By Bob Olson
Most people erroneously use the word “prove” when talking about the afterlife. The correct word to use is “evidence.” No one is ever going to “prove” the afterlife exists because proof is subjective. This is why we could have two juries look at the same evidence of an alleged criminal and one jury could say the man is guilty while the other jury could say he is innocent. Because proof is subjective, we can show the same evidence but get two opposite verdicts.
Evidence, on the other hand, is objective. If we have a video of the alleged criminal committing a crime, or the gun that shot the victim with the alleged criminal’s fingerprints on it, that video and gun are impartial evidence. No one can protest otherwise.
Notwithstanding the objective nature of evidence, however, the degree of weight each piece of evidence holds is subjective. Said another way, deciding whether or not the evidence is compelling enough to lead one to believe it’s proof is an individual choice. I might suspect that the video had been altered in order to frame the alleged criminal (thereby providing little or no weight as evidence), while someone else could believe that the video was unaltered and, therefore, compelling enough to equal proof (to them) that the person on trial committed the crime.
Since evidence is objective and proof is subjective, no one will ever prove to the masses that an afterlife exists. You can show some people the evidence and they might conclude that the evidence equals proof to them, but there will always be just as many people who are unconvinced by that same evidence.
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