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Introduction: from "The Undefeatable Worldview" Print E-mail
Written by Oshea Davis   
Friday, 20 June 2014

Introduction: from "The Undefeatable Worldview" 

Corinthians 15:14, "And if Christ is not risen, then our faith is empty."

            Can faith be empty?  That is, can faith be misplaced?  Better yet said, can faith be without justification? If a group of liars place their faith in the hope that an honest man will vouch for them, does their faith have justification and warrant? Yet, this is exactly what all other anti-Christian worldviews do; they are inferior and stupid, however, when they borrow presuppositions from the Christian philosophy they expect the Honest One to vouch for them.

Nevertheless, for the Christian we are faced with the revelation that the Bible tells us that faith in something has the possibility to be an inferior blind faith; that is, faith either does or does not have justification. Faith(trust) in the hope of something that I cannot see— such as, that the sun will rise tomorrow—either has evidence[1] and justification or it does not justification. The Scripture tells us that Christians have every justification for our understanding of the world as it is, and that no-other system-of-thinking has justification of their view of the world.  In this light, faith from the Scripture’s part is not defined as modern man appears to use it, when it is used as an evidence-less blind trust. And so, every worldview has “trust” in some type of evidence in their understanding of where the worlds and where mankind came from, and where we are going. They either have justification for these evidences and their trust in them or they do not. This is how the Scripture uses faith. Since philosophy is about asking and answering ultimate questions about reality then all philosophies and worldviews must give what type of evidence(s) exist, and then by this to justify their trust in these evidence(s); for all their questions and answers about reality will stream from this.

This then brings us to understand that one such ultimate question about reality is, what is an evidence and what constitute as one? Paul informs in our passage in 1 Corinthian 15 that Jesus Christ was sent by God, who died and rose from the grave for the sins of the church “in accordance to Scripture.” Now, at this point some make a error and think that Jesus’ resurrection was according to Scripture’s foretelling of the future, yet, it was proved by history.  The Bible shows us that men’s observations are not reliable[2], however, this leads to skepticism, and this always leads to the denying of the law-of-noncontradiction. And so, if history is “proved” by man’s observations then nothing is able to be proved, including the resurrection[3]. God however, loves His chosen ones and has not left them in such an abyss of skepticism that the rest of the world is drowning in.  

Thus, the Scripture shows us that the resurrection is not proved by history; rather, the Scripture proves which aspects of history are true when it mentions certain aspects of history.  There is a world and a history, and the only way we know which propositions of history are true is if God tells us about it; if not, then is no way by human observation and speculation to know anything of history. History does not confirm the Scripture; rather, the Scripture reveals what is history, gives its context, reason, past, future and truth of it.  

This even goes for the canonization of Scripture. The metaphysics of the Christian philosophy is God’s absolute and direct control of all things; that is, He is the metaphysical or ultimate author of all things even evil. We know what the canonization of Scripture is because God sovereignly authored and created those who He made to write it down; sovereignly made these write truth for His chosen ones by His direct control over their minds; and sovereignly caused the Church to know which epistles were Scripture and which were not and sovereignly made the church choose these and sovereignly made them canonize the Scripture as He wanted. And today, God by direct control of the minds of His chosen ones reveals that they are His chosen ones by making them believe this is His revealed Scripture. And so, history does not confirm the Scripture, God’s direct control over history and the minds of His chosen ones makes them know that the canonization of the Bible is by His hand and He makes them know this by His direct control over them that in history He made a canonization of His Word; for we are told God would teach and sanctify His chosen one by His truth through His Scripture.

Observation does not have being. So how is non-being supposed to give one Knowledge? Observation, as a process or observing and systematically noting, is based off induction, but induction can never prove its conclusion is necessarily inferred from the premises. However, this skepticism leads to the denying of the law of non-contradiction. That is, if it is true, then it is by its own definition false.  Moreover, science systematically affirms the consequent in all its stages; however, this is a logical fallacy. To trust or place one’s faith on history or science or observation for “evidence” is as stupid and inferior as putting ones faith in pink unicorns and purple dragons. Any worldview or description of reality, which relies and trusts in this so-called evidence, is to be mocked and dismissed.

Here is the Link to the Book: The_Undefeatable_Worldview. 

[1] Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

[2] John 12:29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to Him."  This is not the only time the Bible shows this, but even if it were, yet, just one instance of unreliability shoves observations into the realm of skepticism and the denying of the law of noncontradiction; that is, it makes observation as an epistemology for any knowledge false.

[3] Despite the Scripture showing that observations cannot prove anything, logic shows the same thing (more on this later).

 
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