Ungodly thinkers often mention a consensus. We hear that all the time.
A consensus of scientists agrees that the earth is 4.7 billion years old.
A consensus of scientists agrees of evolution. It’s a scientific fact.
A consensus of scientists agrees on global warming.
A consensus is an agreement that everyone can live with. It usually involves some compromise, but everyone must agree or there is no consensus. There is no consensus among scientists regarding the age of the earth or the origin of the earth. There is a majority, but a majority isn’t a consensus. I’m getting to point with this. Be patient with me.
So they have a majority. They call it a consensus because it sounds more convincing. But it’s a lie. Here we have more than three fallacies. The three obvious ones are an appeal to popularity, an assertion contrary to fact, and an equivocation fallacy.
However, ungodly thinkers must always use fallacies when trying to reason to a conclusion. Since they have no path to true premises, they’re forced to use fallacies. At some level, every time they try to use logic, they base their logic, and thus, their conclusion, on claims of which they are not certain. That’s because the only certain truth comes by divine revelation. In other words, the claim is not known to be true. It may be true.
When anyone makes a claim, that person is asserting that the claim is true. To assert that a claim is true without knowing whether it’s true is to lie. Logic comes to a conclusion and claims that the conclusion is true based on something that is supposed to prove the conclusion to be true. But when the proof doesn’t prove the conclusion, a deception has taken place. These deceptions can be very subtle.
Making any claim without absolutely knowing that the claim is true is known as an axiomatic thinking fallacy. Axioms are things we say or believe that we can’t prove and that no one has proved to us. Axioms are taken as facts without proof. There are various types of axiomatic thinking fallacies, and all of those names for fallacies and definitions of fallacies are not important. What’s important is that bare claims without absolute proof are lies.
This means that ungodly thinking always is based on fallacies. Fallacies are lies or methods of lying. The root fallacy is always some form of axiomatic thinking fallacy. It might be a bald-faced lie. It might be an unsupported premise. It could be an unsupported claim. Or it could be any number of other axiomatic thinking fallacies. These axiomatic thinking fallacies are seldom committed without at least one smokescreen fallacy. Smokescreen fallacies are fallacies that make axiomatic thinking seem as if it were sane when it’s not sane. It’s not sane to believe that something is true when we have no way to prove it. Smokescreen fallacies include circular reasoning, appeal to emphatic statements, appeal to presentation, red herring fallacies, changing the subject, and many more. Smokescreen fallacies give the illusion that made-up stuff is real stuff.
Satan’s war is against our minds. His only weapon is lies. He binds us up will many lies. Jesus Christ is the truth. In Him, all wisdom, truth, knowledge, and understanding reside. We can easily see why no wisdom, truth, knowledge or understanding can exist without Him. We know it because He is speaking it into our hearts. He says that truth sets us free. Satan works against this, but Satan has no power over us. The flesh is no help to us. In Christ, we have the truth.
This article started with the false consensus fallacy. The false consensus fallacy is a smokescreen fallacy. The smokescreen is put out to hide the fact that the original claim is just a bare claim. Even if there were a consensus on any claim, the consensus has no power to change reality. A consensus is often wrong. The only way we can avoid fallacies is to listen to Jesus Christ and yield our minds to Him.