Hi friends, in this video from RZIM, Stuart, John, and Margaret reflect on the Experiential Argument for God’s existence:
They are very careful not to speak against the value of logic, evidence, and arguments. But at the same time, they are wisely drawing our attention to the importance and significance of human experience.
How are you experiencing God? Have you ever asked someone who is not a believer if they have had any supernatural experiences? Or seen a miracle take place?
You might get into some interesting conversations!
And if you have, please do share your story with us. It will be very encouraging as we all seek to grow together.
The vast majority of humanity, from the beginning of time to the present day, believes in either the existence of god, the gods, or something beyond reality. The atheist or agnostic community are a very small percentage in actual belief around the world.
Our sense of desire, our longings, our aesthetics, our love for beauty, for something bigger than ourselves, it is all these transcendent longings that we have. It is also people’s religious experiences.
We are finite human beings who have these great, transcendent longings.
My mom, could not read or write, could not give any coherent argument for God’s existence, but I cannot for that she did not know God. Arguments can actually be a distraction from us coming to know who God is.
A man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man with an argument. It is part of what we have. We have to account for our experiences.
When we talk about knowing God, a being who is there, if all we are stuck with are just philosophical and scientific arguments, if that is all we have, we are still a step away from really knowing God, which is what God has called us to do.
I think experience is a pointer. It is not exhaustive. It is something very significant. Experience is a part – not the sole reason – we believe.