No nothing to do with feelings and impressions.That was a question that was posed to me siting at the table during Thanksgiving dinner.
It took me off guard and my answer was - I just know.
Why should I have to defend that or better yet feel guilty by not defending that?
The correct answer, I think, is that no one knows that God is not an illusion. Believers believe that God is real and is not an illusion.
Believers know that God is real and is not an illusion.
Wow, chosenone, you've just obliterated the concept of faith.
Of course, a knowledgeable person on the concepts of "knowing", "believing", and "God" agree with me. If it was true that God was "knowable," there would not be a single atheist in the world.
After 40 years of knowing Him, I know He is real. I have seen so much evidence after all this time as well.
Oh, a person can have beaucoups and beaucoups of what they think is evidence that supports the existence of God, but it will never constitute one iota of proof of His existence.
I know from experience of what I speak.
When Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin to explain His belief that He is the long-prophesied Messiah spoken of in the Jewish scriptures, His only resort would have been to walk the members of the Sanhedrin through the process of His discovery beginning when He was a young Jewish child learning the Jewish scriptures and noticing that His life ran a very uncanny parallel with the messianic prophecies which led Jesus to tell His mother, at the age of 12, when He was 'lost in the temple', "Why are you surprised to find me here? Don't you know that I should be going about my Father's business?" (Or something like that.)
Had Jesus began His explanation in this truthful way, He knew that He would have been digging a deep hole for Himself in the eyes of the members of most of the Sanhedrin and that is why, when asked by the head of the Sanhedrin if He was, indeed, the Messiah, He simply replied, "I am."
You may not see proof but I have seen loads of proof. If I wasnt 100% sure God was real I wouldnt be a Christian.
You've seen loads of proof of God, chosenone? Well, please tell us all what this "proof" is that you've "seen". I doubt if whatever you tell us can be truly characterized as "proof" and more likely will be a "feeling" or an "impression" of yours.
Not even the existence of planet earth is "proof" of God. That is only proof of earth.
Healings, lives changed completely, deliverances, His awesome creation around us. Many of other faiths seeing Jesus Christ in dreams and visions and converting, His spiritual gifts in operation.
I know that this will fall on deaf ears, chosenone, but you are describing "beliefs" in God's actions, not "proofs" of God.
I am not going to debate this with you any more as you evidently do not know what the definition of "proof" is.
Someone being instantly healed after prayer to God is proof that He is real. Miracles are proof that He is real. If he wasnt real, there would be no healing and no lives changed and no miracles. No universe and no us. Maybe your definition is different from mine.
I agree that your definition of "proof" is different from mine. The trouble is, chosenone, that there is only one correct definition of "proof".
You don't need to convince me that God is real, chosenone. I personally witnessed, up close, God-delivered miracles in the lives of two diametrically opposite Christian individuals during 1988 - 1991.