The evidence is that I was transformed by the blood of the Lamb.
Which is a poetic and mystical interpretation, but meaningless in that it doesn't actually tell anyone what you thought and felt at the time, in accessible, meaningful terms - and in which you may be sorely mistaken that it is evidence
My whole mindset and outlook on life completely changed.
So? These kinds of paradigm shifts happen to people in all sorts of circumstances.
It was about a decade ago when I had a Eureka!
moment in which (this is an extremely short summary, as I have posted this before) I knew
that every human-made and human-asserted concept of the divine, every sacred text, every bit of philosophy and every belief in the supernatural was utter bunk, a cosmic joke. It was exhilarating; I felt like a weight had been lifted from me. And I was a lot happier for it, and noticeably so.
Does that mean that I take that as evidence
that every human-made and human-asserted concept of the divine, every sacred text, every bit of philosophy and every belief in the supernatural is utter bunk?
As it happens, no: because it's easy to discover that people have all sorts of experiences like this, and they don't all agree. Revelatory experiences, paradigm shifts, Eureka!
moments - call them what you will, they are more common than you might think. And as an epistemological tool, they are utterly useless.
I used to be an atheist and pissed off that this life is all we get so I went around in a bad mood taking it out on others. People said I was a negative person.
And you probably were. I am not "pissed off that this life is all we get." That makes it all the more important to live
it, as far as I am concerned - and to do my best to leave a legacy of which I can be at least moderately proud - or at least unashamed. If I manage that, I'll have done ok. If I do well enough by my daughter and any other offspring we may have, to relatives and friends, that they remember me with kindness, I'll have had a good innings. Even if I were to have a heart attack the moment I finish this edit, I will still be fortunate to have lived
- never mind to have lived in a Western society that is luxurious by global standards.
That all changed when I gave my life to the Lord.
And yet here you are, talking nonsense to a bunch of people who are never going to give any credence to your experience, on the grounds that (a) they're not predisposed to believe in supernatural phenomena, (b) your experience doesn't prove even half of what you think it does and (c) in this and the assortment of other statements you've made, you come across as frankly a bit of a nutter.
I am living proof.
...that paradigm shifts happen to people, sure. And that they can make people better people. But not
of the central assumptions that underpin the explanations people resort to for such experiences.
But like I said, I can't just touch you on your forehead and make you feel the pure joy and peace that I experience right now.
And per the statement above, it would be arrogant and presumptuous in the extreme to believe you had a monopoly on experiencing pure joy and peace. I've been there. In the words of Inigo Montoya, "I do not think it means what you think it means."