Christ reveals Himself to every person up to a certain point. When a person continually refuses to thank Him and glorify Him as God, Christ will finally turn that person over to his or her own reprobate mind. This reprobate mind is the natural human mind that’s incapable of rational thought. It can think. It can rationalize beyond observation and experience only by making up stuff and pretending the made-up stuff is true. It can do science and make products based on observation and testing.
God may even give such a person a revelation from time to time to help them, but a person who is determined to deny God will attribute the revelation to his or her own genius or some other source. The human mind without the anointing of the Holy Spirit has no path to a true premise. So it continually tries to reason beyond the five natural senses by inserting made-up stuff (assumptions, axioms, bare claims, etc.) into the reasoning. From that made-up stuff, we get such philosophies as atheism, agnosticism, naturalism, secularism, rationalism, scientism, evolutionism, and socialism. From this form of reasoning, we get rationalizations to justify murder, sexual sins of various kinds, and breaking, bending, and distorting every command of God.
God still provides revelation, some of which such a person accepts and some of which such a person rejects. Without this revelation, the person would die, so God provides it out of mercy. But the ungodly thinker refuses to acknowledge God’s revelation and attributes the divine revelation to the same source from which the made-up stuff comes. In that process, the person loses the ability to tell the difference between divine revelation and make-believe. In other words, the person loses the ability to know the difference between reality and make-believe.
Such a person goes to great lengths to create a worldview in which God doesn’t exist, or God doesn’t communicate. This problem in reasoning isn’t limited to atheists. Christians and other religionists also do this. They may even follow demonic voices and various forms of conjuring yet have a naturalistic worldview regarding God. The variations are endless. The thing is that worldviews seem more real than real reality, so they blind us all to some extent.
On the other hand, those who follow Christ (when they do follow Christ) hear His voice. In other words, Christ is leading, teaching, and correcting us moment by moment. He speaks through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture. We have a progressive experience in which the fleshly nature is dying, and the Holy Spirit is forming Christ within us, which is the definition of spiritual maturity.
As we progress in maturity, our spiritual discernment becomes greater. We can better know the difference between God’s voice and all the others.
Satan will sometimes accuse us of not being able to tell the difference, and that’s a half-truth that leaves out the most important factor. The most important factor is that God is in control of both the revelation and the discernment of the revelation. He provides both. He knows who has a sincere heart and who doesn’t. (I’m trying to explain the walk of a Christ-follower in broad terms.)
It’s personal and real. No Christ-follower can prove his or her walk to a skeptic through reasoning. However, if the Christ-follower speaks or writes by the power of the Holy Spirit, the skeptic is dealing directly with Christ rather than dealing with the Christ-follower. “Whoever listens to you listens to Me; whoever rejects you rejects Me; and whoever rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.” Luke 10:16
As for the person who has blocked God from his or her consciousness, all is not hopeless. Such a person can at any time control his or her own will. Such a person can direct that will toward Christ in sincerity. Everyone who seeks Christ in this way will find Christ. I don’t say that it will be easy since a well-developed worldview and slavery to the fleshly nature, the world systems, and the subtle demonic influences aren’t easily overcome. But if such a person persists in seeking Christ, that person will find Christ. They will be born again. They’ll experience a change in their spirit, a joining to the Holy Spirit in a way that we don’t fully understand. From that point, the battle is for the mind/soul and is a progressive experience.
If you don’t already know Him, I invite you to know Christ. Everyone who seeks Him finds Him.
Real Faith & Reason Library will be out soon. It’s a six-book set containing two reference texts. 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.