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Yes! Santa Claus, Jesus, the Easter bunny and Love are all very real. Your problem if you do not understand.
I cannot see or percieve around the corner of this ridge
Some truths are universal, even without physical evidence.
Jesus, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Love are all real.
The story of Jesus is read and reread about 1 million times a day. Santa Claus is certainly one of the most recognizable people ever for the last one hundred years. If there is no Easter bunny then why do little girls get all dressed up and who places the eggs? Huh, do not say it is parents, why would a parent do that? Maybe because of this next unseeable truth. Love is expressed, felt, given and witnessed a billion times a day.
Yet how is it that people have a quandary about if the three are real? How can such astounding overwhelming interest possibly be toward Jesus, Santa Claus and Love if they do not exist? I understand fads and fame for 15 minutes but for centuries, there is more to it.
I love these questions. “Did you hear that?” “Did you see that?” “Did you smell that?” My favorite of all flowers is the Paperwhite Narcissus. Very pretty. With a strong odor that more people dislike than like. To me it just plain stinks, to my eldest they are wonderful smelling. To my older son it is an abomination to plant them and injure the smell of earth. My wife cannot smell them, yet my youngest scrunches his nose and makes gesture to cover his nose. These are questions and answers that we rely on our senses to discern yet even those vary with a reality different for each person. How can a scientist put under a microscope the very chemicals that make up the smell of the Paperwhite Narcissus and not discern why it has different smells to different people? (keep in mind the story of Narcissus is about a mean tempest nymph that was frozen in place looking at her reflection as punishment from some God, for her narcissism.)
Are you a grouch and a scrooge?
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Proof is for you to discern
We see it different -- or do we?
Jesus, Santa Claus and Love exist. Did you hear that? Did you see that? Did you smell that? And most importantly – Did you feel that?
Sometimes in scientific inquiry we cannot quite see the thing. Sometimes all we can see is some proof that something is there. Pretty much the “God particle” “black holes” “quantum physics” and especially far distant stars or lack thereof. Science has a handle on the unseen, they move forward trying to discern what it is. I know, I know I left out electricity and temperature. But my point is, is that many things of science are known but not proven. Many times in science we were incapable of understanding but through further inquiry we were allowed to understand.
Jesus, Santa Claus and Love exist. How do we know? Because in the absence of other explanation people do incredible things. They suffer incredible hardship, they give incredible gifts to others and they lay down their life for one another. Is what I mention here unseeable? Is what I mention, different for each person? Of course it is, except we can really feel and visualize the actions. Fair enough, just like science we can see the result of a presence we simply cannot see it. So let the scientists set out and learn more. Let us learn more from them. But let us not deny a reality because we are too ignorant or primitive or unsophisticated to see it.
I have a brother who is old school atheist. Bright and intelligent, a little cold in affect. But the guy is the greatest Santa’s helper in the world. Magnificent and caring gifting. Gifts from the heart usually handcrafted or in times of need just plain money. To suggest what causes this anomaly leaves one with more questions than answers. I just cannot see it but the straightforward rationale is Santa Claus. A spirit that can infect the best and the worst of us. I cannot prove Santa Claus but I can see him in my brother.
Time honored rule of proof.
I have cool pictures of Jesus in my house, in prayer in Gethsemane, last supper and the Ascension. They are not photos and their depiction of Christ seems kind of Anglo Saxon. It would be wrong to worship the pictures. But the man fills my house. Sometimes when I feel THE rage, I express only Love in my home, I think it has to do with Jesus but I cannot prove it has anything to do with him, but my actions make clear that there is something more to me than neurotransmissions and pure psychology. Nature, nurture and fight or flight cannot explain my actions. I attribute them to Jesus. I am a credible witness as to my own condition.
On evidence and proof, consider this: In most US states a prerequisite to bringing a lawsuit against a doctor for malpractice is that you must already have another doctor to testify against her. That is a legislative intervention to the centuries old rule that a person is credible when speaking of the condition of their own body. Makes sense. Medical procedures are so often impossible for laymen to understand. But my point is, is that that is an exception to a legitimate rule of evidence that we can testify as to the condition of our own body. Indeed we can in such circumstances it is just that more is needed. So what I am suggesting is backed up by rules of evidence that have truly stood the test of time.
Seasons come and Go, yet there is no proof that they will continue to do so.
If something motivates us to do an action, how can that something be proven as nonexistant?
Now, how can a scientist or atheist question what I feel? They cannot. Centuries of common law have provided that I am a credible witness as to what I feel. A witness is confirmation of a fact. Truth comes from fact. I love my neighbor. That is a fact that cannot be credibly refuted by anyone else. But my actions can alter the credibility of my statement and the veracity of my declaration of Love. And so it is true that my good loving actions can prove, the authenticity of my love. That is a final proof.
I know the beautiful picture of Christ is more marketing than reality, shoot I reckon he was all beat up by Pharisees and Sophists. Our visual of Santa comes from something like a Coca Cola ad campaign. And way to often notions of Love come from Valentines. These manmade creations and ploys do not alter the nonphysical attributes of the ethereal truth of the reality of Jesus, Santa Claus and Love. So fine, do not go all reality in the flesh. But do not deny the existence of something that moves people to act, simply because you do not see it. Is that which motivates us toward good any less real than that which motivates us to buy? I think not.
There is nothing scientific about why I write. Yet I do. There really is nothing scientific about abhorrent social Behavior yet it exists. I have never been to a workshop on the North Pole. And I was not around two thousand years ago. And I have never been able to capture the essence of Love, or the Narcisis scent. Yet somehow my body acknowledges the senses that make Christ, Santa Claus and Love real. Another may not catch the scent but it is real to me non-the-less.
My Love is real. Christ lives within me. The spirit of giving lives in Santa Claus. They are real. And Love pervades my every moment and it is real. Because others cannot perceive them does not make them less real. If something makes me more loving, more giving and more open to spiritual allowances, then someone must convince me that my actions are not real and therefore my belief is wrong. No one can do such a thing. My reality check is done, I do feel the way I feel – that is a natural fact.