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.
Dawkins says God is evil and that He doesn’t exist. First of all, both statements are based on, “I just made this up, so it’s true.” Second, every statement by any person who isn’t speaking/writing by the Holy Spirit is based on, “I just made this up, so it’s true.”
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Anyone who fails to acknowledge God’s revelation is forced to be a fool. They are forced to be a fool because they can’t reason from a true premise. It’s impossible for them to do so. If they come up with proof (a premise), what makes them think that their proof (premise) is true? They might give proof (a premise) for their proof, but what makes them think that the proof of their proof is true? Well, they can try again and again, but they never find a true premise. Divine revelation is directly imparted by God. Acknowldging Him as the Holy Spirit guides, leads, and teaches is the only way to avoid being a fool.
The argument has now changed. The argument now is whether made-up stuff is real. Secondary argument is whether it’s rational for evolutionists to make up a story that says that Divine revelation is also made-up stuff. It comes down to a stand-off between dogmatism based on pure imagination versus ongoing experience by millions of people with the Creator of the Universe. This ongoing experience is empirical. Evolutionism is pure conceptual fabrication.
People who want to be rational and use logic cannot avoid the huge problem of proof (premises). Logic is unsound if the premises can’t be shown true or anything is added to the premises on the way to the conclusion. If the logic is unsound, the reasoning is irrational. To be rational is to be sane. You can see why this might be important.
Without Divine revelation, how do you prove premise true? With another premise that you can’t prove?
Proof (the premise) is part of logic. Premises lead to conclusions. The premises prove conclusions. They prove it true. The conclusion can neither add to the premises nor can it ignore the premises. If the conclusion adds to or ignores certain premises, the conclusion is non sequitur—it doesn’t follow from the premises. The premises must be sufficient and true. If they aren’t sufficient, then additional information might show the conclusion false. Therefore, the conclusion can’t be claimed true. Truth is absolute by nature. That’s why philosophers of science say that proof is too high a goal for science. In science, one thing can be called “fact” today and shown to be a “falsity” tomorrow. Next week, it can again be called “fact” all because new observations are made. The problem is finding a true premise.
If you state some premise or premises, you must show it/them true. You need proof for the proof. You need a new logical statement that shows the premise true. If you have multiple premises, you must show them all true with new logical statements. Let’s consider a statement that only has a single premise. We’ll call the conclusion “A” and the premise “B.” You assert that A is true because of B. How do you know B is true. B is true because of C. How do you know that C is true? Because of D. This goes on until infinity (infinite regression fallacy) or until you hook the logic back up to itself (D is true because of A—circular reasoning fallacy) or until you just say that something is true just because you say that it’s true (axiomatic thinking fallacy). This is known as the Münchausen trilemma. It’s been known for thousands of years. Secularist thinking has no solution. It destroys the possibility of rational thought. Secularist thinking can’t possibly produce proof in this sense. Therefore, it can’t have a true premise. If the premise isn’t true, the thinking is irrational. Therefore, Secularists cannot have rational thoughts. They must use fallacies, either to make unsupported assertions (axioms) or to cover up the fact that they are just making stuff up and asserting made-up stuff as if it were part of reality. That’s what fallacies are all about. The only solution to the trilemma is Divine revelation.
Divine revelation is a sovereign act of God. God speaks and imparts certainty that what He has said is true. Since the human mind is stuck in a trilemma, He takes over the process. We, of course, must acknowledge Him. He doesn’t force Himself on anyone. Those who are willingly ignorant of Him stay in the trilemma. No certainty (faith) is imparted to them. They can’t tell the difference between reality and make-believe. God still reveals things to them or else they wouldn’t be able to survive. They can still be dogmatic about their beliefs (some of which are true and others of which are false) but they can’t tell the difference between truth and falsity, because they refuse to acknowledge God. They can’t tell the difference between reality that God reveals (through Creation, the Bible, or other means that God speaks to us about through the Bible) and make-believe. The reason they can’t tell the difference is that they are taking two opposites—made-up stuff and Divine revelation—and claiming that the two are the same thing. They claim that what God has shown them is the same thing as what they have made up. In that way, they cloud their thinking to the point that they don’t know the difference between reality and make-believe.
God reveals Himself and His truth through Scripture. If you read Scripture, you hear God’s Voice. However, your fallen mind is deceitful and desperately wicked to the point that you can’t analyze it. God says, “Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) We are not to add to God’s words, literally, utterances. (Proverbs 30:6) God speaks. His Voice is heard as an utterance. Everyone is aware of this. Some choose not to acknowledge Him. (Romans 1:28) Interpretation of Scripture can be done one of two ways. We can allow the Holy Spirit to interpret or we can allow something else to interpret it, perhaps our own fallen mind, the fallen mind of another, or the mind of a demon. If we acknowledge Him in all our ways, He promises to direct our paths. (Proverbs 3:6)
God reveals Himself and His truth through His Creation. If you look at Creation, you hear God’s voice. The fallen human mind wants to add to God’s words, though. Other voices what to do the same. Yet, if we acknowledge Him and realize that He’s talking to us, He will speak. If we stand in His Presence, He will speak to us. (Jeremiah 23:22)
Let me admit that every person seems to have this problem. I have this problem. You have this problem. God is trying to help us. Jesus says that the truth will set us free. Everyone who follows Christ is led and taught by the Holy Spirit on a moment-by-moment basis. The Holy Spirit is teaching us all truth—not all at once, but line on line and precept on precept, here a little and there a little. For this reason, there are things that we know through Christ, but we need allow the Holy Spirit to continue to correct us and teach us. If anyone thinks that he or she knows anything, he or she doesn’t know it as it ought to be known. That partial knowledge we have is true but it’s still partial. We are learning to discern God’s Voice from other voices (including that of the deceitful and desperately wicked human mind), and we’re learning to respond in submission and obedience. To respond in submission and obedience to what God is saying to us is called “righteousness.” It’s actually God doing His works through us by grace through faith—a subject of its own. When God does His works through us, we are changed, transfigured, into the likeness of Christ. We die to self. We live to Him. He is more fully formed in us. This is called “holiness.” Christ in us, the hope of glory. And so, we go from glory to glory as long as we are willing to acknowledge Him rather than all the other voices.