Faith & the Fallacy of Reification…

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From Mark 5:

33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Another thought in passing:

Faith & evidence most often go together.  And when evidence is in the picture, then you find yourself in a situation where you have evidence for and evidence against regarding a matter.  Let me explain.

David vs. Goliath.

~ Saul is like “You little squirt. Are you kidding me? You cannot go up against Goliath and fight.”

Evidence For: David has evidence however that goes with his faith. He has previously killed the lion and the bear. These are two God-given victories.

Evidence Against: Yet there is evidence to challenge. Goliath is a champion. Goliath has an impressive javelin, sword and musculature to wield those.  Goliath likely could take down a bear or a lion.

Pro-God vs. Anti-God:  So we have a situation where two sets of evidences clash. Evidence for is pitted against evidence against.

In Mark 5, Jesus is off to Jairus’ house to heal his daughter. Due to the interruption He experiences on account of the woman with bleeding, there is a delay.  It would seem as though that as a result of the delay, the child dies.

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

Jesus however has given Jairus plenty of evidence that He can heal her. So he says to Jairus:

“Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

What evidence is there for Jairus – one is the various things Jesus has been doing up to that day. Some of which he told an spiritually ailing John the Baptist in prison.

“So he replied to the messengers [of John the Baptist], “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” ~ Luke 7:22

Other evidence is what has just happened with the woman with bleeding. She is healed.

So … “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”  Evidence for. Evidence against.

And when Jesus gets to Jairus’ house and gets laughed at, what takes place?

“… He took the child’s father and mother and his own companions and went into the room where the child was. 41 Then, gently taking the child by the hand, He said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, ‘Little girl, I say to you, get up.’” ~ Mark 5:40-1 (Net Bible)

~ He basically commands the girl to get up and she gets up.

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~ On Reification – Look up later:

https://answersingenesis.org/logic/logical-fallacies-the-fallacy-of-reification/

http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com/2012/08/concretizing-abstract.html

http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2006/07/fallacy-of-reification.html

http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2013/01/reification-and-hypostatization-.html

 

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