Originally Posted by NoahJ
The same way I know you exist.
But there is evidence of me existing. And the claim that I am a human rather than a machine or a pixie sprinkling dust onto a magical leaf keyboard is really not all that extraordinary.
I have never seen you, measured you, met you in person, nothing. I don't know if you are a male for sure or if you are not some computer AI.
The standard of evidence to decide that I am a human is nowhere near what would be required to make such fantastical claims that there exists a magical being that cannot be observed, measured, or quantified yet somehow does interact with this universe leaving no evidence and promising eternal life after death.
I don't know if you are where you claim to be, how old you claim to be, or even if you believe what you claim to believe and are not simply trolling for your own enjoyment. I take it on faith.
Not faith. Go back to the definitions thread. You have experience and enough circumstantial evidence to make a very reasonable assumption about a very mundane claim. You trust that I am a human and not an AI.
I have interactions with you that I understand as such. It is the same with G-d. I don't send electronic messages, but I do get responses to my questions in ways that are clear to me.
How do you get these responses? Can they be independently verified?
Noah, you're a good guy and I know this kind of introspection is difficult, but are you 100% sure that it couldn't possibly be a combination of wishful thinking and confirmation bias?