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Explain and illustrate the differences between prepositional and non-prepositional revelation.

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Explain and illustrate the differences between prepositional and non-prepositional revelation. Revelation is when, how and through whom or what God reveals himself to us. It is said god reveals himself to mankind through miracles before us. God also shows himself in everything around us. God created miracles in making grass and trees, animals, night and day and also the miracle of birth and if you believe in these miracles you will notice God is revealing himself to mankind through everything. For millions of years the argue concerning propositional and non propositional revelation has been a main subject of many whilst discussing revelation. However many people state prepositional revelation is non prepositional revelation because revelation is based on people's experience. However, no simple answer has yet been found. Propositional revelation is when god reveals himself in propositions or statements, which are then recorded as scripture. There are many times since the birth of the Christian religion where people say examples of prepositional revelation have been disclosed. ...read more.

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In simple terms Wittgenstein was stating, what someone may think of as a revelation may have a simple reason and answer to another person, and again if we questioned either of those people would we not be taking away that person free will? Free will - a gift God gave us? Hare also argued against non prepositional revelation in saying it is an unverifiable and unfalisifiable way of looking at the world - he called this theory a 'blik'. In conclusion, people have said that God reveals himself to everybody as we all have a concept of him. We are only of limited ability so we should just accept God - if we do not have the intelligence to comprehend God and revelation and context of its revelations then we should not question him. However criticising the above is the following statement, "God always respects our free will and so he will not reveal himself in a way which gives us no choice about whether to believe him or not." ...read more.

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Another example of prepositional revelation is that of prophecy, however, why does prophecy not verify God's revelation? Most believers believe miracles show how God intervened in something, however how do we know that it is not pure coincidence, has a scientific explanation? Are miracles not over riding peoples free will, open to interpretation and if not why does God not perform miracles for everyone to see and believe - again this is a concept leaving many to make up their own minds. Finally, while studying the topic of prepositional and non-propositional revelation it enables you to come to only one conclusion, there is no simple answer. Many theories are left for personal opinions to made up, however there is no real answer and for the near future we see no answers coming forth......I wonder if this is Gods way of giving us our free will and remaining uncomprehendable due to his magnificence?, again just a personal opinion. Gemma Louise Lang - 13BM ...read more.

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