Prove all things.
by what standard, you decide
Prove all things. By what standard, you decide. And your standard by which you judge, your frame of reference, determines how you think the world works - and vice versa. This is your worldview.
If you want your worldview to be realistic, you must be aligned with the truth.
Is your worldview realistic?
Whether your worldview is realistic depends on your comprehension of truth or facts. And whether you recognize truth or facts depends on your standard of evidence: the burden of proof that you set. As a starting point, your standard of evidence to recognize creation.
If you want your worldview to be realistic, you must understand:
These things are clarified below:
'Truth' is the conformity to fact or reality.
'Truth' is the exact accordance with that:
Speaking "the truth" means speaking conform the facts.
Two examples of acknowledging the truth, in conformity to the facts:
'Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years'
'Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll.'
Whether you recognize truth depends on your standard of evidence
We can observe many things (e.g. table, tree, airplane, bird).
The first attribute we observe of any particular thing is the thing's existence. This attribute forms evidence that the thing is created.
A thing's existence doesn't reveal much about how it is made or by whom. These are 'follow up' questions. The answer to these 'follow up' questions is however no condition precedent to establish that a thing is created, by observing it exists.
'Existence' is the standard of evidence to recognize creation. Two examples
Two examples of the probative witness of a thing, under the same standard of evidence. ('Probative' means 'serving for proof'.)
I spot an airplane:
I see the airplane exists. Therefore, I know the airplane is created.
I don't know:
I don't need a factory visit or a meeting with Mr. Boeing to be persuaded. To see the airplane's existence is enough to have this fact established. Simple.
I see a bird:
I know the bird exists. Therefore, I know the bird is created.
The same standard of evidence can be used for all things
"Thing" is the most general category for stuff: it includes everything (e.g. table, tree, airplane, bird, etc.).
The first attribute of any thing you notice is the thing's existence. And by its existence, the thing testifies of its creator.
This standard of evidence to recognize creation applies to all things that exist.
This standard of evidence merely indicates what is needed to be persuaded. This is therefore not a law of metaphysics. It follows that other evidence can be considered as well, which can result in exceptions to the rule. For instance, with respect to the Creator himself.
Evidence of your Creator
Understanding what truth is, and being aware that 'existence' is the standard of evidence for creation, it follows that:
Given this evidence of our Creator, you are without excuse when you fail to recognize his existence.
These things are confirmed in the King James bible, the book of Romans, chapters 1 and 2 (you can read it here on page 792 and 793).
Is your worldview realistic? This is your responsibility
Reality versus your perception
'Reality' is the actual being of any thing; truth; fact; in distinction from mere appearance. Your worldview is your perception of reality: how you think the world works.
These are two different things:
You determine your perspective
You decide which facts you:
The truth versus your desired appearance
The ensuing frame of reference is your worldview. And it's your choice to either:
Either the truth...
Aligning your worldview to reality is simple. You must allow your view to be corrected by the truth. For this purpose, make sure that your standard of evidence is realistic (see above).
...or your desired appearance
If you want to embrace your view in spite of truth, you embrace a lie. Notwithstanding, you can persuade yourself that your view is true.
You can do this by:
This is willful ignorance. Or tactical stupidity:
Moreover, you can seek to validate your view by 'cherry-picking' supporting evidence. This will yield self assurance. However, you select this evidence by the standard you seek to validate. This is self-referential. And validating your view by your view is circular reasoning. And self deceit.
In other words...
'Worldview validation', in spite of truth, translates into 'self justification' in spite of truth. Hence it requires willful ignorance and circular reasoning.
Self justification requires willful ignorance, which is self deception. The required willful ignorance ensues from the adjustment of your standard of evidence to justify either:
By using your personal worldview as your private measure to confirm your worldview (self justification), you commit a form of circular reasoning (willful ignorance), which is a fallacy that gives you false assurance (self deception).
By embracing this false assurance, you are not aware that you are deceiving yourself. And if you think you know, you actually don't know. Otherwise, you would not be doing it.
This however is only realized when your self justification can no longer be sustained. This can happen by personal choice or by personal failure, which failure will happen inevitably when you die.
And then what?