God’s Leading Won’t Conflict with Scripture

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While revelation comes from God, it unveils a certain part of reality that God had once hidden from us in mystery. Revelation helps us and makes a positive difference in our lives. God verifies revelation by using more than one method of revelation. For instance, He may use both Scripture and observation. God may give a Christ-follower a word of knowledge to help another person. As stated previously, other forms of revelation will never conflict with Scripture though they may conflict with interpretations of Scripture. The Holy Spirit may lead this Christ-follower to ask the other person a question to confirm the word of knowledge. After confirming the word, God may lead in a loving, simple, and practical way to help the other person.

On the other hand, God may lead us to miraculous healing or removal of some problem. His leading will be practical and helpful. And it will glorify God. Through Scripture, God has given us several ways that we can tell His revelation from false ideas that come from the flesh, the culture, and demonic forces.

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God Never Contradicts Himself

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Let’s consider the practicality and unmysticalness of divine revelation. God reveals through Scripture and every means of revelation that He mentions in Scripture. And yet, when the Holy Spirit shines His light on the Scripture, our experiences and observations, and our lives, He never contradicts Himself. His revelation will never conflict with Scripture. And He’ll never reveal a “truth” to one person and a contradictory “truth” to another person. That means that rather than debating apparent conflicts, we need to seek Christ all the more to make sure that apparent conflicts are real conflicts and to find out whether Christ has even revealed anything in the area of apparent conflict. Rather than doubling down on what we think we know, the Holy Spirit will reveal the truth if we turn to Him. Also, God gives a pattern for revelation in Acts 15 and the Letter to the Ephesians. And He defines this pattern further throughout the Bible.

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We Can’t Self-Generate Knowledge

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We can’t self-generate wisdom. Jesus is our wisdom. “It is because of Him [God] that you are in Christ Jesus, who [Christ Jesus] has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30 Berean Study Bible) Jesus isn’t just our wisdom, but He’s also our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

We can’t self-generate knowledge. Knowledge comes from Christ, Who is the only Source of knowledge and wisdom. “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3 Berean Literal Bible)

If we know any truth, Jesus is the truth. “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” (John 14:6 Berean Study Bible)

While many verses of Scripture tell us that we can only find knowledge, wisdom, and understanding in Christ, these three Scriptures we just read indicate the exclusive nature of Christ. These say that He’s the only Source. Also, God tells us to trust Him with all our minds, not depending on our own ability to understand. God also asks us to acknowledge Him in all our ways so He can direct our paths. If we respect God, we can depart from evil. (Proverbs 3:5-7)

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Perhaps It’s Time for Humility

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The alternative to sound reasoning is unsound reasoning. Unsound reasoning confuses and deceives us. It’s surprising how little we can know to be true using logic and science alone.

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It’s surprising how little we can know to be true using logic and science alone, but it’s scary how dogmatic we can become concerning issues about which we know little or nothing at all.

While the fleshly mind automatically wants to depend on itself or something else other than God, it can’t function rationally at that level. It will always, always, always fail. God created us to be connected to Him in an intimate relationship. Nothing else will give us peace, hope, love, and sanity.

In Christ, we find the truth. In Christ, we have the very basis for sound reasoning. Without Christ, the human mind has no path to truth and thus no path to sound reasoning. We’re seeing the results of ungodly thinking in society today. And as a large portion of society turns from the Light of Christ, we’re seeing a level of darkness that we’ve never seen before.

 

 

 

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Infinite Regression

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We must prove that the proof is true before using the proof to prove that the conclusion is true. We don’t add unproven claims on the way to the conclusion, and the premise must prove that the conclusion is true. We don’t play mind games between the proof and the conclusion. We don’t try to give the appearance that we proved the conclusion when we didn’t prove that the conclusion is true.

Then how do we prove any premise? We can’t use another unproven premise. Other than divine revelation, is there a way?

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It’s called the fallacy of infinite regression. Every conclusion must be based on a premise. The premise is supposed to show that the conclusion is true. However, the premise must first be shown to be true before we can rationally use it to show that the conclusion is true. In fact, the premise should be the conclusion of a previous logical process. However, that logical process also consists of a premise and a conclusion. We need to prove that premise first. And then, we are in the exact same position as where we started. We have yet another premise to prove. When we try, we’re continuing the infinite regression. There’s no end to it. How the intellectuals have contorted themselves to hide this problem or to make people stop thinking about it!

There is a solution. The solution is to hear the truth from the Person Who knows all things and Who cannot lie. We need to hear from God. God speaks through the Bible and every means of divine revelation mentioned in the Bible. How do we know that God speaks through the Bible and every means of divine revelation mentioned in the Bible? God reveals that fact to us. He speaks it into our hearts. When we hear Him, and when we don’t doubt His ability to do this, His faith comes. “Faith  comes by hearing and hearing by the utterance/rhema of God.” This is one of the major themes of all Scripture. Read the Bible and ask God to show you the truth. Yield yourself to His Spirit. He sent the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth. The truth will set you free.

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The Alternative to Ungodly Thinking

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If we reason from a premise that we can’t prove, we’re thinking irrationally. We can’t say, “I make up X; therefore, Y is true.” We can’t say, “I make up X; therefore, X is true.” Well, we do it all the time, but we can’t do it rationally.
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Of course, the problem is that the fallen human mind has no path to truth. The fallen human mind can creatively make up stuff, but made-up stuff is different from the truth. There’s a word we use for made-up stuff that’s substituted for truth. We call made-up stuff lies. We call pretending that made-up stuff is true lying. We call confusing made-up stuff with truth insanity.

Only in Christ can we find the truth. Christ is real and knowable. Everyone who seeks Him finds Him. He leads, teaches, and corrects everyone who follows Him. He provides the discernment, and that discernment becomes more clear as we walk in obedience to Him.

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Conclusions Based on Made-up Stuff

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Sandy Sandbuilder: It’s preposterous for you to claim that I need divine revelation if I’m going to reason to a conclusion.

Rocky Rockbuilder: I didn’t say divine revelation is necessary to reason to a conclusion. Every atheist and demon-worshiper reasons and concludes. A true premise is more difficult than merely concluding, thinking, or reasoning. The atheist observes and concludes that God doesn’t exist but not rationally. The atheist bases this reasoning on assumption. On the other hand, when a follower of Christ observes the creation, the Holy Spirit testifies of the Creator through the creation. That’s not an assumption. That’s revelation. Big difference!

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Logic Is Simple

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Logic is simple. The premise is how we know that the conclusion is true. It’s the proof for the conclusion. It’s why we believe the conclusion. The premise must be true. We must prove the premise before we can prove the conclusion. We can’t add anything on the way to the conclusion. Here’s the problem. Without divine revelation, how can we prove any premise? We certainly can’t use another premise that we can’t prove.

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Truth or Something Else?

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The premise is the proof. We would say that the premise is true; therefore, the conclusion is true. Of course, if the premise isn’t true, if we don’t know that it’s true, we can’t prove anything with it.

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What Do We Mean When We Say We Know?

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We say we know something, but what do we mean?

We have proof.

The proof gives us precise, accurate, absolute, and certain knowledge of the truth.

We aren’t defining proof and evidence as something less conclusive.

We’re defining “knowledge” to exclude everything tentative. If we know it, it’s not tentative. If we say we know something that isn’t true, we don’t have knowledge. We have insanity. If we say we know something we can’t prove, we just have an opinion based on irrational thinking. We say we know something. It may be true, but we can’t know it’s true unless we can prove it.

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