Faith without proof is what the doubting Thomas story was all about. If the book makes a believer out of you then that is taken into account should you enter the grave before proof of God is available, should a person be inclined to look for s8uch things as being the answer for some 'current events' that the two witnesses can 'perform' for the very reason of showing proof before judgment comes.
The scattering took place in 70AD and that was the start of the time of the Gentiles. Re:11 starts off last 3 1/2 years of that era before the 7th trump sounds and Christ arrives. In those days the two witnesses are said to have powers like Moses had only it lasts the 1260 days they are in Jerusalem.
Nor is it called blind faith if you can point to a specific reference, such as the one below that says if you miss out you only have yourself to thank. Reading doesn't have a time limit or demand you understand the whole story the first time you read the book. If He is smart and we are stupid He would have one shot at writing a perfect guide. Being stupid and imperfect we have to read and contemplate a lot before we understand what the book is about. Once you know that part then you can make a faith decision. If you don't get that far you are still considered to be a 'follower' and they mysteries are removed rather than you don't qualify as a 'believer'. To miss out you would have to have a negative relationship with God that fit one of the 7 Churches. To be a child of the light you have to understand the prophecies as they point to 'way points' of events that must happen first.
Quote: Originally Posted by Dexter Sinister
Religion is the delusion of the masses, there's no compelling reason to believe any of its claims are true. There is nothing even close to a consensus about faith claims. Evidence and logic can at least offer compelling reasons for believing some claim is true; religion cannot, and in fact prides itself on being unable to, as if believing something without evidence were a virtue. It's not.
That's why God left a book that is 'complicated' even today. Should the people start looking at it as if it was written to this generation in a way that makes us 'slow on the uptake' and the singular writer taking a style that a father uses with a 3 year old that is stubborn and slow and you have a version that fits the text of the book. He does give you the info but you still have to sort through it at your own speed. That is when you can decide if you have faith in the book or not.
Today the Clergy are there to sow disinformation rather than remove any confusion the text causes. That being said it is a subject that could wait until a person is about 30 and then the learning curve is as tight as it gets.
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn
Religion is like a boat
Paddle your own canoe.
That is assuming there is no patch for the 'hole'. The return is the most talked about event in the Bible so there is lots of material to 'question' and then you can decide how many holes there are. Apparent contradiction are not like actual contradictions with no solution available.