Why Leave God Out

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beasts, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

The alternative to this brute-beast existence is knowing Jesus Christ. It’s a unity with God that we have trouble dealing with in a materialistic and naturalistic culture. Some Christians would never consider yielding to the Holy Spirit to that extent. They don’t even believe that the Holy Spirit can lead them in their daily lives.

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Why would we want to leave God out of ANY aspect of our lives? Why?

Looking at it from the other side we can absolutely know that a worldwide flood occurred just as the Bible says. We know some facts about the Genesis Flood by divine revelation. And we know the Bible is accurate because the Holy Spirit testifies to the fact. What God says is fact.
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We Can Observe, but to Reason About Our Observations…

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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Without divine revelation, the human mind can’t reason beyond the senses. It can find out what works. It can remember what worked in the past. Based on past experiences, it can even visualize things like physical kinetics or immaterial relationships. It can make guesses about what might work in the future and test to see if a new idea does work. It can develop techniques like Six Sigma, business analysis, risk management, and project management. And it can mentally test various options in the human imagination but with limited accuracy. These are all functions of the brute-beast mind, but what about unexpected events? For instance, what about death? In this godless way, no absolutes exist. God can stop any process, project, or effort.

We find out how accurate our concepts are whenever we can physically test them. Concepts are testable if the concept can be made into a product such as a chair or a method such as a surgical procedure. These are concepts about a material product or method, and we can test the product or try the method. The brute-beast mind has extreme restrictions. When the brute-beast mind wants to “prove” something that it can’t test, it must set up a fake test. By setting up fake tests, it can have strong opinions on subjects about which it has no capacity to know anything.

We can find out what works. We don’t know that it’s the best way or the best design possible. We’re talking about pragmatic survival mechanisms rather than truth. Pragmatism is about what works. That’s it. Trying to go beyond what we can observe and test without divine revelation is always irrational.
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Beware of False Wisdom

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge” (Stephen Hawking, atheist)

Stephen says this, but he can only create the illusion of knowledge. He can’t know truth. He refuses to acknowledge the Source of all truth. A fool fails to acknowledge God, but God warns us about the devilish “knowledge,” “understanding,” and “wisdom” of those who refuse to glorify Him.

“For the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and against Jerusalem; he will punish the speech that comes from that willful heart of Assyria’s king and the haughty look in his eyes. He keeps bragging: ‘I’ve done it by the strength of my hand, and by my wisdom, because I’m so clever. I removed the boundaries of peoples, and plundered their treasures; like a bull I brought down those who sat on thrones.” (Isaiah 10:12-13 International Standard Version)

“You trusted in your own knowledge. You said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge have misled you. You said in your heart, ‘I am the one, and there will be none besides me’” (Isaiah 47:10 International Standard Version)

“The wise men will be put to shame. They’ll be dismayed and taken captive. Look, they have rejected the message from the LORD! So what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9 International Standard Version)

“This is what the LORD says: ‘The wise man is not to boast in his wisdom; the strong man is not to boast in his strength; and the rich man is not to boast in his riches. Rather, let the one who boasts, boast in this: that he understands and knows me, for I am the LORD who acts with gracious love, justice, and righteousness in the land. I delight in these things,’ declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24 International Standard Version)

“Because your heart is lifted up, and you have said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet you are a man, and not God, though you set your heart as the heart of God: Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from you: With your wisdom and with your understanding you have gotten yourself riches, and have gotten gold and silver into your treasuries: By your great wisdom and by your trade have you increased your riches, and your heart is lifted up because of your riches: Therefore thus says the Lord GOD; Because you have set your heart as the heart of God; Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon you, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and they shall defile your brightness. They shall bring you down to the pit, and you shall die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.” (Ezekiel 28:2b-8 King James 2000 Version)

“O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called ‘knowledge’” (Timothy 6:20 New American Standard Bible)

“For my people are foolish, they don’t know me. They’re stupid children, they have no understanding. They’re skilled at doing evil, but how to do good, they don’t know.” (Jeremiah 4:22 International Standard Version)

“Such wisdom does not come from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.” (James 3:15 Berean Study Bible)

Of course, all Scripture that mentions false prophets, false teachers, or false doctrines is warning against this counterfeit fake-knowledge, fake-understanding, and fake-wisdom.
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Submission is Necessary for Sound Logic

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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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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What is Submission?

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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Let’s 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)
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Author’s Note:

Why did I add this to the book? Some theologians are rightly concerned about adding human fake-righteousness or self-righteousness to the gospel. However, some of these theologians go over the top and think that works need to be eliminated from the gospel. However, God makes it clear as He speaks through Scripture that works are a part of the gospel. Then, phrases such as “works righteousness” are used to condemn anyone who does what’s right or who teaches others to do what’s right. It all becomes very confusing.  They include submission in their list of works to avoid. However, rebellion takes work. Ignoring Christ requires work. We have to expend effort to fight against the Holy Spirit and His righteousness. When we yield, we let go. We don’t fight God. We stop our rebellion. That means that rather than taking our marching orders from our fleshly natures, we listen to Christ. As the Holy Spirit leads and we hear (or listen to) Him, faith comes. Faith gives us access to His grace. Grace does any works within us. Even rational thought is impossible without hearing the voice of God and yielding to it in willing submission.

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God Reveals His Orders

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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When the Holy Spirit leads us, He reveals the natural orders and gives us strength for righteousness. We can ask for this righteousness and receive it. When we acknowledge Him and His leading, we can reason rationally. We can provide a rational reason for loving our neighbor rather than killing our neighbor. Without the Holy Spirit, we depend on our natural senses and our primary drives. With the Holy Spirit, we receive revelation of not only the natural but also the spiritual. The Holy Spirit keeps unfolding this revelation in front of us as long as we keep acknowledging Him and yielding to Him in submission and obedience.
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The Illusion of Knowledge

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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How can we have truth but not know it? We’re in this plight when we disconnect from the Holy Spirit. God imparts some natural truth in the form of instinct or intuition. We know sex is for marriage. We know marriage is between one man and one woman who vow before God to remain together for life excluding all others from this sacred trust. We know stealing and murder are wrong. We know many such truths, and everyone knows these truths. We know them by divine revelation. However, we can’t prove anything if we’re trying to survive without the Holy Spirit. We’ve seen many who have lost this natural knowledge. They’ve murdered strangers or distorted God’s natural pattern for marriages and families. They drifted from God’s Spirit and rationalized behavior God didn’t create in His natural order. They’ve gone down into bondage to unnatural desires and addictions. Others have followed God’s natural orders to some extent, but they can’t explain why. To them, good and evil are merely interesting concepts but not part of reality. When we refuse to acknowledge God, we can’t know anything for sure. We can have the illusion of knowledge, though.
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Who is Wise?

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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“Who is wise and understanding among you; let him show his works out of the good conduct, in the humility of wisdom.” (James 3:13 Berean Literal Bible)

This natural wisdom is good. Without acknowledging Christ, a man can be a successful engineer. Without acknowledging Christ, a woman can start and operate a successful business. God provides natural wisdom and spiritual wisdom, but the two aren’t similar. He imparts natural talents, gifts, and personality traits. People develop skills without acknowledging Christ. However, without the Holy Spirit, if we claim to know anything we confuse “knowledge” with our unfounded opinions. Once we mix those two, we can’t know anything since we can’t sort the truth from the gibberish. We can feel like we know things, but we can never be sure about anything. We may have truth since God reveals reality to us, but we don’t know the difference between revealed truth and imagined speculation. We can’t discern between truth and made-up stuff. Remember, we’re defining knowledge as precise, accurate, and absolutely certain knowledge of truth.

God has also written some knowledge on the conscience of every person. We could call this natural knowledge, but it is revealed knowledge. We don’t know the extent of what God wrote or when God wrote it, but we know this knowledge comes from God. This knowledge is truth, but we can’t know that it’s truth unless we acknowledge that it comes from God. And the human conscience isn’t always reliable. A conscience can be weak, wounded, seared, defiled, or even evil. (1 Corinthians 8:12, 1 Timothy 4:2, Titus 1:15, Hebrews 10:22) What God wrote was pure, but we’re influenced by those around us, by demonic entities, and by our own weak reasoning and speculation. These influences cause impurity in the conscience. Without the light of the Holy Spirit, we have no way to know the difference between what’s pure and what’s impure.

“For when Gentiles, not having the Law, do by nature the things of the Law, these not having the Law are a law to themselves, who show the work of the Law, written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and the thoughts between one another accusing or also defending them” (Romans 2:14-15 Berean Literal Bible)

“who having known the righteous judgment of God, that those doing such things are worthy of death, not only are practicing them, but are also approving of those practicing them.” (Romans 1:32 Berean Literal Bible)
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The Fleshly Mind versus Christ

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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Natural knowledge and Natural wisdom.

We can learn. Dogs can learn. Cats can learn. All animals obtain a natural pragmatic familiarity. However, for this journey, we don’t want to confuse this natural pragmatic familiarity with certainty of truth. We steer a car by this natural familiarity form of pseudo-knowledge. We get a new car, and the steering doesn’t work exactly as our old car’s steering worked. However, we drive it until we get the feel of it by reacting to our natural senses. We could call this “knowledge,” but it isn’t knowledge unless we acknowledge God Who gives knowledge. When God reveals a matter and we acknowledge God, we can have precise, accurate, absolute, and certain knowledge of truth. But God doesn’t reveal everything, and we only accept a fraction of what He does reveal. Our carnal, sarx mind also calls to us and confuses us, so we aren’t always confident, and we’re sometimes confident when we should be questioning our confidence.

As an illustration of the problem, consider Tony, a former Christian turned atheistic evangelist. This man posted a question to a Christian discussion group and said that this was one of the questions that turned him away from Christianity. Here’s the question: “If God decided to kill most of humanity because they had turned to evil, why would He flood the planet to do so? Why cause such a loss of life?” He claimed that no one was able to answer this question in a way that wouldn’t allow him to rationalize an answer. Since he was always able to generate a rationalized response, he decided that God didn’t exist.

Christians then obediently tried to reason with Tony, and, sure enough, Tony was always able to rationalize an answer to anything the Christians proposed. One Christian asked Tony about the limitations of the human mind, and Tony agreed that the human mind is limited. He admitted that he couldn’t have a true premise, but he claimed that this limitation only kept him from absolute truth. He claimed that he could still “know” the probabilities of things being true or false. He claimed that the fact that he couldn’t have a true premise only meant that he was limited to inductive reasoning rather than deductive reasoning. Of course, that isn’t true. Both inductive and deductive reasoning require true premises. Tony brought out examples of how he’s able to function in society and keep himself alive by using the brute-beast, sarx mind.

The Christian asked how that works, and Tony said, “It works like this: I say something. You say something that appears to be related, based on your words and grammar. If it were a mess of jumbled letters, I would think we did not understand each other, but it’s not, so I say something that seems relevant. If you again respond with stuff that appears relevant, the likelihood that I am getting random responses from the universe is becoming smaller and smaller. So, I inductively conclude that I am almost certainly communicating with an intelligent being and that we almost certainly understand each other’s words, at least in broad outline.”

The Christian asked how Tony was reasoning to his original claim. Tony had already agreed that he was limited to his immediate sensations from his five senses, natural instincts, and axiomatic thinking fallacies. And yet, he felt qualified to ask God about His reasoning in sending the Genesis Flood.

Tony claimed that he “proved” the probability of the non-existence of God through inductive reasoning. Of course, Tony wouldn’t use the word “proved.” He would prefer the word “inferred.” However, for many people, both “infer” and “conclude” imply a rational thought process rather than just making up stuff and using smokescreen fallacies to hide the fact that they’re making up stuff and calling the made-up stuff true.

Tony asked God, and he asked Christians. God wasn’t specific enough in His answer to Tony, and Tony was always able to make up an argument against the answers he received from Christians. He called that “inductive reasoning.”

This true story illustrates the limitation of the brute-beast mind. Tony can use his brute-beast mind to “know” that he’s probably talking to a person rather than receiving random signals from the universe. In that case, he’s reacting to his immediate senses. However, he has to add axiomatic thinking fallacies and misuse inductive reasoning to reason beyond his immediate senses. Using the same process, Tony could convince himself of anything. He would just present his theory and test to see if he could argue against anyone who attempted to refute his theory. His theory could be the tooth fairy or the non-existence of the universe, but he would still be able to think up arguments against anyone who tried to refute his theory. The brute-beast mind can be very clever at making up stories and committing axiomatic thinking fallacies. As long as Tony allows those two methods of reasoning, he can prove anything to himself.
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Sarx

“because the mind of the flesh is hostility toward God; for it is not subject to the Law of God, for not even can it be.” ~ Romans 8:7 Berean Literal Bible

This Scripture again speaks of the fleshly mind. It won’t obey God’s Law, nor can it. King James Version translated this same word as “carnal mind.” The Greek word is “sarx.” Again, this mind interprets sense data to make decisions. This animal nature craves and incites sin. To understand this word better, we’ll look at three more passages where it appears.

“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.” ~ Romans 7:14 King James Version

“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. . . . For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:1 & 3 King James Version

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;” ~ 2 Corinthians 10:4 King James Version

As the natural, sarx, carnal mind depends on natural senses, the spiritual mind depends on spiritual senses. The sarx mind craves and incites sin. It can’t do righteousness. It’s deceitful and desperately wicked. In Romans 7:14, Paul says he’s carnal/sarx, sold under sin. When was he sold as a slave to sin? Adam obeyed Satan rather than God, and he became a slave of Satan through obedience. God’s natural order is obedience to God, not Satan, so Adam distorted the natural order. He passed on this sinfulness to his descendants including Paul, and his descendants all followed their distorted instincts into sin and death.

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God Supplies Everyone’s Needs

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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God supplies everything we need. He even provides for the disbelievers so that they have the opportunity to seek Him. Some will seek Him and find Him. Others will continue to reject Him and dishonor Him.

The natural existence is a low existence. It’s sad to see people living at such a lowly level as an animal, but what about Christians living this way?
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