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Kindness Korner



Getting away from it all works wonders. Quiet, time alone, solitude, beauty, creates space for reality to regain proper perspective.

There is a way of knowing that goes beyond logic and deductive reasoning. In a scientific age such knowledge is seldom given credence. Still, of all we believe and hold true, a great deal comes from the anecdotal accounts of other people. Unproven, untested, but believable because they said “it happened.”

Knowing God and Jesus Christ falls into that special, personal, subjective, category of knowledge for many.

Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell talks of his confrontation with knowledge that transcends reason:

When I went to the moon, I was as pragmatic a scientist-engineer as any of my colleagues. I’d spent more than a quarter of a century learning the rational-objective-experimental approach to dealing with the universe. But my experience during Apollo 14 had another aspect. It showed me certain limitations of science and technology

It began with the breathtaking experience of seeing planet earth floating in the immensity of space – the incredible beauty of a splendid blue-and-white jewel floating in the vast, black sky. I underwent a religious-like peak experience, in which the presence of divinity became almost palpable, and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident based on random processes. This knowledge, which came directly, intuitively, was not a matter of discursive reasoning or logical abstraction. It was not deduced from information perceptible by the sensory organs. The realization was subjective, but it was knowledge every bit as real and compelling as the objective data the navigational program or the communications system was based on. Clearly, the universe has meaning and direction – an unseen dimension behind the visible creation that gives it an intelligent design and gives life purpose.

1 comment:

  1. the other night my family was watching this movie about weird sea creatures. even just looking at these unusual things on the television, gave me shivers. it was so obvious to me that there was nothing on Earth that could've created all the stuff in the ocean. For me, just that showed me that there is a God. Lots of unbelievers say they need "proof" of God. Well even though we can't all go to some place as majestic as the moon, we can see God's wonders by simply looking out our windows at nature!! I wish that would be enough for people.