|Building on Rock or Building on Sand|
It is the proclamation of the Gospel, not argumentation, that transforms minds. See Give Them the Gospel.
Everything that we believe either goes back to the Rock, Jesus, or else it goes to the sand, axioms. Axioms are just assumptions. They are deeply rooted assumptions. Axioms are made up and they are believed because they are believed. Even those who are most dedicated to logic as the only way to truth, there are axioms, however deeply buried, at the basis of all their thoughts. That is, unless there is the Rock, Jesus, at the basis. For Christians, there is a mixture of Axioms and Jesus. These two competing Gods are in the heart. We could call the axioms, self. Jesus is Christ in us the hope of glory.
Pick any belief. If we ask, "Why do you believe that?" repeatedly, eventually we come to a point where we either say, because that is what I believe, the circular reasoning problem, or else we come to a point where we say, because God has revealed it to me. We can say this of anything we read in the Bible, if indeed God has revealed it to us. It is possible to read the Bible without having God show us everything, and it is plain that God does not show us everything just because we read the Bible.
The Atheist will say that "God revealed it to me" is circular reasoning. It seems circular to an Atheist, but that is because they don't believe that God exists. In fact, the Atheist is using circular reasoning. Revelation seems circular to a person who believes in Scientism because the philosophy of Scientism says that only those things that can be proved through logic and observation are valid--and God is not material. According to the Axioms of the Atheistic worldlview, there is nothing that is not material. Based on this, the Atheist uses the presupposition of materialism to disprove anything that is not materialism. In other words, the Atheist states that materialism proves materialism. That is circular reasoning.
When God shows us something, this is revelation. It is illogical, though, to deny that God reveals since that would be the logicalÂ fallacy of a universal negative. There is nothing illogical about saying that God revealed any more than it would be illogical for a man to say that his friend had explained something to him. Someone could challenge whether or not the friend had really said anything at all to him. Someone could challenge the authority of his friend's statement. In the same way, an Atheist may challenge whether or not God has really spoken, but the Atheist is on shaky ground in denying that God has spoken. The Atheist can attack God's authority, as Atheists often do. It has been said that the Atheist has two creeds: There is not God, and I hate Him.
We accept a lot just because we accept it, but that is circular and we don't have to do that. It is truly building on the sand to allow these thoughts to remain based on axioms. God has so much more for us. We know that some fact has always been true from our past experience. We know that some fact is universally accepted, but lots of things that are universally accepted are not true. And even those things that are really true, if accepted only because everyone else accepts them, have no foundation. The only real foundation is the Rock, Jesus Christ.
Jesus can show us things about the realm of the spirit, yes. He can also reveal the things in the natural realm. Great Christian scientists have received revelation and verified it through experimentation. They have watched as God unfolded His Truth to them.
On what basis do we believe that 1+1=2 for instance? And how can we really know that one plus one would be equal to two on another planet or in another 100 years. We can't test that. In a sense, we cannot imagine that it could not be true, though.
Are there exceptions to this simple rule of math? The answer may surprise you. Yes, there are exceptions. We call the exceptions to God's rules of logic, miracles.
Here it is. God created math. God is faithful and orderly in everything that He says or does. God created other rules. Gravity is always there. Days pass at the same rate all the time. Time passes at the same rate. And numbers work in the same way.
Except sometimes. What? Let me explain.
And God made that one day last longer for Joshua. He turned time backwards for Hezekiah.
Gravity didn't work on Jesus or Elijah. God has laws, but He is above all of His laws, and we only know a very small piece of how God thinks and how things really work.
Ungodly people are forced to hold on tightly to some basic presuppositions.Â These presuppositions are just simple-minded assumptions.Â They are filters and a way to censor out any information that supports the existence of God.Â They set up a web of rules to filter out God.Â They will only accept those things that conform to Naturalism, materialism, and uniformitarianism.Â Naturalism claims that God does nothing.Â Materialism claims that there is no God or spiritual realm.Â Uniformitarianism claims that there was not creation and that there was no violent worldwide flood, as the Bible and numerous other historical accounts record.Â Whatever they observe that does not conform to this complex filter is censored.Â The way that it is censored can take several forms.Â The ungodly may boldly proclaim that, though the data appears to support God's version and refute the version of the ungodly, yet it still must be interpreted to mean just the opposite of what it does mean.Â A backup method that ungodly people use is to prophecy that in the future, science will be able to explain what they see as an anomaly.Â If that fails, they will hide the data, set it aside, or lie to keep the public from knowing the truth.Â The data clearly demolishes the story of the ungodly and clearly supports the reality of the Creator God, His Bible, and His abiding Presence in His people.Â When confronted with the obvious, a closed-minded ungodly person says, "I can't understand it."Â They are willingly ignorant because they refuse to hold God in their knowledge.Â The reality is that these people, for whatever reason, don't what to know the Creator.Â They don't want to truly know Jesus, their Creator.
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