ye shall overcome...

23 MAY 2017


Chapter 10

Non-Expert Testimony

We believe an expert witness is a witness, who by virtue of education, skill or experience is believed to have knowledge in a particular subject beyond that of the average person, sufficient that others may officially rely upon the witness's specialized (scientific, technical or other) opinion about an evidence or fact issue within the scope of their expertise as an assistance to the fact-finder. That is a mouth full. Basically it is an appeal to authority.

How many times when entering into an argument that the answer is "Just ask... so and so?"

Gibson's law holds that "For every PhD there is an equal and opposite PhD."

When dealing with religion who are the experts? An expert witness is a witness, who by virtue of, training, skill, or experience, is believed to have knowledge in a particular subject beyond that of the average person, sufficient that others may officially rely upon the witness's specialized opinion. This opinion of course must be in the specialized subject. Many individuals will refer, as an expert, all academists (school doctorates).  These individuals are good in one particular field and not others. Yes, many have studied the subject with their intellect. They rely on the scientific method and negate "feelings" and rely on only objective facts. They also tend to think of themselves as superior to the lay person.  So, in general, we acknowledge formal education as expertise for the understanding of a subject.

An expert witness is someone who has firsthand knowledge relating to a specific subject; a witness who has seen, heard, smelled or touched through their senses. With God, though, "He is no respecter of persons" (D&C ). And according to James 2:5 "giveth liberally to all" AND He communicates by the "spirit" or still small voice.

I Kings 19: 11-12
And he [the Lord] said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind and earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Seeing, hearing, smelling and touching can be transferred between individuals and are thus relied upon, but feeling is not deemed transferable and internal only to an individual and subjective. Therefore, feeling is not considered evidential or reasonable. Their rules of evidence are meant to screen what evidence one may consider to prevent testimony of mere opinions. Thus, with the sense of feeling, evidence is presented as mere opinion. We reject the feeling. The reality is that all our senses are subjective.

A certain number of religious rationalists, as well as non-religious people, criticize implicit faith as being irrational, and see faith as ignorance of reality: a strong belief in something with no evidence. Accordingly, faith is seen as pernicious with respect to rationality, as it interferes with our ability to think and rationality is seen as the enemy of faith, since it interferes with our ability to believe.

A number of academics have criticized religion for its perceived failure as a reliable source because that implies a level of authority and accountability that they believe cannot be possessed. Critics claim that non-experts undermine and lack authority and that rational thought would force the mind to reject religion.

And then again, today, we have multitudes of people that claim to be hearing the Voice of God. I wish to make a special point here. These people who claim to hear the voice of God usually like to announce themselves with lots of sounds and fury. The Lord may have found such methods necessary at other specific times, but in His fight against Satan He now chooses the more discreet and verbal medium of quietly inspiring individuals.

"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever" (John 14:16).

Meanwhile, religious people are taught and have experienced that by listening to this "still, small voice" or "Comforter" they may receive comfort, peace and divine inspiration (such as cautions, warnings, discernment or personal revelation) as the Lord Jesus Christ said he would provide.

Indeed, the message of this and the top verses seems to be that God need not appear to men embodied in great natural forces -- though he certainly can do this -- but mostly reveals himself directly, softly, and personally, like a voice in the mind.

Satan relies on testimonies in the form of loud or profane stimulation or the "educated" that specialize in the senses of seeing, hearing, smelling and touching. Satan's witinesses, though appear expert, are non-expert for that is NOT how God designated it would be. The Holy Ghost is the ultimate expert witness as taught by Jesus and relies on feelings of comfort and peace.

Get comfortable with being alone and listening to the intuitions and wisdom that will come. The Holy Ghost is the Divine Means to instruct the Saints of the coming events and of truth.

My Conclusion:

As I was growing up I was taught about the "still, small voice".

Experience has taught me that when I get quiet and I listen to the "still, small voice" the answers are always there for me. It may be a dream, it may be a voice, it may be a feeling. that still, small voice within - the Holy Ghost. Trust that the answer that you are receiving is the right answer. You will learn to hear the still small voice and you will learn to direct your own paths in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.