Rejecting Evidence

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

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So, how do we know anything about history? Artifacts exist. We can read letters and legal documents going way back in time. We can see tools and whatever is left of buildings and cities. The interpretation of the artifacts is tentative pseudo-knowledge that’s subject to change with further discoveries. Often, historians commit argument from silence fallacies. That is, they argue that they have not seen evidence for a certain event so the event never happened. Generally, they use selective evidence when committing this kind of fallacy. They reject the written account in Scripture even though written accounts are the most reliable way to know what happened in the past.
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God Reveals Absolute but Incomplete Truth

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

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God reveals absolute, though partial, truth. God reveals spiritual truth and historical truth, but the brute-beast mind can’t self-generate this form of knowledge. However, this brute-beast mind continually has opinions about such things as morality, sin, God, heaven, hell, ethics, politics, history, and truth. None of these is material. This brute-beast mind can be brilliant in creating testable technology like computers, medical equipment, and rockets. People develop these products pragmatically. They test them. They fine-tune them. However, the brute-beast mind can’t test a historical story or a moral issue. God reveals a natural understanding of moral issues to this natural human mind. We call this “conscience.” However, as humans try to reason from their own natural understandings, the brute-beast mind is incapable. It begins to destroy the conscience and to twist it. This mind is incapable of rational reasoning, and we’ll fully explore why.
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Certainty is Impossible Without God

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

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God reveals that our natural senses are somewhat accurate. However, if we don’t acknowledge divine revelation, we have to assume that our natural senses are somewhat accurate. Atheist evolutionists, for instance, have no way to prove that their natural senses are accurate or that they even exist. Natural familiarity isn’t precise and accurate knowledge of truth with absolute certainty. Certainty is evasive without God. The human mind by itself can’t provide a true premise to prove a conclusion about what we sense with our five senses. We want to function beyond the level of brute beasts and instinct.
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Truth Comes From Truth

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

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We don’t need the title “scientist” to use our sensory data. We all do it. We can say, “I tried three ways of doing my task. One of these ways works better. Therefore, I’m going to keep doing my task using the way that works better.” Some people call this “knowledge.” We could call it natural familiarity, but we don’t reason to this familiarity rationally since we never have a true premise without divine revelation. This familiarity isn’t knowledge of truth. We can use this familiarity, but we haven’t reasoned to a true conclusion. Reasoning to a true conclusion requires a true premise, and we don’t have a true premise if we’re devoid of the Holy Spirit. And yet, we can use what our five senses give us as long as we don’t try to reason beyond them.
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Knowing God

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

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A few notable scientists have broken through the naturalistic paradigm and touched reality. For instance, Albert Einstein wanted to know God’s thoughts, and he could sense the presence of Jesus Christ when he read the Gospels. He received the theory of relativity in a dream. Can you imagine the benefits to humanity if all scientists lifted science to a new level by abandoning the irrationality of naturalism? Suppose they did science in the Holy Spirit’s flowing knowledge, wisdom, and understanding in submission to the King of kings instead of doing science like animals reacting to their natural senses alone. Even for the scientists who are limited by the artificial constraints of naturalism, God reveals through observation. God directs humans about what to test and what to look at even when they aren’t aware of His direction and guidance.
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Rational vs. Not Rational

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

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The non-rational mind can reason, but it can’t reason rationally to a conclusion beyond the five senses. We’ll explore the reasons for that limitation during this journey. The sarx mind can compare two choices, sort objects by various criteria, memorize phrases or concepts, write poetry, and perform calculations. It can record data from experiments and then use that data to design working products. This mind can rationalize and argue. The self-righteous carnal mind can make a show of false love, goodness, mercy, humility, and virtue, but it can’t self-generate any of these fruits of the Spirit. It can pretend hypocritically. It can produce sexual immorality, impure motives, unbridled desire, idolatry, sorcery, drug abuse, drunkenness, and wild partying. It can self-generate hatred, discord, jealousy, rage, rivalries, divisions, factions, envy, and the like. It can’t produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:19-23 However, it can produce hypocritical fakes of all of these. It can have natural affection for its family members just as animals show this same natural affection. It can control itself to a point, but it won’t allow the Holy Spirit to control it.
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Don’t Believe Realativists

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Some people say we probably live in a computer simulation. In other words, we have no real existence. Of course, the Hindus say that we don’t have real existence either but are parts of a dream of Brahma. Let’s dispel the idea that we live in a computer simulation. We shouldn’t have to mention this computer-simulation story, but it’s a story that’s coming up increasingly. Some people take it seriously. Of course, without divine revelation, we wouldn’t be able to prove either this wild computer-simulation story or the dream of Brahma story wrong. However, God reveals that we live in real reality. He reveals that our senses are somewhat reliable. And He also reveals that truth is from Him and Him alone.
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Limits of Ungodly Reason

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If we only follow our sense data, we can’t test anything except what we test with our natural senses. Does that sound too obvious? Why then do intellectuals think they can test ideas and concepts that they can’t test with their physical senses? They think they know things using only sense data and what they call “reasoning.” However, we can’t check their claims using our five natural senses. They add information to their sensory data to make their assertions, but they don’t have a source for the information they add to their sensory data. They just make up stuff and add it to their sensory data. Then they call that “reasoning.” Why does an ungodly thinker have feelings about morality, the origin or age of the universe, or the source of all the life that we can now observe? They can’t follow sense data to prove any of these inner feelings.
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The Unanointed Brute Beast Mind

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The brute-beast, human mind can do science, but it can never know absolute truth. Since truth is absolute by nature, the brute-beast mind can never know the truth. It’s pragmatic. Science only works where scientists can observe and test. The further scientists try to extrapolate beyond those observations and tests, the more they leave science and drift into the land of make-believe. Science can deal with the material world in the present, but it resorts to storytelling when it tries to deal with the spiritual realm or history.

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When We Fail to Acknowledge God

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If we acknowledge God when He reveals material and natural reality to us, we can say we have knowledge. However, when we fail to acknowledge God, we can’t have precise, accurate, and absolutely certain knowledge of truth. In that case, we’re blind, incapable of rational thought. This brute-beast mind drives naturalistic, materialistic science.

“Although it is reliable and durable, scientific knowledge is neither set in concrete nor perfect. Rather, it is subject to change in the light of new evidence or new interpretation of existing evidence. Because of its tentative nature, we cannot claim ‘absolute truth’ in science. The tentative nature of scientific knowledge also means that laws and theories may change.” ~ sciencelearn.org

“Different scientists can interpret the same datasets differently. How can this conflict happen? Scientists do strive to be objective, but it is just not possible to make truly objective observations and interpretations without any bias. A scientist’s mind is not a blank slate. Individual scientists have their prior knowledge, theoretical beliefs, experiences, cultural background, training, expectations and biases, each of which will affect their observations and conclusions.” ~ sciencelearn.org

“Science is pragmatic. Theories are judged by a single criterion – do they work? Their origin does not matter. They may be inferred, or invented, or dreamed. Until they are tested they are merely working hypotheses; in other words, they are plausible interpretations of data already available. Ingenious men can and do invent many theories to account for a given set of data.” ~ cs.cmu.edu

“. . . science is necessarily restricted to one aspect of the universe – the objective world of phenomena. It deals with probable knowledge only, its methods are empirical, its philosophy is pragmatic. The scientist explores the world of phenomena by successive approximations. He works in an atmosphere of probabilities; he knows that his data are never precise, and that his theories must always be rested.” ~ cs.cmu.edu
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In sharing snippets like this, they’re always out of the context of the entire book. With this one, someone may say, “Wait a minute. You’re thinking you’re infallible.” However, that’s not how divine leading works. As we walk in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit makes us humble. He takes away our pride. The key to discerning God’s voice from all others is thankfulness and glorifying God rather than self. The mark of those who depend on their own understanding is that they aren’t thanking God for any revelation, and they’re glorifying their own intellects.

When we become aware of the fact that all truth, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and righteousness come from God, we also become aware that we know in part. We realize that God will be continually correcting us. Indeed, we begin to see the similarity between true science and true divine revelation. And since true science is one of the ways that God reveals reality to His people, we would expect that similarity. If we were infallible, there would be no need for God to lead us.

However, when Christians think that they have everything figured out and they follow doctrines rather than Christ, they become dogmatic about those doctrines. They won’t accept correction from the Holy Spirit even when the Holy Spirit brings that correction through a brother or sister in Christ.

The bottom line is that we wait before the Lord in humility. We don’t get over-confident. Even our most treasured beliefs are subject to correction or expansion by the Holy Spirit. Then, when we read the Scripture, a verse will come alive to us. The Holy Spirit will speak to us through that verse, and we may find that we have to change a part of our former interpretation to accommodate this new revelation. However, we don’t try to work out that change on our own. We pray about it. We talk to other Christians we know and let the Holy Spirit move in our discussion, not trying to figure things out but acknowledging God in the process. We pray about those things we don’t understand rather than trying to develop our own little pet theories that we defend through debates and infighting.

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