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Are you sure?

Are you sure?

Are you sure? Are not these words used often in our daily life? Based on this information, we take decisions that will influence our life. When a husband is told that his wife is cheating him, I guess that he’ll make his best to verify if this information is true or not. From that he’ll decide the next step to take. In court, the judge and lawyers will ask witnesses to make oaths. They will ask him/her questions that will either condemn or free someone. We know many cases where people were not convicted of their crimes due to lack of evidence.

How can I be sure that the veggies I bought weigh 1lbs? Well, I can request to use an instrument accurate up to 10^23 but still I’ll never be able to get exactly 1 lbs. Only God knows how much these veggies weights!

“Are you sure?” has only 2 answers. Yes or No.

At times, we can measure certainty and come close to either one of these above 2 answers. We need to reformulate this question as “To what extent are you sure”?

There’re many laws out there that are based on units of measurement such as mass, length and time which have continuous values. These results obtained are therefore not exact since no discrete values are being used.

Even computers do mistakes. For example, if we want to store 1/3 in memory, the computer will not be able to exactly represent 0.333333333333333333333 because it is using summations of finite numbers (to the inverse powers of two) and zeros. We will never be able to retrieve the exact value of 1/3 .

I looked around and found that there’re many things that we cannot be 100% sure about even if people give guarantees, promises and facts.

Murphy’s law says that “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. If something can happen, it will happen given the right time. If the probability that something will not occur is 0.9999999, it means that it can still occur. How many things are you sure about? What people said impossible 100 years ago exist today. How many things can science can prove with absolutely certainty? Due to insufficient evidence, many researches were left as theories.

There’s a saying which says “As sure as death” but the bible talks about people like Enoch and Elijah who were taken to heaven without going through death.

I realised that only the things God said are absolutely, perfectly, precisely, accurately true. These are the only things I can be sure about.

Psalm 119:140 says :

Your promises have been thoroughly tested,and your servant loves them.

and verse 160,
All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal

Jesus said in John 5:24

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. .” 1 John 5

v10 says:

All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son.”

Luke 22:70 They all shouted, “So, are you claiming to be the Son of God?” And he replied, “You say that I am.”

We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” John 10:33

Among the rare things I’m sure about, here’s one: Jesus is God.


Posted July 17, 2011 by Cedric in Thought-provoking

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