The Simplicity that’s in Christ

Simplicity in Christ

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Here’s how this simplicity works to avoid circular reasoning and all other fallacies. When God speaks, His faith comes, and His faith is imparted certainty that comes when anyone acknowledges His revelation. Since it’s His faith, it isn’t made-up stuff. His faith is the substance (reality as opposed to made-up stuff) of things hoped for, and the evidence (absolute proof and certainty) of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) This faith comes as a gift when God speaks and we acknowledge Him speaking. And since we can’t draw this faith out of ourselves, we can’t self-generate real faith. Instead, Christ is the Author and Finisher of this faith. (Hebrews 12:2) Applying this truth to ungodly thinkers, God is speaking to them through us, and if they acknowledge Him, faith will come to them also. If they only acknowledge our fleshly nature, then they won’t acknowledge Christ, and faith won’t come to them.

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You Can Avoid Circular Reasoning

Circular Reasoning Avoiding It

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“I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart, I will declare all your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1 International Standard Version)

And as we declare His wonderful deeds, we might tell an ungodly person that Jesus Christ reveals Himself to everyone who seeks Him. Then we might go on to tell the ungodly person that he or she can test this truth. We may invite them to know Christ. However, that isn’t circular reasoning. Although, it’s an ambiguous statement since it doesn’t tell them what it means to seek Jesus Christ. Nor does it explain the limits. Even so, an ungodly person can experience Christ if the ungodly person gets more information about how to know Him. That’s not an unsupported claim since anyone can test this claim. Still, ungodly dogmatic thinkers may refuse to test it even when they know how to test it because of their stubborn dogmatism and open resistance to God.

To give this testimony rationally, we simply admit that we have a personal relationship with the real Jesus Christ, and we avoid the circular reasoning fallacy. And that’s the simplicity in Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3) It’s simple because it’s Christ Himself, and we simply acknowledge that He leads us and teaches us moment by moment. But without this leading and teaching, we can’t make rational claims. Of course, we must have a relationship with Christ in which He leads, teaches, and corrects us. We can’t fake it, but we can enter and develop this relationship. Not only that, but those who stay on the Road (Christ Jesus) don’t take any risk. (Isaiah 35:8) God provides a sure way.

Again, if we give our testimonies in this way, though we aren’t using circular reasoning, ungodly thinkers could yet refuse to look at this evidence, or they could question God’s authority. If they have hardened their hearts against God, ungodly thinkers won’t sincerely submit themselves to God and will abandon any pretense of sanity rather than acknowledging God. While ungodly thinkers may not want to submit to God, we don’t ask them to submit to us, so we don’t try to argue them into oblivion. Since the Holy Spirit is leading, warning, and correcting them through us, they’re dealing with Him. And He gives them a choice to listen or not.

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The Power of Testimony

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We wouldn’t give our experiences as proof to someone else. Instead, we would give our experiences as a testimony of Jesus Christ, and this testimony would proclaim the crucified Christ. When we give this testimony, we allow the Holy Spirit to speak through the testimony, so the testimony isn’t ours. The testimony is the living Christ flowing from within us, and the testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:10) When Christ flows through us in this way, His testimony makes Him visible. So, anyone who rejects the testimony of the Holy Spirit rejects the Holy Spirit—not us.

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President Trump and the Bible

I’m glad the President made a symbolic gesture with the Bible in front of a church building this week. The Bible is God’s word without error. I know this because I know Jesus Christ personally. He leads, teaches, and corrects me moment by moment. And the Holy Spirit lives within me to guide me. The Holy Spirit that proceeds from Christ reveals to me that the Bible is God’s word without error. And He speaks to me through Scripture. No one can read Scripture without hearing the voice of God. God reveals the truth through the Bible and every means of divine revelation mentioned in the Bible. He never contradicts biblical revelation with any other revelation, but He often explains the Bible. You don’t have to take my word for it since every person who seeks Christ finds Christ. And Christ leads, teaches, and corrects every person who follows Him. I invite you to know Christ. Anyone who is on the side of truth or who desires truth listens to Jesus.

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Rocky Rockbuilder: “Hi there. My name is Rocky Rockbuilder.”

Sandy Sandbuilder: “That’s circular reasoning since you’re referencing yourself.”

Of course, it’s not a circular reasoning fallacy even though Rocky referenced himself. Now, this person could be a Rocky impersonator, but that’s a question of authority. Compare that reasoning to this reasoning:

Rocky Rockbuilder: “I know that Christ exists because He reveals Himself to me and imparts His faith to me.”

Sandy Sandbuilder: “That’s circular reasoning since Christ is referencing Himself.”

We can notice that Rocky didn’t offer his own experience with Christ as proof to Sandy, but rather, he explained that Christ reveals Himself and imparts His faith as proof. Rocky didn’t commit a circular reasoning fallacy, but Sandy may question whether Rocky’s experience is real. And applying the same principle, we could tell the disbeliever that we know God speaks through the Bible (and various methods of revelation mentioned in the Bible) because He tells us that He does. If we say that, it isn’t circular reasoning. And we could tell the disbeliever that we’ve experienced Christ speaking to us, which isn’t circular reasoning either. However, the disbeliever could question whether we’re lying or crazy.

On the other hand, the disbeliever could question God’s truthfulness, but those are questions of authority rather than circular reasoning fallacies. Also, a disbeliever could question whether the Almighty Creator God has power and authority to reveal the difference between revelation and made-up stuff. But that’s also a question of authority. Questions of authority ask, “Can we trust the person to know and tell the truth?” And, in this example, Sandy knows that Christ exists since Christ has already revealed this fact to Sandy just as Christ proclaims through the first chapter of Romans. So Sandy knows, but he still challenges Christ’s authority just as Satan challenges Christ’s authority.
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Acknowledge Christ and Be Effective

Today’s post is about how to witness when someone is challenging the Bible. Skeptics ask, “Why believe the Bible?” Some Christians say, “The Bible is the word of God because it says it is.” Or they’ll say, “The Bible is self-validating.” Both of those responses are circular reasoning fallacies and so unnecessary if we’ll just admit that the Holy Spirit is our teacher. We merely need to admit that the Holy Spirit speaks into our heart that the Bible is God’s word.

The Bible is His very utterance. Anyone hearing the Bible is hearing God speaking specifically to them. In a crowd of hundreds hearing the same Bible verse, God can speak a specific personal and unique message to each person through the same verse without distorting the meaning of the text. God also speaks through every means of divine revelation mentioned in the Bible, but He will never contradict what He says in Scripture. And, when we acknowledge Him, His voice has creative and transforming power in our lives.

If we deny Him, we become irrational, and everyone can spot it.

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Imagine you have a letter, and you tell me, “I know that my father wrote this letter because my father wrote this letter.” But that would be a circular reasoning fallacy. To avoid the fallacy, you could have said, “I know this letter is from my father because my father told me he wrote it,” and that wouldn’t be a circular reasoning fallacy. I could question the authority behind the statement. For instance, I might question whether you’re telling the truth—a question of authority. Just because you say something doesn’t mean you’re telling the truth.

Then you could take me to your father who would tell me he wrote the letter. Facing that, I might question whether your father is telling the truth, or I might even question whether your father is your father, and yet these are questions of authority and not circular reasoning. Otherwise, I might refuse to meet with your father in the same way that many ungodly thinkers refuse to seek Jesus Christ.
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Amazon Review of Real Faith & Reason Library

Amazon Review of Real Faith & Reason Library

This book series will bring you into reality. The layman explanations of true apologetics and epistemology are straightforward, honest, and lucid. How do we know things? Further, why do we know things? And even further, how do we know the things we know are true? Then, how does this compare to the atheist worldview of making up stuff and calling the made-up stuff “true”? And their inevitable and inescapable worldview of an infinite regression of so-called “proofs”? But aren’t we all in the same boat when it comes to discerning what is knowable and what is true? Aren’t we dependent on our own senses and reasoning to determine truth? Petros Scientia explores all of this in this series of books and provides real answers that your mind and soul will find refreshingly simple and yet incredibly profound. These truths are nothing new, just seemingly masked by our own fallen minds and the fact that we live in a society that stresses naturalism and tends to silence all who oppose it. But here I’m finding these suppressed truths to be fully exposed and brought from deep within from the only source of knowledge… Jesus Christ Himself.

I honestly cannot read these fast like I want to, simply because I sometimes have to stop and ponder many of the things written. Honestly, sometimes for days. But I look forward to reading them all. And if this one is any indication of what’s to come in the other volumes, I must say, I’m very excited. ~ QuantumGreg

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Circular Reasoning Example and Counterexample

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Here’s an example of a circular reasoning fallacy:

“Molecules-to-humankind evolution is the only explanation that makes sense because it’s the only rational explanation.”

This reasoning gives the illusion that “is rational” proves “makes sense.” These two terms have the same meaning. If something makes sense, it’s rational, and if something is rational, it makes sense. The statement pretends to prove molecules-to-humankind evolution, but it doesn’t prove it. The circular reasoning hides the axiomatic thinking fallacy, which is: “Molecules-to-humankind evolution is the only explanation that makes sense.”

The conclusion: Molecules-to-humankind evolution is the only explanation that makes sense (is rational)

The proof: because it’s the only rational (makes sense) explanation

This argument is a circular reasoning fallacy because it just claims that the story of evolution is true without proof. But the circular reference pretends to prove it. It’s an axiomatic thinking fallacy. However, when persuaders add the smokescreen fallacy of circular reasoning, they can make us believe they’re thinking rationally. They can make this fallacy more convincing by changing the term from “makes sense” to “is rational.” If they do, they pretend “is rational” proves “makes sense,” but both words have the same meaning. So this irrational reasoning proves nothing but pretends to prove molecules-to-humankind evolution is the only explanation. The illusion makes it a fallacy.

For comparison, here’s another example of a non-fallacy.

“If Christ didn’t exist, we wouldn’t experience His leading. However, moment by moment in every situation Christ leads all of us who follow Christ. Therefore, Christ exists.”

This statement doesn’t commit a circular reasoning fallacy, but the reasoning still wouldn’t prove the conclusion to anyone else. It’s a testimony of how Christ proves His existence by revealing Himself to us. However, since anyone who seeks Him will find Him, anyone can check Him out. There’s no need to take the word of any other person because when God proves something, it’s absolute. Therefore, anyone who’s interested in truth can also know Christ and experience the same proof of Christ, and none of this is a circular reasoning fallacy.

An ungodly disbeliever could challenge the authority of God Himself. God’s claim of being God is circular. He mentions it through Scripture:

“When God made His promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself.” (Hebrews 6:13 Berean Study Bible)

Here, God references Himself as authority, but He isn’t committing a faulty appeal to authority since He’s the only authority who knows everything and can’t lie. Since His claim is based on reality, on God Himself, it’s not a circular reasoning fallacy even though it’s circular. God asks us to believe Him rather than believing the made-up stuff coming from our minds, from the ungodly culture, and from demonic liars. He reveals His reality to us and asks us to receive this revelation from Him. If we do, He authors His faith in our innermost minds and builds His essence there as we sense His presence with all our spiritual senses and yield to His will.
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No Need for Circular Reasoning

Circular Reasoning

 
Some prominent Christians defend circular reasoning. Some say that all reasoning is circular but some circular reasoning is not OK and other circular reasoning isn’t OK. The fact is that not all reasoning in circular. If I tell you I know my wife exists because I’m with her right now, that’s not circular. If I tell you I know God exists because I’m with Him right now, that’s not circular. If I tell you I know the Bible is God’s word because the Holy Spirit is telling me that right now, that’s not circular. And yet, Christians sometimes use circular reasoning. They never have to.
 
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Circular reasoning starts with infinite regression. The difference is circular logic loops back into itself eventually, yet we can’t always easily recognize circular reasoning since persuaders have ways to hide the fallacy. For instance, circular reasoning can have as few as two steps, but it often has many steps, making it seem reasonable since we seldom check logic back more than a step or two. As a concrete illustration, let’s look at one of the most widely used examples of circular reasoning.
 
Ungodly thinkers love to make fun of Christians and accuse us of circular reasoning. And, sometimes, we’re guilty as charged.
 
Christian: “The Bible is the word of God without error.”
 
Questioner: “But what makes you think the Bible is God’s word?”
 
Christian: “The Bible tells us it’s the word of God without error.”
 
Questioner: “But why believe what the Bible says?”
 
Christian: “The Bible is infallible.”
 
Questioner: “But how do you know it’s infallible?”
 
Christian: “The Bible is the word of God without error.”
 
The Christian completes the circle of reasoning. The premise and conclusion are the same: “The Bible is God’s word without error,” so this reasoning reaches this conclusion using a circular reasoning fallacy. However, another choice exists to reach this conclusion. We can reach this conclusion sanely using sound reasoning. While some Christians choose to use a circular reasoning fallacy instead of being rational, it’s never necessary for Christians to be irrational. Later, we’ll look at rational Christian reasoning for concluding that the Bible is God’s word without error. But, for now, we’ll continue explaining the circular reasoning fallacy with another example of circular reasoning using ungodly thinking:
 
The skeptic says, “God doesn’t exist because there’s no evidence for God because any evidence for God isn’t evidence because God doesn’t exist.” That’s one way that ungodly thinkers use to claim that God doesn’t exist, but they have other ways since they can obviously resort to other fallacies to avoid circular reasoning. However, they’ll still commit fallacies. Indeed, they can’t reason without fallacies. They base every conclusion on fallacies. Sadly, ungodly thinkers have no way to reason other than by being irrational. On the other hand, those who follow Christ have a way to think rationally, and God wants us to choose the rational way more often than we do.
 
We can see why circular reasoning doesn’t prove anything.
 
Circular defense of the Bible: “I know the Bible is God’s word because the Bible is God’s word.”
 
Circular defense of the Atheism: “I know God doesn’t exist because God doesn’t exist.”
 
Dr. Jason Lisle brings up some logic that’s circular but not the circular reasoning fallacy.
 
“Without laws of logic, we could not make an argument. We can make an argument. Therefore, there must be laws of logic.”
 
Dr. Lisle points out that this logic isn’t a circular reasoning fallacy, but there’s repetition, so we could call it circular. Here’s why it repeats. It mentions “an argument,” which assumes a logical argument, and it also mentions “laws of logic.” But “laws of logic” and “logical argument” refer to the same thing since laws of logic govern a logical argument. The laws of logic define what a logical argument permits, but Dr. Lisle’s entire logic centers on two points: “laws of logic” and “argument.” We can’t separate laws of logic from logical argument, so it’s circular, but, as Dr. Lisle points out, it’s not a circular reasoning fallacy. If Dr. Lisle’s point seems hard to understand, we’ll look at a simple illustration using a bicycle.
 
“If bicycles didn’t exist, I couldn’t ride a bicycle. I’m riding a bicycle. Therefore, bicycles exist.”
 
If we call this reasoning “circular,” we run the risk of confusing the fallacy of circular reasoning with the nature of reality. Reality always proves reality. Reality is a true premise since reality is truth. Circular reasoning does something different from that. Circular reasoning dresses up an unproven premise and pretends it’s a proved premise.
 
As a side note, neither of these two arguments proves that reality exists. We had discovered earlier that God reveals that reality exists. Therefore, divine revelation proves that reality exists. Once we know that reality exists, we can talk about bicycles existing.
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Infinite Regression of a Deep Thinker

Infinite Regression of a Deep Thinker

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So we meet a deep thinker, and we try to find out how many layers of his infinite regression he can articulate. But it makes no difference because stacking up unknowns doesn’t create truth. He doesn’t gain any intellectual “friction” to make the unknowns true. The more cogent he is, the more deceptive he is.

Consider a man who had received some teaching that sounded good. Let’s call him Sandy. Sandy had taken this reasoning to its logical end, which was destroying his wife and children. And yet, people would sit at Sandy’s feet to listen to him teach his theology and philosophy. One student of philosophy decided to test him by searching for root causes, so he asked Sandy for the cause five times. After this test, the student declared that Sandy had a well-reasoned philosophy.

One day, God gave Sandy a vision of a huge mansion. This mansion was as large as a city, and half of it stood on a rock. The rock was massive like a mountain and extended down past what Sandy could see. However, that city also extended over the edge of the cliff and out over the abyss. It was cantilevered over nothing. It’s not that it was unsupported, though. Under the city, a hodgepodge of two-by-fours braced it up from the bottom. They were at odd angles, and many of them were fastened together to share the load. Charlie followed the structure down and found that each two-by-four rested on supporting two-by-fours, and those two-by-fours rested on other two-by-fours. This amazing structure continued down until the final two-by-fours rested on nothing at all. They just hung over the abyss. Sandy didn’t understand. Then, a voice said, “That’s how you think.”

Someone may think that many layers of unproven proofs will eventually build up “intellectual friction,” but it doesn’t work that way. Many unknowns don’t eventually lead to truth any more than many empty propane tanks can cook the burgers on your grill.

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Most Important Book You Can Read Outside The Bible

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If you take the time to read just one book, make this the one. I’ve read many inspirational and theological Christian books. This book is not one of those, although what is taught is inspiring and helps to form your theology.

I don’t personally know the author. However, I feel like I know him at a very deep level as a brother in Christ. His love of the Lord and Jesus’ love itself just oozes from his every word. I have no doubt that he has a strong relationship with His Lord and Savior, which makes the reader want that same relationship.

The book has deepened my relationship with God in ways most books could never do. It leads YOU to seek the Lord in new and deeper ways… ways you may not have known were possible or had only hoped for. The title of the book is about the creation and evolution debate. But the deeper truths found within the series of books leads you to so much more!

If I could give this book a higher rating, I would. It’s more than worth your time to read. It can change your whole view on the Christian walk.

Want to know what Jesus meant when He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life”? Read this book! ~ Brenda

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