Thinking is Either Based on Made-Up Stuff or Divine Revelation

When people go beyond what God has revealed, the only option is making stuff up.

Truth is Reality

Truth sets a true course. It is the compass for all aspects of life. Opinions can lead to disaster. Truth is absolute by nature. You either know something or not. You can have a strong opinion about things that you don't know, but that's useless. To state that something is true when it's just an opinion based on interpretation of observation is to lie.

Reality and Truth

Making Things Up

Logic requires valid form and a conclusion that follows from a true premise. Generating that true premise is a problem. Premises based on axiomatic thinking are irrational. Axioms are beliefs that can’t be known yet are treated as part of reality. In the final analysis, there are only two ways to interpret observations: axiomatic thinking (made-up stuff) or Divine revelation. Any conclusion that anyone makes about anything is just an opinion if it’s based on made-up stuff.

Human-Generated Knowlege

Divine Revelation

God speaks. He speaks through Scripture and through every method mentioned in Scripture. God knows all things and cannot lie. He is the ultimate and only true authority. Whoever seeks Him finds Him. Ask Him to pardon all your times of failing to listen and obey, and you will be pardoned. Ask Him to rule over you as Lord and Savior, and you will find that the Holy Spirit leads and teaches you moment by moment.

Divine Revelation

Fake Knowledge

Fake, make-believe reason takes many forms. All these forms have a common trait. That trait is that the reason is based on make-believe. The reason is based on made-up stuff. The reason uses mind tricks to make made-up stuff seem real.

Atheist: One of the courses I took in college was logic. It’s this simple; either the premises equal the conclusion or not.

Christian: College logic classes generally fail because they teach logic in the way you mentioned. They fail to say that sound logic also requires a true premise. They tend to teach that it’s OK to base logic on made-up stuff. The reason they go that route is that all ungodly logic is always based on made-up stuff. The human mind has no way to reason to a true premise.

True logic starts with true premises. Without Christ, the human mind has no path to a true premise. Without faith, the human mind has no path to a true premise. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the rhema/utterance of God. Jesus Christ is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

He speaks. He leads. He teaches. He corrects. He shows us that the Bible is His word without error. He shows us that the history in the Bible is accurate. All who say that the Bible has errors or is inaccurate are basing their claim on made-up stuff. Christ speaks to us through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture.

Let’s look at two excerpts from Real Faith & Reason Library. The first one is from Reason, Continuing the Journey. This book refutes the ways ungodly thinkers defend the practice of basing reason on made-up stuff. It also refutes the ways ungodly thinkers reject the practice of basing reason on truth that comes from Christ. This excerpt refutes the ungodly argument that confuses pseudo-truth with truth.

The second excerpt is from the Encyclopedia of Logical Fallacies. This excerpt explains the same fallacy and supplies some additional information.

I Can Make a True Statement Argument

If I can make a true statement without knowing Christ, that proves that human beings can conjure up knowledge without the benefit of either divine revelation or observation. Here’s a true statement: boys will be boys. Here’s another: God either exists or He doesn’t. You would agree that both of those are true. Therefore, I have proved that human beings can conjure up knowledge without the benefit of either divine revelation or observation.

I can state a tautology, a piece of logic that’s true by its form. That means that my mind is capable of manufacturing truth.

This argument proves no such thing. A tautology doesn’t say anything. An example would be “A=A” or “I am myself.” Whoever brought this argument defending the human mind’s supposed ability to manufacture truth is confusing pseudo-truth with truth. God reveals truth to every person. All the laws of logic that are true laws of logic come from God. However, not everyone receives every law of logic that God reveals.

Some people disagree, for instance, on the law of non-contradiction. Others don’t agree with the law of cause and effect. Both come from God.

The two statements that this ungodly thinker made are true because of the laws of logic. “Boys will be boys.” “A house is a house.” “A car is a car.” “God either exists or He doesn’t.” “A statement is either true or not true.” These are all true statements by formula. What would life be like if statements like these were all that the human mind could conjure up? They are statements that don’t say anything but that are true because of the laws of logic. The ungodly thinker has no way to definitively know that the laws of logic are true laws of logic.

The fact that two people can agree on a certain thing (such as the laws of logic) doesn’t make that thing true. The fact that an ungodly thinker can parrot something that follows truth doesn’t mean that that the ungodly thinker is thinking rationally. An atheist actor can pretend to follow Christ for a big paycheck, but that doesn’t help the atheist actor. At this point, it may seem difficult to follow the ungodly argument. Ungodliness causes confusion. Here’s an example from another discussion group:

The three laws of logic are The Law of Identity, The Law of the Excluded Middle, and The Law of Non-Contradiction. The Law of Identity states that anything is itself. In other words, A = A. Tautologies follow the first law, and assert that something is either A, or not-A. The final law follows the second, and posits that nothing can be both A and not-A simultaneously. These laws are self-evident because they exist to prove themselves.

Notice the final statement in this argument. The final statement is a circular reasoning fallacy. We don’t know the person who developed this argument, but we could ask such a person whether God proves Himself. People who degenerate to so-called “self-evident” arguments about inanimate entities that supposedly “prove themselves” also have rejected the Almighty Creator Who reveals Himself to them. By the way, Good reveals that these three laws are true. The laws don’t have power within themselves to reveal that the laws are true.

 

Confusing Pseudo-Truth with Truth Fallacy

(a.k.a. Confusing Mathematical Truth with Truth, Confusing Logical Truths with Truth, Confusing what is True by Definition with Truth, Confusing Personal Truth with Truth, Confusing Analytical Truth with Truth, or Confusing Tautologies with Truth)

Thinking that something that’s called truth is actual truth just because it’s called truth

Types of Pseudo Truth

  • Semantic Truth
  • Mathematical
  • Logical Truths
  • what is True
  • Personal Truth
  • Tautologies
  • Analytic Truth

Examples:

The human mind is able to manufacture truth without the benefit of either divine revelation or observation. Let me show you how I, as an atheist, can do this. I’ll just make the following true statement: God either exists or He doesn’t. That statement is true. I just manufactured truth without divine revelation or observation.

The statement doesn’t say anything. What can we do with it? What a life this person would lead. He would say, “My car either exists or doesn’t exist.” “I either live at my address or I don’t.” “I either am a computer programmer or I’m not.”

However, he doesn’t limit himself. He uses the irrational claim above to justify making up stuff and calling the made-up stuff true. From that made-up stuff, he concludes that God doesn’t reveal Himself to anyone, that socialism is the way society should be run, that all Christians should be rounded up and exterminated, and that the stories of evolutionism are true. He also concludes that his claim, the one we just quoted, is rational. And, based on the made-up stuff by which he concludes that his claim is rational, he also concludes that he can make up stuff and the made-up stuff is true.

Of course I can reason rationally without a premise that I’ve proved true. My mind is able to determine the truth without divine revelation or observation. Watch me make a true statement without either of those. My wife is my wife. That’s true, isn’t it? Here’s another one. I am who I am. I can create mathematical truth tables. That’s all about truth. Also, if I define science to mean the scientific method, whatever we learn using the scientific method, and the current opinion of the scientific establishment. Given this definition of science, the stories of evolutionism are science. Here’s another one. All bachelors are unmarried.

Of those statements that are called “true,” not one is the truth. Some are rhetoric that doesn’t prove anything. What is true by definition doesn’t prove anything since definitions don’t prove anything. Definitions just make sure that we know what someone means when that person uses a certain word.

My personal truth is that I live life free from the restrictions of any God since my personal truth eliminates God.

In my personal truth, there is no such thing as right and wrong. Those are just constructs of society.

In my reality, I’m a unicorn living on the planet Elmo just past the North Star.

From these examples, we can see that placing the label “truth” on something doesn’t make it truth. Truth, by our definition, is precise and absolutely certain reality.

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Confusing Fake Truth with Truth

My Journey

It’s been a wonderful journey so far. And yet, it seems that I’ve only started. I’ve been exploring the mysteries of truth. Mysteries are those areas of truth that God has not yet revealed. I’ve just released a six-book library called Real Faith & Reason Library. The library is free in eBook format. It may be available in print soon. Some parts of this library will probably be available in audio by this summer.

In the process of my journey, I’ve discovered some obvious facts. I’ll list a few here before getting into one of the fallacies that I found.

  • It’s insane to make up something and say that this made-up stuff proves something else.
  • It’s common for people to make up something and say that this made-up stuff proves something else.
  • The human mind has no capacity for self-generating truth.
  • Many ungodly thinkers insist that the human mind has a capacity for self-generating truth.
  • The power of deception is in blurring the line between reality and make-believe.
  • Without real faith, sound reasoning is impossible.
  • God is real and Jesus Christ is real. These aren’t concepts.
  • Ungodly thinkers deceive themselves with trickery to think that God and Jesus Christ are concepts.
  • Christ leads, teaches, and corrects everyone who follows Him.
  • The Holy Spirit speaks to us through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture.
  • God never contradicts Himself, so no revelation from Scripture or any other revelation will ever conflict with Scripture.
  • Everyone who seeks Christ finds Christ.
  • Many ungodly thinkers don’t want Christ, so they refuse to seek Him. They work hard to suppress the truth of God in their deceptive trickery.

Confusing Pseudo Truth with Truth Fallacy

(a.k.a. Confusing Mathematical Truth with Truth, Confusing Logical Truths with Truth, Confusing what is True by Definition with Truth, Confusing Personal Truth with Truth, Confusing Analytical Truth with Truth, or Confusing Tautologies with Truth)

Thinking that something that’s called truth is actual truth just because it’s called truth

Types of Pseudo Truth

  • Semantic Truth
  • Mathematical
  • Logical Truths
  • what is True
  • Personal Truth
  • Tautologies
  • Analytic Truth

Examples:

The human mind is able to manufacture truth without the benefit of either divine revelation or observation. Let me show you how I, as an atheist, can do this. I’ll just make the following true statement: My car either exists or it doesn’t. That statement is true. I just manufactured truth without divine revelation or observation.

That’s what’s known as an analytical statement. Some would call it a tautology. The statement doesn’t say anything. What can we do with it? What a life this person would lead. He would say, “I either exists or I don’t.” “I either live at my address or I don’t.” “I either am a computer programmer or I’m not.” An ungodly thinker can’t answer the question, “How do you know?” That question is embarrassing to an ungodly thinker.

However, he doesn’t limit himself. He uses the irrational claim above to justify making up stuff and calling the made-up stuff true. From that made-up stuff, he concludes that God doesn’t reveal Himself to anyone, that socialism is the way society should be run, that all Christians should be rounded up and exterminated, and that the stories of evolutionism are true. He also concludes that his claim, the one we just quoted, is rational. And, based on the made-up stuff by which he concludes that his claim is rational, he also concludes that he can make up stuff and the made-up stuff is true.

Of course I can reason rationally without a premise that I’ve proved true. My mind is able to determine the truth without divine revelation or observation. Watch me make a true statement without either of those. My wife is my wife. That’s true, isn’t it? Here’s another one. I am who I am. I can create mathematical truth tables. That’s all about truth. Also, if I define science to mean the scientific method, whatever we learn using the scientific method, and the current opinion of the scientific establishment. Given this definition of science, the stories of evolutionism are science. Here’s another one. All bachelors are unmarried.

Of those statements that are called “true,” not one is the truth. Some are rhetoric that doesn’t prove anything. What is true by definition doesn’t prove anything since definitions don’t prove anything. Definitions just make sure that we know what someone means when that person uses a certain word.

My personal truth is that I live life free from the restrictions of any God since my personal truth eliminates God.

In my personal truth, there is no such thing as right and wrong. Those are just constructs of society.

In my reality, I’m a unicorn living on the planet Elmo just past the North Star.

What started as a book ended up being a boxed set of six books.

  • Reason, First Leg of the Journey
  • Reason, Second Leg of the Journey
  • Reason, Continuing the Journey
  • Exposing the Nye-Ham Debate
  • Encyclopedia of Logical Fallacies (a reference set-perhaps the most comprehensive listing of fallacies in existence
  • Quick Guide to Syllogisms

Real Faith & Reason Library is ready now.

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No Fake Science Allowed

There is fake science. It’s the science of imagination.
There is fake logic. It’s the logic of imagination. I made it up. Therefore, it’s true. And, by the power of this made-up stuff, I fake-prove that other things are true.
These two are related. The one feeds off the other. How about a true premise and valid logical form? How about if we use rational thought in science too? But how do you reason to a true premise with the fallen human mind? This mind has no way to reason to truth. It bases every thought on made-up stuff.

Confusing Pseudo Truth with Truth Fallacy

(a.k.a. Confusing Mathematical Truth with Truth, Confusing Logical Truths with Truth, Confusing what is True by Definition with Truth, Confusing Personal Truth with Truth, Confusing Analytical Truth with Truth, or Confusing Tautologies with Truth)

Thinking that something that’s called truth is actual truth just because it’s called truth

Types of Pseudo Truth

  • Semantic Truth
  • Mathematical
  • Logical Truths
  • what is True
  • Personal Truth
  • Tautologies
  • Analytic Truth

Examples:

The human mind is able to manufacture truth without the benefit of either divine revelation or observation. Let me show you how I, as an atheist, can do this. I’ll just make the following true statement: God either exists or He doesn’t. That statement is true. I just manufactured truth without divine revelation or observation.

The statement doesn’t say anything. What can we do with it? What a life this person would lead. He would say, “My car either exists or doesn’t exist.” “I either live at my address or I don’t.” “I either am a computer programmer or I’m not.”

However, he doesn’t limit himself. He uses the irrational claim above to justify making up stuff and calling the made-up stuff true. From that made-up stuff, he concludes that God doesn’t reveal Himself to anyone, that socialism is the way society should be run, that all Christians should be rounded up and exterminated, and that the stories of evolutionism are true. He also concludes that his claim, the one we just quoted, is rational. And, based on the made-up stuff by which he concludes that his claim is rational, he also concludes that he can make up stuff and the made-up stuff is true.

Of course I can reason rationally without a premise that I’ve proved true. My mind is able to determine the truth without divine revelation or observation. Watch me make a true statement without either of those. My wife is my wife. That’s true, isn’t it? Here’s another one. I am who I am. I can create mathematical truth tables. That’s all about truth. Also, if I define science to mean the scientific method, whatever we learn using the scientific method, and the current opinion of the scientific establishment. Given this definition of science, the stories of evolutionism are science. Here’s another one. All bachelors are unmarried.

Of those statements that are called “true,” not one is the truth. Some are rhetoric that doesn’t prove anything. What is true by definition doesn’t prove anything since definitions don’t prove anything. Definitions just make sure that we know what someone means when that person uses a certain word.

My personal truth is that I live life free from the restrictions of any God since my personal truth eliminates God.

In my personal truth, there is no such thing as right and wrong. Those are just constructs of society.

In my reality, I’m a unicorn living on the planet Elmo just past the North Star.

Real Faith and Reason Collection is published and it’s free. You need a password to download it, and here it is. 

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Why Have a Real Faith & Reason Library?

Real Faith

Real faith has power. Real faith establishes our understanding of reality on a firm foundation. But fake faith is powerless and worthless. When this powerless faith is substituted for real faith, it’s dangerous and destructive.

In a world regulated under a secularist, naturalist mindset, much of the church has slumped toward a kind of fake faith, a make-believe faith. Real faith isn’t pretending. Without the living Christ active in our lives, faith becomes a mental exercise in which we make ourselves believe in various things.

Real faith isn’t a leap into the darkness that lands us in the light. Real faith is not belief without evidence. Real faith is supernatural assurance and knowledge of truth that comes when God speaks to us. Christ leads, teaches, and corrects everyone who will listen to Him and follow Him. Whoever seeks Him finds Him. All may come. He speaks through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:17 King James Version

If faith comes by hearing the word of Christ or the word of God, then it’s important for us to know what God means by “word of God.” What term was translated as “word?” It’s the Greek term “rhema.” What does “rhema” mean? Rhema means utterance.

The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon defines it as “that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, word.” It’s “any sound produced by the voice and having definite meaning.” It’s “speech, discourse, what one has said, a series of words joined together into a sentence (a declaration of one’s mind made in words), an utterance, a saying of any sort as a message, or a narrative.”

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2

Jesus authors our faith. He originates it. We don’t. He’s also the finisher or completer of our faith. Notice how different this is from the make-believe faith that skeptics call “belief without evidence.”

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1 King James Version

What Greek term was in the original text that the King James translators rendered as “substance?” The Greek term is “hupostasis.” What does “hupostasis” mean? It means essence. It means reality as opposed to concept.

What about “evidence?” What word is in the original text? The Greek word is “elegchos.” Elegchos is absolute proof.

Therefore, real faith is absolute by nature. It’s absolute proof. It’s substance or reality. The reason it’s absolute and powerful is that Jesus Christ originates it. It comes when we hear the voice of God through Scripture. God speaks to us through Scripture. Through Scripture, He tells us about other methods beyond Scripture by which He speaks to us. Faith also comes when He speaks to us through those methods. By faith, we know that the Bible is the utterance of God without error. By faith, we know that God never contradicts Himself. That means that one Scripture never contradicts another Scripture. It also means that no other form of revelation will ever conflict with any part of Scripture. For instance, God will never state one truth through Scripture and contradict that truth by revealing something contradictory in His creation. That is to say, true scientific observation will never conflict with Scripture.

Real Reason

Real reason is also absolute. Real reason also goes beyond inductive reasoning that can only speak of probabilities. It goes beyond the pragmatism of science that never deals with truth but only with what works in the natural realm. Real reason goes beyond opinion to absolute knowledge of the truth. However, the intellectuals have told us that no one can know anything absolutely. We’ve been discouraged from seeking absolute truth.

Sound reason requires true premises because we can’t use unproven claims to prove other claims. And yet, the secularists say that sound reason doesn’t require true premises. They say that we can begin reasoning by establishing assumptions on which we all agree. What are assumptions? They’re unknown beliefs that we accept as if we knew that they were true. They aren’t known, but we pretend that we know them. In a sense, we deceive ourselves when we assume.

Without true premises, our reasoning isn’t sound. With inductive reasoning, we can only speak of probabilities. With true premises and valid deductive reasoning, we can advance to the knowledge of the truth. We can’t know everything, but we can know some things with certainty.

The Connection between Real Faith and Real Reason

If we have to start our reasoning with assumptions or presuppositions, we can never go beyond opinions. Our reasoning will never be stronger than our assumptions. Since assumptions are unknowns, where does that leave us?

However, the real faith takes us beyond assumptions and presuppositions to substance, truth, and absolute proof. The real faith is able to do this because it comes from the utterance of God. This is the same utterance by which God brought the universe into existence. The wonder is that we can have this assurance and certainty right now. With that knowledge, we can reason rationally. We can have sound reasoning. We can know the truth and the truth will set us free.

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Can We Know What We Can’t Show?

We can almost hear the protests of those who claim that no one can know God or who support a story about a big bang or the many stories of evolutionism. They may accuse us of not understanding science. They may say that science is the one area that’s exempt from showing or proving its points. However, they have lost the distinction between observation and stories about the past. They rely on a wide variety of fallacies to make their case, but underlying all these fallacies is a firm commitment to a belief that the human mind can generate truth without the benefit of either observation or divine revelation. Beyond that, they believe that their particular self-generated “truth” is true while anything that conflicts with their belief is false.

The well-known atheist, Aron Ra,  said, “If you can’t show it, then you don’t know it.”

In this, he committed many fallacies. Most obviously, if that statement were true, it proves too much. In other words, it proves things that Aron didn’t intend to prove. Show me molecules turning into people over millions of years. Show me a big bang in which nothing or some unknown something turns into the universe we now see. Let me watch that happen. If you can’t show it, then you don’t know it.

We could rationally say, “If you don’t have a way that we can all repeatedly test it and observe it, then you don’t know it scientifically. And if God hasn’t revealed it in a way that we can all receive that same revelation (e.g., Him speaking through the Bible), then you don’t know it spiritually.” That might be closer to a rational statement. Someone may be able to improve on that, but it seems pretty close to right.

Aron’s statement is also an argument from ignorance fallacy. It says, “Whatever you can’t show me, you don’t know.” However, we all know things that we can’t show anyone else. Do you have pain? If you can’t prove that to me, then you don’t have pain. Have you lost your sense of taste? Unless you can show it, you still have your sense of taste. You’re ability to show me something has no impact on what you know. You should be able to explain how you know what you know. For instance, you might say, “I know I have pain because I can feel it.” I can say that I’m sorry to hear about it, but I can’t really feel your pain.

We find that skeptics are selective in their skepticism. They tend to be skeptical about God, creation, and the Genesis Flood but certain of things like evolutionism, big bang theory, abiogenesis, relativism, and post-modernism.

Aron implies that he doesn’t know that God exists. But he can’t show it. So, according to his own logic, Aron does know that God exists unless he can prove that to me. Well, at least he can’t know that he doesn’t know of the existence of God. God says he knows. If he can’t prove to me that he doesn’t know, then he doesn’t know that he doesn’t know. To be consistent, he would have to say, “I can’t show my lack of knowledge of God, so I might know that God exists.” He claims to be certain that he doesn’t know God exists, but he can have no such certainty. He might know but be hiding it from his consciousness. Well, that’s pretty close to what God says. He says that every person knows and that some people suppress this truth in their unrighteousness.

Not only that, Aron’s statement is a mind-reading fallacy. Aron is telling us what we know or don’t know. He’s claiming to know all about the spiritual experience of every person who has ever lived. Unless we can show Him that we know Jesus Christ and have that personal relationship with Christ, we aren’t having that relationship with Christ. That’s his claim and a common claim of those who resist Christ.

So how are these two situations different. On the one side, God is saying that He knows what’s in the mind of every person. God is saying that all atheists know that God exists and that God has revealed a lot about Himself to them. On the other side, Aron is saying that he knows what’s in the mind of every Christian. Aron is saying that no Christian knows that God exists and that no Christian knows anything about God. How are those two claims different?

One is a claim that God makes. The other is a claim that a human being makes. Of course, Aron presupposes no all-powerful, all-knowing God, so he would say that a non-existent God cannot possibly reveal anything. However, that’s a claim he bases on made-up stuff. And yet, he would say that his made-up stuff is real since he’s convinced of it. And the argument can go on forever.

The only way to know that any interpretation of any observation is true is by divine revelation. Jesus Christ is real. He’s not a theory or a pipe dream. He hasn’t wandered off somewhere. As Paul stated, He’s not far from any one of us. He’s very close to Aron. He’s at hand. He leads, teaches, and corrects each of us who follows Him. We’re learning to discern His voice from all others and to respond in submission.

Not only so, but Aron doesn’t have to accept anyone’s word for this. Aron can test this. Anyone can test this. Whoever seeks Christ finds Christ. Whoever is on the side of truth finds Christ. Whoever sincerely wants to know about reality finds Christ. Christ knows the innermost mind of every person. He knows who is sincere and who is insincere.

 


 

If you desire the truth, The Reason Collection is for you. At the intersection of faith and reason is a place called sanity. As we focus on this intersection, we realize that we can’t separate reason and rational thought from faith.

The Reason Collection will . . .

  • Demolish the lies of ungodly thinkers.
  • Show how rational thought is impossible without faith.
  • Explain how we can know without question that the Bible is true and without error.
  • Reveal how we can know that no personal revelation will ever conflict with the Bible even though divine revelation may correct our interpretations of the Bible.
  • Dissolve doubts and establish the truth on the only firm Foundation, Jesus Christ.
  • Answer the questions and objections of those who are hostile to Christ.
  • Teach how to discern between truth and error.
  • Understand how to sort through the many voices claiming authority.

This collection is a deep dive rather than a superficial explanation. It doesn’t create a stalemate where neither ungodly thinkers nor Christians can prove their points. Rather, it explains how to prove the truth of Christ and the Bible with absolute certainty, and it leaves the ungodly thinker with bare claims and fallacies.

The Reason Collection will consist of six books because of the technical limitations of print-on-demand. It started as four books, but one became two and then three.

 

Three books focus on our rational thought journey as followers of Christ. One book focuses on the logic of the Nye-Ham Debate. Two books are reference texts you’ll want to keep on hand. We’re currently rendering these books into ebooks. Petros has no definite plan for a date to publish the print versions. Petros has graciously given Real Reality permission to distribute the ebooks free. An audiobook will follow if God’s grace allows. We’ll allow a little time for advance reading copies before the ebooks will be available free to the general public.

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Virtual Reality is Fake Reality

Everyone has a paradigm or worldview, an inner concept of the world that acts as a virtual (fake)reality. We can choose to pretend this fake reality is real or turn to Christ and see the vision or truth that He gives to all who call on Him. If we try to go beyond what He reveals, we must depend on made-up stuff.

The light has come into the world, and people who do evil things are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light. People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light, because it clearly shows what they have done. John 3 19-20

RealReality.org deals with the problem of the unproven premise. Sound reasoning requires a true premise. The human mind, without divine revelation, has no path to a true premise.

On the other hand, Christ leads, teaches, and corrects all who follow Him, which provides true premises for our thinking. However, we often fail to listen and respond in submission to His truth. Any failure to listen and respond in submission to His truth results in the irrationality of unsound reasoning. Most people don’t like to think about how they think their thoughts. They don’t like to face the reality that they just base their thoughts on made-up stuff and that any such reasoning is unsound.

The Real Faith & Reason Library is being edited for format now.

It will be available as an ebook soon.

The first book in series will be available in audiobook format, and we’ll try to release that by the summer of 2019.

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The Anger Problem

Proverbs 22:24-25 “Do not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself.”

Some people don’t belong in our lives. We don’t seek communion with Satan. God will guide us to minister where He is opening the door for ministry. He will lead us away from ungodly counsel and fake information pushers to those who speak by His Spirit. We must desire this and ask Him for this leading.

We see a concerted and organized effort to destroy the basics of God’s orders. It’s going to the point of complete insanity being taught in schools and on news services. We know that Satan is the one setting all this in disorder, but he’s using people in a loosely-knit unity-in-diversity, new age networking system. We see the ever-expanding “sexual revolution” (the sin of Balaam), drugs, stealth occultism, the big-bang-billions-of-years-no-Flood-molecules-to-humanity story, coercion against truth using powerful governmental forces, political correctness as a way of message control. They control every form of communication to the point of censoring Christians on social media. There’s much more to the rapid changes we’re seeing in the world, but these few methods show the types of methods that are causing the changes. These methods seem to focus on destroying connection with Christ through the Bible, the Church, and the home. These seek to destroy faith, the faith that comes by hearing the utterance of God.

Atheists and other ungodly thinkers also love to bait us and try to make us angry. I’m talking about the trolling discussion groups like the fake Kent Hovind groups or the fake Creationism group. I’m talking about trolls who pop into our conversations uninvited. They come with personal insults in hopes of making us angry. They know that when people get angry, anger makes them less intelligent. Angry people say stupid things. If they can get us to say something stupid, that’s a huge victory in trying to justify their foolishness in denying God while God is revealing Himself to them through our testimony. Don’t fall for it. Better to block trolls early rather than giving them a platform.

Proverbs 9:8 “Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.”

Psalm 1 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does. Not so the wicked! For they are like chaff driven off by the wind. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD guards the path of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”

 

 

 

 

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Historical Storytelling Isn’t Science

Operational science is pragmatic. Scientists repeatedly observe and test. They find things that work. Science like that leads to working products. However, ungodly scientific speculation often conflicts with Scripture. This is particularly true of historical storytelling. Persuaders commonly label these speculations as “science,” but no scientist can observe speculations or stories. The problem with speculations that go beyond what we can observe and test is that we can’t observe or test them. Nonetheless, when schools, news programs, and movies call the speculations “science,” some theologians believe the speculations are science. We can know things about history. Humans create artifacts that communicate information. We can’t always tell if the humans were honest or correct. So, once again, we can’t go beyond what we can observe or test. That seems hopeless if we can never know anything beyond what we can observe and test. However, we’ve only looked at part of the story. Knowledge requires true premises. The fallen human mind has no path to true premises as we’ve already discovered. The human mind has no way to observe and test what it has no way to observe and test. When the human mind tries to depend on itself to go beyond what it can observe and test, it becomes irrational. Rational thought requires true premises and valid form. We’ve left out one vital fact. God provides true premises through divine revelation. He reveals reality through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture. He’s able to reveal Himself to all who will yield themselves to Him. Everyone who seeks Him finds Him. He alone reveals that the Bible is His word without error. This was the secret of George Washington Carver, Albert Einstein, and others. He’s able to give discernment between the true teacher and the false teacher, between the true prophet and the false prophet.
No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word.No myth is filled with such life. Albert Einstein
The divine reveals itself in the physical world. Albert Einstein
I want to know how God created this world. I want to know his thoughts. Albert Einstein
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Does Scripture tell us how we get into Christ?

What does it mean to be in Christ. And how do we get into Christ? The short answer is that being in Christ is being in His body and you’re born in when you’re born again. But the question is too interesting to end it there. I think that God has shown me, or is showing me, the answer. We know that Christ is in us from the moment we’re born again. We know that He’s being formed in us. It seems that He resides in our spirits and our minds. At least, He’s in our innermost beings. But what does it mean to be in Christ? God seemed to speak to me on this subject some years back. And still, I know that my understanding is incomplete on such a deep topic. Anyway, the Scripture God brought to mind was this: 1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. Notice that the Scripture doesn’t say, “So also is the body of Christ.” It’s comparing the human body to the body of Christ, but it says, “so also is Christ” rather than saying “so also is the body of Christ.” It seemed that God was telling me about how close our relationship is. We are one with Christ in a way that we really can’t understand. Our fleshly nature isn’t one with Christ. But He dwells within. We now identify with Christ in us. He is our identity. We are not the fleshly man. As I said, I have very limited knowledge on this subject, but it seems that when we were first born again, we were in Christ. Now, the Holy Spirit is purifying Christ in us. It’s not that Christ isn’t pure. He’s pure. But we have a carnal nature that must be purged away. The Holy Spirit only purges by permission. This is why we must yield the members of our bodies to the righteousness (the free gift of righteousness) of Christ. This is all in Romans of course. The following verses show that we are born into this body. We are in Christ the moment we’re born again. But maturity is what God wants. He doesn’t want us to remain under the control of the flesh and with just the seed of Christ. I could have quoted Paul saying how he was in labor pains over the Galatians until Christ would be fully formed in them. He’s looking for mature sons of God. We’re groaning within ourselves waiting to the adoption, which is the redemption of our bodies. We look for Christ to be fully manifested and the flesh to be removed. The body of Christ . . .
  • . . . isn’t just a group of people.
  • . . . is a group of ministries—Christ in us.
  • . . . moves according to specific orders that are defined in Scripture but often considered, by some, to be unimportant.
  • . . . consists of gifts, ministries, offices, and orders that are defined in Scripture but that don’t glorify the fleshly nature.
  • . . . flows in the love of God.
  • . . . is led, taught, and corrected continually by the Spirit of God.
Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 1 Corinthians 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. Romans 16:9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. Romans 16:10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ household. 1 Corinthians 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 1 Corinthians 4:17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. Romans 16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
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The Back of the Boxed Set

If you desire the truth, the Real Faith & Reason Library is for you. At the intersection of faith and reason is a place called sanity. As we focus on this intersection, we realize that we can’t separate reason and rational thought from faith.

The Real Faith & Reason Library will

demolish the lies of ungodly thinkers. show why rational thought is impossible without faith. explain how we know without question that the Bible is true. reveal how we know personal revelation won’t conflict with the Bible. establish the truth on the only firm Foundation, Jesus Christ. answer the questions and objections of those who are hostile to Christ. teach how to discern between truth and error. understand how to sort through the many voices claiming authority. This library is a deep dive rather than a superficial explanation. It doesn’t create a stalemate where neither ungodly thinkers nor Christians can prove their points. Rather, it explains how to prove the truth of Christ and the Bible with absolute certainty, and it leaves the ungodly thinker with bare claims and fallacies.

Six Books in One

The Real Faith & Reason Library consists of six books. Three books focus on our rational thought journey as followers of Christ. One book focuses on the logic of the Nye-Ham Debate. Two books are reference texts you’ll want to keep on hand.    

Why Have a Real Faith & Reason Library?

Real Faith

Real faith has power. Real faith establishes our understanding of reality on a firm foundation. But fake faith is powerless and worthless. When this powerless faith is substituted for real faith, it’s dangerous and destructive. In a world regulated under a secularist, naturalist mindset, much of the church has slumped toward a kind of fake faith, a make-believe faith. Real faith isn’t pretending. Without the living Christ active in our lives, faith becomes a mental exercise in which we make ourselves believe in various things. Real faith isn’t a leap into the darkness that lands us in the light. Real faith is not belief without evidence. Real faith is supernatural assurance and knowledge of truth that comes when God speaks to us. Christ leads, teaches, and corrects everyone who will listen to Him and follow Him. Whoever seeks Him finds Him. All may come. He speaks through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:17 King James Version If faith comes by hearing the word of Christ or the word of God, then it’s important for us to know what God means by “word of God.” What term was translated as “word?” It’s the Greek term “rhema.” What does “rhema” mean? Rhema means utterance. The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon defines it as “that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, word.” It’s “any sound produced by the voice and having definite meaning.” It’s “speech, discourse, what one has said, a series of words joined together into a sentence (a declaration of one’s mind made in words), an utterance, a saying of any sort as a message, or a narrative.” Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2 Jesus authors our faith. He originates it. We don’t. He’s also the finisher or completer of our faith. Notice how different this is from the make-believe faith that skeptics call “belief without evidence.” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1 King James Version What Greek term was in the original text that the King James translators rendered as “substance?” The Greek term is “hupostasis.” What does “hupostasis” mean? It means essence. It means reality as opposed to concept. What about “evidence?” What word is in the original text? The Greek word is “elegchos.” Elegchos is absolute proof. Therefore, real faith is absolute by nature. It’s absolute proof. It’s substance or reality. The reason it’s absolute and powerful is that Jesus Christ originates it. It comes when we hear the voice of God through Scripture. God speaks to us through Scripture. Through Scripture, He tells us about other methods beyond Scripture by which He speaks to us. Faith also comes when He speaks to us through those methods. By faith, we know that the Bible is the utterance of God without error. By faith, we know that God never contradicts Himself. That means that one Scripture never contradicts another Scripture. It also means that no other form of revelation will ever conflict with any part of Scripture. For instance, God will never state one truth through Scripture and contradict that truth by revealing something contradictory in His creation. That is to say, true scientific observation will never conflict with Scripture.

Real Reason

Real reason is also absolute. Real reason also goes beyond inductive reasoning that can only speak of probabilities. It goes beyond the pragmatism of science that never deals with truth but only with what works in the natural realm. Real reason goes beyond opinion to absolute knowledge of the truth. However, the intellectuals have told us that no one can know anything absolutely. We’ve been discouraged from seeking absolute truth. Sound reason requires true premises because we can’t use unproven claims to prove other claims. And yet, the secularists say that sound reason doesn’t require true premises. They say that we can begin reasoning by establishing assumptions on which we all agree. What are assumptions? They’re unknown beliefs that we accept as if we knew that they were true. They aren’t known, but we pretend that we know them. In a sense, we deceive ourselves when we assume. Without true premises, our reasoning isn’t sound. With inductive reasoning, we can only speak of probabilities. With true premises and valid deductive reasoning, we can advance to the knowledge of the truth. We can’t know everything, but we can know some things with certainty.

The Connection between Real Faith and Real Reason

If we have to start our reasoning with assumptions or presuppositions, we can never go beyond opinions. Our reasoning will never be stronger than our assumptions. Since assumptions are unknowns, where does that leave us? However, the real faith takes us beyond assumptions and presuppositions to substance, truth, and absolute proof. The real faith is able to do this because it comes from the utterance of God. This is the same utterance by which God brought the universe into existence. The wonder is that we can have this assurance and certainty right now. With that knowledge, we can reason rationally. We can have sound reasoning. We can know the truth and the truth will set us free. Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Understanding Who We are in Christ

Who we are in Christ—God needs us to see that. 

As we all, with unveiled faces, beholding, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord, are transfigured into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 

2 Corinthians 3:18 literal from KJV

What do we see in a mirror? We see ourselves and how we fit into the room we’re in. But James spoke of a mirror and a perfect law of liberty. This mirror that’s involved in our transfiguration is a spiritual mirror that shows us who we are in Christ, how we fit into the body of Christ as particular ministries in that body, what is and is not part of the body of Christ, and what God is telling us to do right now. 

Whenever God speaks to us, whether through Scripture or the other means mentioned in Scripture, we hear His voice and see this vision. Faith comes and faith gives us access into His grace. His grace is power for His free gift of righteousness. He does His works through us. That’s righteousness. Righteousness incrementally makes us holy as we yield to the living Christ in this way. Step by step, He builds up Christ in us and demolishes the strongholds of the fleshly nature.

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Does Truth Seem Elusive?

Reason that can produce knowledge of the truth requires true premises. Even a single assumption added to an otherwise true premise results in an untrue premise. Most effective lies are almost completely true from some point of view. Therefore, if we use made-up stuff to “prove” a conclusion, that conclusion is also made-up stuff. And if we use truth plus made-up stuff to “prove” a conclusion, that conclusion is made-up stuff as well. And if we use a true premise but the form of our logic is invalid so it adds made-up stuff to the premise, our conclusion will also be made-up stuff. Only a true premise and valid logical form can prove any conclusion. That true premise and that logical form can’t contain any made-up stuff. Without divine revelation, true premises are impossible. How would anyone prove a premise true? No one can. Therefore, rational thought is impossible without divine revelation. Without divine revelation, science is purely pragmatic. It leads us to working products by trial and error coupled with God’s mercy and revelation, whether or not we acknowledge God and thank Him for that revelation. Naturalistic science never leads to knowledge of truth. All arguments against divine revelation are based on made-up stuff. No argument against divine revelation is based on divine revelation since that would be self-refuting. Wait a minute. Naturalistic science never leads to knowledge of truth? Doesn’t science lead to a knowledge of God and in return a knowledge of Truth? Natural Science exemplifies God. It shows us His character, His power, His glory in every single aspect. It was created by Him and for Him and through Him. Science is the study of our natural world, and it’s actually quite amazing how much He reveals about Himself in our natural world. It will always point us back to Him every single time. So, doesn’t naturalistic science lead to knowledge of truth? Science as the study of nature can lead to truth—not on its own but as God uses it to reveal reality to us. God reveals reality through science, but NATURALISTIC science NEVER leads to knowledge of truth. The term “naturalistic,” which refers to the philosophy that expels God and tries to explain all creation without God is not the same as the term “natural,” which refers to having to do with nature. It’s true that God speaks to us through the things He has created. We know that from the first chapter of Romans and personal experience. Speaking of science using the word “science” as a noun often leads to a misunderstanding of what science is. The process of observing, experimenting, trying this and that, and testing, if it is devoid of the Spirit of God and if it doesn’t acknowledge God, will not point us to God. God reveals Himself and His truth through creation, through the observing, experimenting, trying this and that, and testing. However, the first chapter of Romans points out that we are perfectly capable of failing to honor and thank Him for that truth and perfectly capable of suppressing His truth in our unrighteousness. That’s why naturalistic (Godless) science never leads to knowledge of the truth. It can only end up with something that works or doesn’t work, in other words, pragmatism. God, in His mercy, allows pragmatism so we can survive until we reach out and find Him. Therefore, the heart that’s hardened against God can do pragmatic, godless, naturalistic science, observing, experimenting, trying this and that, and testing. God may reveal some things that work, but a dogmatic ungodly thinker has determined beforehand not to acknowledge God or thank Him for this. These thinkers have purposely blinded their eyes to Him through the philosophy of naturalism. They will be ever learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth. All sexual perversions come from irrational thinking. All destructive religion and philosophy comes from irrational thinking. Historical storytelling is based on irrational thinking. Historical storytelling would include all stories that go beyond what God reveals about the past. They lead to belief systems such as evolutionism and old-earthism. PatternsOfEvidence.com, Creation.com, AnswersInGenesis.org, ICR.org, and CREV.info are all excellent sources that expose many of the inconsistencies and fallacies of those who engage in historical storytelling. Much of the issue comes up when trying to convince an unbeliever of God’s existence. However, God reveals that every person already knows. God may use us to lead a person back to Christ, but they are actually acknowledging the One Who already revealed Himself to them. We may present many truths from science or philosophy, but we can’t prove any truth using mere science or philosophy. All truth is hidden in Christ Jesus. The most certain way that any of us knows that Jesus Christ exists is because we know Him. Since that’s an inner experience, we can’t use our experience to convince anyone else. However, we don’t ask anyone to merely take our word for it. Each person can have his or her own experience. We invite them to know Christ. Many people don’t want to know Jesus, and they’ll refuse to seek Him until they find Him. They’ll dream up some excuse. Yet, everyone who loves truth will find Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will then begin teaching that person about reality. Christ leads, teaches, and corrects every person who follows Him. He speaks through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture without ever contradicting Himself. Here’s a problem. In our immature spiritual state, we humans have trouble discerning the difference between our own minds and God’s revelation. Our own desires can pull us off the narrow Path—that narrow path being the leading and direction of Christ. That’s why Paul conferred with the other apostles. That’s why Peter didn’t attempt to establish doctrine on his own in the fifteenth chapter of Acts. That’s why we see a multiplicity of apostles establishing doctrine and a multiplicity of elders pastoring local churches in Scripture. And yet, God knows our minds better than we do. He knows all our dark secret thoughts, and he knows our desires. He promises us that not even a fool will miss the way on this Path as long as they keep walking and seeking Him. If He hadn’t promised to never leave or forsake us, we would soon miss the Way. But He handles the revelation, and He handles the discernment between what He reveals and what our human minds make up. As long as we continue to be teachable before Him and desire truth over what we already think we know, the Holy Spirit will continue to lead, teach, and correct us. Skeptics will argue against this truth. Generally, they will claim that their made-up stuff is true stuff or, at least, true enough for practical purposes. Then they will claim that, because we who follow Christ are sometimes unsure of the distinction between divine revelation and our own imagination, we have the same problem as they do to the same degree that they do. They may even claim that we can’t tell the difference between God’s Spirit and an evil spirit. We’ve already answered that argument in this article. We trust God and His promise. However, skeptics can become dogmatic about their arguments. And yet, they must base their arguments on made-up stuff. Therefore, keep seeking the mind of God. Spend much time in Scripture, and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and correct you as He speaks to you through Scripture. Scripture says that God speaks through His creation, so don’t be afraid of science. Pray to Christ and stand in His presence as you consider any claims of scientists, and He will impart His discernment to you. You’ll know the difference between human opinions and actual observations. Through Scripture, God tells us that He speaks through the members of His body, through our brothers and sisters in Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to faithful men and women who follow Him and who will provide you with good counsel. Spend much time in prayer (asking) and supplication (listening), and seek Christ specifically. Avoid ungodly counselors of all kinds. They will seek to dilute the truth and confuse your vision. God tells us, through Scripture, that we become a servant of whoever we yield ourselves to. Through the first Psalm, He tells us to avoid the counsel of the ungodly. Yield yourself to God. Stand in His presence. Let Him speak to you through all the ways He mentions in Scripture. SUMMARY DISMISSAL Ungodly thinkers have a new way to keep themselves from thinking. They just declare this to be presuppositional apologetics, which they have already dismissed without considering the implications. Of course, anyone who has read the full article knows that it’s not presuppositional apologetics. We could call it revelational apologetics. It points out the made-up stuff of ungodly thinkers (which they can’t escape) and compares that made-up stuff to divine revelation (which is available to every person through Christ).

The Back of the Boxed Set

If you desire the truth, the Real Faith & Reason Library is for you. At the intersection of faith and reason is a place called sanity. As we focus on this intersection, we realize that we can’t separate reason and rational thought from faith.

The Real Faith & Reason Library will

demolish the lies of ungodly thinkers. show why rational thought is impossible without faith. explain how we know without question that the Bible is true. reveal how we know personal revelation won’t conflict with the Bible. establish the truth on the only firm Foundation, Jesus Christ. answer the questions and objections of those who are hostile to Christ. teach how to discern between truth and error. understand how to sort through the many voices claiming authority. This library is a deep dive rather than a superficial explanation. It doesn’t create a stalemate where neither ungodly thinkers nor Christians can prove their points. Rather, it explains how to prove the truth of Christ and the Bible with absolute certainty, and it leaves the ungodly thinker with bare claims and fallacies.

Six Books in One

The Real Faith & Reason Library consists of six books. Three books focus on our rational thought journey as followers of Christ. One book focuses on the logic of the Nye-Ham Debate. Two books are reference texts you’ll want to keep on hand.    

Why Have a Real Faith & Reason Library?

Real Faith

Real faith has power. Real faith establishes our understanding of reality on a firm foundation. But fake faith is powerless and worthless. When this powerless faith is substituted for real faith, it’s dangerous and destructive. In a world regulated under a secularist, naturalist mindset, much of the church has slumped toward a kind of fake faith, a make-believe faith. Real faith isn’t pretending. Without the living Christ active in our lives, faith becomes a mental exercise in which we make ourselves believe in various things. Real faith isn’t a leap into the darkness that lands us in the light. Real faith is not belief without evidence. Real faith is supernatural assurance and knowledge of truth that comes when God speaks to us. Christ leads, teaches, and corrects everyone who will listen to Him and follow Him. Whoever seeks Him finds Him. All may come. He speaks through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:17 King James Version If faith comes by hearing the word of Christ or the word of God, then it’s important for us to know what God means by “word of God.” What term was translated as “word?” It’s the Greek term “rhema.” What does “rhema” mean? Rhema means utterance. The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon defines it as “that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, word.” It’s “any sound produced by the voice and having definite meaning.” It’s “speech, discourse, what one has said, a series of words joined together into a sentence (a declaration of one’s mind made in words), an utterance, a saying of any sort as a message, or a narrative.” Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2 Jesus authors our faith. He originates it. We don’t. He’s also the finisher or completer of our faith. Notice how different this is from the make-believe faith that skeptics call “belief without evidence.” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1 King James Version What Greek term was in the original text that the King James translators rendered as “substance?” The Greek term is “hupostasis.” What does “hupostasis” mean? It means essence. It means reality as opposed to concept. What about “evidence?” What word is in the original text? The Greek word is “elegchos.” Elegchos is absolute proof. Therefore, real faith is absolute by nature. It’s absolute proof. It’s substance or reality. The reason it’s absolute and powerful is that Jesus Christ originates it. It comes when we hear the voice of God through Scripture. God speaks to us through Scripture. Through Scripture, He tells us about other methods beyond Scripture by which He speaks to us. Faith also comes when He speaks to us through those methods. By faith, we know that the Bible is the utterance of God without error. By faith, we know that God never contradicts Himself. That means that one Scripture never contradicts another Scripture. It also means that no other form of revelation will ever conflict with any part of Scripture. For instance, God will never state one truth through Scripture and contradict that truth by revealing something contradictory in His creation. That is to say, true scientific observation will never conflict with Scripture.

Real Reason

Real reason is also absolute. Real reason also goes beyond inductive reasoning that can only speak of probabilities. It goes beyond the pragmatism of science that never deals with truth but only with what works in the natural realm. Real reason goes beyond opinion to absolute knowledge of the truth. However, the intellectuals have told us that no one can know anything absolutely. We’ve been discouraged from seeking absolute truth. Sound reason requires true premises because we can’t use unproven claims to prove other claims. And yet, the secularists say that sound reason doesn’t require true premises. They say that we can begin reasoning by establishing assumptions on which we all agree. What are assumptions? They’re unknown beliefs that we accept as if we knew that they were true. They aren’t known, but we pretend that we know them. In a sense, we deceive ourselves when we assume. Without true premises, our reasoning isn’t sound. With inductive reasoning, we can only speak of probabilities. With true premises and valid deductive reasoning, we can advance to the knowledge of the truth. We can’t know everything, but we can know some things with certainty.

The Connection between Real Faith and Real Reason

If we have to start our reasoning with assumptions or presuppositions, we can never go beyond opinions. Our reasoning will never be stronger than our assumptions. Since assumptions are unknowns, where does that leave us? However, the real faith takes us beyond assumptions and presuppositions to substance, truth, and absolute proof. The real faith is able to do this because it comes from the utterance of God. This is the same utterance by which God brought the universe into existence. The wonder is that we can have this assurance and certainty right now. With that knowledge, we can reason rationally. We can have sound reasoning. We can know the truth and the truth will set us free. Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
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