A Day of Darkness and Light

Isaiah 60 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

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Every person benefits from the light of God. Without that light, we would all be in the dark. Without that light, the human mind has no way to reason. Without the light of God, people can react to what’s around them but not in a rational way. The light gives them some reference point for what’s right and what’s true. They can somewhat tell the difference between reality, preconceptions, and imagination even if they haven’t yet accepted Christ as Savior and Lord.
 
Those who hate the light and love darkness turn from the light. When the children of light begin to shine, those who love darkness turn even further from the light. They try to suppress the light. When any person fails to acknowledge Christ or yield to His light, that person turns toward darkness. At a certain point, God lets that person go. God withdraws Himself and His light from them. This generally happens by degrees, but it can happen quite suddenly. They then enter a darkness in which they increasingly can’t tell the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, truth and lie, or reality and make-believe. We’re seeing the children of light and the children of darkness coming to maturity on a mass scale throughout society now.
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God’s Purpose: Conform Us to Christ’s Image

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They advance to worse and progress toward wickedness, yet God is looking for a different form of progress and maturity as these Scriptures state:

 

And we all having been unveiled in face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 Berean Literal Bible

 

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it has been written: “And the righteous will live by faith.” ~ Romans 1:17 Berean Literal Bible

 

to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, so that I may somehow attain to the resurrection from the dead. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing indeed: Forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been perfected, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:10-14 Berean Literal Bible

 

Now I say, walk by the Spirit, and you should not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. For these are opposed to one another in order that you should not do those things you might wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, contentions, dissensions, factions, envyings, drunkennesses, carousing, and things like these, as to which I forewarn you, even as I warned before, that those doing such things will not inherit God’s kingdom. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:16-23 Berean Literal Bible

 

And this is love, that we should walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. ~ 2 John 1:6 Berean Literal Bible

 

“Because all of the people will walk, each person in the name of his God, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever. ~ Micah 4:5 International Standard Version

 

Therefore Jesus said to them, “Yet a little while, the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, so that darkness might not overtake you. And the one walking in the darkness does not know where he is going. ~ John 12:35 Berean Literal Bible

 

My children, of whom I travail again until that Christ shall have been formed in you, ~ Galatians 4:19 Berean Literal Bible

 

Therefore having these promises, beloved, we should cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. ~ 2 Corinthians 7:1 Berean Literal Bible

 

But now, having been set free from sin, and having become slaves to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end is eternal life. ~ Romans 6:22 Berean Literal Bible

 

But grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. ~ 2 Peter 3:18 Berean Literal Bible

 

And we know that God works together all things for good to those loving God, to those being called according to His purpose because those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be firstborn among many brothers. ~ Romans 8:28-29 Berean Literal Bible

 

And He gave some indeed to be apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some shepherds and teachers, toward the perfecting of the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all may attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a complete man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that no longer we might be infants, being tossed by waves and being carried about by every wind of teaching in the cunning, in the craftiness of men with a view to the scheming of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, we should grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ, ~ Ephesians 4:11-15 Berean Literal Bible

 

Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, to those who rest on the mountain of Samaria— the famous men of the nations to whom the house of Israel came! ~ Amos 6:1 International Standard Version

 

As we read these Scriptures, we hear God speak to us of various kinds of spiritual progress. We see this progress has to do with spiritual maturity, dying to our fleshly nature, and having Christ formed in us. And we make this progress by walking in the Spirit, not by working hard to fulfill the Law. So if we walk, we make progress. We shouldn’t be like mimes who create an illusion of walking as they walk in place while not going anywhere. Well, mimes create this illusion, but if we’re honest as Christians, we’ll admit that we sometimes stay in the same place while giving the illusion of walking in the Spirit. And as we walk in circles, we’re busy with religion, but we aren’t really going anywhere.

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Righteousness

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To be clear, submission is a lack of fighting or arguing against God. It’s not a form of trying to earn righteousness by the Law. It’s yielding. It’s realizing that God is the potter and we are the clay. God won’t force Himself on anyone, so submission is required. The Pharisees didn’t submit to God, though they tried in their own strength to obey God’s Law. They were like Christians who say, “The reason I obey the Ten Commandments is that I’m just so thankful that God forgave me that I want to do something for Him.” That’s as if we could give our own righteousness, which is like filthy rags, as a gift that would please God. In contrast to submission, the Pharisees tried to establish their own righteousness.

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. ~ Romans 10:3 King James Version

Therefore, submission is necessary for sound logic that leads to knowledge. If we don’t submit to God, we’ll follow after our own mind, which is deceitful and desperately wicked. We may spend our whole life in a constant state of learning without ever coming to a knowledge of the truth.

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Assertions Contrary to Fact.

Counterfactual Fallacy

(a.k.a. Assertion Contrary to Fact, Lie, or Untruth)

A lie

A statement contrary to fact

A persuader may state an untruth as a premise or conclusion. The persuader may mix the false statement with some truth to make it more deceptive, or the total statement may be untrue.

All lies originate from Satan. (John 8:44) Some ungodly thinkers are certain that Satan doesn’t exist, so these ungodly thinkers have filtered Satan out of their worldviews, and they assume that Satan doesn’t exist based on their worldviews. That’s a fallacy that counters the facts. It’s against the facts. They may even try to prove that Satan doesn’t exist by the logical fallacy of appeal to ridicule, which is a smokescreen to hide the counterfactual fallacy.

(quotation from Encyclopedia of Logical Fallacies: direct link – http://RealReality.org/Encyclopedia_of_Logical_Fallacies_-_Scientia.pdf)

 

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Losing Touch with Reality

They don’t instantly lose all ability to discern good from evil and truth from error, but they lose a little bit with each resistance. Jesus is still the light of the world Who lights every person who comes into the world. We, who follow Christ, actually go back a bit whenever we sin. It hurts our relationship until we repent. For those who continually reject the leading of Christ and refuse to thank Him and glorify Him, they will come to a point where God turns fully from them and stops giving them light. They will begin to call evil good and good evil.
 
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Agrippa’s Trilemma and Divine Revelation

Without divine revelation, the human mind has no way to reach a logical conclusion about anything. That may sound like an overstatement, but it’s true. And this condition is unnecessary. Anyone who seeks Christ finds Him. He leads, teaches, and corrects anyone who follows Him. He supplies that basis for sound reasoning. He supplies the truth. Sound reasoning must be based on truth. Ungodly thinkers know that the human mind can’t reason to truth. The human mind can only make bare assertions. We can’t reason beyond what we can observe and test unless we have divine revelation. However, ungodly thinkers almost always want to reason beyond what they can observe and test. They want to reason about morals, ethics, the origin of the universe, what happened to the dinosaurs, God, and you name it. When they do that, they are irrational. If these ungodly thinkers have Ph. D.s, those degrees won’t help them to reason beyond what they can observe and test. A secondary problem arises. When they refuse to acknowledge Christ, they begin to lose the distinction between what they can observe and test and what they are just making up in their preconceptions. They lose the distinction between reality and make-believe.

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Exposing the Nye-Ham Debate

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Ad Ignorantiam Fallacy

My ignorance doesn’t prove or disprove any point. That’s the crux of the ad ignorantiam fallacy. This fallacy often takes the form of a question in debates. “Let me ask you a question, and, if you can’t answer it to my satisfaction, that proves that I’m right and you’re wrong.” Of course, it proves nothing of the kind.
 
There is a rational way to use questions in a discussion. Ken Ham gave a perfect example. Ken Ham asked Bill Nye if he knew of any piece of useful technology that required the theory of evolution to develop the technology. This question points out the fact that evolutionists equivocate on the word “science.” They mix useful science that leads to helpful technologies with useless storytelling about an imagined past. That’s a package deal fallacy that packs observation, trial and error, and testing into the same word “science” with fanciful storytelling. Observation, trial and error, and testing are not the same thing as fanciful storytelling. The fact that Bill Nye was unable to give any example of such a technology shows that Bill Nye has no basis for his dogmatic belief and his claim that the Creation Model should be censored. It does not, however, disprove the stories of evolutionism. Divine revelation disproves the stories of evolutionism.
 
Ken used several such questions that hit at the root of Bill’s dogmatic belief system. On the other hand, Bill never asked a question that struck at the root of the Christian belief and trust in God and the history God reveals through the Bible. If Bill had been able to stump Ken Ham with any of his ad ignorantiam questions (which he was not able), it would not have taken away the basis for our belief. We know Christ exists because we know Christ. We know the history in the Bible is correct and accurate because Christ speaks into our innermost minds and assures us that the Bible is His utterance and that it’s without error. This is absolute knowledge and assurance because it’s not based on any assumptions. It’s based firmly on the only Foundation that can be laid, which is Jesus Christ. That Foundation isn’t shaken because we don’t know some detail about how God did something. We don’t depend on dogma. We depend on Christ. Evolutionism depends on dogma.
 
Not only that, but anyone can check out this divine revelation. Some people claim that no one can check out divine revelation. In fact, anyone can check out divine revelation since everyone who seeks Christ finds Christ. Christ leads, teaches, and corrects everyone who follows Him. He never contradicts Himself. The stories of evolutionism are called “science” but are uncheckable. The divine revelation that God created the heavens and the earth and sent the global flood is called “religion” but are checkable. Go figure.
 
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False Consensus Fallacy

Ungodly thinkers often mention a consensus. We hear that all the time.

A consensus of scientists agrees that the earth is 4.7 billion years old.

A consensus of scientists agrees of evolution. It’s a scientific fact.

A consensus of scientists agrees on global warming.

A consensus is an agreement that everyone can live with. It usually involves some compromise, but everyone must agree or there is no consensus. There is no consensus among scientists regarding the age of the earth or the origin of the earth. There is a majority, but a majority isn’t a consensus. I’m getting to point with this. Be patient with me.

So they have a majority. They call it a consensus because it sounds more convincing. But it’s a lie. Here we have more than three fallacies. The three obvious ones are an appeal to popularity, an assertion contrary to fact, and an equivocation fallacy.

However, ungodly thinkers must always use fallacies when trying to reason to a conclusion. Since they have no path to true premises, they’re forced to use fallacies. At some level, every time they try to use logic, they base their logic, and thus, their conclusion, on claims of which they are not certain. That’s because the only certain truth comes by divine revelation. In other words, the claim is not known to be true. It may be true.

When anyone makes a claim, that person is asserting that the claim is true. To assert that a claim is true without knowing whether it’s true is to lie. Logic comes to a conclusion and claims that the conclusion is true based on something that is supposed to prove the conclusion to be true. But when the proof doesn’t prove the conclusion, a deception has taken place. These deceptions can be very subtle.

Making any claim without absolutely knowing that the claim is true is known as an axiomatic thinking fallacy. Axioms are things we say or believe that we can’t prove and that no one has proved to us. Axioms are taken as facts without proof. There are various types of axiomatic thinking fallacies, and all of those names for fallacies and definitions of fallacies are not important. What’s important is that bare claims without absolute proof are lies.

This means that ungodly thinking always is based on fallacies. Fallacies are lies or methods of lying. The root fallacy is always some form of axiomatic thinking fallacy. It might be a bald-faced lie. It might be an unsupported premise. It could be an unsupported claim. Or it could be any number of other axiomatic thinking fallacies. These axiomatic thinking fallacies are seldom committed without at least one smokescreen fallacy. Smokescreen fallacies are fallacies that make axiomatic thinking seem as if it were sane when it’s not sane. It’s not sane to believe that something is true when we have no way to prove it. Smokescreen fallacies include circular reasoning, appeal to emphatic statements, appeal to presentation, red herring fallacies, changing the subject, and many more. Smokescreen fallacies give the illusion that made-up stuff is real stuff.

Satan’s war is against our minds. His only weapon is lies. He binds us up will many lies. Jesus Christ is the truth. In Him, all wisdom, truth, knowledge, and understanding reside. We can easily see why no wisdom, truth, knowledge or understanding can exist without Him. We know it because He is speaking it into our hearts. He says that truth sets us free. Satan works against this, but Satan has no power over us. The flesh is no help to us. In Christ, we have the truth.

This article started with the false consensus fallacy. The false consensus fallacy is a smokescreen fallacy. The smokescreen is put out to hide the fact that the original claim is just a bare claim. Even if there were a consensus on any claim, the consensus has no power to change reality. A consensus is often wrong. The only way we can avoid fallacies is to listen to Jesus Christ and yield our minds to Him.

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Ungodly Thinking is Bankrupt

Ungodly thinking is bankrupt. It can have perfect logical form and yet the premises are either unproven or untrue. The premises are bare claims. They consist of made-up stuff. The amazing thing is when the ungodly thinker declares his or her made-up stuff to be real stuff. Then, based on this made-up stuff, the ungodly thinker makes claims that would require the ungodly thinker to be all-knowing. They claim to know that the godly thinker isn’t hearing clearly from Christ. They claim that divine revelation is ruled out. This is a gas-lighting fallacy. Then, the ungodly thinker refuses to check out the evidence–the evidence being Jesus Christ Himself. The ungodly thinker refuses to seek Christ. Everyone who seeks Christ finds Christ. Christ leads, teaches, and corrects every person who follows Him. It’s easy to check this out. The ungodly thinker refuses.

And yet, this is the expected behavior when a person repeatedly turns away from God. The ungodly thinker is an ungodly thinker because the ungodly thinker turned away from God when God revealed Himself to the ungodly thinker. When the ungodly thinker turned away from God, it was because the ungodly thinker loved evil rather than good. The ungodly thinker loved darkness rather than light. The ungodly thinker loved pleasure rather than God.

Some ungodly thinkers sink so low that they start trolling the Internet. They want to debate. They want someone to debate them, but they pull their facts out of nowhere. They play mind games. There is no reason to try to continue a conversation with such a person once you know that they’re totally in the dark. They don’t have a clue. They can’t discern good from evil or reality from make-believe.

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