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 In the plain sense, this means that you cannot be sure -- an assurance based on hope and without direct evidence. Some might claim this excludes the four other senses that provide direct evidence, but this is a childishly silly response; I doubt the same people would want the same pedantic knee-jerk applied to all the other verses in scripture. So, faith is explicitly stated as without physical evidence, and this comports with other uses in scripture (i.e. "​doubting"​ thomas). In the plain sense, this means that you cannot be sure -- an assurance based on hope and without direct evidence. Some might claim this excludes the four other senses that provide direct evidence, but this is a childishly silly response; I doubt the same people would want the same pedantic knee-jerk applied to all the other verses in scripture. So, faith is explicitly stated as without physical evidence, and this comports with other uses in scripture (i.e. "​doubting"​ thomas).
  
-Additionally,​ the Christian faith is (currently) centered around "​knowing"​ that God exists, it loves you, and wants a personal relationship with you. Since the Christian 'sees by faith,' ​This is immediately and obviously impossible. ​+Additionally,​ the Christian faith is (currently) centered around "​knowing"​ that God exists, it loves you, and wants a personal relationship with you. Since the Christian 'sees by faith,' ​then '​knowing' ​is immediately and obviously impossible. Hope is possible and feeling is possible, but that is all.
  
 +Thinking about this mathematically,​ using F and E for '​faith'​ and '​evidence'​ and K for '​reasonable conclusion':​
  
 +For a believer, K = F + E.
 +For a nonbeliever,​ K = E 
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 +Since F = '​things I hope for' and hope has no place in an unbiased search for truth, it has no place in a search for '​K'​ and will more than likely drive the equation to a false '​K'​
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 +On more speculative terms -- why would a God create a world full of measurable and unbreakable physical laws, then require - demand even - that it be sought in a way that excludes evidence? It cannot be for reasons as trite as '​love'​ as evidence doesn'​t exclude love. I suspect it has to do with the unfalsifiable nature of the argument by faith -- it is an argument which can never be totally defeated.
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