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.

The Reason Collection will be out soon. It’s over 1,000 pages, a five-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.

The Reason Collection will be out soon. It’s over 1,000 pages, a five-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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