Never Coming to a Knowledge of the Truth

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“always learning and never being able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these oppose the truth, men being depraved in mind, disqualified regarding the faith.” (2 Timothy 3:7-8 Berean Literal Bible)

Animals learn in the same pragmatic way, but this familiarity is limited to the natural senses. It’s more of an opinion than knowledge. When we can directly observe and test, pragmatism yields working products. When we can’t directly observe and test, pragmatism yields opinions. It works for making cell phones we can test and verify. It doesn’t immediately warn us of all the possible dangers and problems those cell phones may cause in the future. It doesn’t work for knowing how the universe came into existence.
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Brute-Beast Science

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We see the natural brute-beast mind working with divine revelation in science, and God imparts knowledge through the scientific method. The brute-beast mind reacts to sense data, and we call this reaction “scientific observation.” God gave the scientific method to humanity so He could impart knowledge through it. Ungodly thinkers can gain pragmatic familiarity through the scientific method. Pragmatism is a practical way of surviving. Pragmatic familiarity doesn’t lead to knowledge of the truth. It’s practical, but it’s tentative.
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Leveraged Logic

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God still reveals natural reality to the human natural mind. Without God’s revelation, we would all die quickly. The natural mind can accept this natural revelation, but it doesn’t necessarily notice God or give Him thanks.

“The God having made the world and all things that are in it, He being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in hand-made temples, nor is He served by hands of men as needing anything, Himself giving to all life and breath and everything. And He made from one man every nation of men, to dwell upon all the face of the earth, having determined the appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, to seek God, if perhaps indeed they might palpate for Him, and might find Him. And indeed, He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:24-28 Berean Literal Bible)

We “know” by experience that we can infer from our observations but that our ability has limits. If we see tire tracks in the mud, we can infer that some sort of vehicle made the tracks. If we have information about various tread patterns, we may be able to infer information about the specific tires that made the tracks. By the depth of the tracks, we can infer the water content of the mud or the weight of the vehicle. All of this pseudo-knowledge is pragmatic. It isn’t knowledge of truth. These inferences aren’t absolute but are based on circumstantial evidence.

We can also project trends and make decisions based on incomplete information and observations that aren’t absolutely reliable. For instance, we can guide our cars into parking spaces without hitting other cars. We can catch a ball or guess what the stock market is going to do next. The further we extrapolate from the observations or experiences the less reliable our conclusions become.

We can look at a fossil of a creature that lived in the past and “know” that it was a live creature at one time. We can sometimes get additional information that may tell us what kind of creature it was. Again, the further we get from the observation of the fossil, the less reliable our inferences are.

We notice that all of these examples are pragmatic. And none of them deal with the deep questions of life. None of them can tell us about the spiritual realm unless our experiences and observations are in the spiritual realm. None of them can tell us what the meaning of life is. Some people try to draw conclusions that go beyond the material realm in the present, but they’re inferring from observations of the material realm in the present. That’s irrational.
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The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord

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In Scripture, God foreshadowed this day in the plagues of the Egyptians. One of the plagues was a darkness that could be felt among the Egyptians. At the same time, there was light in the homes of the Israelites. The prophet Joel also spoke of a day that would be darkness but also a day of dawning.

“a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like the dawn overspreading the mountains a great and strong people appears, such as never was of old, nor will ever be in ages to come.” (Joel 2:2 Berean Study Bible)

The wheat and the tares are growing together. The tares often seem to have more wisdom and skill than the wheat. They definitely know more tricks and know how to get their way. They certainly control every means of communication. They seem to have tremendous control over governments and the legal systems of the world. However, the fruit will show, and God will never forsake His own even if, for a time, we seem to be defeated.

The Day of the Lord will require a full commitment to Christ. Many today seek the middle ground between hot and cold. They choose to be lukewarm.

That doesn’t mean that they don’t fight for their ideas. They may be zealous in the extreme. Many are very religious. They think up all kinds of ways to “serve the Lord” without knowing Him in any real way. They recruit converts to their organization or doctrinal position. They argue about theology and can become alarmingly angry about it, even demonizing those who are entering into the goodness of God. Many of them protect and defend their lukewarm condition and attack anyone who believes what God says about righteousness and holiness or how we can enter into the blessings of God. They twist Scripture to keep their followers from entering into everything that God has for His people. They want to make a provision for the flesh.

In the Day of the Lord, that won’t work. They’ll need to make a decision one way or the other, and many will turn from Christ and follow the beast wholeheartedly. They’ll still have a form of religion, but they’ll deny the power of following Christ for righteousness, holiness, the gifts of the Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit. They’ll teach that being born again is all there is or that growing in Christ means something other than having Christ fully formed within and dying to the fleshly nature.
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The Great Divide

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Currently, two things are happening.

First, many Christians aren’t following Christ and shining with His brightness. They don’t listen to His voice or yield to His Spirit. They follow ungodly councilors instead. They either disregard the Bible entirely or they try to shoehorn rationalized ideas into the Bible. They have a religion, but it’s about self-righteousness, popularity, prestige, entertainment, money, and political power. It doesn’t effectively touch the power of God for righteousness and holiness. They have ceased to be effective as salt and light.

Second, many Christians are following Christ and beginning to walk in the righteousness of Christ. They’re beginning to shine with the Light of Christ. Then, those who hate the Light turn away from the Light. They throw themselves into greater darkness. God is letting them go and isn’t restraining them.

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What Happens to Those Who Turn From the Light?

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As of this writing, we’re seeing sweeping changes in the world. We’re seeing darkness as never before, and it’s going to get much worse. We’re seeing widespread insanity on a level never before experienced. God always gave some light to unbelievers. They didn’t comprehend it, but they benefitted from it. They assumed that they were just very good at guessing what would work and what wouldn’t work. They were able to reason, but not to any certainty of truth. Even so, they were able to come to conclusions that worked in the real world. They even had a fairly accurate idea of what was right and what was wrong because God shined His light on them and they could see somewhat without thanking God or giving Him the Glory.

However, that’s changing. Emotion is replacing logic. Bare assertions are the norm without any attempt to give the illusion of rational thought. Shouting and chanting have replaced dialog. Right is being called “wrong,” and wrong is being called “right.” And that’s among the intellectuals and elites of society.

So what’s different now that’s causing these changes? When a person turns away from God, that person can go into a terrible darkness. At a certain point, God removes His hand from that person, and His face no longer shines on that person. That’s one individual. How much worse when a culture splits, and a major part of the culture turns it’s back on God! And how dreadful when it happens across the entire world!
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Jesus is Our Wisdom

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The wisdom of God is the person of Christ Jesus and this wisdom consists of three things:

righteousness (listening to Christ and responding in willing submission and obedience),

holiness (having Christ formed in us and dying to the fleshly nature),

and redemption (freedom from the sinful nature, the influence of the ungodly culture, and any kind of demonic deception).
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But you–and it is all God’s doing–are in Christ Jesus: He has become for us a wisdom which is from God, consisting of righteousness and sanctification and deliverance; ~ 1 Corinthians 1:30 Weymouth New Testament

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Two Types of Wisdom

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“And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” (Luke 16:8 King James Bible)

Consider that the children of this world are wiser than the children of light. Doesn’t that refute everything we just discovered? No. It doesn’t.

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness.’” (1 Corinthians 3:19 Berean Study Bible)

There are different types of wisdom. The children of this world have the wisdom of this world. That’s not pure wisdom. On the other hand, the children of light have not yet come into their own. The children of light are spiritually immature and haven’t appropriated the full power and authority of the cross of Christ. In other words, Christ isn’t fully formed in them, and they still have not totally died to the fleshly nature.

None the less, as people turn away from Christ, they’re turning away from the light. As they turn away from Christ, they begin to lose the distinction between good and evil and between truth and error. Just a small amount of disobedience or rebellion on our part can cause us to be less discerning and understanding.

“For My people are fools; they have not known Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but they do not know how to do good.” (Jeremiah 4:22 Berean Study Bible)

God’s talking about His people. In this age, He’s talking about Christians. These are Christians who have failed to listen to His voice and to respond in willing obedience and submission. These are the lukewarm Christians. What happens to them? They obtain a kind of wisdom, a worldly wisdom that makes them clever when it comes to doing what’s wrong. They run where God has not sent them. They say what God has not told them. However, they don’t have the wisdom of God.

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You Are the Light of the World

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It’s not that all ungodly thinkers walk in total darkness since those who truly follow Christ act as both salt and light and expose unbelievers to the light of Christ. God is good and reveals reality to unbelievers so that, while they can’t have absolute rationality, they can have a kind of pseudo-rationality. This pseudo-rationality is practical concerning the material world that they can observe, measure, and test.

However, those who are extremely rebellious want to reason beyond what they can observe, measure, and test. They want to reason about things like morality, God, heaven, hell, the creation event, and the Genesis Flood event. They want to declare that God doesn’t exist or that God can’t reveal anything to anyone. The trouble is that ungodly thinkers have no way to reason rationally beyond what they can observe, measure, and test. Not only that, but when an unbeliever repeatedly and consistently refuses to turn to Christ, God eventually takes His hand off that unbeliever, and the unbeliever walks into greater darkness and confusion.
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Can’t See

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Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, except anyone be born from above, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.” ~ John 3:3 Berean Literal Bible

In this Scripture, God isn’t trying to emphasize sight over the other senses. The translators used the word “see,” but the original text means “sense by any of the senses.” Because of the natural bondage that resulted from Adam’s fall into sin, the natural mind can’t sense God’s kingdom. However, the spiritual mind can.

The natural mind can’t fulfill God’s will. It can’t prove a premise, so it can’t reason from a true premise. That means the natural mind can’t reason rationally. God gave this natural mind for survival. It reacts to sense data: sight, smell, taste, feeling, and sound. Living organisms manage to stay alive by this brute-beast mind. This mind can be as ingenious as a raccoon, but it can’t be rational without the Holy Spirit. God created our minds to live in His presence, and He’s given us the Spirit of a sound mind.
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