marymarauder10 wrote:Do you believe there's a million dollars? Have you ever actually seen a million dollars? Do you believe there's a flag planted on the moon? Have you personally seen this flag planted on the moon or just what you've seen on tv? Have you ever suffered from Uveomeningoencephalitic Syndrome? Just because you don't personally experience something, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. You believe in things every day that you don't personally experience. This isn't any different for the people who believe in God.
No, not a million physical dollars all at once. I have, however, probably seen a million different dollars in the course of my life. I have observed that I have dollars, other people in line have dollars, and the cash register has dollars. I have seen budgets and bank accounts worth over a million. Using rational thought, I can deduce that there is a million dollars in the world. My conclusion that a million dollars exists is based on real-world observations. Besides, if humanity had any doubt that it existed, we could just pile all our money on a table to put the argument to rest. We don’t do need to do that because that’s a silly argument.
No, I have not been to the moon. I do know that other people have tried to disprove this and they failed. True, I’m basing my conclusion off of secondhand evidence presented on TV and other sources, but it’s done with a scientific mindset. If there was any doubt, why not just build a telescope (or satellite) and take some pictures of the moon where the flag is supposed to be. If you don’t see anything then you can present your evidence to disprove it. The point is, it would be very possible to disprove this claim if there was any real doubt. I would assume Russia or China would have called us out on that one by now. The reason it hasn’t been disproved is because it’s real. The great thing about science is you must come up with some kind of tangible evidence to support your claims if you want to be taken seriously. Right now, the folks who claim the flag is really on the moon have more credible proof than the doubters.
I don’t know anything about that Syndrome. You could have made it up for all I know. I have no need to know if it’s real at this time.
It’s not about personally experiencing things. It’s about having tangible proof to support your beliefs. The only argument for “the Bible is factual” is that it’s written in the Bible… You can’t make an argument for the Bible by quoting the Bible… That sort of circular logic doesn’t hold up in any rational argument. Show me some sort of proof that the world is only a few thousand years old. Show me some proof that 2 of every critter in the world could fit on one boat. You gotta bring something to the table because scientific observation and the laws of physics make a pretty good argument against it.