument, that the Catholc faith is true.
This would mean that the Bible and the teachings of His Church would no longer be necessary. Why should I submit to them, when God reveals to me directly what He wants me to do? If God directly revealed things to me, I would be on par with the apostles, the saints of old, with the pope. Whatever I write would be just as inspired as the Bible. The pope should then kiss my ring, not the reverse.
Pride would then seep into my soul. I would feel I was more important than those poor unenlightened who did not receive revealation. I would be less submissive to the Bible and His Church then ever. I would be closer the Hell than I was before.
This is why God only appeared to saints. Only saints can receive such revelation and still be humble. When the Church seeks to determine whether an apparition is genuine, they look at the character of the seer. Most of the saints prayed not to see the apparition because they were afraid it would tempt them to be prideful.
Written decades after the actual events, using unnamed sources, how easy it would have been for rumors, legends and speculation to be reported as fact in the pages of the Gospels. Therefore, I think it’s prudent to view the New Testament with much skepticism…How do we know that they did die in this manner? Similar to my answer above, I don’t think you have any reliable records you can reference to verify this claim.
For the time being, I choose not to argue the validity of these miracles of the past.
And yet you are ready to believe some still small voice in your head? You would believe in in some apparition that appeared to you.
When Jacon Marly appeared to Scrooge, Scooge told Marly that he was just a pirce of indigestion. Why would you not feel that way if God or a messenger from Him appeared to you? Since you have arguments against God’s other miracles, why would accept a miracles that happen directly to you? If the apostles were wrong when they said the saw Christ, why should we believe you if that ever happened to you? And why should even you believe it happened?