Thinking is Either Based on Made-Up Stuff or Divine Revelation
When people go beyond what God has revealed, the only option is making stuff up.
In all the opinions about God’s existence, most of what you hear isn’t rational. It’s not rational to claim that something that isn’t known is known. It’s not possible to know anything with proof that it’s true. You can never give anyone proof that anything is true if they aren’t willing to examine the proof. You can’t even prove the sun exists to a person who refuses to look and see that the sun exists. You can’t prove the sun to someone who explains away the evidence with other hypotheses.
Someone may tell you that something’s been observed using scientific method. Do you get to look at the evidence and evaluate it for yourself? Not usually. You’re supposed to take that person’s word for it. Yet, most of what is called evidence isn’t even the observation. It’s an interpretation of observation based on assumptions. Those assumptions are derived from worldviews.
This is particularly interesting among those who call themselves “free thinkers.” You can get into the free thinker club. Just don’t question the group-held worldview of the free thinkers. This worldview includes the big bang, billions of years, no God, no flood, molecules to man stories. It’s OK to question some small detail. You can question something that’s in dispute among the free thinkers. Thinking outside the box of the stories simply proves that you aren’t a free thinker though.
When you speak by the spirit of Christ, it’s different. God tells us that no one can say that Jesus is Lord but by the Holy Spirit. Testify of Jesus Christ and what He’s doing as Lord of your life. When you do, you’re speaking by the Holy Spirit. It’s good if you recognize that this is what’s going on. You ought to acknowledge Him in all your ways.
Testify of Jesus Christ and what He’s doing in your life. Those who hear what you say or read what you write aren’t hearing or reading your words. Rather they’re interacting with the Holy Spirit who is speaking or writing through you. They’re having a direct experience with Christ.
When an free thinker tells you something, you’re just supposed to trust him or her. You’re supposed to trust that the so-called science is true. They don’t tell you what they think “science” is. Most of them haven’t even done the research themselves. You know that it’s a rare thing for you to have a chance to actually make the observations yourself. They don’t even give you the pure observations. The observations wouldn’t prove what they want to prove. They give you the interpretations of the observations. You can’t possibly prove an interpretation, by the way. An interpretation is a concept as opposed to something with substance. Thinking that interpretation is substance is a form of losing touch with reality.
When you testify of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is speaking His words through you. The person to whom you speak is having direct evidence in the form of the words you’re speaking. I doubt that anyone is always in submission to the Holy Spirit. I doubt that anyone always speaks His words. Yet when you are, that other person is directly dealing with Christ Himself. That person isn’t dealing with you. Jesus said that if such a person rejects you, that person is rejecting Him. And if they reject Him, they’re rejecting the Father who sent Him. That’s a sin against the greatest commandment. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.” Jesus also says that they reject Him because they love darkness rather than light and because their deeds are evil. Self-righteousness is an evil deed.
I write this to encourage you to keep testifying. Don’t accept the lie that you haven’t proved that God exists. You have demonstrated that God exists in the persons of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. They testified through you. You manifested the Father to the person who’s rejecting Jesus Christ and the Father. While such a person gladly accepts the claims of the free thinkers without any proof. Yet this person is rejecting absolute proof just as the ruling Jews rejected Jesus. Jesus directly manifested the Father before them. So keep on keeping on. Make progress in obeying the Holy Spirit. There are higher heights and deeper depths. Keep testifying wherever God opens the door for it.
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:2-3
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe. ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. ~ Proverbs 11:14
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkens unto counsel is wise. ~ Proverbs 12:15
Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. ~ Proverbs 19:20-21
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. ~ Proverbs 15:22
Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. ~ Psalms 1:1
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. ~ 1 Peter 4:11
He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; and he that despises me despises him that sent me. ~ Luke 10:16
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you. ~ Matthew 10:19-20
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
When the same word is used to mean very different things, it causes confusion. The word, “science,” is used for knowledge gained by repeated experimentation and observation by many people, but it’s also used for the unsupported assertions of a group of politically elite scientists.
The word, “evidence,” is used for absolute and certain proof, but it’s also used for interpretations based on unsupported assertions, on made-up stuff.
The word, “faith,” is used for the absolute proof and certainty that comes when God speaks, but it’s also used for a belief based on unsupported assertions. The word, “hope,” is used for the vision God gives concerning what He has promised He will do, but it’s also used for a human-generated wish based on vapor.
The phrase, “I’m a Christian,” is used to mean, “Jesus Christ leads me and teaches me moment by moment and does His Works through me,” but it’s also used to mean, “I know that Jesus Christ exists.”
These are just a few examples, but the list could go on and on. The result is that statements need clarification. Words must be defined.
Both presuppositional and Revelational apologetics use physical observation and experience/experiment. Evidential apologetics seems to focus mainly on physical observation and experience/experiment that is interpreted via assumptions. Presuppositional apologetics generally recognized Divine revelation as one of many sources of truth, but it puts puts special emphasis on presuppositions as the basis for thinking, while revelational apologetics puts special emphasis on Divine revelation through the Holy Spirit, our Teacher and Counselor sent through Christ, as the basis for thinking.
“Evidential apologetics or evidentialism is an approach to Christian apologetics emphasizing the use of evidence to demonstrate that God exists. The evidence is supposed to be evidence both the believer and nonbeliever share, that is to say one need not presuppose God’s existence.” Wikipedia
“Presuppositionalism is a school of Christian apologetics that believes the Christian faith is the only basis for rational thought. It presupposes that the Bible is divine revelation and attempts to expose flaws in other worldviews.” Wikipedia
I’m careful about what Wikipedia says, since they have such an anti-God influence, but I’ve included these definitions from that site.
“Evidential Apologetics is that style of Christian defense that stresses the miracles found in the Bible, particularly Christ’s resurrection as an evidence for the existence of God and the validity of Christ and His words. It also uses historical evidences to support the veracity of the Biblical account(s). In this, it is very similar to Classical Apologetics, which stresses reason in its approach to evidences.” Matt Slick of CARM, https://carm.org/evidential-apologetics
“This form of Christian apologetics deals with presuppositions.1 A Christian presuppositionalist presupposes God’s existence and argues from that perspective to show the validity of Christian theism.2 This position also presupposes the truth of the Christian Scriptures and relies on the validity and power of the gospel to change lives (Rom. 1:16).” Matt Slick of CARM, https://carm.org/presuppositional-apologetics
Comparing evidential apologetics to revelational apologetics, evidential apologetics exposes the mechanics of the lies. Revelational apologetics exposes the structure of the lies. Evidential apologetics is helpful to expose the lies about what has been observed. Revelational apologetics exposes that fact that nothing can be known without Divine revelation. Without Christ, nothing can be known. In Him is hidden all knowledge. In Him is hidden all knowledge.
You may wonder if revelational apologetics is the answer that will cause all bad doctrine to cease. Eventually, God will reveal the fallacies of all the lies that have been told, but don’t expect someone who dearly wants to believe in evolutionism or Atheism to be rational. There are many ways to get out of being rational. They’re called fallacies, tricks, and games.
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In science, theology, politics, and interpersonal communications, it’s difficult to tell the difference between reality and make-believe. We observe things, but not directly. We filter our observations through our own worldviews. Worldviews are powerful filters that don’t allow us to observe what doesn’t already fit into the worldview. Group-held worldviews are even more powerful, since they provide the group-think confirmation bias that creates an even stronger illusion . . . that our worldviews are reality itself rather than an just inner concept of what we think reality is.
Look at the Theory of Evolution as an example. When you actually look at the so-called “evidence,” every evidence is based on assumptions. Assumptions consist of made-up stuff that generally has been formulated to conform to the existing worldviews. The worldview is merely a fake reality masquerading as real reality. If you allow yourself even a single assumption, you can prove anything to yourself.
Let me give an example. Allow me one assumption. I will assume that you don’t exist. That’s now a given. Since you don’t exist, you don’t exist. That didn’t take any heavy lifting, did it? I just proved that you don’t exist based on my assumption.
Of course, that wouldn’t fool anyone. You need many more fallacies to cover up the fact that I’m making the whole thing up. So, how do I do that. Add more stories and complexity to the idea using the hundreds of available fallacies, and I could develop a story about your non-existence that’s as funny as the big bang, billions of years, no Flood, life from non-life, amoeba to human, no need for God story.
Here, we have a situation where every person who follows Christ knows Christ and is led and taught by the Holy Spirit moment by moment. As you know that you exist because of your experience of being you, everyone who follows Christ knows God exists because of his or her experience of being led and taught by the Holy Spirit. That’s not to say that we’re always faithful in listening, acknowledging, submitting, or allowing Him to think His thoughts, speak His Words, or do His acts through us. It just means we’re familiar with Him to some extent. To the extent that we have yielded to Him, we have discernment between that which comes from Him and that which comes from other sources. Many times, we do lean on our own understanding rather than acknowledging Him. Hence, you can witness the many doctrinal and denominational divisions in the Church. Yet, Jesus Christ is real, and He is the reality of the ongoing experience of every single person who follows Him.
For a Secularist (skeptic, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist, etc.) to claim that a follower of Christ isn’t experiencing what he or she is experiencing is as bizarre as me claiming that you don’t exist. The Secularist has only one tool to develop such a thought: making stuff up and then confusing the issue with smokescreen fallacies.
Yet, when confronted with the fact that you know Jesus Christ personally, Secularists commonly will begin to use the fallacy of faulty comparison. There are several types of faulty comparison fallacies. This one is false equivalence of two opposites. It’s very helpful to the Secularist in this situation, since the Secularist is faced with a stark contrast between Divine revelation and making stuff up. The Secularist isn’t comfortable with the fact that every single thing he or she thinks he or she knows is based on made-up stuff. So, in this case, Secularists intuitively reach for a tu quo que (you too) fallacy. They want to say, “You too have the same problem.” Of course, tu quo que doesn’t solve the Secularist’s problem. It merely is a way to project their problem onto you. In effect, they’re saying, you’re situation is just as bad as mine. There are many problems with this kind of thinking. Most importantly, you don’t have the same problem the Secularist has. Yet, if you don’t stay in the Presence of Jesus, if you try to lean on your own mind rather than His Mind, you will become confused by these tactics.
To use tu quo que, the Secularist must use a faulty comparison fallacy first. Therefore, the Secularist will try to lump Divine revelation in as part of the made-up stuff. He or she must claim that Divine revelation is also made-up stuff. This asserts the following universal negative: “God doesn’t reveal anything to anyone.” This, of course, is based on that bare assertion and universal negative, “There is no God.”
When the lumping fallacy fails, the Secularist may turn to other ways to equate Divine revelation with making stuff up. He or she may claim that you can’t know it’s God speaking to you, and, if Divine revelation depended on human ability, that would be true. However, Divine revelation is, as the term implies, dependent on God. He is able. What would possibly prevent the Almighty God from being able to reveal Himself and His Truth to a willing human heart? Another common Secularist tactic is to claim that the human mind must interpret the revelation, and the revelation is, therefore, subject to human interpretation. That’s a statement contrary to fact. God’s revelation is pure. Human interpretation adds to it or diminishes it. That’s why God commands us not to add to His Utterances or diminish them. Divine revelation plus human interpretation equals human ideas. We must leave the things God hasn’t revealed with God and receive the revelation He has given. Then the Secularist is likely to remind you that your own mind can fool you, and this is true. However, that’s not a problem to God as long as we remain humble. It’s a very good reason for us to hold our theology loosely, but it’s not a good reason to stop seeking God or to follow the Secularist’s delusion. The Holy Spirit is constantly leading us. As we yield. our spiritual senses are exercised, which brings maturity and discernment between good (what God is saying) and evil (what comes from human or demonic minds). The Holy Spirit is given to lead us into all Truth. Just keep following Him, and be ready to abandon your own convictions and many things you’ve been taught in favor of Divine revelation.
The big problem that the Secularist has with all his or her claims is that Secularist’s claims are based on made-up stuff. It’s irrational to make stuff up and call it real. Their claims to deny Divine revelation are based on made-up stuff. Your testimony of Divine revelation is based on Divine revelation. It always comes down to Divine revelation versus made-up stuff.
If the Secularist is successful in convincing himself or herself using these arguments, the Secularist loses the ability to know the difference between reality and make-believe in this regard. It’s no longer a game. It’s insanity. Secularists have lost touch with reality.
The big bang, billions of years, no Flood, life from non-life, amoeba to human, no need for God story is a complex story based on fallacies. The hundreds of fallacies can be classified into two groups, and only one of those groups is functional. The functional fallacy is always some form of making stuff up and calling it true. It could be an outright lie. It could be a hidden assumption. It could be an “axiom of science.” There are many ways to make stuff up.
All other fallacies are smokescreens to give the illusion that the made-up stuff isn’t made-up stuff. Those smokescreens include appeal to ridicule, which has become very popular. There are many ways to ridicule. Appeal to offence is becoming very popular: “I’m offended; therefore, you are wrong and I am right.” Appeal to anger works the same way.
Then, there are the many statistical fallacies: “It’s very unlikely that God exists.” Really? What is the number you can put on that probability, and how do you derive it? How do you know that you have taken every factor into account? What are the steps to your scientific experiment you use to determine that every follower of Christ is not experiencing what he or she is experiencing?
Bill Nye debated Ken Ham. He suddenly realized that he had to defend the use of assumption. He claimed that assumptions come out of experience. Another word for experience is experiment. One of the ways we observe in science is through experience/experiment. These experiences are repeatable, so many people can observe the same thing. Assumptions don’t come out of experiments. They’re used to interpret the observations made when performing an experiment. Interpretation always adds to what has been observed or diminishes it. These assumptions are developed to conform to the existing worldview, in most cased, the group-think of the ruling shared worldview of the scientific community.
Of course, the same thing happens in Christian denominations. It happens in politics. Is there any hope for humanity?
Yes. Jesus Christ came to set us free. In fact, He said that the Truth will set us free. He is the Truth. God knows all things. He reveals some things to us. For instance, He reveals Himself through the things He has created to every person. Those who acknowledge Him and thank Him receive further revelation and faith, that is, certainty of reality, comes to them. Those who refuse to acknowledge Him lose the ability to tell the difference between what human minds are making up and what is coming from God.
When we believe what God is telling us about Jesus Christ and how He died to pay the price of our own sins, how He rose again from the dead having overcome sin, and how He now offers us forgiveness and a path to freedom from our fallen state, we are changed. We are born into the family of God, when we had previously been slaves to Satan. At that point, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to be our Teacher and Leader. If we seek Him and His Will, then, we continue to learn and be changed. One of the first things that He teaches us is that the Bible is His Word without error, and that He speaks to us through the Bible. He teaches us that there are many gifts that come through the Spirit, that the gifts, ministries, offices, and orders that He reveals through Scripture are important to Him and that He will eventually reveal how all of them work for us and are part of our salvation.
As we walk with the Spirit and keep step with the Spirit, we don’t stay in the same place. What we thought we understood yesterday soon becomes quite shallow compared to the new, unfolding, revelation of today. Tomorrow, there will be more as we progress in the Spirit. God has built many safeguards into the Church to keep this unfolding revelation on track. Every human-developed method that isn’t in Scripture creates a danger of going off course. As we yield to the Spirit, our spiritual senses are exercised by reason of use to discern between good (what comes from God) and evil (what comes from other sources).
We don’t need to boast of our spirituality. In fact, such boasting is a sure sign of spiritual immaturity. God has provided no way by which we can truly measure our maturity in Christ. We can tell a bit about our spiritual immaturity every time we exhibit some form of the fruit of the flesh: thoughts, words, or acts of sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. Every time we find ourselves irritated or striving for something, we realize that we need more of Him.
The way forward is glorious for those who don’t get distracted. There are higher heights and deeper depths in Christ. Keep on keeping on.
To prove any Atheistic or Evolutionistic position always requires fallacy. Always!
When Christians use ad ignorantiam fallacies, they weaken their testimony. That doesn’t mean that you can’t ask the question: “How do you know?” In fact, that’s a great question. What makes the evolutionist think that the observations support a claim that molecules once formulated themselves into a living cell somehow? What makes the evolutionists think that a first living cell morphed into people over long periods of time?
I’m not talking about possibility. I’m talking about proving that it actually happened. Stay away from the framing fallacy that implies, “If something is possible, then it’s OK to say that it’s true.” Think of yourself on trial for a murder that you didn’t commit. Would you be OK with it if the judge told the jury that the right attitude would be that if you could possibly have committed the crime, then you are guilty as charged?
When a Christian asks this type of question the purpose of the question is to show that the Atheist or Evolutionist is irrational in using his or her belief (or belief in non-belief) to fail to acknowledge God. The question only exposes the fact that something called “evidence” is actually dependent on an assumption. Lack of knowledge of an answer about something doesn’t disprove the thing. To imply that it does disprove a thing is irrational. It only shows that the thing is not proven. It exposes the fact that there is no real evidence for the thing.
Atheists or Evolutionists can’t use unanswered questions to disprove Divine revelation. They can use them to expose Christian speculation, however. And none of us want’s to be guilty of Christian speculation. Speculation adds to God’s Words or diminishes God’s Words–and if we do that, He will expose us as liars. That’s His promise to us. He does that for our own good. He doesn’t want us to love our own lies or the lies of others, since He has to judge those who love lies. He wants to cleanse us of our affection for our favorite lies.
Let me give an example. You say, “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.” “In six days God created the Heavens, Earth, seas, and everything in them.” There is no speculation here. This is all Divine revelation. So, a troll says, “How do you know?” You say, “God speaks this to me through Scripture.” Again, no speculation here–just revelation. The troll asks, “How do you know it’s God speaking to you through Scripture?” You answer, “I know because of person interaction with the Holy Spirit. He is the One Who tells me that the Bible is His Word without error. He also speaks to me whenever I read the Bible. He brings Scripture to my memory. While my spiritual senses are not fully developed yet, I’m learning to discern His Voice and to respond in submission. This very process brings spiritual maturity, and spiritual maturity brings discernment. So, while I don’t know all things, the Holy Spirit has plainly revealed these particular things to me.” The troll asks, “Well then, how exactly did God create everything instantly from nothing. Give me the science behind that. Huh? Huh?” You answer, “God hasn’t revealed that to me. However, He does reveal that He is the Almighty and that He is well capable.” At this point, the troll has nothing. For the troll to claim that you must know things that God hasn’t revealed or else God hasn’t revealed anything is irrational. The troll has nowhere to go without showing himself or herself to be irrational.
When Bill Nye debated Ken Ham about Creation (and, as it worked out, the favored story about no God, big bang, billions of years, no Flood, abiogenesis, amoeba to humans), Bill Nye wasn’t able to make any point to refute God or the Creation or to prove the favored story without relying on fallacy. In fact, every point Bill tried to make was riddled with multiple, nested fallacies.
Ken Ham, on the other hand, was falsely accused, by Evolutionists, of having the same problem. Some Christians came out against Ken Ham, noting how they would have been much more effective than he was. It’s easy to be critical, envious, or knit-picky. Looking at the transcript and analyzing the video for many hours will reveal that Ken’s fallacies weren’t on his main points. All of his main points hold up as rational, since they are based on his testimony of a personal relationship with Christ in which Christ reveals truth to Him, both through the Bible and through personal experience.
Bill Nye finally realized that he was comparing Divine revelation to assumption. Assumptions consist of made-up stuff. That’s their weakness. Made-up stuff is whatever someone makes up. Divine revelation comes from God Who knows all things and cannot lie.
The human mind has no internal method to tell the difference between made-up stuff and reality. This distinction can only be brought by the Almighty and loving God Who reveals it to us. He actually reveals this to every person, and every person receives partial revelation.
No one receives all that God is willing to give. No one rejects everything that God is willing to give. Some people acknowledge God and are thankful to Him. These have some knowledge of Truth and have a growing discernment between what God has revealed and what comes from other sources. With increasing spiritual maturity comes increasing discernment between good (what comes from God) and evil (what comes from human or demonic minds). Others, like Bill Nye, refuse to acknowledge God. They become increasingly unaware of the difference between reality and make-believe. Eventually, many of them become Atheists or functional Atheists. This is the reason for dogmatically held speculative doctrines in the Church and outside the Church.
Bill Nye ended up defending the use of assumptions as the foundation of all knowledge. Ken Ham ended up defending Divine revelation as the Foundation of all knowledge. Jesus Christ is the Foundation. No other Foundation can be laid that that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. In Him is hidden all knowledge. He is the Truth. He has become our wisdom, that is, righteousness, holiness, and redemption. In Him is hidden all knowledge. Everyone who’s on the side of Truth listens to Him.
The Book, “Reason,” uses this debate as a backdrop to discuss reason. The book isn’t about the debate, but the debate created a sharp distinction between reality and make-believe. “Reason,” hasn’t yet been released.
Funny how Evolutionists accuse those who follow Christ of blindly believing what can’t be proven when all they are doing is projecting their own problem onto those who don’t have the problem at all. In reality, the stories of Evolutionism can’t be proven while Creation is obvious. The stories of Evolutionism are all based on assumptions. Assumptions are pulled from worldviews. Worldviews are created by previous interpretations of things taught, things experienced, and things observed. Those interpretations are based on assumptions that are based on worldviews.
The fact of Creation isn’t given this way. It’s given by revelation. God reveals it through Scripture. God reveals it through Creation itself. Everyone, at some point, is confronted by God concerning this fact. Those who refuse to acknowledge Him and thank Him, He turns over to their own reprobate minds so that they do things that they know will result in judgment from God. The unrighteousness they do has an effect. It suppresses God’s truth and those unthankful and willingly ignorant people lose the ability to tell the difference between reality (what God reveals) and make-believe (what comes from human minds or demons).
Some say that Divine revelation requires interpretation by the fallen human mind. This isn’t true. In fact, it’s a tu quoque fallacy on the part of those who lean on their own understandings rather than trusting God. They suddenly realize that they know nothing and then want to accuse you of knowing nothing as well.
If the fallen human mind interprets Divine revelation, it always adds to it or diminishes what God is saying. What God says is enough. Humans have no source to self-generate the knowledge that would be required to interpret any experience, observation, Scripture passage, or revelation. That means that human interpretation is also human speculation. Speculation is just making stuff up.
When we stand in the Presence of God, He reveals Scripture. He reveals the meaning and purpose of life. He reveals right and wrong. What He says is enough.
Faith comes as we hear God. The Greek word, “rhema,” is used in Scripture. “Rhema” means utterance. God speaks. We hear. Faith comes. This faith isn’t conceptual. Theories and theologies are concepts only. Concepts are not reality. Faith is reality from God. It’s substance, that is, reality as opposed to concepts and opinions. It’s the substance of things hoped for. And, it’s also the only evidence that gives absolute proof and certainty. It’s the evidence of things not seen. (Romans 10:17, Hebrews 11:1)
As with all important words, Satan tries to blur the difference between reality and make-believe by redefining the word, “faith.” Some people use the word, “faith,” to mean “making themselves believe in something.” That would be make-believe. Rather than the conviction, certainty, and absolute proof, and reality that comes from God, Satan uses the word, “faith,” to label a human-generated ability to believe in things that aren’t true. Even many Christians are confused by this. Faith comes by hearing God’s Utterance. No one can self-generate God’s Utterance. Demons and flesh both try to imitate this absolute authority, but the Holy Spirit gives discernment.
The more we yield to Him and stand in submission in His Presence, the more we’re able to discern between His Mind and human minds and demonic minds. The more we walk in our own wills, the less we can know. The more spiritual we become, the better we can tell the difference between reality and make-believe. The more fleshly we become and the more we lean on our own understandings, the less we can tell the difference between reality and make-believe.
When we interpret Scripture, observation, experience, or anything, we must add something to it. Often, we add something from our own worldviews. Since our worldviews seem, to each of us, as if they were reality, we add without knowing we’re adding. God speaks to us through all these things, but we add to His Words. Adding results in distortion. Interpretation involves adding information, but what is the source of that information. Worldviews come out of previous interpretations and aren’t to be trusted. Worldviews are powerful filters that can keep us from seeing all these things as they really are. (2 Co. 3) Don’t hold your theology so tightly that the Holy Spirit is unable to teach you. The Holy Spirit is the only Teacher. Only He can interpret Scripture, observation, experience, or anything else. Christ is the only Foundation. Pray that God leads you as you study Scripture and as you live your life.
We would like an easy way. I could set my goal to be something that’s easy to reach. That way, I can be sure that I don’t fail. Is that the way to set a goal?
Know your goal. Some people fail to set a goal. Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Some people fail to set the right goal. They set a random goal. So how do you set a goal?
Get your goal from God. He’s alive, you know. He’s available. He’s ready to lead if you’re willing to follow. You must learn to know His Voice. You must be ready to take the attitude of no compromise. If you read the second and third chapters of Revelation, you’ll find that there are wonderful promises to the overcomers. For those who fail, God doesn’t offer those same promises.
“To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7) “He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (verse 11) “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (verse 17) “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. (verses 26, 27, and 28) “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Revelation 3:5) “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” (verse 12) “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (verse 21)
All of these promises are linked closely to having ears to hear. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word (utterance) of God. Faith gives access to grace. Grace does the righteousness through us. Righteousness leads to holiness.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.” Seek God’s will. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” When we seek God and His will, He often says things we don’t like. He tells us to speak when we don’t want to. He tells us not to speak when we want to. He tells us to speak in love when we want to get even. Human flesh and the Holy Spirit are always at odds. They’re mutually exclusive. It’s a battle to the death.
The enemies are the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh. Flesh is the body—and the mind that is under control of the body. The flesh wants to fit it. It wants to get along with all the influences of the world. Flesh runs on emotions and irrational thinking.
The world is the culture.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The world consists of the influence of friends who aren’t speaking God’s words or doing God’s will. It consists of people you love. It consists of the media, news, textbooks with half-truths and untruths, opinions on the Internet, movies, movie stars, performers of all sorts, comedians, and many other influences of culture.
The world is also internal. Every experience that each of us has is filtered through our preconceived ideas, our worldviews. Each worldview seems more real than reality to the person who owns that worldview. Everyone has a worldview, a concept of reality. Pardon me for saying something so obvious, but this concept is a concept. It’s not reality.
This is a serious problem with which we all struggle. I struggle with it. Many people don’t even know that they are struggling with it. They fully believe that their own worldviews are reality as it is. They don’t realize that their worldviews are powerful filters.
These filters keep out any parts of reality that conflict with the worldview. They then add the new filtered interpretations of reality to the worldview in the form of confirmation bias. If anyone persists in exposing the errors of the worldview, they perceive such a person as a irrational.
“The devil” refers to principalities and powers.
2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Set a goal to overcome the devil, the world, and your own sinful flesh. There’s only one way to do this through Jesus Christ—that’s by grace, which is through faith. Faith comes by hearing the utterance of God. God leads. Faith comes and gives access to grace. Grace does God’s works. This process changes you.
When God leads you, you see who you are and how you fit into the Body of Christ—not all at once, but by incremental steps. As the fleshly veil is pulled away from your face, you see the glory of Christ in yourself and in your brother and sister. You see this as if looking into a mirror image. As you see this, you’re changed into the same image from glory to ever-exceeding glory. This change is executed by the Spirit of God.
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
You must hear His Voice. That’s where it all starts. How do you hear His Voice?
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Draw nigh to God. Seek the Lord, your God, with everything you have. Praise Him. He inhabits the praises of His people. Discern His Body, the Body of Christ. No longer look at people after the flesh but after the spirit. Are they born again. Recognize the Christ in them. When God leads you, submit to Him. Spend time in prayer. Read the Bible daily. Have a family time of worship every day. Attend church weekly. As you read Scripture, the Holy Spirit will counsel you about many other things where you are to cooperate with Him as He moves through you in righteousness.
God leads you moment by moment. He puts impressions into your mind. If you acknowledge Him in all your ways, He reveals the interpretations of your experiences and observations of everything. At the same time, your fleshly nature is also trying to influence you and deceive you, so it’s not always easy to know God’s will. However, at every moment, you are certain of at least one thing that God places before you. What you hand finds to do, do it with your might. Do this while yielding to the power of the Holy Spirit to do righteousness. All righteousness begins with God’s leading and continues with God’s power for righteousness. If you want to work the works of God, you must know the works of God are inspired by the Spirit’s leading and executed by the Spirit, so there are two places where humans can add their part and frustrate the grace of God.
God will give wisdom to you for your business. You will know the answer. When you seek God about this, you will know. If something is contrary to Scripture in itself, God will bring that Scripture to your remembrance, and God will lead you in a new direction. If your current pattern of living puts you into a constant temptation, the Holy Spirit will either lead you out of that pattern or will transform your nature so that you overcome the temptation completely. When you’re in God’s will, He imparts a peace and confidence to you. You have a certainty that you’re in His will. If you can’t find peace, don’t make compromises. Seek God until He reveals what’s wrong. God will lead you a step at a time into His will.