Scientism is Idolatry

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Some followers blindly believe the interpretations of certain scientists. Other followers blindly believe the interpretations of certain theologians. Some theologians blindly believe the interpretations of certain scientists and instantly convince their followers of those scientists’ claims. Since some thinkers have rationalized faith in scientists, they find it hard to believe that scientists aren’t perfect. As a result, they exalt scientists. They consider scientists’ words to be the authority, but these scientists are subject to the same faults as everyone else, and peer pressure among scientists is intense. This peer pressure coerces scientists who refuse to bow down to the sacred cows that the elites erected through groupthink. And the same peer pressure rewards those scientists whose interpretations don’t conflict with the sacred cows. And the same is true of theologians.

God established peer review. He established the order of a multiplicity of ministries and many counselors. If we follow His order, peer review helps overcome the problems of worldviews. However, when peer review isn’t Spirit-led, it makes the worldview problem worse. It filters out righteousness. It establishes groupthink and enforces it. Peer review becomes a form of censorship. It aggravates the errors of perception and exaggerates the problems of worldviews. As a result, peer review gives unwarranted credibility to unreliable group-held worldviews and creates the illusion that make-believe is reality. And this unwarranted credibility allows make-believe to creep into every part of life. We see it in entertainment, fiction, fact-checkers, education, news, museums, zoos, public parks, nature centers, scientific journals, and every other activity and setting. Perhaps the most effective is entertainment. (AiG 2-Part Video https://goo.gl/EiA25k) We each have a responsibility not to allow these influencers to push us toward hate, godless thinking, naturalism, racism, envy, covetousness, sexual immorality, or any other sin.

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God Created Science

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God gave science as a tool and a gift.
All knowledge and wisdom is hidden in Christ.
Sadly, some people worship science.
They believe in science more than God.
They think science is the source of knowledge.
But science (whatever the term “science” means) is flawed because humanity is flawed.
One Problem: Confirmation Bias

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Fake Reality

We’ve looked briefly into how the world runs mainly on fake realities, or we could call them worldviews, paradigms, or filters. Total Quality Management (TQM) uses the term “paradigm” for fake-realities. It’s still a worldview, but TQM calls it a paradigm. TQM addresses this problem because paradigms limit thinkers and keep them from seeing reality as it is. This disconnect with reality hinders problem-solving and decision-making in business, which is the focus of TQM. However, worldviews get in the way of every aspect of life.

Communication theory uses the term “filters” for fake-realities. Filters add to or diminish what communicators and listeners perceive, so the filters interfere with communication. We hear each other through the constraints of our worldviews.

Now that we’ve touched on the limiting characteristics of worldviews let’s examine how worldviews affect science. Scientists have tried to deal with individual paradigms through the peer-review process; however, they’ve had problems. The peer-review process is flawed. Editors reject about half of all papers selected, so they have tremendous power for message control. They shouldn’t make biased editorial decisions, but they do. They don’t take the papers on their merit but filter based on traditions and sacred cows. They have the same problem as any other human has. Because of this closed-minded hypocrisy, scientific peer review hasn’t helped with the group-held paradigm and the politicking. Instead, blatant viewpoint discrimination, groupthink, and coercion destroy peer review. Those in power enforce this norm. Rather than open-minded inquiry, the elites of the scientific establishment censor anyone who disagrees with the sacred cows.

Therefore, instead of helping to solve the problems of bias, peer review often results in even worse confirmation bias, which intensifies the problems of discrimination and coercion in peer review. As a result, many scientists keep quiet because they’ll suffer persecution if they blow the whistle, and most scientists come into the bondage of group-held paradigms as an upshot. In this condition, they can’t accurately see real reality anymore.

This bondage among scientists is similar to the bondage among theologians. Theologians often lock into a certain theological worldview and protect their chosen worldview with a group-held paradigm and politicking. As a result, it’s not safe to express disagreement in either science or theology. Peer review among scientists or theologians doesn’t guarantee accuracy. Instead, it tends to promote error and confirmation bias. It’s no surprise that the process is corrupt since humans run it, and humans are imperfect.

Scientists experiment and observe. That’s good. Then, they filter perception and interpretation based on a shared worldview that’s enforced by peer pressure. They select only peers who agree with the shared worldview to perform the peer review farce. Of course, the peer review process reinforces the worldview using confirmation bias, which strengthens the filter. And that strengthened filter influences them when they experiment and observe. It keeps them from seeing reality as it is.
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Spirit, Mind, Body

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We’ve seen the body’s role in various forms of sinful thinking and found that reason is more than logic alone. It also involves spirit, mind, and body. The fake reality of the worldview doesn’t just affect the mind, but it also affects the spirit and body.
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Do These Three Things

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“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2 King James Bible)
 
Three actions are in this verse: (1) asking for what you want, (2) watching to know what God wants, and (3) thankfulness in everything.
 
“Be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 Berean Literal Bible)
 
Here again, we see the same pattern. We pray, asking for what we want from God. In supplication, we seek God and His will. We thank God, which is the attitude that we need for prayer and supplication. We don’t come to God murmuring and complaining as the Hebrew children did in the wilderness, but we come giving thanks and rejoicing regardless of the circumstances.
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Learning to Listen to Christ and Live in His Utterance

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Anger management techniques deal with the soul and body part of the downward fleshly spiral. As an illustration, if we continually yield to anger, we become enslaved to anger until self-control eventually becomes almost impossible because the brain and nerve pathways for producing this anger rewire themselves. They become stronger than they were. At that point, they work like dynamite with a short fuse that ignites easily. And each time the fuse ignites, an electrochemical chain reaction starts as the body releases powerful chemicals into the brain. With anger, the body releases adrenaline first, then cortisol. After we repeat this anger event many times, our souls or minds become tuned to anger. Over time, the body’s nervous system adapts to release and sustain the chemical poisoning more efficiently. The fuse becomes shorter and ignites more easily and quickly since the brain has rewired itself for anger.
 
While anger, fear, and violence work this way, other sin works similarly. For instance, pornography works the same way, but with dopamine rather than adrenaline and cortisol. Every other form of sexual sin works in the same way, rewiring the brain and nervous system. The brain chemistry and the physiology changes. Alcohol addiction and drug addiction work in the same way. In all of these, triggers start the fuse. We might call the trigger “a temptation.” Our bodies need adrenaline, cortisol, endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. However, if we allow ourselves to slip into disorders, we can become addicted to these potent chemicals. (dirkhanson.org)
 
“All addictions hijack the same core neurocircuitry, which runs on the same neurochemicals (even though each addiction also involves additional neural circuits and neurochemicals that differ between addictions).” (yourbrainonporn.com)
 
We can readily see that if we’re going to overcome these weaknesses, we must catch temptations early. For instance, with anger, the person who’s going to explode with anger has warning signs, and these warning signs vary from person to person. For example, one person may start to sweat. Another person may feel hot. Another may have a different early-warning symptom. But when the early warning comes, the person trying to overcome anger must take action. Once the emotions come flooding in, it’s too late to stop the flood of emotions. The good news is that God has provided a way of transformation.
 
“Thoughts and other stimuli can “rewire” our brain by strengthening useful synaptic pathways and weakening less used ones, this is called neuroplasticity (AKA learning and memory). Some unused weakened pathways may be “pruned” away over time as a measure of efficiency, this is called synaptic pruning. Most re-wiring (or softwiring) happens during sleep, but other aspects of memory are working all the time.” (factmyth.com)
 
In secular anger management classes, students learn various ways to cope with anger. Anger management counselors suggest that we think of a far-away island where everything is peaceful or that we think of someone we love. As an alternative, we who follow Christ have something infinitely more powerful since we can direct our minds toward Christ and His peace, so His presence overcomes and puts out the fuse. If we never allow the fuse to fully light, the thickened nerve pathways begin to waste away over time until the brain and nervous systems rewire themselves. Additionally, there’s always a spiritual aspect.
 
“When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it passes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ On its arrival, it finds the house vacant, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and dwell there; and the final plight of that man is worse than the first.” (Matthew 12:43-45 Berean Study Bible)
 
Freedom is available, but what we’ve looked at so far isn’t enough to set us free without another element. What we’ve seen to this point is like emptying a glass of negative and destructive poison, but we must fill the glass with positive and helpful goodness. Thankfulness is a key ingredient when filling this glass. Every sin we’ve discussed springs from unthankfulness, but people who are grateful to God are much less subject to the temptations of the fleshly nature. A man who’s thankful to God for his wife is much less likely to commit adultery or to fall for pornography. He finds it easy to love her. And, the wife who’s thankful to God for her husband finds it easier to trust her husband and be faithful to him. She finds it easy to respect Him. Running through the Ten Commandments, we see that each one of them is related to either thankfulness or unthankfulness.
 
Additionally, thankfulness releases nerve-growth factors that help re-wire the nerve pathways. This re-wiring or neuroplasticity renews the body and mind, so while thankfulness has immediate benefits, those benefits are also progressive. Therefore, we continually ask Christ to work thankfulness in our innermost minds, especially when we become aware of any fog of dissatisfaction.
 
This confused fog of dissatisfaction can creep over us. We might feel slighted, disrespected, unfulfilled, lonely, worthless, unloved, or abused. We may focus on microaggressions. We may have haunting memories of being treated unfairly. We might fall into “righteous” anger. This fog of discontent can be a vague sense of looking around the world for something more than we’re now experiencing. It isn’t hunger for deeper depths and higher heights in God’s love and peace, but it consists of trying to find satisfaction in something other than Christ. We may find ourselves wishing that the past had been different or that we had made different choices. We may let our minds churn about our unmet expectations and disappointments. This gloomy fog can lie in an uneasy smoldering of nondescript anger simmering under the surface and waiting to explode unexpectedly. Only God can set us free by clearing this fog, and He’s willing to renew our minds if we ask Him to give us hearts of thankfulness. No matter what our circumstances, we have much for which to be thankful.
 
If we live our lives in Jesus Christ’s utterance, we’ll know the truth, and the truth will set us free.
 
If we defend or hold anger, it turns to bitterness and becomes part of our worldviews. Then we see the targets of our anger through the filter of bitterness in our worldviews. Making matters worse, we add other destructive thoughts to our worldviews unless we repent. We might add perversions of marriage, perversions of family, and perversions of church orders. We may insert envy, and covetousness into our worldviews.
 
If we don’t repent, those thoughts crystallize in our worldviews. They begin to seem like reality and seem normal. Eventually, a person who gives himself or herself over to a certain sin will identify with this sin. Such a person may even label himself or herself as being that particular sin. Some people who label themselves that way use a euphemism as a label for the sin that glorifies and excuses the sin. In contrast, God created us for His purpose. His purpose is to transform us into the image and likeness of Christ. He created us for holiness, not sin.
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We have the flesh. We are the Christ within.

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“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, contentions, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:19-23 Berean Study Bible)
 
As we read through these lists carefully, it’s easy to see the difference between the works of the flesh and the works of the Spirit. And yet, we sometimes defend following the leading of the fleshly nature that brings us into greater bondage. We sometimes defend outbursts of anger, strife, or envy. We may even attribute these fruits of the flesh to righteousness, but they’re unrighteousness.
 
For some of the works of the flesh, we may say, “That’s just who I am.” In the flesh, that’s just who we are, but do we want to be of the flesh? Why not identify with Christ in us? We have no benefit in following the flesh in slavery to the flesh and indebted to the flesh. The flesh profits nothing. We are of the Spirit. Christ in us is the real us. We are the ministry, the Christ, within. We may HAVE a fleshly nature, but we ARE the spiritual nature. The fleshly nature must become less and less while the Christ within becomes more and more. We’ve been set free, and we’re new creatures created after the Spirit rather than the flesh. When God exposes any of the works of the flesh in us, He exposes them so that we can have victory over them.
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Only IF We Yield To Christ

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Our words defile us because we yield to a spirit other than Christ’s Spirit. If we yield to Christ’s Spirit and allow Him to speak through us, our words transfigure us and purify us. And they purify those who hear and receive our words since they’re receiving Christ’s words, so they receive the Logos. When we think, speak, or act according to the flesh, we defile ourselves and those who hear us. For example, when we speak in anger, we defile ourselves and everyone who hears and receives our angry words.

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Destructive Cycle

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If we base our reasoning on a destructive worldview, we’ll reason destructively based on the assumptions coming from our worldviews. That destructive reasoning will lead to destructive words and acts that come out of our convictions. Our behaviors and habits will become destructive. Then, our habits make our worldviews more rigid and unmovable.
 
So worldviews can result in destructive behaviors. Then destructive behaviors, in turn, harden the worldviews against reality, and, in this way, destructive behaviors are fallacies in action, and action becomes habit, and habit becomes part of the worldview
We only partly understand how this downward spiral takes place on the levels of spirit, soul/mind, and body, yet we’ve seen it impact our lives in various ways. We’ve seen that temptation comes with the promise of satisfaction, solution, and peace, but yielding to temptation brings dissatisfaction, trouble, and lack of peace. Sin is habit-forming and progressive. It takes us farther than we wanted to go, is more destructive than we could have imagined, and makes us stay longer than we wanted to stay.
 
Jesus calls us to be set free from sin.
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Assumptions Destroy Sanity

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Revelation comes from God, but our assumptions come out of our worldviews, and they tend to work in a destructive cycle. Revelation is constructive.
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Illusions

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Worldviews are powerful filters that have two effects. First, it’s difficult for us to see anything that’s not already in our respective worldviews. Second, anything that’s in the worldview seems to exist even if it doesn’t exist in reality. Every one of us has this same problem, and you’ve experienced this problem if you’ve ever disagreed with anyone about a Bible verse’s interpretation. If you’ve ever disagreed with anyone about anything, worldviews probably had a part in the disagreement.
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