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 Reason Collection is being edited for format now. It will be available in two volumes in hardcover.

In addition, it will be available as an ebook.

The first book in series will be available in audiobook format.

All of this may be available before the end of 2018.

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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.”

 

 

 

 

The publisher has finished proofreading and is now working on formatting. After formatting the ebook, many of the internal links will be broken. Once those are repaired, the reason collection will go out to selected people as an advance reading copy (ARC). If you would like to have an early copy, I would welcome your feedback. Send me a friend request on Facebook: @PetrosScientiaAuthor.

God bless!

Petros

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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

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

The publisher has finished proofreading. The next step is formatting for print. After that, the publisher will format for ebook. Concurrently, we’re editing the audiobook. The ebook and audiobook will both be free. We do ask a favor. If you listen to the book or read the book and like it, please give it away to everyone you care about.

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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 Reason Collection will be out soon. It’s over 1,000 pages, a five-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 Reason Collection 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 try to make that free as well.

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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.

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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You Can Know For Certain

Those who have been following Real Reality know that I will use physical/material evidence to refute various lies about origins, sexual immorality, or abortion. I may use Biblical evidence. In all cases, I focus on Christ Himself. In the physical/material, we’re limited to inductive reasoning, which is never a final answer. But we can know the truth with certainty. We can be certain about the truth through divine revelation. Jesus Christ is real. We know Him.

When dealing with lies, an interesting problem develops. The ungodly thinker bases every opinion on made-up stuff then tries to hide this problem with smokescreen fallacies. But the ungodly thinker can’t reason to a true premise. It’s impossible for ungodly thinking to go beyond the brute beast pragmatic existence of reacting to sense data without the ability to reason rationally. Ungodly thinking can reason, just not rationally.

An ungodly thinker sometimes runs into a follower of Christ. The follower of Christ testifies of his or her ongoing experience with the living Christ who now resides inside of him or her since he or she was born again. Actually, the living Christ has become joined to the Christ-follower’s spirit and ministers from there to the mind of the follower of Christ. Here’s the interesting and ironic part. The ungodly thinker who can’t even reason rationally about his or her observations and experiences now tries to reason about someone else’s observations and experiences. The ungodly thinker claims that the follower of Christ isn’t experiencing what he or she is experiencing. By doing so, the ungodly thinker is, in effect, claiming to be all-knowing.

That’s ironic, but what’s more ironic is that the ungodly thinker already knows that God exists. The triune God of the Bible has already revealed Himself to the ungodly thinker in many ways. So the ungodly thinker knows and is without excuse. The ungodly thinker even knows that coming to Christ would be like coming into the light. Many of the things and ideas that the ungodly thinker cherishes would be exposed to the light as Christ would begin leading, teaching and correcting the ungodly thinker who now has come to Christ. So the ungodly thinker chooses to reject Christ even though the ungodly thinker knows and is without excuse.

As a result, the ungodly thinker can no longer tell the difference between reality and make-believe. The ungodly thinker does receive divine revelation. If that weren’t the case, death would follow quite quickly. However, the ungodly thinker can’t tell the difference between divine revelation and the made-up stuff in the ungodly thinker’s worldview. It’s all the same to the ungodly thinker. That’s ironic.

On the other hand, Christ leads, teaches, and corrects the follower of Christ moment by moment. Christ teaches His followers that the Bible is His Word without error. He speaks to His followers through Scripture and through every means mentioned in Scripture. As a result, we can know some things with certainty.

We can know that the Scripture’s account of the Creation and the Flood events is accurate.

We can know that God speaks His promises, His plan of salvation, and His standards for morality through Scripture.

We can know that God’s promises are true.

We can know that God’s plan for salvation is real and absolute.

We can know that God’s standards for morality are correct.

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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