Who is Wise?

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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“Who is wise and understanding among you; let him show his works out of the good conduct, in the humility of wisdom.” (James 3:13 Berean Literal Bible)

This natural wisdom is good. Without acknowledging Christ, a man can be a successful engineer. Without acknowledging Christ, a woman can start and operate a successful business. God provides natural wisdom and spiritual wisdom, but the two aren’t similar. He imparts natural talents, gifts, and personality traits. People develop skills without acknowledging Christ. However, without the Holy Spirit, if we claim to know anything we confuse “knowledge” with our unfounded opinions. Once we mix those two, we can’t know anything since we can’t sort the truth from the gibberish. We can feel like we know things, but we can never be sure about anything. We may have truth since God reveals reality to us, but we don’t know the difference between revealed truth and imagined speculation. We can’t discern between truth and made-up stuff. Remember, we’re defining knowledge as precise, accurate, and absolutely certain knowledge of truth.

God has also written some knowledge on the conscience of every person. We could call this natural knowledge, but it is revealed knowledge. We don’t know the extent of what God wrote or when God wrote it, but we know this knowledge comes from God. This knowledge is truth, but we can’t know that it’s truth unless we acknowledge that it comes from God. And the human conscience isn’t always reliable. A conscience can be weak, wounded, seared, defiled, or even evil. (1 Corinthians 8:12, 1 Timothy 4:2, Titus 1:15, Hebrews 10:22) What God wrote was pure, but we’re influenced by those around us, by demonic entities, and by our own weak reasoning and speculation. These influences cause impurity in the conscience. Without the light of the Holy Spirit, we have no way to know the difference between what’s pure and what’s impure.

“For when Gentiles, not having the Law, do by nature the things of the Law, these not having the Law are a law to themselves, who show the work of the Law, written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and the thoughts between one another accusing or also defending them” (Romans 2:14-15 Berean Literal Bible)

“who having known the righteous judgment of God, that those doing such things are worthy of death, not only are practicing them, but are also approving of those practicing them.” (Romans 1:32 Berean Literal Bible)
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The Fleshly Mind versus Christ

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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Natural knowledge and Natural wisdom.

We can learn. Dogs can learn. Cats can learn. All animals obtain a natural pragmatic familiarity. However, for this journey, we don’t want to confuse this natural pragmatic familiarity with certainty of truth. We steer a car by this natural familiarity form of pseudo-knowledge. We get a new car, and the steering doesn’t work exactly as our old car’s steering worked. However, we drive it until we get the feel of it by reacting to our natural senses. We could call this “knowledge,” but it isn’t knowledge unless we acknowledge God Who gives knowledge. When God reveals a matter and we acknowledge God, we can have precise, accurate, absolute, and certain knowledge of truth. But God doesn’t reveal everything, and we only accept a fraction of what He does reveal. Our carnal, sarx mind also calls to us and confuses us, so we aren’t always confident, and we’re sometimes confident when we should be questioning our confidence.

As an illustration of the problem, consider Tony, a former Christian turned atheistic evangelist. This man posted a question to a Christian discussion group and said that this was one of the questions that turned him away from Christianity. Here’s the question: “If God decided to kill most of humanity because they had turned to evil, why would He flood the planet to do so? Why cause such a loss of life?” He claimed that no one was able to answer this question in a way that wouldn’t allow him to rationalize an answer. Since he was always able to generate a rationalized response, he decided that God didn’t exist.

Christians then obediently tried to reason with Tony, and, sure enough, Tony was always able to rationalize an answer to anything the Christians proposed. One Christian asked Tony about the limitations of the human mind, and Tony agreed that the human mind is limited. He admitted that he couldn’t have a true premise, but he claimed that this limitation only kept him from absolute truth. He claimed that he could still “know” the probabilities of things being true or false. He claimed that the fact that he couldn’t have a true premise only meant that he was limited to inductive reasoning rather than deductive reasoning. Of course, that isn’t true. Both inductive and deductive reasoning require true premises. Tony brought out examples of how he’s able to function in society and keep himself alive by using the brute-beast, sarx mind.

The Christian asked how that works, and Tony said, “It works like this: I say something. You say something that appears to be related, based on your words and grammar. If it were a mess of jumbled letters, I would think we did not understand each other, but it’s not, so I say something that seems relevant. If you again respond with stuff that appears relevant, the likelihood that I am getting random responses from the universe is becoming smaller and smaller. So, I inductively conclude that I am almost certainly communicating with an intelligent being and that we almost certainly understand each other’s words, at least in broad outline.”

The Christian asked how Tony was reasoning to his original claim. Tony had already agreed that he was limited to his immediate sensations from his five senses, natural instincts, and axiomatic thinking fallacies. And yet, he felt qualified to ask God about His reasoning in sending the Genesis Flood.

Tony claimed that he “proved” the probability of the non-existence of God through inductive reasoning. Of course, Tony wouldn’t use the word “proved.” He would prefer the word “inferred.” However, for many people, both “infer” and “conclude” imply a rational thought process rather than just making up stuff and using smokescreen fallacies to hide the fact that they’re making up stuff and calling the made-up stuff true.

Tony asked God, and he asked Christians. God wasn’t specific enough in His answer to Tony, and Tony was always able to make up an argument against the answers he received from Christians. He called that “inductive reasoning.”

This true story illustrates the limitation of the brute-beast mind. Tony can use his brute-beast mind to “know” that he’s probably talking to a person rather than receiving random signals from the universe. In that case, he’s reacting to his immediate senses. However, he has to add axiomatic thinking fallacies and misuse inductive reasoning to reason beyond his immediate senses. Using the same process, Tony could convince himself of anything. He would just present his theory and test to see if he could argue against anyone who attempted to refute his theory. His theory could be the tooth fairy or the non-existence of the universe, but he would still be able to think up arguments against anyone who tried to refute his theory. The brute-beast mind can be very clever at making up stories and committing axiomatic thinking fallacies. As long as Tony allows those two methods of reasoning, he can prove anything to himself.
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Sarx

“because the mind of the flesh is hostility toward God; for it is not subject to the Law of God, for not even can it be.” ~ Romans 8:7 Berean Literal Bible

This Scripture again speaks of the fleshly mind. It won’t obey God’s Law, nor can it. King James Version translated this same word as “carnal mind.” The Greek word is “sarx.” Again, this mind interprets sense data to make decisions. This animal nature craves and incites sin. To understand this word better, we’ll look at three more passages where it appears.

“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.” ~ Romans 7:14 King James Version

“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. . . . For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:1 & 3 King James Version

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;” ~ 2 Corinthians 10:4 King James Version

As the natural, sarx, carnal mind depends on natural senses, the spiritual mind depends on spiritual senses. The sarx mind craves and incites sin. It can’t do righteousness. It’s deceitful and desperately wicked. In Romans 7:14, Paul says he’s carnal/sarx, sold under sin. When was he sold as a slave to sin? Adam obeyed Satan rather than God, and he became a slave of Satan through obedience. God’s natural order is obedience to God, not Satan, so Adam distorted the natural order. He passed on this sinfulness to his descendants including Paul, and his descendants all followed their distorted instincts into sin and death.

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God Supplies Everyone’s Needs

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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God supplies everything we need. He even provides for the disbelievers so that they have the opportunity to seek Him. Some will seek Him and find Him. Others will continue to reject Him and dishonor Him.

The natural existence is a low existence. It’s sad to see people living at such a lowly level as an animal, but what about Christians living this way?
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Rejecting Evidence

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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So, how do we know anything about history? Artifacts exist. We can read letters and legal documents going way back in time. We can see tools and whatever is left of buildings and cities. The interpretation of the artifacts is tentative pseudo-knowledge that’s subject to change with further discoveries. Often, historians commit argument from silence fallacies. That is, they argue that they have not seen evidence for a certain event so the event never happened. Generally, they use selective evidence when committing this kind of fallacy. They reject the written account in Scripture even though written accounts are the most reliable way to know what happened in the past.
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God Reveals Absolute but Incomplete Truth

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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God reveals absolute, though partial, truth. God reveals spiritual truth and historical truth, but the brute-beast mind can’t self-generate this form of knowledge. However, this brute-beast mind continually has opinions about such things as morality, sin, God, heaven, hell, ethics, politics, history, and truth. None of these is material. This brute-beast mind can be brilliant in creating testable technology like computers, medical equipment, and rockets. People develop these products pragmatically. They test them. They fine-tune them. However, the brute-beast mind can’t test a historical story or a moral issue. God reveals a natural understanding of moral issues to this natural human mind. We call this “conscience.” However, as humans try to reason from their own natural understandings, the brute-beast mind is incapable. It begins to destroy the conscience and to twist it. This mind is incapable of rational reasoning, and we’ll fully explore why.
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Certainty is Impossible Without God

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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God reveals that our natural senses are somewhat accurate. However, if we don’t acknowledge divine revelation, we have to assume that our natural senses are somewhat accurate. Atheist evolutionists, for instance, have no way to prove that their natural senses are accurate or that they even exist. Natural familiarity isn’t precise and accurate knowledge of truth with absolute certainty. Certainty is evasive without God. The human mind by itself can’t provide a true premise to prove a conclusion about what we sense with our five senses. We want to function beyond the level of brute beasts and instinct.
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Truth Comes From Truth

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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We don’t need the title “scientist” to use our sensory data. We all do it. We can say, “I tried three ways of doing my task. One of these ways works better. Therefore, I’m going to keep doing my task using the way that works better.” Some people call this “knowledge.” We could call it natural familiarity, but we don’t reason to this familiarity rationally since we never have a true premise without divine revelation. This familiarity isn’t knowledge of truth. We can use this familiarity, but we haven’t reasoned to a true conclusion. Reasoning to a true conclusion requires a true premise, and we don’t have a true premise if we’re devoid of the Holy Spirit. And yet, we can use what our five senses give us as long as we don’t try to reason beyond them.
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Knowing God

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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A few notable scientists have broken through the naturalistic paradigm and touched reality. For instance, Albert Einstein wanted to know God’s thoughts, and he could sense the presence of Jesus Christ when he read the Gospels. He received the theory of relativity in a dream. Can you imagine the benefits to humanity if all scientists lifted science to a new level by abandoning the irrationality of naturalism? Suppose they did science in the Holy Spirit’s flowing knowledge, wisdom, and understanding in submission to the King of kings instead of doing science like animals reacting to their natural senses alone. Even for the scientists who are limited by the artificial constraints of naturalism, God reveals through observation. God directs humans about what to test and what to look at even when they aren’t aware of His direction and guidance.
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Rational vs. Not Rational

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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The non-rational mind can reason, but it can’t reason rationally to a conclusion beyond the five senses. We’ll explore the reasons for that limitation during this journey. The sarx mind can compare two choices, sort objects by various criteria, memorize phrases or concepts, write poetry, and perform calculations. It can record data from experiments and then use that data to design working products. This mind can rationalize and argue. The self-righteous carnal mind can make a show of false love, goodness, mercy, humility, and virtue, but it can’t self-generate any of these fruits of the Spirit. It can pretend hypocritically. It can produce sexual immorality, impure motives, unbridled desire, idolatry, sorcery, drug abuse, drunkenness, and wild partying. It can self-generate hatred, discord, jealousy, rage, rivalries, divisions, factions, envy, and the like. It can’t produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:19-23 However, it can produce hypocritical fakes of all of these. It can have natural affection for its family members just as animals show this same natural affection. It can control itself to a point, but it won’t allow the Holy Spirit to control it.
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Don’t Believe Realativists

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Some people say we probably live in a computer simulation. In other words, we have no real existence. Of course, the Hindus say that we don’t have real existence either but are parts of a dream of Brahma. Let’s dispel the idea that we live in a computer simulation. We shouldn’t have to mention this computer-simulation story, but it’s a story that’s coming up increasingly. Some people take it seriously. Of course, without divine revelation, we wouldn’t be able to prove either this wild computer-simulation story or the dream of Brahma story wrong. However, God reveals that we live in real reality. He reveals that our senses are somewhat reliable. And He also reveals that truth is from Him and Him alone.
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