How I explain supernatural reality.

In order to explain supernatural reality, permit me to use a completely unorthodox approach.

Supposing, just supposing that I was granted an absolutely true answer to one specific personal question, what would my question be? 

As I was curious what the answer would be, I ventured to pose this question to various people. 

The most common answers were 'Why am I alive?'  and ‘What is the purpose of my life?’

If I am given true answers to these questions, I guess I would adjust my priorities and live my remaining life more purposefully.

Out of curiosity, I decided to see for myself what was already written on this subject. I found that the body of knowledge was in two categories, the secular and the spiritual.

The secular answer to the question, ‘Why am I alive?’

According to my knowledge of science, I am alive because my parents conceived me. My parents existed because their parents conceived them and so on until the very first parents of human beings. This raises the question of how they came into existence. The theory of evolution attempts to explain this by postulating that humans evolved from monkeys. Even if I accept this theory, I still have further questions. What did monkeys originate from and so on.

Finally, I am confronted with the question of how did life forms originate from inanimate matter. The theory of spontaneous development of primordial life forms from inanimate matter by chance attempts to explain this. However, even if I were to accept this answer, the next question is how did inanimate matter first come into existence. The big bang theory attempts to answer this question. Even if I were to accept this theory, my next question is what was there before the big bang.

The answer to this question is that there was nothing. Even if I were to accept this answer, my next question is how did nothing give rise to something as massive as the universe. At this point, I believe science is unable to explain any further.

The spiritual answer to the question, ‘Why am I alive?’

From the beginning of recorded civilization, spiritual theories have been used to explain natural events, health, political power, life, death and the thereafter.

Over the years these beliefs have consolidated into what is recognized as the major religions of the world. The answer to the above question is contained in their written documents. 

How do I ascertain which of them would be closer to the truth?

Unless I use an objective secular tool, my conclusion would merely reflect my subjective preference.

I decided to use the mathematical tool of chance and probabilities.

If I predict correctly all four digits in a four–digit lottery, the likelihood of that occurring by chance is one in 10,000 because for each digit, the probability is one in ten.  If I predict another four digits correctly, the likelihood of this event occurring by chance is one in 100,000,000. If I predict correctly another four digits, the probability of this occurring by chance is one in 1,000,000,000,000.

The correct prediction of a four-digit lottery three times in a row is extremely unlikely to occur by chance. It is more likely to have happened by design. This could happen if I control the process of selecting the winning numbers. This could happen if I have knowledge of the future (prescience). Where has this ability come from? One explanation is that it is from an omniscient intelligence. 

I apply this argument to the prediction of future historical events.  Predicting one specific historical event in the future is possible by guessing. Predicting many specific historical events in the future is very unlikely by guesswork. Predicting a series of specific historical events in a specific order is even more unlikely by guesswork.

Contained in the various religious texts are predictions of events in the future relative to the time of the initial writing of these texts.

My experimental model is to find the number of specific predicted events actually coming to pass as recorded in secular history as the criterion for the relative truthfulness (veracity) of the various religious texts. The degree of veracity is increased if the specific predicted events occur in the predicted order.

From my reading of the Bible, the Qur’an and the Bhagavad Gita,  I found that the Bible contained by far the most instances of correctly predicted events recorded in secular history. (click here)

The likelihood of these correct predictions occurring by chance is extremely remote. In other words, it would be almost impossible for the predictions to happen merely by coincidence. Hence it is more likely to have occurred by design.

I believe that the designer is a prescient intelligence possibly from outside the four dimensions that I exist in. I believe this prescient intelligence revealed the events of the future to various people called prophets who recorded their predictions. These predictions (prophecies) are compiled in a book called the Bible.

I believe the Bible contains clues to the identity of this prescient intelligence. On re-examining the Bible I found many predictions about a man. These were fulfilled in one person called Jesus. (click here)

Prescient intelligence is supernatural. This supernatural reality involves a personage called Jesus. The Bible indicates that the prescient intelligence is the designer responsible for bringing into existence the reality of space and time and all that exists and all that happens.

The Bible also provides answers to the following questions.

Why am I alive?
I am alive because Jesus created all existence and thus created me.

What is the purpose of my life?
The purpose of my life is to know, fellowship with and glorify Jesus.

To see why I did not choose other religions, take a look at the last part of  Which religion should I choose to believe in

 

Resource material.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary, Tenth Edition, 2001

Josephus, Flavius. The Essential Works. Translated and edited by Paul L. Maier. Angus Hudson Ltd, Concorde House. Grenville Place, Mill Hill. London NW7 3SA. ISBN 0-8254-3260-X. © 1994

The Holy Bible. King James Version.

The Qur’an. A modern English version. Translated by Majid Fakhry. Garnet Publishing Limited. 8 Southern Court, South Street, Reading, RG1 4QS, UK. ISBN 1 85964 086 9 © 1997

The Bhagavad Gita. Translated by Paramahansa Yogananda. Self Realization Fellowship, 3880 San Raphael Ave. Los Angeles, California 90065-3298, USA. Second Edition. ISBN 0-87612-030-3 © 1999

 

Definitions.

Science is the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
Experiment is a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis or demonstrate a known fact.
Hypothesis is a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.
Theory is a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained.
Truth is the quality or state of being true.
True is in accordance with fact or reality.
Fact is a thing that is indisputably the case. 
Reality is the state of things as they actually exist. 
Veracity is conformity to facts, accuracy, and habitual truthfulness.
Evidence is information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.
Coincidence is a remarkable occurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.
Prescient is having knowledge of events before they take place.
Omniscient is knowing everything.
Prophecy
is a prediction.
Prophet is a person who predicts the future, an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.
I understand that scientific method involves the awareness that observation by my five senses supersedes any theory proposed to explain the observation. 
I test the validity of a hypothesis by experiment. If observations from experiment are consistent with the results predicted by the hypothesis, then the hypothesis becomes a valid theory. As long as fresh evidence continues to be consistent with the theory, the theory remains valid. Otherwise the theory is considered as untrue.       

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