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

The Real Faith & Reason Library will be out soon. It’s a six-book set containing two reference texts. The truth isn’t complex or hard to understand as this article points out. The lies make truth seem hard to understand. The Real Faith & Reason Library deals with many of those lies. Real Reality, Inc. will be offering the ebook version for free. This is the kind of book you want to keep in your library for future reference. We also plan an audiobook, and we’re going to make that free as well.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Where Do Strange Ideas Come From?

Christ reveals Himself to every person up to a certain point. When a person continually refuses to thank Him and glorify Him as God, Christ will finally turn that person over to his or her own reprobate mind. This reprobate mind is the natural human mind that’s incapable of rational thought. It can think. It can rationalize beyond observation and experience only by making up stuff and pretending the made-up stuff is true. It can do science and make products based on observation and testing.

God may even give such a person a revelation from time to time to help them, but a person who is determined to deny God will attribute the revelation to his or her own genius or some other source. The human mind without the anointing of the Holy Spirit has no path to a true premise. So it continually tries to reason beyond the five natural senses by inserting made-up stuff (assumptions, axioms, bare claims, etc.) into the reasoning. From that made-up stuff, we get such philosophies as atheism, agnosticism, naturalism, secularism, rationalism, scientism, evolutionism, and socialism. From this form of reasoning, we get rationalizations to justify murder, sexual sins of various kinds, and breaking, bending, and distorting every command of God.

God still provides revelation, some of which such a person accepts and some of which such a person rejects. Without this revelation, the person would die, so God provides it out of mercy. But the ungodly thinker refuses to acknowledge God’s revelation and attributes the divine revelation to the same source from which the made-up stuff comes. In that process, the person loses the ability to tell the difference between divine revelation and make-believe. In other words, the person loses the ability to know the difference between reality and make-believe.

Such a person goes to great lengths to create a worldview in which God doesn’t exist, or God doesn’t communicate. This problem in reasoning isn’t limited to atheists. Christians and other religionists also do this. They may even follow demonic voices and various forms of conjuring yet have a naturalistic worldview regarding God. The variations are endless. The thing is that worldviews seem more real than real reality, so they blind us all to some extent.

On the other hand, those who follow Christ (when they do follow Christ) hear His voice. In other words, Christ is leading, teaching, and correcting us moment by moment. He speaks through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture. We have a progressive experience in which the fleshly nature is dying, and the Holy Spirit is forming Christ within us, which is the definition of spiritual maturity.

As we progress in maturity, our spiritual discernment becomes greater. We can better know the difference between God’s voice and all the others.

Satan will sometimes accuse us of not being able to tell the difference, and that’s a half-truth that leaves out the most important factor. The most important factor is that God is in control of both the revelation and the discernment of the revelation. He provides both. He knows who has a sincere heart and who doesn’t. (I’m trying to explain the walk of a Christ-follower in broad terms.)

It’s personal and real. No Christ-follower can prove his or her walk to a skeptic through reasoning. However, if the Christ-follower speaks or writes by the power of the Holy Spirit, the skeptic is dealing directly with Christ rather than dealing with the Christ-follower. “Whoever listens to you listens to Me; whoever rejects you rejects Me; and whoever rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.” Luke 10:16

As for the person who has blocked God from his or her consciousness, all is not hopeless. Such a person can at any time control his or her own will. Such a person can direct that will toward Christ in sincerity. Everyone who seeks Christ in this way will find Christ. I don’t say that it will be easy since a well-developed worldview and slavery to the fleshly nature, the world systems, and the subtle demonic influences aren’t easily overcome. But if such a person persists in seeking Christ, that person will find Christ. They will be born again. They’ll experience a change in their spirit, a joining to the Holy Spirit in a way that we don’t fully understand. From that point, the battle is for the mind/soul and is a progressive experience.

If you don’t already know Him, I invite you to know Christ. Everyone who seeks Him finds Him.

Real Faith & Reason Library will be out soon. It’s a six-book set containing two reference texts. Real Reality, Inc. will be offering the ebook version for free. This is the kind of book you want to keep in your library for future reference. We also plan an audiobook, and we’re going to try to make that free as well.

 

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Does It Make Sense to Infer Past Events

Since both evolutionary scientists and forensic investigators observe signs in the present to infer past events, does it make sense for us to do the same?

The answer to this question is deep, and we could discuss it for a while without running short of material. Some have argued about terms like “historical science” and “operational science.” But the term “historical science” is a misnomer. It should be called “historical storytelling.”

Let’s start with the word “infer.” Why infer rather than “conclude?” Isn’t an inference a conclusion, but the word of choice is “infer.” Maybe that’s because the word “conclude” implies a conclusive answer, but the word “infer” has no such troublesome implication.

It is true that both evolutionary scientists and forensic investigators infer from observations in the present. Forensic investigators look at possible scenarios and try to find hard evidence about what happened in the past, some crime. Sometimes, they find a written document that acts as a confession. Sometimes, they find only circumstantial evidence, but the case goes to court anyway. Sometimes innocent people are sent to jail on circumstantial evidence. In all cases, we’ll never know for certain whether the person convicted on circumstantial evidence was guilty or innocent. In the Law of Moses, no one could be convicted to a death sentence unless two or three witnesses came forward. And if a witness was shown to be a false witness, that witness received the penalty.

What we’re talking about here is something we all do every day. We leverage ourselves beyond what we can observe or test. We extrapolate beyond the data. The farther we go back in time or forward into the future, the less reliable our extrapolation becomes.

That’s why we rarely find the weatherman making daily or hourly predictions that extend months or years into the future. Think of the stock market. You might be right and make a fortune, but you might be wrong and lose everything. So, we can speculate if we want to. Becoming dogmatic about speculations is foolish. Thinking that speculation is the same as empirical science is ignorant.

Though it’s not the same thing as examining fingerprints, soil samples, etc., historians are often able to look at ancient documents. They can’t necessarily know that the authors of those documents were well informed, truthful, or accurate, but they have more to go on than those who look at rocks and fossils. And yet, God does reveal considerable information about the past through Scripture. We know, by the Spirit, that Scripture is reliable. God speaks to us through Scripture. As Albert Einstein said:

“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.”

The human mind can’t rationally reason to any conclusion without divine revelation. We can observe and test. We can learn what works and repeat that, but we don’t know that we’ve found the way that works best. Maybe there’s a better way that no one has yet discovered. That is pragmatism. It has nothing to do with having absolutely correct knowledge of the truth. It has to do with just finding solutions. Science is great for that, and it’s a way that God has provided to bless the human race. He reveals reality to every person by the method of observing and testing.

However, speculations about the past produce no airplanes, cell phones, computers, or other products that we can test. Some people confuse historical storytelling with scientific observation and testing. They aren’t the same thing.

God is right about this subject. In Proverbs 3:5-8 God says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. This will bring healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.

Real Faith & Reason Library will be out soon. It’s a six-book set containing two reference texts. Real Reality, Inc. will be offering the ebook version for free. This is the kind of book you want to keep in your library for future reference. We also plan an audiobook, and we’re going to try to make that free as well.

 

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