Pragmatism is Limited


Sandy Sandbuilder: Wait a minute! I think you’re taking this reasoning too far. Consider an assembly line making toasters. We test each toaster at the end of the line and find, on average, 99.92% of all toasters work, so we plan for a .08% scrap rate. Doesn’t our test at the end of the assembly line provide a true and testable premise?

Rocky Rockbuilder: You’re talking about pragmatism. Pragmatism is useful, but it’s not truth. It’s not knowledge of reality. Let’s look at a bigger picture. Do the assembly line and the failure rate of the toasters actually exist, or are the Hindus correct in saying the assembly line is just part of a dream of Brahma? Now, let me answer my own question. For those who know Christ, Christ reveals that reality has substance, so we don’t have to assume the answer. And for those who fail to acknowledge Christ, Christ also reveals that reality has substance. However, they fail to acknowledge Christ. They accept the revelation Christ gave, but they refuse to acknowledge the Source, so they attribute the knowledge to assumption. For this reason, those who fail to acknowledge Christ have no line of demarcation between assumption and revelation, between made-up stuff and truth.

Usually, this inability to reason beyond our senses won’t be a problem when looking at toasters coming off the end of an assembly line. Some people don’t believe in any real world, and they don’t even believe they themselves exist. These people go to work and do things like deciding on business strategies based on failure rates of manufactured products. They can do this successfully based on God’s revelation even though they falsely attribute God’s revelation to human assumption.

The problem enters in when discussing things like the history of the universe or the nature of the human mind or soul. Such people can’t understand the nature of the human spirit, the existence of the spiritual realm, the nature of morality or ethics, interpreting the Bible, or political issues. When discovering the answers to more profound questions, we become fools if we don’t know the difference between revelation and made-up stuff. And yet, God is also there to lead and guide in the mundane things of life like manufacturing toasters.

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