PREDICTIONS

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God makes predictions. He makes predictions in the Bible, but He’ll also tell us what will work and what won’t work. (Psalm 48:14, Psalm 143:10, Romans 12:2) If we stand in His presence, He can guide every aspect of our lives and show us things we never knew. (Jeremiah 33:3) We might say that we can predict the outcome of our actions intuitively. We need to realize that God speaks to us through intuition. We may like to take the glory for ourselves when things work out, but the glory all belongs to God. God also speaks through Scripture and every means of divine revelation and guidance mentioned in Scripture.

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You Choose All Day Long

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Satan has been around a long time and is willing to help those who will follow him. He imparts a kind of wisdom to his followers that doesn’t come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. (James 3:15) He’s also the father of all lies. (John 8:44) If we choose to listen to the demonic, the so-called “knowledge” is fake.

The human mind has the capacity to use imagination, but imagination makes up stuff and makes made-up stuff seem real. That’s the definition of insanity. The human mind is deceitful and desperately wicked beyond our ability to discern or understand. (Jeremiah 17:9) If we choose to listen to human rationalizations, the so-called “knowledge” is pseudo-knowledge.

God can give us a vision out of His infinite knowledge and wisdom. (Jeremiah 23:16, Numbers 12:6, Acts 18:9-10, Acts 9:10-12, Romans 8:14, Colossians 3:1-2) He reveals Himself, His nature, our calling, who we are in Him, what is and is not the body of Christ, how we fit into that body, and what we are to do right now. God knows all things and cannot lie. (Hebrews 4:13, Numbers 233:19, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18) All wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and righteousness are hidden in Christ. (Colossians 2:2-3, 1 Corinthians 1:30, Proverbs 2:6) If we choose to listen to God, God reveals precise and accurate knowledge.

In every situation, we have a choice. In our mundane tasks around the home, we have the choice. In conversations, we can choose which of these three we’re going to follow: God, human minds, or demons. (Joshua 24:15, Matthew 7:13-14, Isaiah 30:21, Philippians 4:8, Galatians 6:7-8, Joel 3:14) Christ wants close fellowship with us. (John 17:21-23, John 14:23) He wants us to be in His presence at all times. (Psalm 24:3-4, Ephesians 2:18, Ephesians 3:12, Hebrews 10:19, 1 John 4:12, John 15:9)  Why would we refuse to acknowledge Him and give Him the glory? (Proverbs 3:6, Romans 1:21)

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Three Sources of Knowledge

All knowledge and wisdom are hidden in Christ Jesus.

Continuing our series of quotes about sources of knowledge, the following focuses on predictability as a source of knowledge. We found the stories of evolutionism don’t successfully predict, but the Biblical accounts do successfully predict. However, the Bible can be interpreted  by the same three authorities listed below. Two are unreliable to say the least.

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Predictability is a claim of knowledge. Where did the knowledge come from? Is it knowledge of truth or just pseudo-knowledge? Is it fake? Is it untruth posing as truth? As to where knowledge comes from, we can choose from these three: divine revelation, human imagination, or demonic influence.

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How can we know?

You may ask in your heart, “How can we recognize a message that the LORD has not spoken?” When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD and the message does not come to pass or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him. ~ Deuteronomy 18:21 & 22

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Predictability as a Way of Knowing

Predictability as a Way of Knowing

 

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When scientists want a certain hypothesis to be true, they fall into motivated thinking. They test the hypothesis, but it fails the test. It doesn’t meet the prediction. So they make up stories to hide the failure. These stories are called just-so stories or rescuing hypotheses. Also, motivated thinkers may use political pressure and litigation to limit what schools can teach. They may keep schools from telling the truth about the failed tests. They may get the schools to tell their just-so stories. They may glorify the broken hypothesis and claim it’s a scientific theory. In other words, motivated thinkers can fake predictability.

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Facts, Theories, Hypotheses

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Misunderstanding:

“A scientist should never be looking for ways to confirm his belief but instead should always be looking for ways to disprove his belief. When you cannot find any then you know it’s confirmed true fact.”

That was an irrational comment on an Internet discussion group, and it’s wrong. The first part is right. The second part is wrong. A scientific fact is something observed repeatedly without any exceptions like gravity pulling objects to the ground at 33 feet per second per second. For scientific facts, we could find an exception tomorrow. A true fact goes beyond a scientific fact. A true fact is reality itself.

When we cannot find a way to disprove our belief, that just means we haven’t yet found a way to disprove our belief. We could find that way tomorrow. Alternatively, someone else may have already found a way to disprove it, but that way never got published. It certainly can’t be a scientific fact since it’s not an observation. It’s a belief. It’s a hypothesis. It’s a hunch.

If scientists make other predictions, they may test those predictions. They continue to test predictions. No predictions fail. They classify the hypothesis as a scientific theory. That doesn’t prove the theory is accurate. The theory still goes beyond what scientists have observed. It just proves the theory may be useful for further tests. Those tests might even lead scientists and engineers to develop useful products. However, if we can develop useful products because of those tests, that doesn’t prove the theory is true. The theory is still theoretical. We just found something that works.

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Stories versus Truth

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Ungodly thinkers weave a complex lie about knowledge mysteriously springing from human predictions. We’ll explore the twists and turns of this complex lie. Part of this lie is confusion between scientific facts, scientific laws, scientific theories, scientific hypotheses, pseudoscientific storytelling, and flimflam. Sometimes this lie takes what God has revealed and assigns the glory to humanity.

When we can predict what will happen with certainty, that’s called a scientific law. Scientific laws are based on scientific facts. Scientific facts are repeatedly confirmed observations. God reveals truth through observations.

We might develop a story that conforms to the scientific facts. It conforms to the observations, but it goes beyond those observations. We might call our story a hypothesis. We might realize certain things would happen if the hypothesis is accurate.

If we run an experiment, a test, and find we get the result we expected, we haven’t disproved our hypothesis, but we haven’t proved our hypotheses either. We can’t prove our hypotheses since there’s no rational way to do that.

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Imagination or Truth

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Can humans receive knowledge through theories? Not directly. Trying to get knowledge from theories is equivalent to trying to get knowledge from human imagination. Here’s the trouble. Made-up stuff isn’t reliable and can’t result in knowing. On the other hand, God can reveal a vision of reality that goes beyond what we observe. This divine revelation isn’t a theory. It’s a revelation.

Making a story elaborate and detailed doesn’t prove the story happened. Even if the majority of an elite group believes the story, that proves nothing. Here are five common fallacies of pseudoscience. Making up a story is a fallacy of axiomatic thinking. Making up a story to match the observations and then claiming to have proved the story because the story matches the observations is circular reasoning. Adding details and making the story elaborate is a misleading-vividness fallacy. Appealing to the majority and appealing to the minority are both fallacies. While pseudo-scientists use many fallacies, these five are major tools they use repeatedly.

Theories aren’t a method for knowing since we can’t know anything by speculating beyond what we can observe.

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Coded Information Systems

This quote gives yet another reason the stories of evolutionism don’t work. The fact that they don’t work doesn’t prove the Bible is true. We know the Bible is true because God says the Bible is true. God speaks to us and faith comes. Faith is the evidence of things we can’t observe like the distant past.

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The problem is even more complicated. Evolutionists make up many stories about how generational changes could lead to the amoeba-to-humanity story. Some evolutionists claim gene duplication plus mutation did the work. They may not know they would have to create new coded information systems. They often don’t even bother to address the issue of coded information systems. They just act as if coded information systems popped into existence repeatedly for millions of years. They avoid talking about coded information systems or try to muddy the issue. No one has ever observed new coded information systems forming. Instead of talking about the coded information systems in specific ways, they talk about information in a vague way. That way they can call anything information. They sometimes try to claim no one understands what information is.

What is a coded information system? What is coded information? Coded information isn’t a property of matter. If you write your name on a piece of paper with a graphite pencil, the information isn’t the graphite or the paper. The graphite and paper carry the information, but your name is the information. You could have written your name on a rock with paint, and the information would be the same.

However, coded information isn’t enough to create a new function in a living plant or animal. Functions don’t just happen. For instance, the way you can move your eyebrows didn’t just happen. Several functions control your eyebrows. Each of those functions needs a coded information system. Each system has parts. The parts work together. Information is one part. That’s not enough. Something has to check to make sure information isn’t damaged. Something has to repair damaged information. You can find out about coded information systems by searching for the term on Creation.com.

Coded information systems are complex, interdependent structures. Competent scientists have defined them explicitly. Evolutionists make up stories about information forming by natural processes. However, they rarely mention coded information systems. Systems we observe in living plants and animals could never form by natural processes.

Scientists do observe living cells with tremendous amounts of variability pre-programmed in. Mutations sometimes lose coded information systems or parts of those systems. However, they don’t add new coded information systems.

We haven’t observed anything that could result in a simple organism adding a single new coded information system. The story of evolutionism claims natural occurrences in nature created all the variations, designs, and complexities of life we see around us. In other words, we can’t see any machine or method in cells that would cause the supposed events of molecules-to-humanity evolution. On the contrary, the stories all fall short of explaining what we can observe. As a result, no model of evolutionism works. And yet, evolutionists tell the stories convincingly, so students believe the stories. They don’t call these stories “stories” but give them other names that sound more real. Then students dogmatically defend the stories because their teachers have deceived them and sold the made-up stuff to them.

But theories aren’t part of reality, and theories don’t become part of reality, nor do theories become facts in a real sense. Even with the loose scientific definition of the term “scientific fact,” theories don’t become scientific facts.

Facts and theories are two different things. ~ Alina Bradford, What Is a Scientific Theory?

On the contrary, only observations repeatedly confirmed become known as “scientific facts,” and since we can’t observe a speculative explanation, theories can’t become scientific facts without redefining the term “scientific fact.” Scientists and social engineers are working on redefining this term in an attempt to confuse the issue; however, redefining terms doesn’t change reality.

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Evolution Lies

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When evolutionists define the word “evolution” too broadly, the broad definition makes it hard to tell the difference between reality and imagination. Made-up stories aren’t part of reality, but the broad definition blurs this distinction. The insanity lies in the inability to tell the difference between reality and make-believe.

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