Week 3 Discussion Board – Coursework Example
When “To See Is To Believe” and When “Not To Believe” September 21, When “To See Is To Believe” and When “Not To Believe” King (2013) explored sensations and perceptions in Chapter 3, which brings about questions on how Christians perceive reality. The Bible explains what reality is in terms of the physical and spiritual senses. Christians can believe what is real according to their sensory experiences, although they know the limitations of their senses. Sensation and perceptions are important to knowing what is physically real, but spiritual reality is independent of the senses because it relies on logic and faith.
Christians use sensation to perceive reality, but they are aware of its limits. The Bible notes that God made these senses for discerning reality. Proverbs 20:12 of the New International Version (NIV) says: “Ears that hear and eyes that see—the Lord has made them both.” These senses are available to know what is physically real. The senses, however, are limited. People can have illusions because of physical or mental illnesses, or they may simply only want to see what they want to see, or because they can mistake what they see (Nelson, 2011, p. 3). Not everything the senses perceive is accurately real or complete.
In addition, Christians believe in a reality beyond their senses because of their spiritual perceptions of reality. Some perceptions are not based on the senses but on logic and faith. In John 20:29, Jesus told Thomas who believed only after touching him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” The Bible stresses that not everything is perceivable through the senses. Some of the most important things cannot be seen, heard, smelled, or tasted, but felt through the heart, mind, and soul, specifically faith in God and love for Him and other human beings.
Sensory experiences can offer only a portion of perception of reality, but even those are not completely reliable because of physical and mental limitations, among other reasons. Beyond the senses, however, reality can be perceived through faith and logic. What is logical to others as part of their faith is real, sometimes even more than what they can see.
Bible. biblegateway.com. Retrieved from https://www.biblegateway.com/app/
King, L.A. (2013). Experience psychology (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw Hill. ISBN: 9780078035340.
Nelson, R.W. (2011). What is a worldview? In D.S. Huffman (Ed.), Christian contours: How a biblical worldview shapes the mind and heart (pp. 23-36). Michigan: Kregel Publications.