We Want the Truth

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We’re not interested in anything unreal. We don’t want anything that depends on assumptions to believe it. No matter how carefully storytellers craft their stories, we’re not interested in creative stories. On the contrary, we’re interested in reality but not make-believe. That means we can’t prove anything of interest using assumptions, and we must prove everything of interest using sound deductive logic. For sound deductive logic, we need a true premise or proof. And a true premise or proof could only come one of two sources. We could receive divine revelation. We could get outside ourselves and see reality as it is. Since we can’t get outside ourselves, that leaves divine revelation. So we need the Holy Spirit to understand our observations and experiences.

Many scientists want to keep God out of science. They reject God. They rely on non-existent human ontological observation. They rely on pure, unbiased thinking, which is impossible. They continually deceive themselves using the ontic fallacy. They don’t even try to avoid assumptions, hypotheses, or theories. And they don’t even try to avoid dogmatically defending “settled science” and groupthink confirmation bias. Nor do ungodly scientists even try to stick strictly to observations. Instead, they try to justify conclusions that go beyond the observations. That means they’re adding uncheckable made-up stuff to the observations. And they’re calling the made-up stuff “science.” They say their thinking is obvious and makes perfect sense.

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Lack of Evidence

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A professor was teaching a course on logic and making his point. “It’s OK to believe in God as long as you realize it’s irrational to do so since belief in God isn’t based on sound logic and ontological observation.” At this point, a middle-aged man asked, “What about things we call ‘science’ that lack proof?” Surprised, the professor asked, “What things?” “Evolution, for instance,” replied the middle-aged man. Mildly irritated, the professor said, “There’s absolute proof for evolution.” So the middle-aged man asked, “Do you mean proof in the form of sound deductive logic and ontological observation without assuming anything?” “Absolutely,” said the professor.

Then the middle-aged man asked if the professor could show him this proof. The professor wanted to show his proof. He claimed he was reasoning from sound deductive logic and ontological observation. He claimed he wasn’t making any assumptions. So he rushed three papers by Stephen Jay Gould to the middle-aged man. The middle-aged man read the papers. All the articles followed the same logic:

  1. We have fossils.
  2. We can make up creative stories about these fossils.
  3. Based on this “scientific evidence,” we know evolution happened.

The middle-aged man told the professor that when he was raising his children, the children often made-up creative stories. And yet. he never called the creative stories “scientific evidence.” At that, the professor became angry and accused the middle-aged man of scoffing. That’s when the middle-aged man reminded the professor of the professor’s claim. The professor had claimed he would prove evolution using sound deductive logic and observation without any assumptions. The professor answered, “We can’t prove anything of interest using sound deductive logic and ontological observation without assumptions.”

The professor can’t prove his final claim without making assumptions. His final claim is a bare claim based on the limits of godless thinking. It’s a claim from the land of make-believe. It doesn’t apply to those who know Christ. We know Christ exists because Christ reveals Himself to us. We know the biblical account is true because Christ reveals this fact to us. Anyone can verify this by getting to know Jesus Christ. All who seek Him find Him. He leads, teaches, and corrects all who follow Him.

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Ontic Fallacy Continued

Ontological Observation as a Way of Knowing continued

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We might falsely assume humans can think and observe ontologically. We forget our limits. We forget depending on our fallen human minds and senses is living at the level of a brute beast. Sometimes, we put convincing labels on our over-confidence. We call our over-confidence “objective observation” or “being unbiased.” While objective thinking sounds good in theory, it doesn’t happen in practice. Raw perception is a myth. We can’t turn off our filters. Only the power of the Almighty God can overcome this problem.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” . . . Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. ~ John 8:31-32 & 34-36 New King James Version

Christ will set us free, but freedom isn’t instantly complete. We must listen to His voice and yield to His Spirit. We must abide in His presence listening to what He is telling us as He leads, teaches, and corrects us. The flesh must die. The Holy Spirit must form Christ in us. The truth will make us free from the sinful nature that holds us as slaves right now. First Peter 3:15 says we must purify the Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts, and Matthew 5:8 says the pure in heart will see God.

Until then, our senses can’t provide absolutely accurate impressions, nor can they sense everything. Besides, our worldviews filter and distort our perceptions.

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Christ is our Wisdom. All Wisdom and Knowledge is hidden in the Father and Christ. God is Love. Christ is our Righteousness. Love fulfills the whole Law of God. Though we can’t self-generate Love or Righteousness, God gives it freely if we ask.

attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2b-3

There is no knowledge or wisdom outside of Christ. It’s hidden. Mystery is what is hidden. And yet, God promises to reveal it to us.

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Ontic Fallacy

Christ is our Wisdom. (1 Cor. 1:30) All Wisdom and Knowledge is hidden in the Father and Christ. God is Love. Christ is our Righteousness. Love fulfills the whole Law of God. Though we can’t self-generate Love or Righteousness, God gives it freely if we ask.

attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2b-3

There is no knowledge or wisdom outside of Christ. It’s hidden. Mystery is what is hidden. And yet, God promises to reveal it to us.

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Ontological Observation as a Way of Knowing

Ontology is a mythical concept. Ontology imagines we can be objective. It imagines a pure mind without bias. However, purely objective perception doesn’t happen. In theory, ontology bypasses the weakness of the senses, influences of culture, worldview, and all other deceptions. Ontology is humanly impossible.

Ontic Fallacy : Thinking we can get knowledge through raw perceptions. Ignoring the filter of the human sensory and worldview limitations. Ignoring how this filter affects perception.

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Two Fallacies

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On the other hand, another part of this “body of knowledge” is worse than useless. Notice the contrast between what we can and cannot test. We can’t test the results of made-up stories about a supposed history since the story doesn’t produce anything to test. Even though scientists record the results of many experiments, they filter these results through the assumptions and stories of a small group of people who consider themselves elite. This group imposes their assumptions and stories on everyone else. This group rigged this part of the “body of knowledge.” They made it complex. They rigged it with confirmation bias and censorship. This rigged system deceives many people. Once those people fall for the deception, they become part of the problem. They didn’t think of a rigged system when they heard the word “science.” And yet, most people deceptively call this rigged system “science.” …

The articles in the scientific journals often create a fog similar to Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “The Library of Babel.” While many of the articles are pure made-up stuff and no truth, many other articles contain truth mixed with made-up stuff. So the trouble isn’t the lack of truth. Rather, we can’t tell the difference between truth and fabrication since the truth gets lost in vast quantities of gibberish. The gibberish consists of all the opinions, assumptions, stories, ideas, theories, drawings, explanations, or other forms of made-up stuff. This gibberish is gibberish because it goes beyond the observations. Scientists commonly write in assumptive language. They imbed hidden assumptions into scientific papers. They presuppose sacred-cow stories. The scientific papers often read more like propaganda than science. So opinions, assumptions, stories, and theories of scientists hide the true body of knowledge. The true body of knowledge consists of all the recorded observations. That’s why we will contrast the fake body of knowledge against the real body of knowledge. The fake body of knowledge consists of strongly stated opinions, information filtering, selective recording of evidence, and irrational conclusions. The real body of knowledge doesn’t go beyond what’s known. It sticks to the facts and observations without going beyond them.

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Worshiping Pseudoscience

We will have to stop worshiping pseudoscience and get back to facts and truth. Jesus Christ reveals truth and facts. Godless human thinking can’t find truth or facts. God hid all wisdom in Christ. Useful knowledge and science come from God.

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Examples of Useful Knowledge:

  • Properties of various gases
  • Maximum stress and deflection of beams
  • Heat transfer through insulating materials
  • Material characteristics like strength, malleability, and melting point
  • Steam piping formulas
  • Gas line capacities
  • Data tables for physical chemistry
  • Laws of mass and energy

We find this data in databases and reference texts, and it allows us to make accurate predictions of what will happen if we take a certain action. With this data, we can look up the strength of I-beams and lumber so we can build an eight-story building. We know the properties of steel and plastic that allow us to build a new automotive steering system. We can know about gravity, mass, and physics so we can launch a communications satellite into orbit. We can know how electricity acts and about all the various electronic components, so we can build a smartphone. This data isn’t like the stories about the distant past. This knowledge comes when we experiment and test results. And we can test the products that come from this knowledge. The building stands or it doesn’t. The steering works or it doesn’t. The satellite goes into the proper orbit, or it doesn’t. The smartphone works, or it doesn’t. We can test these.

On the other hand, another part of this “body of knowledge” is worse than useless. Notice the contrast between what we can and cannot test. We can’t test the results of made-up stories about a supposed history since the story doesn’t produce anything to test. Even though scientists record the results of many experiments, they filter these results through the assumptions and stories of a small group of people who consider themselves elite. This group imposes their assumptions and stories on everyone else. This group rigged this part of the “body of knowledge.” They made it complex. They rigged it with confirmation bias and censorship. This rigged system deceives many people. Once those people fall for the deception, they become part of the problem. They’re deceived because they didn’t think of a rigged system when they heard the word “science.” And yet, most people deceptively call this rigged system “science.”

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Fake Evidence

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Ungodly thinkers assure us they’re certain of their conceptual stories. We call their fallacy “hypostatization.” In this fallacy, a thinker treats made-up concepts as reality. At this point, the ungodly thinker will object:

“We have evidence for these stories.”

Here’s the problem. Ungodly thinking changes the meaning of the word “evidence,” so they no longer define “evidence” as positive proof of a claim. Not only so, but ungodly thinkers often don’t even define “evidence” as an observation. Instead, they define “evidence” as a certain interpretation of an observation. And they interpret by assuming, presupposing, and being controlled by bias. Scientists sift and filter observation through hypostatizations of the “body of knowledge.” Then they say this filtered and sifted interpretation is “evidence” of the claims found in the “body of knowledge.” As a result, using interpretation as evidence for the “body of knowledge” is circular reasoning. We see the confirmation bias. We explored this confirmation bias and circular reasoning in a previous trip: The Problem of Worldviews.

This “body of knowledge” is settled science in the imaginations of many ungodly thinkers, and we don’t dare challenge settled science.

However, there’s a real body of knowledge distorted and hidden by the fake “body of knowledge.” This real body of knowledge consists of all the observations ever made and recorded. And yet, many of these observations aren’t readily available. Instead, a fog of dogmatically held opinions based on assumptions hides the knowledge and pollutes the thousands of articles in scientific journals. That’s why we have trouble telling the difference between the observations and the opinions. Crev.info is a site that does great ongoing work in sorting out this difference.

Nevertheless, scientists created part of this “body of knowledge” from observations. As we’ve discovered, God reveals reality to both saint and sinner through observation. We’ve already explored how God reveals material and spiritual truth through observation. (Romans 1) Historically, God provided the scientific method through revelation and now provides knowledge through divine revelation. He reveals through the scientific method and all the methods He mentions in the Bible. And scientists have confirmed part of the “body of knowledge” by repeatedly testing, observing, and documenting. As a result, we can use this knowledge for real-world solutions to real-world problems.

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Assuming What You’re Proving

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As mentioned previously, scientism is irrational. And yet, the evolutionists’ definition of science makes scientism more irrational:

Science is a method plus a body of knowledge.

That definition might not cause a problem if it weren’t for the meaning evolutionists give to the term “body of knowledge.”

In the evolutionists’ definition, “science” is a method plus a “body of knowledge.” This “body of knowledge” includes the favored stories. Those stories include the following:

  • big bang
  • billions of years
  • no Flood
  • molecules to humankind
  • inability to know God

Of course, circular reasoning guarantees science will support the favored stories if we define “science” as including the favored stories.

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Package-Deal Fallacy of the Body of Knowledge

Satan uses lies, fallacies, and confusion to deceive God’s people. Beware of the religion of “scientism.”

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The Body of Knowledge as a Way of Knowing

Scientists talk about a “body of knowledge.” However, this so-called “body of knowledge” is a hodgepodge. Part of this “body of knowledge” is scientific, a mix of sensory-data, tentative pseudo-knowledge, and divine revelation. Scientists confirm this part of the “body of knowledge” by repeated testing and observation, while the other part of this “body of knowledge” is unscientific, based on made-up stuff. These two parts of the “body of knowledge” are different from each other. And yet, evolutionists make no distinction between the scientific part and the part based on made-up stuff.

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Predictions As Limits

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Prediction-as-Proof Stops Scientific Progress

We’ve only touched on a small part of the problem with predictions. Prediction limits human thinking. Prediction is a great limiter. Predictions bind our minds. We all predict. We have expectations. That limits us since we don’t see what we don’t predict. Our minds fight what we don’t predict. We deny it. We don’t notice it. We think it’s a glitch. We think we didn’t see what we just saw. We’re afraid to tell anyone else for fear of what they will think. We have trouble seeing what we don’t expect. The culture persecutes what it isn’t used to. The culture considers you weird if you don’t fall in line. If we want innovation, we have to think outside the box. Predictions keep us in the box.

 

If only one person sees something, few others can see it. At that point, most people resist the new observation or try to suppress it. But this censorship changes suddenly when enough thinkers admit they see it. When enough people see it, the herd follows the groupthink momentum. At momentum, most thinkers jump on the bandwagon and can easily see the observation. Unfortunately, the herd also follows groupthink momentum when false claims hit critical mass. Then, those false claims become “common knowledge.” They become settled science. Therefore, groupthink isn’t a reliable way of knowing anything.

We don’t predict unpredictable observations. We don’t expect unexpected observations. And yet, evolutionists would exclude these new, unexpected observations from science. Therefore, the evolutionist definition of science would severely limit the possibility of future progress since the evolutionists’ definition would keep the box small and constrained.

Maintaining the Current Lies

Scientists run into trouble if they discover anything that refutes the long-dead story about molecules turning into people over billions of years. The establishment persecutes them. They don’t get promotions. They lose their jobs. If possible, those in power will keep them from ever working again. Teachers who teach anything against the stories of evolutionism can lose their jobs.

Once a lie becomes national groupthink, powerful forces protect it. The most powerful forces protect the most insane lies. Ungodly people have even coded certain sexual sins into laws. Those who commit these sins now get special rights and protections. An ungodly culture seeks to cancel anyone who says these sins are sins.

Establishing New Lies

As I write this, a famous billionaire is backing an education project that says math is racist. It says arriving at an objective answer is white supremacy. Unless God intervenes, the schools will add this new lie to their brainwashing agendas.

A powerful false-prophet system has been promoting something called “critical theory.” It’s a new form of racism. The news-education-government cabal is bringing racism to critical mass. It’s becoming the new normal. It’s becoming “common knowledge.” “Critical theory” is part of that effort.

At the same time, a state legislature is working to mandate “woke” ideas in schools. Teachers must teach unlimited genders. They must teach racism. If they refuse, they lose their teaching license. The schools have already brainwashed several generations into ever-increasing godless thinking. They’ve campaigned against Jesus Christ and the Bible. This is just the next step in creating antichrist strongholds in individual minds and strongholds across society. Those strongholds are likely to limit thinking and understanding for generations.

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