The key difference between the New World and the Spiritual World is the latter cannot be proven, because it cannot be perceived but through individual revelation
And so that difference, dear Nick (again, peace to you!)... that the latter cannot be "proven" because it can only perceived through individual revelation (for NOW, because that will not always be the case)... absolutely negates its existence?
I can postulate that there are fairies in my garden, and I can believe it too, but that does not make it real to anyone but me.
If you didn't see/hear, etc., fairies... I would say they aren't real at all. But if you said you saw/heard them... and others say so, as well... who am I to dispute it? I can only say, "Well, okay, dear Nick, YOU saw them... or believe you did... and so, more power to you." Now, if you said to ME, "YOU have to see them, TOO, Shel"... we might have a problem. If you said you saw/heard them... and what you related that they showed/told you made sense to ME... then I would either say, "Perhaps I can see/hear them, too? What do I need to do?" or "Do I need to see/hear them, too?" Or even, "Sorry, but I don't see/hear them, dear Nick, but what you say makes sense. I'll ponder over it and see what's what. In the meantime, more power to YOU."
To everyone else, they do not exist.
Except others who see/hear them, as well... right?
As to galaxies and stars and planets, we have ample evidence that they can and do exist, therefore we are not surprised when we discover them. The same cannot be said for the spiritual world of which you speak.
I disagree, dear one. The astronomical and other natural science worlds rejoice when a new galaxy/star/planet is discovered. So, too, the spirit realm... and those here who belong to it... when we discover (find) it... as well as when we are discovered (found) by those who belong to it, both here AND there.
But I do not deny the possibility. I deny the possibility that there could have been a being sufficiently complex to create such great complexity. The watch is less complex than the watchmaker. The pot is less complex than the potter. The universe must be less complex than the creator. But to deny that something of such great complexity as the universe could have possibly come into existence on its own means that something of even greater complexity came into existence on its own, or always existed. It does not compute.
And for ME... to BELIEVE that something of such great complexity as the universe could have POSSIBLY come into existence ON ITS OWN... does not compute. Surely, the university is more complex than a watch or a pot. If these mundane things have a creator... how could something much more vastly complex NOT have one? As for such an entity coming into existence on its own... I don't believe that. That it (He) always existed makes absolute sense... because "always" is with regard to OUR timespan. I get that some of our brains cannot fathom that something/someone was always/already there... but to believe that a "big bang" occurred "just because"... resulting in the entire physical universe... does not for ME... compute.
Even if there was only a speck of dust that somehow combusted, something (or someone) caused that event. That the event resulted in stars and galaxies, and planets... and US... makes sense to ME... only as it has been explained to be by One who said he was there... and why it all occurred in the first place. But the kicker for ME... is that if that one unprovoked "bang" resulted in all of this, then (1) such bangs should still be occurring (are they?), and (2) if they are, then there is not a UNIverse, but MULTIverses. In which case, how do we not know that some from OTHER verses are in fact making "contact"... but not necessarily empirically?
The record of which you speak was written only thousands of years ago by non-eye witnesses.
That's inaccurate, dear one. Some was written by non-eyewitnesses, but not all. Even so, if what you say is true, then transcriptions of witness testimony should be invalid (i.e., each witness should be required to write down and sign his/her own account, otherwise it's invalid).
It does not, sadly, qualify as a record but as an assertion. An assertion without any evidence to back it up. Not too old. Far, far, far too recent, and far too primitive.
See above. And keep in mind, please, that all kinds of non-eye witness items/documents/records are considered evidence, so long as the person who compiled them can be examined. But even that's not always necessary - so long as someone can authenticate the item... it can still be considered a record... and evidence.
It is a wonderful hope, but the important thing is living for today because you can have no assurance whatsoever that tomorrow (whether that be the day after today or the millenium after today) will ever come for mankind. What you can be assured of based on the evidence of record is that you, personally, will not exist as a human being after a very short period of time.
This is true, but it totally discounts what we do not know... but believe POSSIBLE. Many in the science world BELIEVE we should live forever... and spend a great deal of time trying to find the key to that. I believe it, too... and simply walk a different path toward... and in line with... that belief.
Pascal's Wager, my dear. I think God would be unimpressed if I kinda, sorta believed in Him just in case He turns out to exist after all.
I think you'd be surprised, dear one. I think MANY try to do good "just in case there is a God"... as well as because doing good is the right thing to the do. Seeing as I believe that those who do good to Christ's brothers will inherit God's kingdom as well... I think the Most Holy One of Israel will be pleased that such ones even tried... regardless of their reason. Of course, doing it out of love... and faith... is the BEST reason but, alas, neither love nor faith are the possession of ALL men. God is not as "exacting" as religion has made Him out to be, dear one. Look at Christ and you'll see this.
Again, the greatest of love and peace to you... and thank you for continuing to engage me/us in your very gentlemanly and respectful way. It allows discussions like this to continue without undue frustration and misguided provocations, does it not?
YOUR servant and a slave of Christ,