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Absolute and Checkable Knowledge

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Because of the nature of truth, reason, logic, and true science, no argument against the Bible can stand. Those who argue against the Bible base their arguments on made-up stuff. So arguments against the Bible are based on made-up stuff, but we can rationally know that the Bible is God’s word without error since God’s proof is divine revelation. And God doesn’t only reveal truth about the Bible, but God provides plenty of proof for His existence since, through His creation, He speaks to every person continuously. In fact, He says that those who don’t acknowledge Him are without excuse. They know because He reveals Himself to them. Those of us who stand in God’s presence know He exists since He’s a constant friend and leader to every person who follows Christ.

So we can use sound reasoning when explaining how we know that the Bible is God’s word or how we can know God exists. And we can also use sound reasoning to give a response to someone who asks us about the hope of Christ Who’s in us.

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God Speaks. Listen.

God Speaks

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“You know that when you were pagans, you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I inform you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:2)

Paul is comparing mute idols who don’t speak with the Almighty God Who does speak. And he mentions human beings who are speaking by God’s Spirit. Have you sincerely said, “Jesus is Lord?” You said it by God’s Spirit—it wasn’t you but Christ speaking through you. Give Him the glory when He speaks through you. If the Holy Spirit leads us to testify of the way God leads us, we have the testimony of Jesus Christ, and it’s proof to the other person. At that point, they become responsible for acknowledging Christ in us even as they’re responsible for acknowledging Christ the Creator God as He speaks to them through the creation. Conversely, if we testify in our human strength, then we don’t make Christ visible.

As we already found out, indisputable proof is also available since anyone can have the same experience. Anyone can know Jesus Christ. Of course, such a person must be willing to look at the proof.

By the way, refusing to look at evidence is also a fallacy known as “invincible ignorance.” Some ungodly thinkers are unwilling to look at the evidence because they’re biased against submitting to God. This inner bias against God is a spiritual problem, not an intellectual problem.

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God Reveals Himself. No One Has an Excuse.

Ungodly Thinking Dialog

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Questioner: “Why doesn’t God physically reveal Himself? That would make it easier to believe.”

Rocky Rockbuilder: “Everyone knows that God exists, not because they figured it out but because He has revealed Himself through the things He has created. He also reveals Himself through those who speak by His Spirit. If we speak about Christ by the Spirit of Christ to any person, that person may reject what we say. They aren’t rejecting us. They’re rejecting Christ since He was the One speaking to them through us. No one has an excuse for rejecting Christ. They don’t reject Him because of lack of evidence. They reject Him because their deeds are evil.”

Questioner: “How do you define ‘evil deeds’?”

Rocky: “Disobedience to God, which includes ignoring His leading or doing what’s contrary to His leading. Since He is love, this is the same as what’s contrary to love or what counterfeits love. By grace, which is through faith, we’re able to submit to Christ and allow Him to do His works through us. That’s what righteousness is. If we try to self-generate righteous acts, that’s what self-righteousness is. Keep in mind that He speaks through Scripture and never contradicts Himself as we humans do. So, disobedience to the precepts He lays out in Scripture results in evil deeds.”

Questioner: “What if I follow all the moral guidance but just happen to believe that most of the stories in the Bible didn’t happen?”

Rocky: “By trying to follow all the moral guidance, you can become self-righteous, but you can’t do God’s righteousness. Righteousness consists of God leading, you submitting, and God doing His works through you. Unless you’re born again, you can’t see the Kingdom of God. You need Christ. Without Him, all else is useless.”

“Knowing Christ isn’t the same as having a theoretical knowledge about Christ. Knowing Christ means that you’ve submitted to Him and His righteousness. Knowing Christ means that you follow Him as He leads, teaches, and corrects you moment by moment in every situation, and you yield to Him to the point that He does His works through you.”

“Once you know Him in this way, the Holy Spirit teaches you that the Bible is His word without error. The Holy Spirit speaks to you through Scripture and every method mentioned in Scripture, and yet, He never contradicts Himself in any of this revelation.”

Rocky Rockbuilder explained righteousness to this Questioner, but he also went beyond the explanation and spoke by the Holy Spirit to this Questioner. Explanations aren’t proof of truth, but we might understand a concept through an explanation. However, concepts aren’t part of reality. Concepts are tools. And some tools work better than others. Some tools don’t work at all. Others give the illusion of working, but then they injure us. Understanding a concept isn’t understanding truth, and understanding truth is only available through a relationship with the Person Who is Truth. Therefore, we introduce people to Christ. Introducing people to Christ isn’t circular reasoning.

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The Problem with Ungodly Thinking

Acknowledging Christ and His leading is the only way to avoid irrational thinking.

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Ungodly thinking always results in one fallacy or another.

Skeptic: “God doesn’t reveal anything to anyone, so no one can know God.”

Christian: “My experience is that, though I don’t always listen, God never fails to reveal Himself, His will, and His truth to me moment by moment. What makes you think I’m not experiencing what I’m experiencing?”

Skeptic: “I know God doesn’t reveal anything to you because you can’t know God, so He can’t be revealing anything to you or anyone else.”

Christian: “But what makes you think I can’t know God?”

Skeptic: “God doesn’t reveal anything to anyone, so no one can know God.”

The skeptic completes the circle of the reasoning.

Now here’s the way we can rationally explain how we know that God exists and that the Bible is valid.

Christian: “The Bible says God exists.”

Questioner: “But why believe the Bible?”

Christian: “I know Jesus Christ, and He reveals the validity of the Bible to me.”

God also speaks to us through the Bible. We could answer the question this way. When God speaks to us through the Bible, He proves Himself to us, but when God speaks to us through the Bible, another person can’t see this proof.

If we’re speaking by the Holy Spirit, this other person hears God directly through us. They don’t hear a speculative explanation, but God speaks to them in revelation. The testimony of Jesus Christ within us is proof, but this person must receive the testimony. Many have said God has no grandchildren. We each must receive Jesus Christ, believe Him, and develop our relationships with Him.
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No Fallacies

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When we aren’t ashamed of Jesus and as we confess Christ before others, we can avoid fallacies.

Christian: “The Bible says God exists.”

Questioner: “But how can you be sure the Bible is God’s word?”

Christian: “I know Jesus Christ, and He reveals this fact to me.”

We note that what God shows us isn’t proof to anyone other than us. However, God often reveals Himself to another person through us, and He gives proof to that person by showing Himself through us. And at times, God reveals Himself to a person through the Bible and gives proof to that person in that way. God’s revelation is always proof, and this proof is always between God and the person God is leading, teaching, or correcting. Those who are sincere can test this way of knowing. To test it, they merely have to come humbly and sincerely to Christ and ask Christ about it. If they do, He’ll reveal Himself to them by one of His ways, and usually by many of His ways for confirmation.

We could go on to explain how disbelievers can know Christ and how Christ is willing to reveal Himself to them. Since they have access to this revelation, they don’t have to take our word for it. As we witness, we don’t want to be timid like Peter was before he received power from on high. We don’t want to be afraid to admit that we know Christ. Without knowing Him, fallacy (making up stuff and smokescreens) would be our only choice. Thankfully, we can stay out of this trap.
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Distinguish between make-believe faith and real faith

 
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We need to distinguish between make-believe faith and real faith. Disguised as a dark counterfeit, we see the common human-generated fake “faith,” pretending that something is true and then calling this pretense “faith,” but this pretense isn’t real faith. Real faith begins and ends with hearing the living Christ and responding to Him in submission.
 
“I believe that by my own reason or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to Him. But the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, and sanctified and preserved me in true faith.” (Martin Luther)
 
Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice.” Since we’re following Christ, we experience this leading and teaching from the Holy Spirit, but for those who aren’t following Christ, such an experience might seem unreal. However, when He leads and we follow, His faith comes.
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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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