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How do you prove faith? Proof and evidence are seldom understood. If you need proof for your faith, read. Self Evident.

Updated on July 10, 2014

If enough acknowledge that a team is the undisputed champion, then they are.

How do you prove what is in a man's heart? Did you know that in a capital murder trial you do not have to prove motive? I think I know why that is. Think of the concept of Intent. In common terms that does not have to be proved either, it can be proved through establishing a very reckless or wanton act, that was not exactly meant to kill, but so wrong we imbue intent on the actor. Always remember the man who shoots his sixshooter in a crowded bar, and neither hits nor scares anyone may not even be guilty of a crime (normally yes for discharging)

Back to motive. How can you establish why someone did something. Sure we use the concept all the time in the normal world. But if you think about it, it is just conjecture. And don’t get me wrong conjecture is a worthy tool. But using it solely to provide evidence of a fact is not good. So motive is illusory. Motive is like an emotion. And yes motive is like faith.

We can argue who is the best but at any given time we just know it!

My family believes in the bond within our family. Can you dissprove that?

A high mountain stream where I learned to swim and clean, and nearly fifty years later so does my youngest. It is true this stream means a lot to my family.
A high mountain stream where I learned to swim and clean, and nearly fifty years later so does my youngest. It is true this stream means a lot to my family. | Source

I always wonder why someone would want to disprove a truth that was established by faith?

Now as to proof of someone’s belief. You have to break it down into two parts. 1. Does she believe it? That part is generally pretty easy, unless there is consistent behavior that indicates otherwise. So whether or not someone believes is generally quite easy to establish or prove. 2. Is what she believes true? Now that is an interesting question. Truth has never been equated with fact. Coming to a conclusion of truth requires many facets of the human understanding and all of them are valid.

Faith and belief are easily understood by most. Most languages have a well developed set of words to describe what they mean. We are generally comfortable talking of things of faith and belief as though they are readily accepted. Sometimes it is kind of absurd – Things in the future are based on belief. The sun will rise tomorrow, our team will win, I will be able to retire, our boy will grow up strong. We do not think one bit about those improvable assumptions.

Cannot prove the eclipse, isn't that funny. Of course it happened but try and prove it.

I just love the song "total eclipse of the heart" Because it cannot happen.
I just love the song "total eclipse of the heart" Because it cannot happen. | Source

Here are some truths

Step back and reflect about going to your married friends house to watch the slideshow of their vacation. They will inevitably both narrate. But try to keep in mind that most of the shots are taken by one spouse while the other one poses. They are looking in opposite directions and one is focusing a camera and the other is focused on how they look. She sees clouds in the distance and he sees bright blue sky. For her it took forever and for him, he needed more time. Their stories will both be the truth. Absolutely their stories will be the truth. But their stories will differ. Even shades of color will differ because of direction lighting, and heights of things may be different but true.

So our perspective is the most valid individual thing we have as a truth. We find as we create scenario after scenario that a given truth is in the eye of the beholder. We cannot change that. Belief is such a thing. The perspective of the perceiver determines what is truth. Empiricists do not like it but truth is not limited to truth as in science or mathematics.

I seldom call on authority to prove my point but in this case it is good. Have you ever heard the phrase “We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident” and then they rattle off Truths like “ all men are created equal”. Well obviously to an empiricist that is false. It is not our fault they have such a narrow view that they cannot accept with the great majority of us, a truth beyond proof, but rather self evident. If this concept is good for the USA, Mexico and Vietnam I dare say that our faith is a truth.

No need to prove love -- ever!

That boy loves that lady.
That boy loves that lady. | Source

A word out to all soccer fans. When you get down get up!!! Waka Waka!!

At your own risk baby!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      There is a lot to think about in your perceptive article. People can have absolute faith in polar opposites. Can they all be the truth?

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Eric -

      There are assumed truths from a perspective, and there are scientific truths. There are also truths that come from the norm of society, that some accept, some reject, and some just shrug their shoulders at. We are complex individuals that believe different things. We tend to gather with those who share similar beliefs to remain in a comfort zone. That's what makes us human, and not machines. Someone once said, "We live because we are." (I cannot remember who, my apologies.) Very thought provoking. Up & interesting.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Christopher, You ask a great question. I am going to chew on it and get back to you. My preliminary is yes.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you so much for your comments. I get a little preachy sometimes. It is good for me to have a friend like you to remind me that I do not speak in absolutes -- boring.

      My offer as to your quote would be one of my favorite thinkers, Descartes: "cogito ergo sum" I think therefore I am.

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      What you say gives me food for thought: "So our perspective is the most valid individual thing we have as a truth. " Thanks, Eric! Truth then seems like a very personal thing. Voted beautiful.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have yet to figure it out exactly. Is it the perspective we were taught or "should" it be much deeper. Certainly in any case our perspective is real. But I have to wonder: a matter of gravity, so many do not contemplate deeply to find truth -- I cannot discount their reality even if it would appear to be shallow or materialistic. Your help is greatly appreciated and should be a good guide.

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      If my spiritual lesson for today is forgiveness, and assuming you're correct about the individual's perception as his/her truth, it may be that our forgiveness of our own and each other's truths/illusions can eventually lead us to the deeper, more profound truths which is a universal experience on the soul level.

      We may be able to see through our brother's eyes and discern that in the first place there was nothing to forgive. Because God makes happen in our experience always what is best for us. Just my take. Thanks for asking.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Awesome Quirinius,

      If we could look through our brothers eyes and see his reality, and incorporate that into our own. Who needs heaven? True peace and happiness is being one with our neighbor. Conflict is an imaginary creation by those following dogma.

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      It's amazing how your ideas are giving me insights and vice versa, Eric!

      Peace on Earth to men of good will. Heaven becomes here and now.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We both sit on the same rug. We must remember that we do not write for ourselves but for others for they watch and are stirred up.

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Yes! We are all that one little candle to each other. We learn as we live, write as we learn and share the Light and the Love.

      While learning forgiveness, I discovered that insights to situations were revealed. Truly, God gives us the ability to see through our brother's eyes, when the practice of forgiveness is sincere.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Prove forgiveness??? I have never had such epiphany as when I forgave. A door to a new vision is created. We become not only a creature but a being with new sight. My buddy Jesus told me that if you begin to forgive, even yourself, you start on the path of Love. And if you Love you start on the path of forgivenss. I do not know. I know this -- He loves you.

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Absolutely: as we begin to forgive, even our selves, we start on the path of Love. Thanks for being a buddy on the spiritual journey, Eric. I really appreciate your being in this community; you are heaven-sent!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Quirinus,

      Headed over to read your new hub. I really like the very practical examples you give. We all need more simplicity and ease.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      christopheranton, I promised to get back to you on belief in polar opposites. It sounds really strange but they can both be true. Forgiveness from one might cover a sin, not recognized by the other. The importance is not the description of the sin but the forgiveness. Forgiveness and Love are color blind and issue blind. You I love because you engage and lend insight. Your insight may be opposite of mine, but I love your insight. Our truth is in love and forgiveness not the issue de jour.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      Ulgh, naked baby picture no-go. Babies just creep me out. I do prefer them clothed when I have to see one.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      For some reason you remind me of Adam all ashamed and hiding - Thanks for the levity and taking the time to comment.

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      You're welcome Mr. Dierker. Babies are scary people. If they are people at all.

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      Sean Stoker 4 years ago from South Jordan, Utah

      A good sentiment I heard recently is that doubt is valuable because it keeps faith alive. As long as you don't let doubt rule your life, but learn from it and allow it to strengthen your faith. I don't go looking for doubt, but I don't let it bother me when it comes. It gives my faith context and allows me to learn the difference between the two.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Sean for a wonderful comment. We are right to have doubt. How we deal with it is our only job.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      This hub and also the comments following are very thought provoking !!

      In my book we can have faith in whatever we personally believe in. We shouldn't need permission from others and we shouldn't wonder am I right or am I wrong. Find your own faith and allow yourself to absorb this faith. I have a deep faith in Mother nature because as a young girl who spent so much of her childhood exploring the countryside with her dog at her heels and learnt so mcuh from the community in the forests and fields. I do not expect anyone to agree with me as that is what I believe in. I also believe in God up in Heaven and an afterlife !!!Thank you so much Eric for this hub and here's to so many more.

      I vote up and wish you a wonderful weekend.

      Edy.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      OH My! My kindred spirit, I was raised between the anglo saxon protestent and the Native American. Mother Earth craddles me and God sings the lullabies.

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