Do You know That God Exists? p3
Amazingly, NO ONE truly lives by that premise in any other area of life! Every person says he knows that things are true even though he cannot prove them empirically. For example, one may tell you about his/her parents, children, or siblings. If you have not seen them, do you know that they exist? If your mate or close friend tells you about and accident he saw recently, do you tell others about what you “know” even though you have no empirical knowledge? Do you know that Abraham Lincoln, Peter the Great, or Adolph Hitler actually lived? Do you have empirical knowledge of them? These are examples of how we all know things apart from or without empirical knowledge. This is call “fiducial knowledge.” It is knowledge based upon the truthfulness of the one relating the information to you. We all live by this premise daily! And yet, we are all SO cautious about living by this principle. Why? Has someone lied to you? Certainly! You thus realize that one who tells you information could be deceiving you whether intentionally or unintentionally!
Another kind of knowledge is “evidentiary” or “experiential knowledge.” Courts of law are based upon “evidentiary knowledge.” Judges and juries often have little if any empirical knowledge of one’s crime. They did not see the accused person commit the illegal act. However, by the use “evidentiary knowledge,” the judge and jury can know that the accused is guilty.
(to be continued)
God is good, I love you all. In the name of the King.