Jesus Christ is the Author of Real Faith

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Fake, make-believe, rationalized faith and reason won’t help you either. Unfortunately, most of human faith and reasoning is exactly that. It’s fake. It’s deceptive. It pulls people into a web of doubt, deception, and dissatisfaction. It gives the illusion of insight when it’s blind and foolish. That’s why you need real faith and real reason, and, once you have it, you will be one of the few who does.

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Scientia, “Real Faith & Reason Journey”

DIRECT LINK TO BOOK – http://RealReality.org/Real_Faith_and_Reason_Vol_1_-_Scientia.pdf

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God is Light

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God is light. In Him is no darkness at all. The logos, or utterance, is the light that lights every person who comes into the world. Christ is the light of the world. When we listen to Christ’s voice, faith comes. Faith gives us access into His grace. When we yield to His grace so He says His words and does His works through us, we are also the light of the world. That is, Christ in us is the light of the world.

Every person benefits from the light of God. Without that light, we would all be in the dark. Without that light, the human mind has no rational way to reason. Without the light of God, people can react to what’s around them but not in a rational way. Without the light of God, people can make up axioms and make bare assertions, but they can never base reasoning on true premises. The light gives them some reference point for what’s right and what’s true. In the light of Christ, they can somewhat tell the difference between reality, preconceptions, and imagination even if they haven’t yet accepted Christ as Savior and Lord.

Those who hate the light and love darkness turn from the light. When the children of light begin to shine, those who love darkness turn even further from the light. They try to suppress the light. When any person fails to acknowledge Christ or yield to His light, that person turns toward darkness. At a certain point, God lets that person go. God withdraws Himself and His light from them. This generally happens by degrees, but it can happen quite suddenly. They then enter a darkness in which they increasingly can’t tell the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, truth and lie, or reality and make-believe. We’re seeing the children of light and the children of darkness coming to maturity on a mass scale throughout society now.
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(source: Real Faith & Reason http://RealReality.org/Real_Faith_and_Reason_Vol_1…)

Skeptic: It also says your God is a consuming fire a jealous God a God that kills the firstborn of non-believers to prove a point overnight

Answer: God won’t share His glory or His wife with anyone. He is indeed jealous in that sense of jealousy. He has no reason for envy and never is guilty of envy. God did take the firstborn of each Egyptian family. He’s a just God Who judges individuals and nations. Only God has the wisdom, judgment, and authority to execute judgment at that level. Many will end up in hell, but He will be absolutely just, and each of those who do go to hell will have had at least one chance to choose heaven instead. However, without Christ, no one has any way to know the difference between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and fiction, or reality and make-believe. In fact, without the divine truth/revelation that flows from Christ, all logic and reason begin with at least one bare assertion. All logic and reason that begins with a bare assertion as the premise, that is, that’s base on one or more bare assertions, is irrational and useless. Therefore, without the divine truth/revelation that flows from Christ, all reasoning is irrational.

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A Day of Darkness and Light

Isaiah 60 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

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Every person benefits from the light of God. Without that light, we would all be in the dark. Without that light, the human mind has no way to reason. Without the light of God, people can react to what’s around them but not in a rational way. The light gives them some reference point for what’s right and what’s true. They can somewhat tell the difference between reality, preconceptions, and imagination even if they haven’t yet accepted Christ as Savior and Lord.
 
Those who hate the light and love darkness turn from the light. When the children of light begin to shine, those who love darkness turn even further from the light. They try to suppress the light. When any person fails to acknowledge Christ or yield to His light, that person turns toward darkness. At a certain point, God lets that person go. God withdraws Himself and His light from them. This generally happens by degrees, but it can happen quite suddenly. They then enter a darkness in which they increasingly can’t tell the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, truth and lie, or reality and make-believe. We’re seeing the children of light and the children of darkness coming to maturity on a mass scale throughout society now.
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Scientia, “Real Faith & Reason Journey”
DIRECT LINK TO BOOK – http://RealReality.org/Real_Faith_and_Reason_Vol_1_-_Scientia.pdf
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God’s Purpose: Conform Us to Christ’s Image

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They advance to worse and progress toward wickedness, yet God is looking for a different form of progress and maturity as these Scriptures state:

 

And we all having been unveiled in face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 Berean Literal Bible

 

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it has been written: “And the righteous will live by faith.” ~ Romans 1:17 Berean Literal Bible

 

to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, so that I may somehow attain to the resurrection from the dead. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing indeed: Forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been perfected, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:10-14 Berean Literal Bible

 

Now I say, walk by the Spirit, and you should not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. For these are opposed to one another in order that you should not do those things you might wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, contentions, dissensions, factions, envyings, drunkennesses, carousing, and things like these, as to which I forewarn you, even as I warned before, that those doing such things will not inherit God’s kingdom. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:16-23 Berean Literal Bible

 

And this is love, that we should walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. ~ 2 John 1:6 Berean Literal Bible

 

“Because all of the people will walk, each person in the name of his God, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever. ~ Micah 4:5 International Standard Version

 

Therefore Jesus said to them, “Yet a little while, the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, so that darkness might not overtake you. And the one walking in the darkness does not know where he is going. ~ John 12:35 Berean Literal Bible

 

My children, of whom I travail again until that Christ shall have been formed in you, ~ Galatians 4:19 Berean Literal Bible

 

Therefore having these promises, beloved, we should cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. ~ 2 Corinthians 7:1 Berean Literal Bible

 

But now, having been set free from sin, and having become slaves to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end is eternal life. ~ Romans 6:22 Berean Literal Bible

 

But grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. ~ 2 Peter 3:18 Berean Literal Bible

 

And we know that God works together all things for good to those loving God, to those being called according to His purpose because those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be firstborn among many brothers. ~ Romans 8:28-29 Berean Literal Bible

 

And He gave some indeed to be apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some shepherds and teachers, toward the perfecting of the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all may attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a complete man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that no longer we might be infants, being tossed by waves and being carried about by every wind of teaching in the cunning, in the craftiness of men with a view to the scheming of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, we should grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ, ~ Ephesians 4:11-15 Berean Literal Bible

 

Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, to those who rest on the mountain of Samaria— the famous men of the nations to whom the house of Israel came! ~ Amos 6:1 International Standard Version

 

As we read these Scriptures, we hear God speak to us of various kinds of spiritual progress. We see this progress has to do with spiritual maturity, dying to our fleshly nature, and having Christ formed in us. And we make this progress by walking in the Spirit, not by working hard to fulfill the Law. So if we walk, we make progress. We shouldn’t be like mimes who create an illusion of walking as they walk in place while not going anywhere. Well, mimes create this illusion, but if we’re honest as Christians, we’ll admit that we sometimes stay in the same place while giving the illusion of walking in the Spirit. And as we walk in circles, we’re busy with religion, but we aren’t really going anywhere.

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Righteousness

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To be clear, submission is a lack of fighting or arguing against God. It’s not a form of trying to earn righteousness by the Law. It’s yielding. It’s realizing that God is the potter and we are the clay. God won’t force Himself on anyone, so submission is required. The Pharisees didn’t submit to God, though they tried in their own strength to obey God’s Law. They were like Christians who say, “The reason I obey the Ten Commandments is that I’m just so thankful that God forgave me that I want to do something for Him.” That’s as if we could give our own righteousness, which is like filthy rags, as a gift that would please God. In contrast to submission, the Pharisees tried to establish their own righteousness.

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. ~ Romans 10:3 King James Version

Therefore, submission is necessary for sound logic that leads to knowledge. If we don’t submit to God, we’ll follow after our own mind, which is deceitful and desperately wicked. We may spend our whole life in a constant state of learning without ever coming to a knowledge of the truth.

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Real Faith & Reason Journey Volume One

direct link – http://RealReality.org/Real_Faith_and_Reason_Vol_1_-_Scientia.pdf

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Assertions Contrary to Fact.

Counterfactual Fallacy

(a.k.a. Assertion Contrary to Fact, Lie, or Untruth)

A lie

A statement contrary to fact

A persuader may state an untruth as a premise or conclusion. The persuader may mix the false statement with some truth to make it more deceptive, or the total statement may be untrue.

All lies originate from Satan. (John 8:44) Some ungodly thinkers are certain that Satan doesn’t exist, so these ungodly thinkers have filtered Satan out of their worldviews, and they assume that Satan doesn’t exist based on their worldviews. That’s a fallacy that counters the facts. It’s against the facts. They may even try to prove that Satan doesn’t exist by the logical fallacy of appeal to ridicule, which is a smokescreen to hide the counterfactual fallacy.

(quotation from Encyclopedia of Logical Fallacies: direct link – http://RealReality.org/Encyclopedia_of_Logical_Fallacies_-_Scientia.pdf)

 

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Losing Touch with Reality

They don’t instantly lose all ability to discern good from evil and truth from error, but they lose a little bit with each resistance. Jesus is still the light of the world Who lights every person who comes into the world. We, who follow Christ, actually go back a bit whenever we sin. It hurts our relationship until we repent. For those who continually reject the leading of Christ and refuse to thank Him and glorify Him, they will come to a point where God turns fully from them and stops giving them light. They will begin to call evil good and good evil.
 
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