The Argument from Religious Experience for the Existence of God (Part 2) (The Reasons to Believe #74)

Our Reasons to Believe passage from the Word of God today is Revelation 3:20. It reads, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Isaac Newton. He said, "There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane [secular] history."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Argument from Religious Experience for the Existence of God" part 2 from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

There is an enormous number of claims in this argument. Either they are true or not. In evaluating them, we should take into account:

1. the consistency of these claims (are they self-consistent as well as consistent with what we know otherwise to be true?);

2. the character of those who make these claims (do these persons seem honest, decent, trustworthy?); and

3. the effects these experiences have had in their own lives and the lives of others (have these persons become more loving as a result of what they experienced? More genuinely edifying? Or, alternatively, have they become vain and self-absorbed?).

Suppose someone says to you: "All these experiences are either the result of lesions in the temporal lobe or of neurotic repression. In no way do they verify the truth of some divine reality." What might your reaction be? You might think back over that enormous

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