Hemingway and Atheism

 

The meme may seem a bit bold but read on. The meme is actually true.

When Ernest Hemingway said, “All thinking men are atheists,” That isn’t a rational statement. I’ll explain that in a minute.

The meme says, “Atheists can’t think rationally.” That’s true because of this: “They have no path to true premises. Rational thought requires true premises.”

“Atheists have no path to true premises.” This goes to the Münchausen trilemma which explains that every conclusion requires further proof. Of course, the Münchausen trilemma doesn’t take into account divine revelation. All truth comes from God, and only He can reveal truth. We, who follow Christ, receive true premises from Christ directly as He speaks to us through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture. When we go to sources other than Christ, we are in the same trilemma as the atheists.

“Rational thought requires true premises.” This just means that we can’t make up stuff and then prove our points using our made-up stuff.

Was Earnest Hemingway an atheist? No one knows. He did make this one remark, actually from a character in one of his novels, that atheists use to convince people that he was an atheist. Certainly, he was a man with intense reasoning problems. It seems that he considered himself to be a rational man. However, this statement, “All thinking men are atheists,” isn’t rational for several reasons.

First, everyone thinks, so his claim is false. Rational thought is another matter. Not everyone thinks rationally. Perhaps Hemingway meant “rational” rather than “thinking.” Perhaps he meant to claim that all rational people are atheists. Perhaps he didn’t express himself clearly. If that’s what he meant, it would still be an amazing claim.

The claim that all rational people are atheists is a universal positive. It claims to know something about every member of a class that Hemingway called “men.” Given the language of his day, this claim may well have extended to women since the word “man” or “men” was used for humankind. So, he claims to know something that applies to all people. His claim is vague. It doesn’t explain what he means.

Let’s assume that he’s not claiming to know about every thought of every person who has ever lived. If he claimed that, it would be a bridge too far.

He might be saying that there is something about not being an atheist that automatically prevents people from thinking rationally. Perhaps he’s claiming to absolutely know that God doesn’t exist. That would be a universal negative, and most atheists have realized how silly that claim is. If an atheist thinks he or she knows such a thing, that atheist is claiming to know everything about everything. Most atheists don’t want to try to defend that claim anymore.

Those of us who know God through Jesus Christ have ongoing experiences with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God leads us, teaches us, and corrects us moment by moment. Hopefully, we listen and yield in submission to our God. That’s what we’re learning to do. As we yield, the Holy Spirit changes us by degrees from glory to glory into the image of Christ. What God says is truth. Therefore, we can have true premises as long as we don’t add to His words or diminish any of His words.

He speaks through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture. The first chapter of Romans tells us that He speaks through His creation and reveals Himself to every person this way. The twelfth chapter of First Corinthians tells us that He speaks through us when we speak by the Holy Spirit. Think about that. Of course, we must yield to Him if we are to speak as oracles of God. We don’t always do that. Sometimes, we yield to the flesh instead.

What about those who don’t follow Christ?

Those who don’t follow Christ have no path to true premises. They can observe and think pragmatically. They can’t reason to rational conclusions that go beyond what they observe. So, they can observe and test to find out what works. God helps them even though they refuse to thank Him for it. Any truth comes from God and God imparts truth to them. They just fail to glorify God for it.

In this way, they can do practical science. They can make cellphones. They can build skyscrapers. They can survive.

They just can’t reason rationally about things like truth, the origin of the world, morality, or any other such thing. God does reveal His morality to them, so they know that they fall short of His glory. God reveals how He formed the earth in the beginning and set the stars in place by His power, but they reject His revelation. Because they fail to acknowledge and glorify God, they can’t see any difference between the revelation that comes from God and the vapors that their own minds make up. They can’t tell the difference between reality and make-believe.

When confronted with these problems, it’s common for ungodly thinkers to assert that their own minds are able to make up stuff that is automatically true because it seems to make sense to them. We won’t get into the reasons that their made-up stuff seems real to them here, but you can get the book, Reason, First Leg of the Journey at https://realreality.org/downloads/download-reason-first-leg-of-the-journey/. You can get that book FREE. That book explains how they become so deceived.

So, they think that whatever they make up is true. By the power of this made-up stuff, they claim to know that God doesn’t reveal anything to us who follow Christ. They have several variations on this theme. Sometimes they claim to know that God doesn’t exist. These are the ones who didn’t get the note about universal negatives. Sometimes, they claim that God can’t reveal anything to anyone, which is another universal negative. Sometimes, they claim that God can’t reveal truth in a clear way that would allow us to understand, which is another universal negative. They may come from the side of the weakness of the human mind (the human mind is indeed totally helpless when trying to find truth) and then conclude that God can’t overcome that. However, God is well able to overcome our problem and impart truth to us. He won’t do it against our wills. When we resist Him, He backs off, but He’s always there. He’s all-knowing, almighty, and can’t lie. What would stop Him?

 

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What About Other Gods?

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”  ~ Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

This statement misses the point. The point is that we know that God exists because we know Him. We know that Jesus Christ is God because we know Him. We know that the Bible is true because God reveals this fact to us.

Atheists have sometimes said that Christian faith is belief without evidence. Some Christians have said that faith is simply making ourselves believe—which would be make-believe. Others have said that faith is believing because of evidence. That is, we observe some things in the physical world, and then we interpret those things in a way that proves that God exists.

None of these are the faith as God defines it in the Bible and as Christ-followers experience it moment by moment.

Faith doesn’t come by observation of the physical realm. Faith doesn’t come by making ourselves believe.

“There were those who taught that you work your faith up within yourself by doing certain things and saying certain things—certain phraseologies like, ‘Lord, I believe, I believe, I believe.’ You don’t’ work it up that way because you don’t have it within yourself to begin with. It is something that is an impartation by God Almighty into the heart of man.” ~ Dr. Charles S. Price

How does faith come?

“Consequently, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word (rhema, which means utterance) of Christ.” ~ Romans 10:17

God speaks through Scripture and every means of speaking that He mentions in Scripture.

What is faith?

“Faith is the substance (reality as opposed to concept) of things hoped (what God has said will be) for and the evidence (absolutely certain proof) of things not seen.” ~ Hebrews 11:1

Faith isn’t based on evidence. Faith is the evidence. Jesus Christ is the Author and Finisher of this faith. This is the faith that is of God. It’s not human make-believe faith. It’s solid and real.

Therefore, Richard Dawkins is wrong. He’s wrong because he’s basing His reason on made-up stuff. Atheists must always base all reasoning on made-up stuff.

So, once again, it comes down to divine revelation versus made-up stuff.

 

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They Have No Excuse. They Know.

What makes an ungodly thinker believe that he or she doesn’t know that God exists? What makes them think that they haven’t suppressed the truth about God in their unrighteousness? God says that they did suppress the truth about God in their unrighteousness. God says that He revealed what can be known about God to them. God says that He turned them over to a depraved mind. God says that the human mind is deceitful and desperately wicked beyond the ability of anyone to know this mind.

When pressed on details about how matter formed from nothing (or from some unknown something), it’s common for them to claim ignorance. And yet, they’re dogmatic. When pressed on details about how the original living organism supposedly popped into existence, they often claim ignorance. And yet, they’re dogmatic.

We know that the Bible is true and that the God of the Bible is real because we know Him. We know Jesus Christ. We praise God for His abiding presence in our lives. We thank Him for His leading. We thank Him for correcting us when we’re wrong. He’s continually leading us forward.



 

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Epicurus’s Old Irrational Questions

There are no rational arguments against the Bible or the God of the Bible, nor can there be. Rational thought requires a true premise. The human mind has no method to self-generate a true premise. That’s why ungodly thinkers can only react to their surroundings. They’re limited to their sense data and can’t reason to any rational conclusion beyond what they can sense and test. They’re limited to pragmatic living. Real science is pragmatic, so ungodly thinkers can do science as long as they stick to what they can observe and test. The problem comes in when they try to reason about God, right, wrong, truth, history, or anything beyond what they can observe and test.

They can see that George Washington and Jesus Christ lived. They know that they lived based on the testimonies of eye-witnesses. However, they can’t even know that in an absolute sense. Hume realized this human problem and drifted into naturalism, thinking that would help him. However, naturalism is a philosophy that’s based on made-up stuff. As we can see from the quote above, Hume didn’t restrict himself to what can be observed and tested. That’s why he became irrational in his thinking.

On the other hand, everyone who seeks Christ finds Christ. Anyone can test this. No one has to take the word of another person on this issue. We all have equal access. Christ leads, teaches, and corrects everyone who follows Him. When He speaks, He speaks by the power of the logos/rhema of God, which is the same creative force that created the universe. He speaks through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture. When He speaks, faith comes. Faith is substance, that is, reality as opposed to concept. Faith is also evidence, that is, absolute proof of whatever God says. What God says is truth. That’s why we can only reason rationally as we listen to the voice of God


 



 

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God has an Order for Everything

God has an order for everything. When we distort His orders, life gets hard.

God has an order for marriage and the family. He lays His orders out in Scripture, but they are often misunderstood. He has an order for the church, but how many churches follow that order? He has an order for thinking. God speaks to us about these orders through Scripture. We ignore Him at our own peril.

Let’s look at a little bit about His order for thinking. All arguments about doctrine result from twisting His order for thinking. All speculations that are called “science” come out of distortions of God’s orders for thinking. Every form of evil comes from failure to follow God’s order for thinking. God lays out this order clearly as He speaks to us through Scripture.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 Authorized King James Version

As it has been said: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as you did in the rebellion.” ~ Hebrews 3:15 Berean Study Bible

“Every word [utterance] of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. ~ Proverbs 30:5-6 New International Version

My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. ~ John 10:27 Berean Study Bible

But you have not learned Christ this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him just as the truth is in Jesus. ~ Ephesians 4:20-21 Berean Literal Bible

Jesus answered. “For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” ~ John 18:37b Berean Study Bible

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. ~ Jeremiah 10:23 King James 2000

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way. ~ Psalm 37:23 JK2

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. ~ Isaiah 30:21 English Standard Version

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word [Greek: rhema, meaning utterance] of God. ~ Romans 10:17 King James 2000

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and will bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you. ~ John 14:26 Berean Literal Bible

When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes forth from the Father, He will bear witness concerning Me. ~ John 15:26 Berean Literal Bible

However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come. ~ John 16:13 Berean Study Bible

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. ~ Romans 8:5 English Standard Version

Every word of God is tested [literally: to refine]; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words [literally: utterances] Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar. ~ Proverbs 30:5-6 New American Standard Bible

These are just a few of the many verses on this subject. May God bless you as you continue to seek the mind of the living Christ. He’s alive. He desires fellowship with every person. Some reject Him, but we can know Him. If we listen to Him, blessings follow. If we ignore Him or disrespect Him, we bring many troubles on ourselves.


 


 

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Are People Looking for Logically Certain Answers Anymore?

When did people stop looking for truth? When did they start settling for inferences based on observations that they interpreted using preconceived ideas? I don’t know when this started, but I do know that truth is real and available. Without Christ, truth isn’t an option. Those who know Christ know truth. To the extent we follow Christ, we follow truth.

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Fake Knowledge

Fake, make-believe reason takes many forms. All these forms have a common trait. That trait is that the reason is based on make-believe. The reason is based on made-up stuff. The reason uses mind tricks to make made-up stuff seem real.

Atheist: One of the courses I took in college was logic. It’s this simple; either the premises equal the conclusion or not.

Christian: College logic classes generally fail because they teach logic in the way you mentioned. They fail to say that sound logic also requires a true premise. They tend to teach that it’s OK to base logic on made-up stuff. The reason they go that route is that all ungodly logic is always based on made-up stuff. The human mind has no way to reason to a true premise.

True logic starts with true premises. Without Christ, the human mind has no path to a true premise. Without faith, the human mind has no path to a true premise. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the rhema/utterance of God. Jesus Christ is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

He speaks. He leads. He teaches. He corrects. He shows us that the Bible is His word without error. He shows us that the history in the Bible is accurate. All who say that the Bible has errors or is inaccurate are basing their claim on made-up stuff. Christ speaks to us through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture.

Let’s look at two excerpts from Real Faith & Reason Library. The first one is from Reason, Continuing the Journey. This book refutes the ways ungodly thinkers defend the practice of basing reason on made-up stuff. It also refutes the ways ungodly thinkers reject the practice of basing reason on truth that comes from Christ. This excerpt refutes the ungodly argument that confuses pseudo-truth with truth.

The second excerpt is from the Encyclopedia of Logical Fallacies. This excerpt explains the same fallacy and supplies some additional information.

I Can Make a True Statement Argument

If I can make a true statement without knowing Christ, that proves that human beings can conjure up knowledge without the benefit of either divine revelation or observation. Here’s a true statement: boys will be boys. Here’s another: God either exists or He doesn’t. You would agree that both of those are true. Therefore, I have proved that human beings can conjure up knowledge without the benefit of either divine revelation or observation.

I can state a tautology, a piece of logic that’s true by its form. That means that my mind is capable of manufacturing truth.

This argument proves no such thing. A tautology doesn’t say anything. An example would be “A=A” or “I am myself.” Whoever brought this argument defending the human mind’s supposed ability to manufacture truth is confusing pseudo-truth with truth. God reveals truth to every person. All the laws of logic that are true laws of logic come from God. However, not everyone receives every law of logic that God reveals.

Some people disagree, for instance, on the law of non-contradiction. Others don’t agree with the law of cause and effect. Both come from God.

The two statements that this ungodly thinker made are true because of the laws of logic. “Boys will be boys.” “A house is a house.” “A car is a car.” “God either exists or He doesn’t.” “A statement is either true or not true.” These are all true statements by formula. What would life be like if statements like these were all that the human mind could conjure up? They are statements that don’t say anything but that are true because of the laws of logic. The ungodly thinker has no way to definitively know that the laws of logic are true laws of logic.

The fact that two people can agree on a certain thing (such as the laws of logic) doesn’t make that thing true. The fact that an ungodly thinker can parrot something that follows truth doesn’t mean that that the ungodly thinker is thinking rationally. An atheist actor can pretend to follow Christ for a big paycheck, but that doesn’t help the atheist actor. At this point, it may seem difficult to follow the ungodly argument. Ungodliness causes confusion. Here’s an example from another discussion group:

The three laws of logic are The Law of Identity, The Law of the Excluded Middle, and The Law of Non-Contradiction. The Law of Identity states that anything is itself. In other words, A = A. Tautologies follow the first law, and assert that something is either A, or not-A. The final law follows the second, and posits that nothing can be both A and not-A simultaneously. These laws are self-evident because they exist to prove themselves.

Notice the final statement in this argument. The final statement is a circular reasoning fallacy. We don’t know the person who developed this argument, but we could ask such a person whether God proves Himself. People who degenerate to so-called “self-evident” arguments about inanimate entities that supposedly “prove themselves” also have rejected the Almighty Creator Who reveals Himself to them. By the way, Good reveals that these three laws are true. The laws don’t have power within themselves to reveal that the laws are true.

 

Confusing Pseudo-Truth with Truth Fallacy

(a.k.a. Confusing Mathematical Truth with Truth, Confusing Logical Truths with Truth, Confusing what is True by Definition with Truth, Confusing Personal Truth with Truth, Confusing Analytical Truth with Truth, or Confusing Tautologies with Truth)

Thinking that something that’s called truth is actual truth just because it’s called truth

Types of Pseudo Truth

  • Semantic Truth
  • Mathematical
  • Logical Truths
  • what is True
  • Personal Truth
  • Tautologies
  • Analytic Truth

Examples:

The human mind is able to manufacture truth without the benefit of either divine revelation or observation. Let me show you how I, as an atheist, can do this. I’ll just make the following true statement: God either exists or He doesn’t. That statement is true. I just manufactured truth without divine revelation or observation.

The statement doesn’t say anything. What can we do with it? What a life this person would lead. He would say, “My car either exists or doesn’t exist.” “I either live at my address or I don’t.” “I either am a computer programmer or I’m not.”

However, he doesn’t limit himself. He uses the irrational claim above to justify making up stuff and calling the made-up stuff true. From that made-up stuff, he concludes that God doesn’t reveal Himself to anyone, that socialism is the way society should be run, that all Christians should be rounded up and exterminated, and that the stories of evolutionism are true. He also concludes that his claim, the one we just quoted, is rational. And, based on the made-up stuff by which he concludes that his claim is rational, he also concludes that he can make up stuff and the made-up stuff is true.

Of course I can reason rationally without a premise that I’ve proved true. My mind is able to determine the truth without divine revelation or observation. Watch me make a true statement without either of those. My wife is my wife. That’s true, isn’t it? Here’s another one. I am who I am. I can create mathematical truth tables. That’s all about truth. Also, if I define science to mean the scientific method, whatever we learn using the scientific method, and the current opinion of the scientific establishment. Given this definition of science, the stories of evolutionism are science. Here’s another one. All bachelors are unmarried.

Of those statements that are called “true,” not one is the truth. Some are rhetoric that doesn’t prove anything. What is true by definition doesn’t prove anything since definitions don’t prove anything. Definitions just make sure that we know what someone means when that person uses a certain word.

My personal truth is that I live life free from the restrictions of any God since my personal truth eliminates God.

In my personal truth, there is no such thing as right and wrong. Those are just constructs of society.

In my reality, I’m a unicorn living on the planet Elmo just past the North Star.

From these examples, we can see that placing the label “truth” on something doesn’t make it truth. Truth, by our definition, is precise and absolutely certain reality.

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Confusing Fake Truth with Truth

My Journey

It’s been a wonderful journey so far. And yet, it seems that I’ve only started. I’ve been exploring the mysteries of truth. Mysteries are those areas of truth that God has not yet revealed. I’ve just released a six-book library called Real Faith & Reason Library. The library is free in eBook format. It may be available in print soon. Some parts of this library will probably be available in audio by this summer.

In the process of my journey, I’ve discovered some obvious facts. I’ll list a few here before getting into one of the fallacies that I found.

  • It’s insane to make up something and say that this made-up stuff proves something else.
  • It’s common for people to make up something and say that this made-up stuff proves something else.
  • The human mind has no capacity for self-generating truth.
  • Many ungodly thinkers insist that the human mind has a capacity for self-generating truth.
  • The power of deception is in blurring the line between reality and make-believe.
  • Without real faith, sound reasoning is impossible.
  • God is real and Jesus Christ is real. These aren’t concepts.
  • Ungodly thinkers deceive themselves with trickery to think that God and Jesus Christ are concepts.
  • Christ leads, teaches, and corrects everyone who follows Him.
  • The Holy Spirit speaks to us through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture.
  • God never contradicts Himself, so no revelation from Scripture or any other revelation will ever conflict with Scripture.
  • Everyone who seeks Christ finds Christ.
  • Many ungodly thinkers don’t want Christ, so they refuse to seek Him. They work hard to suppress the truth of God in their deceptive trickery.

Confusing Pseudo Truth with Truth Fallacy

(a.k.a. Confusing Mathematical Truth with Truth, Confusing Logical Truths with Truth, Confusing what is True by Definition with Truth, Confusing Personal Truth with Truth, Confusing Analytical Truth with Truth, or Confusing Tautologies with Truth)

Thinking that something that’s called truth is actual truth just because it’s called truth

Types of Pseudo Truth

  • Semantic Truth
  • Mathematical
  • Logical Truths
  • what is True
  • Personal Truth
  • Tautologies
  • Analytic Truth

Examples:

The human mind is able to manufacture truth without the benefit of either divine revelation or observation. Let me show you how I, as an atheist, can do this. I’ll just make the following true statement: My car either exists or it doesn’t. That statement is true. I just manufactured truth without divine revelation or observation.

That’s what’s known as an analytical statement. Some would call it a tautology. The statement doesn’t say anything. What can we do with it? What a life this person would lead. He would say, “I either exists or I don’t.” “I either live at my address or I don’t.” “I either am a computer programmer or I’m not.” An ungodly thinker can’t answer the question, “How do you know?” That question is embarrassing to an ungodly thinker.

However, he doesn’t limit himself. He uses the irrational claim above to justify making up stuff and calling the made-up stuff true. From that made-up stuff, he concludes that God doesn’t reveal Himself to anyone, that socialism is the way society should be run, that all Christians should be rounded up and exterminated, and that the stories of evolutionism are true. He also concludes that his claim, the one we just quoted, is rational. And, based on the made-up stuff by which he concludes that his claim is rational, he also concludes that he can make up stuff and the made-up stuff is true.

Of course I can reason rationally without a premise that I’ve proved true. My mind is able to determine the truth without divine revelation or observation. Watch me make a true statement without either of those. My wife is my wife. That’s true, isn’t it? Here’s another one. I am who I am. I can create mathematical truth tables. That’s all about truth. Also, if I define science to mean the scientific method, whatever we learn using the scientific method, and the current opinion of the scientific establishment. Given this definition of science, the stories of evolutionism are science. Here’s another one. All bachelors are unmarried.

Of those statements that are called “true,” not one is the truth. Some are rhetoric that doesn’t prove anything. What is true by definition doesn’t prove anything since definitions don’t prove anything. Definitions just make sure that we know what someone means when that person uses a certain word.

My personal truth is that I live life free from the restrictions of any God since my personal truth eliminates God.

In my personal truth, there is no such thing as right and wrong. Those are just constructs of society.

In my reality, I’m a unicorn living on the planet Elmo just past the North Star.

What started as a book ended up being six books plus a Scripture reference.

  • Reason, First Leg of the Journey, which was renamed Real Faith & Reason Journey Volume One
  • Reason, Second Leg of the Journey, which was renamed Real Faith & Reason Journey Volume Two
  • Reason, Continuing the Journey, which was renamed Real Faith & Reason Journey Volume Three
  • Exposing the Nye-Ham Debate
  • Encyclopedia of Logical Fallacies (a reference set-perhaps the most comprehensive listing of fallacies in existence
  • Quick Guide to Syllogisms

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No Fake Science Allowed

There is fake science. It’s the science of imagination.
There is fake logic. It’s the logic of imagination. I made it up. Therefore, it’s true. And, by the power of this made-up stuff, I fake-prove that other things are true.
These two are related. The one feeds off the other. How about a true premise and valid logical form? How about if we use rational thought in science too? But how do you reason to a true premise with the fallen human mind? This mind has no way to reason to truth. It bases every thought on made-up stuff.

Confusing Pseudo Truth with Truth Fallacy

(a.k.a. Confusing Mathematical Truth with Truth, Confusing Logical Truths with Truth, Confusing what is True by Definition with Truth, Confusing Personal Truth with Truth, Confusing Analytical Truth with Truth, or Confusing Tautologies with Truth)

Thinking that something that’s called truth is actual truth just because it’s called truth

Types of Pseudo Truth

  • Semantic Truth
  • Mathematical
  • Logical Truths
  • what is True
  • Personal Truth
  • Tautologies
  • Analytic Truth

Examples:

The human mind is able to manufacture truth without the benefit of either divine revelation or observation. Let me show you how I, as an atheist, can do this. I’ll just make the following true statement: God either exists or He doesn’t. That statement is true. I just manufactured truth without divine revelation or observation.

The statement doesn’t say anything. What can we do with it? What a life this person would lead. He would say, “My car either exists or doesn’t exist.” “I either live at my address or I don’t.” “I either am a computer programmer or I’m not.”

However, he doesn’t limit himself. He uses the irrational claim above to justify making up stuff and calling the made-up stuff true. From that made-up stuff, he concludes that God doesn’t reveal Himself to anyone, that socialism is the way society should be run, that all Christians should be rounded up and exterminated, and that the stories of evolutionism are true. He also concludes that his claim, the one we just quoted, is rational. And, based on the made-up stuff by which he concludes that his claim is rational, he also concludes that he can make up stuff and the made-up stuff is true.

Of course I can reason rationally without a premise that I’ve proved true. My mind is able to determine the truth without divine revelation or observation. Watch me make a true statement without either of those. My wife is my wife. That’s true, isn’t it? Here’s another one. I am who I am. I can create mathematical truth tables. That’s all about truth. Also, if I define science to mean the scientific method, whatever we learn using the scientific method, and the current opinion of the scientific establishment. Given this definition of science, the stories of evolutionism are science. Here’s another one. All bachelors are unmarried.

Of those statements that are called “true,” not one is the truth. Some are rhetoric that doesn’t prove anything. What is true by definition doesn’t prove anything since definitions don’t prove anything. Definitions just make sure that we know what someone means when that person uses a certain word.

My personal truth is that I live life free from the restrictions of any God since my personal truth eliminates God.

In my personal truth, there is no such thing as right and wrong. Those are just constructs of society.

In my reality, I’m a unicorn living on the planet Elmo just past the North Star.

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Why Have a Real Faith & Reason Library?

Real Faith

Real faith has power. Real faith establishes our understanding of reality on a firm foundation. But fake faith is powerless and worthless. When this powerless faith is substituted for real faith, it’s dangerous and destructive.

In a world regulated under a secularist, naturalist mindset, much of the church has slumped toward a kind of fake faith, a make-believe faith. Real faith isn’t pretending. Without the living Christ active in our lives, faith becomes a mental exercise in which we make ourselves believe in various things.

Real faith isn’t a leap into the darkness that lands us in the light. Real faith is not belief without evidence. Real faith is supernatural assurance and knowledge of truth that comes when God speaks to us. Christ leads, teaches, and corrects everyone who will listen to Him and follow Him. Whoever seeks Him finds Him. All may come. He speaks through Scripture and every means mentioned in Scripture.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:17 King James Version

If faith comes by hearing the word of Christ or the word of God, then it’s important for us to know what God means by “word of God.” What term was translated as “word?” It’s the Greek term “rhema.” What does “rhema” mean? Rhema means utterance.

The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon defines it as “that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, word.” It’s “any sound produced by the voice and having definite meaning.” It’s “speech, discourse, what one has said, a series of words joined together into a sentence (a declaration of one’s mind made in words), an utterance, a saying of any sort as a message, or a narrative.”

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2

Jesus authors our faith. He originates it. We don’t. He’s also the finisher or completer of our faith. Notice how different this is from the make-believe faith that skeptics call “belief without evidence.”

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1 King James Version

What Greek term was in the original text that the King James translators rendered as “substance?” The Greek term is “hupostasis.” What does “hupostasis” mean? It means essence. It means reality as opposed to concept.

What about “evidence?” What word is in the original text? The Greek word is “elegchos.” Elegchos is absolute proof.

Therefore, real faith is absolute by nature. It’s absolute proof. It’s substance or reality. The reason it’s absolute and powerful is that Jesus Christ originates it. It comes when we hear the voice of God through Scripture. God speaks to us through Scripture. Through Scripture, He tells us about other methods beyond Scripture by which He speaks to us. Faith also comes when He speaks to us through those methods. By faith, we know that the Bible is the utterance of God without error. By faith, we know that God never contradicts Himself. That means that one Scripture never contradicts another Scripture. It also means that no other form of revelation will ever conflict with any part of Scripture. For instance, God will never state one truth through Scripture and contradict that truth by revealing something contradictory in His creation. That is to say, true scientific observation will never conflict with Scripture.

Real Reason

Real reason is also absolute. Real reason also goes beyond inductive reasoning that can only speak of probabilities. It goes beyond the pragmatism of science that never deals with truth but only with what works in the natural realm. Real reason goes beyond opinion to absolute knowledge of the truth. However, the intellectuals have told us that no one can know anything absolutely. We’ve been discouraged from seeking absolute truth.

Sound reason requires true premises because we can’t use unproven claims to prove other claims. And yet, the secularists say that sound reason doesn’t require true premises. They say that we can begin reasoning by establishing assumptions on which we all agree. What are assumptions? They’re unknown beliefs that we accept as if we knew that they were true. They aren’t known, but we pretend that we know them. In a sense, we deceive ourselves when we assume.

Without true premises, our reasoning isn’t sound. With inductive reasoning, we can only speak of probabilities. With true premises and valid deductive reasoning, we can advance to the knowledge of the truth. We can’t know everything, but we can know some things with certainty.

The Connection between Real Faith and Real Reason

If we have to start our reasoning with assumptions or presuppositions, we can never go beyond opinions. Our reasoning will never be stronger than our assumptions. Since assumptions are unknowns, where does that leave us?

However, the real faith takes us beyond assumptions and presuppositions to substance, truth, and absolute proof. The real faith is able to do this because it comes from the utterance of God. This is the same utterance by which God brought the universe into existence. The wonder is that we can have this assurance and certainty right now. With that knowledge, we can reason rationally. We can have sound reasoning. We can know the truth and the truth will set us free.

 

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Can We Know What We Can’t Show?

We can almost hear the protests of those who claim that no one can know God or who support a story about a big bang or the many stories of evolutionism. They may accuse us of not understanding science. They may say that science is the one area that’s exempt from showing or proving its points. However, they have lost the distinction between observation and stories about the past. They rely on a wide variety of fallacies to make their case, but underlying all these fallacies is a firm commitment to a belief that the human mind can generate truth without the benefit of either observation or divine revelation. Beyond that, they believe that their particular self-generated “truth” is true while anything that conflicts with their belief is false.

The well-known atheist, Aron Ra,  said, “If you can’t show it, then you don’t know it.”

In this, he committed many fallacies. Most obviously, if that statement were true, it proves too much. In other words, it proves things that Aron didn’t intend to prove. Show me molecules turning into people over millions of years. Show me a big bang in which nothing or some unknown something turns into the universe we now see. Let me watch that happen. If you can’t show it, then you don’t know it.

We could rationally say, “If you don’t have a way that we can all repeatedly test it and observe it, then you don’t know it scientifically. And if God hasn’t revealed it in a way that we can all receive that same revelation (e.g., Him speaking through the Bible), then you don’t know it spiritually.” That might be closer to a rational statement. Someone may be able to improve on that, but it seems pretty close to right.

Aron’s statement is also an argument from ignorance fallacy. It says, “Whatever you can’t show me, you don’t know.” However, we all know things that we can’t show anyone else. Do you have pain? If you can’t prove that to me, then you don’t have pain. Have you lost your sense of taste? Unless you can show it, you still have your sense of taste. You’re ability to show me something has no impact on what you know. You should be able to explain how you know what you know. For instance, you might say, “I know I have pain because I can feel it.” I can say that I’m sorry to hear about it, but I can’t really feel your pain.

We find that skeptics are selective in their skepticism. They tend to be skeptical about God, creation, and the Genesis Flood but certain of things like evolutionism, big bang theory, abiogenesis, relativism, and post-modernism.

Aron implies that he doesn’t know that God exists. But he can’t show it. So, according to his own logic, Aron does know that God exists unless he can prove that to me. Well, at least he can’t know that he doesn’t know of the existence of God. God says he knows. If he can’t prove to me that he doesn’t know, then he doesn’t know that he doesn’t know. To be consistent, he would have to say, “I can’t show my lack of knowledge of God, so I might know that God exists.” He claims to be certain that he doesn’t know God exists, but he can have no such certainty. He might know but be hiding it from his consciousness. Well, that’s pretty close to what God says. He says that every person knows and that some people suppress this truth in their unrighteousness.

Not only that, Aron’s statement is a mind-reading fallacy. Aron is telling us what we know or don’t know. He’s claiming to know all about the spiritual experience of every person who has ever lived. Unless we can show Him that we know Jesus Christ and have that personal relationship with Christ, we aren’t having that relationship with Christ. That’s his claim and a common claim of those who resist Christ.

So how are these two situations different. On the one side, God is saying that He knows what’s in the mind of every person. God is saying that all atheists know that God exists and that God has revealed a lot about Himself to them. On the other side, Aron is saying that he knows what’s in the mind of every Christian. Aron is saying that no Christian knows that God exists and that no Christian knows anything about God. How are those two claims different?

One is a claim that God makes. The other is a claim that a human being makes. Of course, Aron presupposes no all-powerful, all-knowing God, so he would say that a non-existent God cannot possibly reveal anything. However, that’s a claim he bases on made-up stuff. And yet, he would say that his made-up stuff is real since he’s convinced of it. And the argument can go on forever.

The only way to know that any interpretation of any observation is true is by divine revelation. Jesus Christ is real. He’s not a theory or a pipe dream. He hasn’t wandered off somewhere. As Paul stated, He’s not far from any one of us. He’s very close to Aron. He’s at hand. He leads, teaches, and corrects each of us who follows Him. We’re learning to discern His voice from all others and to respond in submission.

Not only so, but Aron doesn’t have to accept anyone’s word for this. Aron can test this. Anyone can test this. Whoever seeks Christ finds Christ. Whoever is on the side of truth finds Christ. Whoever sincerely wants to know about reality finds Christ. Christ knows the innermost mind of every person. He knows who is sincere and who is insincere.

 


 

If you desire the truth, The Reason Collection is for you. At the intersection of faith and reason is a place called sanity. As we focus on this intersection, we realize that we can’t separate reason and rational thought from faith.

The Reason Collection will . . .

  • Demolish the lies of ungodly thinkers.
  • Show how rational thought is impossible without faith.
  • Explain how we can know without question that the Bible is true and without error.
  • Reveal how we can know that no personal revelation will ever conflict with the Bible even though divine revelation may correct our interpretations of the Bible.
  • Dissolve doubts and establish the truth on the only firm Foundation, Jesus Christ.
  • Answer the questions and objections of those who are hostile to Christ.
  • Teach how to discern between truth and error.
  • Understand how to sort through the many voices claiming authority.

This collection is a deep dive rather than a superficial explanation. It doesn’t create a stalemate where neither ungodly thinkers nor Christians can prove their points. Rather, it explains how to prove the truth of Christ and the Bible with absolute certainty, and it leaves the ungodly thinker with bare claims and fallacies.

The Reason Collection will consist of six books because of the technical limitations of print-on-demand. It started as four books, but one became two and then three.

 

Three books focus on our rational thought journey as followers of Christ. One book focuses on the logic of the Nye-Ham Debate. Two books are reference texts you’ll want to keep on hand. We’re currently rendering these books into ebooks. Petros has no definite plan for a date to publish the print versions. Petros has graciously given Real Reality permission to distribute the ebooks free. An audiobook will follow if God’s grace allows. We’ll allow a little time for advance reading copies before the ebooks will be available free to the general public.

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