“the whole world marveled and followed the beast. . . . Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and that number is 666.” (Revelation 13:3b and 18b Berean Study Bible)
The apostle Jude mentioned people who merely follow their sensual experiences: sight, hearing, feeling, smelling, and tasting. They reason by using their natural minds to make decisions based on this sense data and instincts like brute beasts. They don’t follow the Holy Spirit. Animals react to sense data, and they can learn things. However, we don’t try to reason with a cockroach. Dogs don’t reason using a true premise and valid logical form. Humans and animals alike can react to sense data and learn about what works, but they never come to knowledge of the truth. Humans and animals can do some fantastic things as God’s creations using their non-rational natural minds. Let’s look at those Scriptures.
“These men, however, slander what they do not understand, and like irrational animals, they will be destroyed by the things they do instinctively.” (Jude 1:10 Berean Study Bible)
“These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.” (Jude 1:19 New International Version)
“These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.” (Jude 1:19 King James Bible)
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1Corinthians 2:14 Authorized Version)
These Scriptures apply to godless intellectual thought, science, and philosophy. They apply to any theology that doesn’t spring from divine revelation or that adds human-generated “information” to what God reveals.
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