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 Back of the Boxed Set

If you desire the truth, the Real Faith & Reason Library is for you. At the intersection of faith and reason is a place called sanity. As we focus on this intersection, we realize that we can’t separate reason and rational thought from faith.

The Real Faith & Reason Library will

demolish the lies of ungodly thinkers. show why rational thought is impossible without faith. explain how we know without question that the Bible is true. reveal how we know personal revelation won’t conflict with the Bible. establish the truth on the only firm Foundation, Jesus Christ. answer the questions and objections of those who are hostile to Christ. teach how to discern between truth and error. understand how to sort through the many voices claiming authority. This library is a deep dive rather than a superficial explanation. It doesn’t create a stalemate where neither ungodly thinkers nor Christians can prove their points. Rather, it explains how to prove the truth of Christ and the Bible with absolute certainty, and it leaves the ungodly thinker with bare claims and fallacies.

Six Books in One

The Real Faith & Reason Library consists of six books. Three books focus on our rational thought journey as followers of Christ. One book focuses on the logic of the Nye-Ham Debate. Two books are reference texts you’ll want to keep on hand.    

Why Have a Real Faith & Reason Library?

Real Faith

Real faith has power. Real faith establishes our understanding of reality on a firm foundation. But fake faith is powerless and worthless. When this powerless faith is substituted for real faith, it’s dangerous and destructive. In a world regulated under a secularist, naturalist mindset, much of the church has slumped toward a kind of fake faith, a make-believe faith. Real faith isn’t pretending. Without the living Christ active in our lives, faith becomes a mental exercise in which we make ourselves believe in various things. Real faith isn’t a leap into the darkness that lands us in the light. Real faith is not belief without evidence. Real faith is supernatural assurance and knowledge of truth that comes when God speaks to us. Christ leads, teaches, and corrects everyone who will listen to Him and follow Him. Whoever seeks Him finds Him. All may come. He speaks through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:17 King James Version If faith comes by hearing the word of Christ or the word of God, then it’s important for us to know what God means by “word of God.” What term was translated as “word?” It’s the Greek term “rhema.” What does “rhema” mean? Rhema means utterance. The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon defines it as “that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, word.” It’s “any sound produced by the voice and having definite meaning.” It’s “speech, discourse, what one has said, a series of words joined together into a sentence (a declaration of one’s mind made in words), an utterance, a saying of any sort as a message, or a narrative.” Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2 Jesus authors our faith. He originates it. We don’t. He’s also the finisher or completer of our faith. Notice how different this is from the make-believe faith that skeptics call “belief without evidence.” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1 King James Version What Greek term was in the original text that the King James translators rendered as “substance?” The Greek term is “hupostasis.” What does “hupostasis” mean? It means essence. It means reality as opposed to concept. What about “evidence?” What word is in the original text? The Greek word is “elegchos.” Elegchos is absolute proof. Therefore, real faith is absolute by nature. It’s absolute proof. It’s substance or reality. The reason it’s absolute and powerful is that Jesus Christ originates it. It comes when we hear the voice of God through Scripture. God speaks to us through Scripture. Through Scripture, He tells us about other methods beyond Scripture by which He speaks to us. Faith also comes when He speaks to us through those methods. By faith, we know that the Bible is the utterance of God without error. By faith, we know that God never contradicts Himself. That means that one Scripture never contradicts another Scripture. It also means that no other form of revelation will ever conflict with any part of Scripture. For instance, God will never state one truth through Scripture and contradict that truth by revealing something contradictory in His creation. That is to say, true scientific observation will never conflict with Scripture.

Real Reason

Real reason is also absolute. Real reason also goes beyond inductive reasoning that can only speak of probabilities. It goes beyond the pragmatism of science that never deals with truth but only with what works in the natural realm. Real reason goes beyond opinion to absolute knowledge of the truth. However, the intellectuals have told us that no one can know anything absolutely. We’ve been discouraged from seeking absolute truth. Sound reason requires true premises because we can’t use unproven claims to prove other claims. And yet, the secularists say that sound reason doesn’t require true premises. They say that we can begin reasoning by establishing assumptions on which we all agree. What are assumptions? They’re unknown beliefs that we accept as if we knew that they were true. They aren’t known, but we pretend that we know them. In a sense, we deceive ourselves when we assume. Without true premises, our reasoning isn’t sound. With inductive reasoning, we can only speak of probabilities. With true premises and valid deductive reasoning, we can advance to the knowledge of the truth. We can’t know everything, but we can know some things with certainty.

The Connection between Real Faith and Real Reason

If we have to start our reasoning with assumptions or presuppositions, we can never go beyond opinions. Our reasoning will never be stronger than our assumptions. Since assumptions are unknowns, where does that leave us? However, the real faith takes us beyond assumptions and presuppositions to substance, truth, and absolute proof. The real faith is able to do this because it comes from the utterance of God. This is the same utterance by which God brought the universe into existence. The wonder is that we can have this assurance and certainty right now. With that knowledge, we can reason rationally. We can have sound reasoning. We can know the truth and the truth will set us free.

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