Re: In other words ...Sep 23rd, 2016
Religion is a form of godliness without substance. Faith is reasoned response to revelation.
There is no evidence you can produce, no argument you can make, in support of your particular beliefs that in principle someone with very different beliefs couldn't also use to support theirs, with some minor changes in details like names, dates, and locations. You have a book that makes certain claims about reality. Jews have a different book, very similar to yours but it omits a lot of what's in yours. Muslims have a different book that repeats many of the stories in your book and the Jews' book but puts a very different spin on them and makes some additional claims about being the final revelation, something your book and the Jews' book clearly deny, there's another revelation yet to come. But your book and the Jews' book fundamentally disagree on the nature of that revelation. Hindus have another different book that bears almost no resemblance to the books of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims, it's a completely different tradition, and polytheistic. What basis is there for choosing which one is correct? None at all, just the books' claims about themselves, which is a logical fallacy, not a valid argument. By all the rules of reason and evidence you've got nothing but emotive claims about what you'd like to be true, and if you'd grown up in a different culture you'd be making different claims. They might be revealing of the person who makes them, but they can't even be legitimately described as true or false, they can't be tested or falsified or proven and thus have no propositional content at all.