Steve Jobs dies a billionaire, with a fortune of $7 billion, at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer, and here are some of his last words... “In other eyes, my life is the essence of success, but aside from work, I have a little joy. And in the end, wealth is just a fact of life to which I am accustomed.”
Leo Tolstoy “What is a Jew?” (1891) – Don Karl Juravin
"This question is not as odd as it might appear at first. Let's look at this free creature that, despite being isolated and persecuted, pursued and burnt, drowned and burned by all the kings and countries, is still alive and thriving today.
Mark Twain on the Jews (Sep 1897) – Don Karl Juravin
"According to statistics, Jews make up only 0.25 percent of the global population. It makes reference to a hazy cloud of stardust that has become lost in the Milky Way's glare. The Jew shouldn't normally be talked about, yet he is and always has been.
A miracle as a proof of God – Don Karl Juravin
Some feel that if they witnessed a miracle, they would come to believe in God. But what bigger miracle exists than Israel's history? Isn't the restoration of Zion a far more significant and magnificent miracle than the appearance of fire from the sky or the splitting of the sea?
The Torah of the Bible – Don Karl Juravin
Even if the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) hadn't prophesied it beforehand, the peculiar history of the People of Israel would have been conveyed.
Evidence based on the history of the people of Israel (People of the Bible) – Don Karl Juravin
It is said that the King of France once asked the philosopher Belz Pascal to give him evidence of the existence of GOD. Pascal replied without hesitation: "The Jews, Your Excellency."
Be open to evidence, whatever it may be – Don Karl Juravin
He who rejects in advance any evidence that sounds "delusional" to him merely because of his biases about reality, and what may or may not be in it, is not a reasonable person but dogmatic and closed.
The experience is similar – The perception individualistic – Don Karl Juravin
In any event, the multitude of diverse accounts provide no proof that they are hallucinations. If aliens visited Earth many times, they would most likely describe it differently each time: one would see a sea, another a forest, and the third a major metropolis
Do the different religious approaches contradict “A God”? – Don Karl Juravin asks
I believe they have comparable experiences but differ in their interpretations and means of pleasing their GOD. In the name of GOD, I also think that most religions distort "GOD's will" to meet their political purpose.
Is religion merely a drug-like experience? Don Karl Juravin asks
In other words, unless shown otherwise, we presume that what we perceive to be true is truly true. Things that appear genuine to us at the moment, such as dreams or hallucinations caused by drug use, fade away after a while, and we realize that they never truly happened.
Can we doubt tangible experiences? – Don Karl Juravin asks
The problem with this critique is that if we doubt tangible experiences that seem certain to us, and treat them as hallucinations, what can we say is true?
The argument of hallucination – Don Karl Juravin
The hallucinations can be very tangible and make a great impression on the person who experienced them, and yet they exist only in his head and not in reality.
Does the testimony of many and the belief of the majority make it a fact? – Don Karl Juravin asks
For a moment, let's not think of GOD as a religious GOD but an entity that is superior to us. It can even be a particle.
The evidence of revelation – Don Karl Juravin
This argument for the existence of GOD is very simple: we know that GOD exists because many people have testified that they have met him
Proof of a God – Don Karl Juravin
This vision is good only for those people who do feel that there is absolute good and evil and are not willing to see this feeling as a "mistake."
I conclude here that the supreme power is God – Don Karl Juravin
It's possible that this power is a particle or the well-known GOD. The same power has imprinted in us a moral sense that permits us to perceive moral realities and feel a feeling of devotion to them.
Our moral intuitions – Don Karl Juravin
The only way our moral intuitions can be justified is by acknowledging that in reality there are absolute moral facts, which are not part of the material nature but are beyond it, and whose inner intuitions are a reflection of them.
Is morality made of merely molecules? – Don Karl Juravin asks
Many proponents of mistake theory are atheists, as there is no reality that can be a source of objective morality in the universe with nothing but lifeless matter and blind laws of nature.
We perceive morality as objective and not subjective – Don Karl Juravin
A detailed investigation of those moral intuitions leads to the conclusion that humans experience morality as an objective, absolute, and binding reality, rather than a subjective emotion.
Evidence of human morality – Don Karl Juravin
Most mentally healthy persons have basic and very strong moral intuitions, which tell them that things like murder, robbery, and harming innocent people are bad.
Atheist-Materialist approach fails, but I’ve yet to prove God’s existence – Don Karl Juravin
Even if we don't go this route (although many philosophers and scientists do), it's evident that consciousness is a marvel that has to be explained, and that the atheist-materialist approach is incapable of doing so.
My conclusion: Human consciousness didn’t evolve by chance – Don Karl Juravin
These and other puzzles show how implausible it is to believe that the human mind "developed by accident" from matter as a result of blind evolutionary processes.
Is mathematics the key? – Don Karl Juravin asks
The significance of the amazing match between mathematical conceptions and the structure of the cosmos and the laws of nature is one of the great mysteries. "The cosmos appears to have been fashioned by a pure mathematician," physicist James Jeans said
Let’s compare to ants – Don Karl Juravin
Countless animals on Earth, such as insects, do not have true awareness as far as we know, yet they have endured and thrived far longer than human existence.
Is consciousness a miracle? Would it understand the universe? – Don Karl Juravin asks
Not only is the presence of consciousness a marvel that the materialistic world can not comprehend, but so is our ability to comprehend the cosmos. From the subatomic level to cosmic processes, we can grasp the cosmos, the rules of existence, and how they work via our thinking
Consciousness is fundamentally different from matter – Don Karl Juravin
There are aspects in complex objects that are not present in the details that make them up, or so-called crises (like the moisture of the water, which does not exist in individual molecules but exists in the whole).
Materialists claim brain excretes consciousness – Don Karl Juravin
According to materialists, consciousness is nothing more than a byproduct of matter, something that arises in some way from brain activity - just as the kidneys excrete urine, so does the brain excrete consciousness.
The evidence of human consciousness – Don Karl Juravin
Human consciousness is an absolute wonder. It is the thing through which we think, understand and perceive reality, create, feel, and experience.
What atheists may get wrong – Don Karl Juravin
All of this is predicated on the premise that GOD is truly "complex." Many philosophers and theologians before Dawkins claimed that GOD is not at all complicated, but rather the goal of the world until any definition could explain it.
An atheistic argument – Don Karl Juravin
This is an ancient and invalid argument that a gifted philosophy student can disprove, as highlighted by philosopher (atheist) Daniel Hume.
Responding to atheist beliefs – Don Karl Juravin
I'd like you to see GOD as a particle or being, not a religious one, as I've assumed throughout this book.