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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Skepticism and Faith, -compatible?

Scepticism (from the Greek, skeptesthai, 'to examine') is the philosophical view that it is impossible to know anything with absolute certainty, or to know the world as it 'really' is. The word can also mean a general reluctance to accept anything on face value without sufficient proof (as in "He heard that Jim had run the 100m in under ten seconds but he remained sceptical").
However, Scepticism (with a capital 'S') began in the 5th century BC in Greece where certain philosophers came to express doubts about how certain we could be about our knowledge. (Source)

Jesus once told a story about a rich man who went to hades, and who had 5 brothers still alive.
This tormented rich man begged Abraham to be released from his suffering, but was refused. Then he asked that his 5 brothers be warned of this awful place so they could put their lives in order before death.

The answer is what has bearing on the topic for this post.

Abraham said "a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘
They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
Will they now? will you ?

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