Illusion through Name-Calling

One of Satan’s tricks is to label the person as the sin. This is called “nominalization.” When you call a person “a homosexual,” it seems as if the action were what the person is. It gives the illusion that the person is the sin. This is very tricky. It’s the reason that Satan moves his followers to call names, since naming people makes the attacks harder to shake off. If I say, “What you just said is irrational because you have no way to show that your premise is true,” I haven’t attached “what you just said” to your person. What happens if I instead say, “You’re stupid for saying what you just said.” Now I have labeled you. I have attached an action to your person. The object is to make it harder for you the feeling that you are stupid and to project an illusory image into the minds of anyone listening. This is a tactic in many debates. That’s what happens when we talk about “homosexuals,” “gay people,” or any of the other labels. It’s a subtle trick of the enemy. The purpose is to cause the person to identify with the sin and to create the illusion that the person “can’t help it if they are what they are.” They are not the sin. They are doing the sin. Everyone has a sinful nature called “flesh,” but no one has to identify with the sinful nature or yield the members of their body to the sinful nature. “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Romans 6:13

Theological Constraints

God Is Here to Teach

I used to think that God gave us the Bible and sort of an intermittent leading of the Holy Spirit, mostly leading us to try to figure out the Scripture with our human minds. I thought that God was leading me in a greater understanding of His word and leading me to apply this understanding in my life. At that time, I defined “understanding” as a construct of theology. The problem was that it was me applying a theological construct in my life rather than me submitting to the Holy Spirit as He led and taught me moment by moment, bringing Scripture to mind as it applied or reaching me through my conscience and giving me the faith of God which gives me access to God’s grace, then submitting the members of my body to His Anointing so that He does His works through me. Instead, I was trying to think His thoughts, say His words, and do His works by human effort rather than the moving of the Holy Spirit. This resulted in me trying to figure out the Scripture with my fallen human mind and to apply it to my life on a moment-by-moment basis using my fallen human mind. That didn’t work. It frustrated the grace of God.
 
One thing that God has shown me very clearly is that the human mind can’t be trusted. It’s deceitful and desperately wicked. While Christians are supposed to moving from glory to glory, we have not yet arrived at the full completion. I know that every denomination claims to have arrived. One says that they “teach the Word of God in its truth and purity.” Another says that it is the “full gospel.” Yet, God has much more for us all. He says, “Call unto me and I will answer thee and show you great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”
 
Every human mind is in the condition of being deceitful and desperately wicked. Mine is no better than yours. Groups of people of like minds bind together, but that doesn’t make their group-think any better than anyone else’s group-think. If we make a single assumption while interpreting Scripture, we have added to God’s Words. Rather, the Holy Spirit speaks to us through Scripture and through every means of speaking to us that He mentions in Scripture. He will correct us. Yet, we can resist His correction and yet remain Christians. Not only can we, but we do.
 
Every one of us has a worldview, a paradigm. That paradigm is a fake reality. It seems just like real reality. In fact, it seems more real, to us, than real reality. By it, we filter real reality, accepting some things that God is showing us and rejecting others. Worldviews, are conceptual. They are not reality. Part of your worldview and part of my worldview is our concept of Scripture. Related to that is a part of our worldviews that consist of our theologies. Theologies are always conceptual. They are not reality. They seem real, though. Often, theologies seem as if they were Scripture itself. They are not. They are conceptual frameworks that filter what the Holy Spirit can tell us through Scripture. When a brother or sister in Christ says something by the Holy Spirit that conflicts with our inner worldviews, it often seems to us as if they are saying something that conflicts with Scripture. We might even accuse them of saying things that conflict with Scripture when the Holy Ghost has merely challenged our worldviews. This is our plight. Yet, there is hope. Only the Holy Spirit can set us free from our theological frameworks where they conflict with real reality–however, our fallen natures resist Him. This is very similar to what happens to Scientists when they are looking at the Creation. They fill in the blanks from their worldviews. Their assumptions actually come out of their worldviews. However, they add to what God is saying through Creation just as assumptions from theological worldviews can add to what God is saying through Scripture. Peer reviews don’t work for scientists who limit their peers to those who agree with their own scientific theories. In the same way, peer reviews don’t work for Christians who limit their peers to those who agree with their own theological constructs. I have found that the Holy Spirit instructs me that I must hold my own theology loosely enough that the Holy Spirit is able to correct me and teach me. As Jesus said, “You can’t put new wine in old wineskins.”

 

How Do You Know?

When you draw a line in the sand, you know that it is you who has drawn the line. That means you can move the line just as easily as you drew it in the first place. If you think you know something, ask a few simple questions. If someone tells you something, ask them these questions.

“Why draw the line there and not somewhere else?”

“How do you know?”

“Is this Divine revelation or is it human speculation?”

“Have you made any assumptions, adding to God’s Words?” “Dear Lord, what do You say about this?” In fact, I was out in my shed thinking about something, and the Holy Spirit spoke to me, “Ask Me what I say about that.” I find that it’s very easy to lean on my own understanding and very difficult to acknowledge Him in all my ways.

I find that it’s very easy to lean on my own understanding and very difficult to acknowledge Him in all my ways.

Ask the Holy Spirit, “What do You say about this?”

I find that it’s very easy to lean on my own understanding and very difficult to acknowledge Him in all my ways. How about you?

What a Day that Will Be!

God has so arranged His Creation in a state of interdependence. No part of a single cell can get along on its own. The cells of the body are interdependent. All the organisms, from amoebas to humans, are interdependent (food, air, CO2, etc.–none could live in a vacuum) and all are dependent on Jesus Christ Who was the Word by which they were created and Who now maintains the laws of nature moment by moment. If you disturb the order that God has established, nothing works quite right. Consider the human body. When one member suffers, all suffer with it. If one part is out of order, the entire body is hurting. Consider the Body of Christ in which no member has any purpose when not function in his or her place in the Body of Christ, in submission to the Head, Christ, and in cooperation with every other member. As God says, “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” Though this Body of Christ is largely hurting and in disorder right now, God has a plan to restore everything until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to A perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. What a day that will be!

Following Christ

There’s a basic difference between the person who’s following Christ and the person who isn’t following Christ. Both of them still sin. Both of them still have a sinful nature. The person who isn’t following Christ loves the sin, and takes the side of sin and oppose God. As a result, this person dreads God. The person who is following Christ takes God’s side against those sins.

We Christians sometimes get all mixed up on works. Some try to do works to please God–to earn salvation. Others try to do works to pay God back for the fact that God has forgiven them, yet, God says that those works are filthy rags–not much of a gift. Still others don’t think that works are important, since whatever sin they are doing is going to be forgiven anyway. Sometimes, they say that they have the righteousness of Christ imparted to them in a way that doesn’t show in their actions. God says, ”

“The difference between an unconverted man and a converted man is not that one sins and the other does not; but that the one takes part with his cherished sins against a dreaded God, and the other takes part with a reconciled God against his hated sins.” William Arnot

There’s a basic difference between the person who is following Christ and the person who isn’t following Christ. Both of them still sin. Both of them still have a sinful nature. The person who isn’t following Christ loves the sin, and takes the side of sin and oppose God. As a result, this person dreads God. The person who is following Christ takes God’s side against those sins.

We Christians sometimes get all mixed up on works. Some try to do works to please God. Others try to do works to pay God back for the fact that God has forgiven them. Still others don’t think that works are important, since whatever sin they are doing is going to be forgiven anyway. None of these is right.

Works must proceed from God. He must be the One Who initiates them. He must be the One Who does them. That is what happens by grace through faith. God tells us, through Scripture, that it is His grace that does the works. God tells us, through Scripture, that faith gives us access into this grace. God tells us, through Scripture, that faith comes by hearing God’s rhema. Rhema is a Greek word that means utterance. It’s the utterance of God. While Scripture is the utterance of God, Scripture also mentions several ways that God speaks to us. We call this being led by the Spirit. When we obey Christ, we are keeping pace with the Spirit. However, the only way that we can obey is to first acknowledge Christ and then yield to the Spirit of Christ so that God can do His works through us. We Christians do this all the time without really thinking much about what has happened. We pray about something. Suddenly, we know what we’re supposed to do. When we turn to do it, the doors open for us and we find a sense of having done the will of God. Yet, pride doesn’t flood in. We feel humbled and we feel as if we have yielded to the Spirit of God that that God deserves all the glory.” (1 John 3:7) Yet, Paul said that he didn’t frustrate the grace of God. What did Paul mean?

Works must proceed from God. He must be the One Who initiates them. He must be the One Who does them. That is what happens by grace through faith. God tells us, through Scripture, that it is His grace that does the works. God tells us, through Scripture, that faith gives us access into this grace. God tells us, through Scripture, that faith comes by hearing God’s rhema. Rhema is a Greek word that means utterance. It’s the utterance of God. While Scripture is the utterance of God, Scripture also mentions several ways that God speaks to us. We call this being led by the Spirit. When we obey Christ, we are keeping pace with the Spirit. However, the only way that we can obey is to first acknowledge Christ and then yield to the Spirit of Christ so that God can do His works through us. We Christians do this all the time without really thinking much about what has happened. We pray about something. Suddenly, we know what we’re supposed to do. When we turn to do it, the doors open for us and we find a sense of having done the will of God. Yet, pride doesn’t flood in. We feel humbled and we feel as if we have yielded to the Spirit of God that that God deserves all the glory.

We are saved from sin. We are saved to good works. Good works come from our good God. We are His yielded vessels through whom He can move and work. If we resist Him, He will forgive, but we must not resist Him. There are consequences. When God leads and then does His works through us, this is righteousness. It’s not our own righteousness. It’s the imparted righteousness of Christ. Righteousness leads to holiness. Holiness is a condition of being like Christ. It’s a condition of having Christ formed in you and in me. We are encouraged to build Christ up. As we build Christ up, we die to the old Adam, the fleshly person. The flesh has less influence. The Holy Spirit has more influence. Some of the old sins that so easily tempted us begin to drop away. However, the opposite is also true. If we willingly sin, we become more enslaved by sin. We are set free from the Holy Spirit. What good does that do us? Satan promises satisfaction, but he never delivers. “I shall be satisfied when I awake in Thy likeness.” Psalm 17:15

 

Ever Learning

Realize that if what you think you know requires even a single assumption, you don’t know it. It’s a bare assertion.

2 Timothy 3:2-9 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

The Holy Spirit is sent from the Father and the Son to teach us all Truth. Jesus is Truth.

 

Science is Knowledge

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The word, “science,” must be defined as “knowledge.” pseudo-science bases pseudo-knowledge on assumptions. It claims that “scientific” assumptions are somehow different from ordinary assumptions. However, assumptions are unknown things that are treated as known things. It’s easy to see that unknown things cannot be the basis of knowledge. It’s also easy to see that it’s irrational to claim that unknown things are known things–which is what assumptions do by definition.

Once the Train of Reason has Left the Tracks

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In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Whoever is on the side of truth listens to Me. ~ Jesus

Once the train of reason has left the tracks, it can go anywhere. Consider that logic requires a true premise. Where can a Secularist find a true premise?

Truth is absolute by nature. When Secularists pull out a premise, how do they know the premise is true? They need a premise for the premise. How do they know that the premise for the premise is true? They need a premise for the premise of the premise. This problem has no end for the Secularist. It is infinite regression.

Only Divine revelation solves this problem. God speaks truth into our hearts (innermost minds) through Scripture or the various means of Divine revelation mentioned in Scripture. It seems that He generally gives this Divine revelation by several means each confirming the other, the Scripture being among the various means and having the most reliable authority. One of the means is often a brother or sister speaking by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12).

The human mind does want to get in here to interpret Scripture (in preference to what the Holy Spirit is saying through Scripture) or as an alternative to the Holy Spirit’s leading, but Christ’s sheep know His Voice. We never have an excuse when we are drawn away by our own lust. The Secularists are also without excuse, since God has revealed Himself to them through the things that He has created.

Yet, all Secularists have the same problem. They wander without a known true premise. Sometimes, they have true premises, since God reveals things to them. They think those premises are assumptions, since they refuse to acknowledge God. They think that the Divine revelation you receive from the Holy Spirit is assumption. They think that you believe the Bible is God’s Word without error because you are using circular reasoning. If you tell them that God revealed this to you, they assume that what you call “Divine revelation” is mere assumption. Everything, to them, seems to be assumption, since they are intent on denying God’s existence and they are refusing to acknowledge Him.

The sad state of the Secularist is that God turns them over to their own reprobate mind to think their own self-generated thoughts that have no basis in truth. They can’t have a premise that they can know true. They can have a true premise; they just can’t know that it’s true. It’s not that God stops revealing things to them. If God did that, they would be dead in a week. They would step in front of buses, walk off cliffs, eat poison, or do other things that would end their lives. Secularists know things. They just can’t tell the difference between Divine revelation and assumption. Assumptions consist of made-up stuff. Secularists will insist they their own assumptions are better than that–more reliable. They will “prove” their assumptions with other arguments that are based on assumptions. The Divine revelation they receive is reliable. In Christ is hidden all wisdom and knowledge. God’s rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. However, without the ability to acknowledge Christ, the Secularist loses the ability to know the difference between what the Secularist makes up (assumes) and what God reveals as truth. The Secularist can’t tell the difference between reality and make-believe. For the Secularist, every conclusion comes from made-up stuff. This is the upshot of the Münchausen trilemma.

All fallacies fall into one of two categories. First is made-up stuff. Here’s a partial list: hypostatization, bare assertion, reasoning from a presupposition, ipse dixit, outright lie, bold-faced lie, half-truth, blind authority, and hypothesis contrary to fact. Second is smokescreen. Smokescreens attempt to hide the fact that everything is being made up, that reason has left the tracks, that there’s no true premise. Here’s a partial list of smokescreens: false appeal to authority, red herring, circular reasoning, flawed evidence, coercion, false bravado, infinite regression, message control, fallacies of choice, false comparison fallacies. Of course, there are hundreds of these two types of fallacies. The point is that these two types of fallacies are the only options for Secularists. They have no other options. They’re forced to live in a land of fantasy. And, they project their fantasies on you. If God gives you something as simple as, “God is good,” they project their fantasy on that and claim that you are assuming this to be true.

It’s not just conscious thinking by the Secularist that is a problem. The human mind has several parts. There is the will. There is the conscious reasoning part. There is the part of which we are seldom aware, the heart, innermost mind, conscience, or reins. I don’t know all about this part. I don’t know whether these are all the same thing exactly, but they seem to be at least closely related. And they seem to be the place where the worldview resides. The worldview is a total representation of the entire Universe in each person. Books have been written about the limiting problem of paradigms. Every technological advance has come by someone breaking out of the paradigm. Peer review was brought in to find a way out of the problem of paradigms/worldviews, but peers are limited to those who agree, and the result is even worse than having no peer review. Now, the illusion of reality is made stronger. The confirmation bias is a group effort. Group-think takes over. Strongholds are built in individual minds and in the group consensus. These strongholds contain truth and lie all mixed together so that they are humanly impossible to sort out. Only the Holy Spirit can free us.

The worldview is a total representation of the entire Universe in each person. Books have been written about the limiting problem of paradigms. Every technological advance has come by someone breaking out of a paradigm. Peer review was brought in to find a way out of the problem of paradigms/worldviews, but peers are limited to those who agree, and the result is even worse than having no peer review. Now, the illusion of reality is made stronger. The confirmation bias is a group effort. Groupthink takes over. Strongholds are built in individual minds and in the group consensus. These strongholds contain truth and lie all mixed together so that they are humanly impossible to sort out. Only the Holy Spirit can free us.

Did I mention that we all have worldviews? Each of us has one. Denominations are built around the same sort of confirmation bias that the Secularists use. The only way out is to allow the Holy Spirit to minister truth to us. We must stop resisting the Holy Spirit. When we read Scripture, for instance, our attitude ought to be that of allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us and show us where our understanding is incomplete or in error. When we limit the Holy Spirit to only showing us those things that we already think that we know, we also confirm our bias. When we fail to acknowledge Him, we lose the ability to know the difference between reality and make-believe. He has power to tear down our own strongholds, but the Holy Spirit doesn’t force Himself on anyone–not even on us as Christians.

The Basis of Creationism versus Evolutionism

The anti-Creation side asserts that the following assumptions are necessary for science, even claiming that not accepting these assumptions makes science or engineering impossible to do:A thought chain is as strong as it's weakest link. Add one assumption and you can prove anything.

  • the assumption that assumptions are necessary for scientific conclusions (the conclusions can be based on assumptions).
  • the assumption that we can use assumptions to establish knowledge
  • the assumption that there’s no difference between knowledge established by direct observation and knowledge established by arbitrary assumptions,made-up stories, plus direct observation so long as a majority of scientists accept the assumptions and stories
  • the assumption that anyone who won’t accept the anti-Bible assumptions can’t do science or engineering
  • the assumption that anti-Bible assumptions aren’t arbitrary like all other assumptions but are based on “experience”
  • the assumption that there’s no Creator God enforcing all the natural laws, but rather random chance–Naturalism, and the laws of nature just happen to be the way they are for no particular reason
  • the assumption that God didn’t create but everything just happened
  • the assumption that the big bang happened even though we don’t know how nothing could have caused everything
  • the assumption that God sent no worldwide, catastrophic Flood (the arbitrary assumption of Uniformitarianism as opposed to Catastrophism)
  • the assumption that the big-bang-billions-of-years-molecules-to-man story is science and to question it is unscientific
  • the assumption that all the thousands of other arbitrary assumptions and stories that are needed in order to keep big-bang-billions-of-years-molecules-to-man alive are valid and to be accepted as true without any evidence
  • the assumption that science will eventually find ways to explain how matter could have created itself, how information could be added to cells, how the first self-replicating life could have formed, where the laws of nature came from, and all the other unanswered questions (mysteries) that seem to indicate that the big-bang-billions-of-years-molecules-to-man story is just a lie

The Creation side asserts that the following revelation (which God speaks through the Bible and through personal experience with Jesus Christ) is the necessary for science, since not accepting this revelation results in science based on arbitrary assumptions:

  • the revelation that assumptions are arbitrary and not a valid basis for conclusions
  • the revelation that when we go beyond what can be observed or what God has revealed through Scripture, we ought not to be dogmatic
  • the revelation that God is the source of all the laws of science and the reason that we can know that those laws will be faithfully upheld
  • the revelation that God created the Heavens and the Earth and everything in them in six days
  • the revelation that mankind fell into sin, and having been given dominion over the Earth, brought Creation into the Fall
  • the revelation that the curse of death and sorrow is the natural consequence that followed from the Fall into sin
  • the revelation that God sent the worldwide, catastrophic Genesis Flood as the consequence of sin
  • the revelation that God caused the confusion of languages because of the rebellion of mankind
  • the revelation that mankind was, and is, not able to fulfill righteousness by obeying rules
  • that God came to Earth in the form of Jesus to save us by paying the price of sin and God’s plan to remove sin from anyone who will come to Him
  • the revelation that God will ultimately judge of every person according to His wisdom and holiness
  • the revelation that part of science is logic. If logic is used in a way that creates the illusion of being able to know something when the thing claimed isn’t really known, then logic is useless. It’s a fallacy. It’s a lie.

Why Depend on Assumption?

God tells us to acknowledge Him and not to lead on our own understandings. He tells us not to add to His Words, yet we try to interpret Scripture using assumptions. Why, when we have the Infinite Creator of the Universe dwelling within to lead and guide us moment by moment?