Of course, we know that explanations are not evidence. All theories are conceptual in nature. They are explanations. It’s very important to avoid confusing concepts with reality. Jesus Christ isn’t a concept. He is real. He can be known. Everyone who knows Him is led and taught by the Holy Spirit moment by moment in an ongoing experience that advances from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit.
This is from a post by Biblical Creation & Apologetics Ministries: “Because these sediment layers can be many hundreds of meters thick, and because it’s assumed that sedimentation rates have always been slow, secular scientists believe the sediment deposition required many millions of years.”
“because it’s assumed” Human’s assume automatically. This is how we add to what God is saying to us. However, we don’t have to add to His Words, whether He is speaking through Creation or through Scripture. The Holy Spirit will reveal to us where we have left reality and have gone to the world of make-believe through our hidden assumptions. We must pray that He demolishes the strongholds of our minds as He leads and teaches us moment by moment throughout our lives. We must not artificially limit God with our assumptions.
Assumptions quickly are converted into presuppositions. Assumptions are suppositions. They are things we suppose, yet we don’t know them. We just treat them as if we know them. Then, we forget that they were assumed or we never become conscious that they were assumed. They seem to be real. So, we add them to our worldview, our conceptual inner world. The problem is that once these assumptions become part of that inner worldview, they seem real. They are make-believe, but they seem to be part of reality. We have lost touch with reality and instead are dealing with a land of make-believe within our minds. This happens to Christians and to skeptics alike. These concepts are strongholds in our minds. We look for ways to strengthen them up, and we’re able to strengthen them through confirmation bias. Groups of like-minded people gather together for the purpose of strengthening their confirmation bias. Group-held confirmation bias is even more difficult to overcome. We see this among skeptics. We see this in Secular science. We see this in denominational doctrines that add to God’s Words.
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. Proverbs 18:2
This could be translated, a fool has no interest in understanding but to reveal his/her own innermost mind. Note that there is a choice. The person could choose understanding or his/her own mind. Knowing how the human mind works, this isn’t a surprising choice.
The human mind is incapable of rational thought on its own. Rational thought requires a true premise that leads to a true conclusion. On its own, the human mind cannot generate a true premise. Where would a true premise be found. A premise is a claim. It must be true. How do you prove the claim true? With another claim? How do you prove that claim true? You can’t without Divine revelation. Truth is only available in Jesus Christ. In Him is hidden all knowledge.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
Here, we have the same distinction made, but this one is between those who fear (respect) the Lord and those who despise wisdom and instruction.
Therefore, when any person looks into his or her own mind for knowledge, that person becomes a fool. Understanding comes from God. It can’t be found in one’s own mind. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” Psalms 111:10
Here’s the problem. Sound reason requires a true premise. Where will a Secularist get a true premise? How will he or she prove the premise true? They can’t ever do this. Yet, they try to force us to think like they do, in a make-believe world where nothing can be known. They are insistent that we think like they do. Yet, we know Jesus Christ personally. Everyone who follows Christ is led and taught by the Holy Spirit moment by moment. That is, we have Divine revelation that is imparted by God. He is teaching us discernment. We are learning to hear His Voice and to respond in submission. For this reason, anything God reveals is a true premise–a thing that Secularists cannot possibly have.
Since no true premise can be known without Divine revelation, the comparison is always between Divine revelation and logical fallacy. God reveals that the Bible is His Word without error. He reveals this through conscience, the Holy Spirit’s leading, the Bible, Creation, and other means. God’s revelation is not dependent on the weakness of the human mind. All conclusions of Secular science are based on assumptions and stories that have either a false or an unknown truth-value. Those conclusions cannot possibly be based on true premises. Sound reasoning requires true premises. Conclusions based on sound unsound reasoning are fallacious. Therefore, every Secular conclusion is based on logical fallacy. They can’t help it.
For those who add to God’s words, the goal is to elevate the human mind. If we accept that rather than listening to the Holy Spirit, we sear our own ability to discern God’s voice. That’s what happens with any form of ungodly counsel or adding to God’s Word. Even a single assumption adds to what God is saying. This alternative is to press toward the mark of our high calling in Christ Jesus, which gives discernment of reality.
The mindset of some theologians is, “If I can make something up that I can rationalize as not necessarily conflicting with Scripture, that’s fair game. One old-Earther said that the Bible doesn’t address such and such, so it’s fair game for speculation. God says not to add to His Words. That’s pretty clear. If God didn’t reveal it, we don’t need to know it. God reveals through science, by the way. Scientists get into trouble when they go beyond what God is saying through His creation. Yes, God even reveals things to those who refuse to acknowledge Him. He reveals physical things of course, but read Romans one and we see He reveals spiritual things as well. And He reveals historical things of which they are willingly ignorant.
We are to speak as oracles of God. We don’t do that very often, but that’s the standard that God sets. An oracle is a mouthpiece. Unless God is saying it through you by His Spirit, your mouth should be shut. Our walk is from glory to glory. God forgives when we fail, but He is looking for the fruit of the Spirit. He cuts out the branches that don’t bear fruit and casts them into the fire. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. So what is faith and what is “not of faith?” Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. What’s substance? It is that which is part of reality as opposed to a concept. Faith isn’t a thought. It’s reality. What is evidence? Evidence is absolute proof and certainty. So, faith is certainty and it’s reality. Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the utterance (rhema) of God. In other words, the Holy Spirit leads and teaches. He gives us the thoughts to think, words to say, and acts to do. We know what to do at every moment because we always have a teacher, the Holy Spirit, with us. Any time we think our own thoughts, say our own words, or do our own acts, it is sin. So what is sin. Sin means straying from the way. We can slip off the way or step off the way. All of this is seen in the original language, but the translation missis it. Who is the Way? Jesus Christ is the Way. See, the Spirit of Christ is leading us. He is the Way. When we don’t acknowledge Him, we slip or step off of the Way. The Way to what? Jesus is speaking of the path that leads to the absolute and genuine life—the life of the Kingdom Age. Who is that Life? Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” It’s important—a matter of life or death.
Allow one assumption and you can prove anything to yourself. For instance, let’s assume that all the stories of evolutionism happened. So, all the stories of evolutionism happened. Therefore, all the stories of evolutionism happened. Oh, that’s too obvious. Let’s put some steps in there, some circular reasoning, and some infinite regression to hide the fact that we’re just making stuff up. btw, the same trick is done with theologies based on Bible verses plus assumption. All it takes is a single assumption and we have added to God’s words, whether God is speaking through the Bible, the Creation, personal leading, conscience, or through one of the other means mentioned in the Bible. For the deceptive and desperately wicked carnal mind, assumptions are a very natural way of thinking.