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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